Prospect Tracking: April 26th

Brandon Ingram

The April evaluation period tipped off across the country with three big events beginning. Here's a rundown of the Saturday evening action as it related to Duke targets.

Luke Kennard, SG, KJ Shooting Stars – With his future head coach – Mike Krzyzewski – looking on, Kennard broke out. He scored on five of his six field goal attempts and consistently found ways to break down defenders and get into the lane. The southpaw hit a pair of threes, multiple mid-range pull-ups and scored off a number of drives to the rim. Kennard has a lot of value because of his ability to score, skill and passing ability. He'll certainly spend some time at Duke with the ball in his hands. He finished with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Kennard struggled again in the first game of the day, scoring just two points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field.

Ivan Rabb, PF, Oakland Soldiers – The Soldiers have a balanced attack and run with a college frontline of Rabb, Stephen Zimmerman and Chimezie Metu, so they don't rely on Rabb to do all of the work on the interior. He had just five shot attempts and made all five of them scoring 11 points and grabbing six boards. He scored off a mid-range jump shot, a strong drive from the elbow, over his right shoulder and a pair of dunks. It was a solid outing from the top player in the class. - Evan Daniels

Brandon Ingram, Stackhouse Elite - Strugged in the first game again Thon Maker and Team Loaded (Va.). Ingram was bothered inside on most every shot, and tried to take his game to the perimeter where he missed all five of his attempts. He finished with nine points, one rebounds, and shot just 2-of-9. In the afternoon he found his jumper, hitting seven of 15 from 2-point land to finish with 22 points in 30 minutes. In the third game of the day, Ingram went back to his all-around game, hitting four of six shots and contributing on the glass. He was the team's high rebounded (8) and scorer (14) while helping Stackhouse Elite to an 11 point win.

Note: Chase Jeter is not able to play this weekend as he recovers from injury.

Seventh Woods, SG, Carolina Wolves – An elite, elite athlete, it is clear that Woods is working to figure out how to play. Right now there is no question he looks far more comfortable in a scoring role than in a point guard role. He struggled with decision making all game long, but scored fairly well going to the rim and then also showed good effort on the defensive end. - Brian Snow

Dennis Smith, Jr., Team Loaded - In the first game of the day, Smith once again got to the rim at will, finishing with 15 points, five assists and two rebounds in 23 minutes as Team Loaded cruised to an 18 point win. Through two games the only knock on Smith has been his control of the ball as he is averaging 6.0 turnovers per game. He corrected that in the afternoon blowout of the Michigan Mustangs, recording nine assists against just three turnovers. Smith added 14 points and four assists as Team Loaded rolled to a 27 point decision. Fatigue settled in during the team's third game of the day with Smith's legs showing the impact of the day. He went just 2-of-7 from the perimeter (3-of-10 overall) to finish with eight points and five rebounds. However, he cleaned up his performance as a floor general, recording 10 assists against 0 turnovers.

Thon Maker, Team Loaded (Va.) - Maker imposes himself on the game with tremendous athleticism combined and length. He's also extremely skilled as he showed in his debut. Though he struggled from the floor (just 1-of-7 from the floor), Maker did connect on two of three from the arc and 10-of-13 from the charity stripe to finish with 18 points and seven rebounds. In the afternoon game, Team Loaded wasn't challenged and Maker recorded 10 points and five boards in 19 minutes as TL won by 27. Oddly enough, his teammates forgot about Maker in the last game of the day. The big man attempted just three field goal attempts and went to the line just three times. He finished with only four points and seven boards in 20 minutes.

Josh Langford, Atlanta Celtics - The five star small forward prospect scored 20 points, grabbed five rebounds, and handed out four assists in a 17 point win over Southern Elite. He was a bit quieter in the afternoon game after a short turnaround, scoring 13 points and grabbing six rebounds, but playing only 15 minutes. In the night cap he added either points, three assists, and three rebounds in just 20 minutes as the Celtics outlasted Texas Elite by two.

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