15 Big Things From Friday at Spring Circuit Session 3

Tavares, Florida served home to the 3rd leg of our Spring Circuit. Plenty to breakdown during the week, but here are 15 big things from Saturday's action.

- Mason Collin's progression was arguably the biggest takeaway from the day. The winter with TSF brought on some high high's but low low's as well in a more reserve role. Fast forward a few months, the 6-3 G popped as a primary playmaker and creator. Showed off avid growth as a handler, mature pace getting to his spots and numerous high level reads after drawing a rotation. On the other end, Collins competes and has a strong feel for staying attached and disrupting attempts with his length. Very young for the class, has NBA bloodlines and is improving at an impressive rate. 

- Florida product began generating buzz after Session 2 and it’s very well warranted. Gabriel Nesmith looks like another cornerstone prospect for Nightrydas, sliding on or off the ball to score in bunches. Reminiscent in his movement skills and burst to top-6 2024 VJ Edgecombe, Nesmith has a lightning quick first step and three level scoring ability.

- No one on either Winter Circuit nor this Spring Circuit has routinely made tough things look easy quite to the degree of CP3's Taj Saragba. Long arms, massive hands and high level explosiveness, the Georgia native high points rebounds and reels in loose balls in and out of his area at every chance. Blocks shots in rotations, tries to dunk any and every dump off and excels playing in traffic. Haven't come across many guys with the a similar blend of measurables and edge as Saragba.

- Built like a linebacker but with wide receiver athleticism, Ahmad Hudson has quickly become a force on the Spring Circuit. Commands the glass, relentlessly pursues boards outside his area and plays through the bodies of others around the rim. Hudson provided value in a complimentary role at the EYBL E15 level and now back down to his own class, there aren’t many more dynamic interior forces than the Ruston, LA native.


Team Mookie Betts wing Malachi Jordan is beginning to produce flashes in bunches. Nashville native models his game after Jimmy Butler and it’s easy to see why — mismatch slashing, aggression getting to the rim, switchability defensively and raw toughness in his approach. Long, athletic and understands how to play the right way, Jordan is one to keep tabs on.

- Didn’t take long for Devin Cleveland’s toughness to jump out earlier in the spring, and while that’s remained a constant, the rest of his game has taken a step forward. Versatile shot-making, hard-nosed finishing in traffic and fluid closeout attacks to get to his spots. Young for the class and progressing at a nice rate.


- A day full of ups and downs, but it doesn’t take too long to catch a glimpse of what makes Lincoln Cosby so enticing long-term. The 6-8 14-year-old strings together sequences off the bounce that very few others can produce, while also bringing impressive activity defensively around the clock. Ohio native is one to circle early in the process.


-  Came away impressed Jordan Corbitts flashes through Saturday’s play. Significant measurables and among the very youngest prospects in the class, the Florida native strung together some impressive stretches defensively. Generating stocks, cutting passing lanes, running the floor and firing with confidence and touch from deep, the 6-6 F’s glaring upside was among the most notable developments from early Session 3 play.


Henry Robinson Jr leapt out from the jump on Saturday. Loaded with energy and tools, his impact was most primarily felt running rim to rim. The South Florida native can tilt a game with his motor, defensive playmaking and activity on the glass. Big weekend in the making here.


- Time and time again, it’s the rare level of polish that jumps out with All Ohio Sumner’s Kam Mercer. At 6-3, the 2028 southpaw initiates offense and is the lead playmaker for the ground, but has no shortage of impressive micro-skills. High level rebounding, advanced instincts off the ball defensively and a keen sense for holding on the extra second to find his teammate in a pocket of space.


- Stocked with supreme strength and burst from the lead guard spot, O’Neal Delancy impressed in a big way Saturday. Pressuring the rim, decelerating in the paint to shed contact and breaking down set defenses at will off the standstill. Unafraid and unbothered by physicality, there’s a lot to like with the Florida native’s rugged approach and creation ability.


- He's impressed previously as an ancillary guard, but it was Josh Tyson's day on Saturday. Twitchy with a very strong feel for attacking seams of a defense, Tyson capitalized on opportunity and put pressure on the rim with every opportunity. All Ohio Sumner has a wealth of weapons and it can be a different guy any given game, but the Ohio native showed Saturday that he has much more to his game than he's been able to show previously. 


- New name onto the radar, Baba Diop is one I’ll be keeping close tabs on moving forward. The Swedish national is new stateside and still adjusting to the style of play, but has an intriguing foundation of skill and feel for the game at 6-6. Still maturing physically and coming into his own, but there’s a lot to like early on.


- With his brother coaching on the sidelines all day long, Ryan Hampton continued to impress. Rangy athlete with high level bend, the Texas native is potent playing out in space and attacks the rim with aggression. Gets to the line, hangs in the air to finish around shot blockers and crafty dropping off to his bigs or flaring it out to shooters. Still growing in nuance as a decision-maker and shooter, but he's a full-on dynamo attacking in semi-transition.


- TSF 2028 big Bentley Lusakueno arose and will be one we're monitoring moving forward. At 6-6 with plus length and high level mobility, his tools were hard to miss but it was the coverage versatility and feel for defending in rotation that bred intrigue. Lot to like with the young big at a very early stage.

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