This week’s Starting Five are five players in the 2018 class, regardless of current recruited level, taking a step up in their game. (Keeping mind our solo feature on Ben Davis’ Aaron Henry from yesterday.)
Robin Duncan, 6’4″ point guard; Evansville (Harrison)
We might be running out of Duncans, and Robin might be the best of the bunch, especially in terms of impact on the game. Thus far this spring, Duncan has shown an offensive versatility, able to score in the post off cuts, as well as getting to and finishing at the rim.
Duncan is a true point guard who shows leadership on the court for his Pocket City AAU team. He currently holds offers from American, Ball State, IUPUI, UT Martin, and Vermont (obviously).
Walter Ellis, 6’5″ shooting guard; South Bend (Adams)
Ellis’ play off the dribble has caught up to his outside shot, and it’s making him a double threat off the catch. His defense has been solid, and it stands to improve as he gets stronger.
His offer to California was via Coach Martin, who has since moved to Missouri, but Ellis also holds offers from Ball State, Indiana State, IUPUI, and Valparaiso.
Hayden Langkabel, 6’0″ point guard; Morristown HS
He started coming on last summer, and he had a huge season production wise during his school season. Langkabel finishes at the rim better than one would figure, and he is sneaky athletic. His shot off the dribble has improved.
Langkabel is a willing defender, and while he holds an offer from St. Francis, look for D2 programs to take an interest after the summer.
Trent Miller, 6’3″ shooting guard; Pendleton (Heights)
Hidden amid this shooter’s game is Miller’s ability to create plays for others off the dribble. He’s not a point guard, but as one of the top shooters in the 2018 class, he’s able to take advantage of defenders who choose to run him off the line.
Tyler Watson, 6’1″ point guard; Lizton (Tri-West)
Watson does a lot of things on the court. Primarily scoring and setting up teammates, he’s a capable defender who can makes plays on that end of the court. His playmaking has shown improvement this summer, and he’s cut down on his mistakes, making less risky decisions.