NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The National Prep Showcase has become the consistent starting point for every prep season. Kicking things off again in Connecticut, we take a look at some of its more pressing takeaways including talk surrounding Karim Mane, the potential in David N’Guessan and Darius Miles, and what Terrence Clarke can achieve at Kentucky.
Sides are mixed on Karim Mane. It was not a good start for the Canadian talent. Two dozen NBA personnel were in attendance to see the five-star prospect who could enter his name into the draft. His opening day 12-point performance thanks to 1-of-8 shooting didn’t pass the eye test, but his 28 points and 10 rebounds affair on Sunday morning definitely helped his chances if he does hope to test the NBA waters in the spring.
David N’Guessan helped his cause. Many of the regional mid-majors had showed heavy interest in David N’Guessan prior to the weekend, while St. Joe’s may have prioritized him the greatest compared to all others. If the Hawks were to land the talented prospect, it will not be an easy addition as the Dutch talent was one of the top stock boosters from New Haven. DePaul offered and others will follow suit. N’Guessan was mighty impressive on Friday thanks to a 23-point, 16-rebound effort, and his versatility, energy level and talent will not be taken for granted.
Darius Miles will remain a well-talked about prospect this winter. One of the few Rivals150 prospects that is not rated as a five-star to hold off from signing last week, Miles made his way to IMG Academy and has seen two SEC powers enter his recruitment. LSU and Texas A&M have each laid the proper groundwork with the skilled lefty, with the Aggies maybe be slightly ahead. No visits have been scheduled yet but ones are expected to be taken within the coming months. Two-way versatility and a solid talent base is not lacking out of Miles. Buzz Williams was at his game Sunday. Expect for a slew of others to enter his recruitment this winter.
Terrence Clarke shows good and bad. Talent and upside are in question with Clarke. Rated as a five-star, top-five prospect in the 2020 class for good reason, there are not many as gifted as Clarke and he showed that Friday evening. He took what the defense gave, showcased a fluid jumper that he can consistently hit off the bounce, and displayed sneaky athleticism at the rim. However, Clarke’s ability to make difficult shots can be a blessing and a curse.
Settling is never a good thing and once he becomes more cognizant of how great he can be once he gets to his spots, his ceiling will be raised that much more which directly impacts how far Kentucky goes next season seeing that he will be given first dibs on the go-to scoring role.