The Big 64 Fall Showcase, held at West Chester University, was packed with plenty of high school talent from the area, including schools from New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.
On the first day of action, a number of players stood out throughout the day. Here’s eight players that stood out on Day One:
Flo DaSilva (2014/Bishop Eustace)
An undersized guard with plenty of hops, DaSilva set the pace early on Saturday with a vicious dunk to open up the first of three games for Bishop Eustace. On top of the athleticism, DaSilva leads the Crusaders through example, always pushing the tempo and never going less than 100 percent on the court. The younger brother of D-II University of the Sciences sophomore standout Sho DaSilva, Flo is right on the fringe between D-III and D-II at this moment.
Langston Ellison (2014/La Salle)
Ellison was a bright spot for La Salle, who heads into the season as a bit of an unknown with the graduations of seven seniors that represented a large majority of the Explorers’ production. The senior forward, listed at 6-foot-5, was able to crash the boards with ease and showed off a decent amount of post moves to get easy looks at the basket in the paint.
Rahmi Halaby (2014/Penncrest)
A big and strong undersized post player, Halaby had his way down low all day long. This 6-5 foward was on his game this weekend as nobody could stop him on the block. Halaby is an excellent rebounder for his size and knows how to use his body to get great position on the block. He showed he can score with either hand around the basket and runs the floor well for a guy his size. He will need to work on his athleticism and foot speed to become a more complete basketball player. Halaby will make a great Division III prospect with the potential to become a Division II player with a good senior year.
Vaughn Jenkins (2015/Kennet)
This 6-foot-3 wing was excellent in transition all day long. He played like a man on a mission and couldn’t be stopped all day, attacking the basket every chance he got. Jenkins is an above-average athlete that excels in the open court. He has really good court vision and plays unselfishly, always looking to make the extra pass. Even though it isn’t a strength of his right now, he displayed the ability to make an open jump shot. He will need to get stronger as he gets to closer but he has lots of upside and potential. I am really looking forward to watching his development over the next few months to see if he can develop from a Division II prospect into a Division I player.
Can Oztamur (2015/Cherry Hill West)
A very intriguing 6-5 combo forward, Oztamur (whose first name is pronounced “John”), does everything really well but nothing great at the present time. He is a player that is getting better every time he steps on the basketball court. He is a matchup problem for most teams that he goes against because he can post up a smaller player or take the bigger players away from the basket and use his quickness to attack the basket off the dribble. He has an extremely high basketball I.Q., and usually makes the right decision with the basketball in his hands. He needs to continue to get stronger and work on his foot speed, but he will have a chance to be a Division I prospect down the road. He is one to keep an eye on this year.
Trayvon Reed (2014/Life Center)
The 7-foot-1 Maryland commit was an absolute force on the defensive side of the court. Reed swatted away shots left and right and forced every team that played Life Center to score from the outside. It was clear on Saturday that his defensive talent and size will be a big asset when he moves to the collegiate level next year, but his offensive game is still very raw.
Tyrell Sturdivant (2014/Chester)
In Chester’s matchup against Life Center, Sturdivant had to guard Reed, who has at least six inches of height on him. That didn’t seem to phase the Stony Brook commit though, as the senior never backed down from the challenge and continually matched the opposing center with great defensive play of his own. That’s been a common theme this summer for Sturdivant, who played well against an even higher-rated center (Kentucky-bound Karl Towns, Jr.) in a game against St. Joseph’s-Metuchen at Temple’s team camp earlier this summer.
Tony Toplyn (2014/Neumann-Goretti)
While a lot of people were watching the Saints’ games because of Miami (Fl.) commit Ja’Quan Newton, Toplyn put on a show with a few impressive performances. The senior was able to really show off his athleticism, especially on a poster-dunk over a Salesianum (Del.) player during Saturday’s stint of games. A 6-6 combo forward, Toplyn doesn’t do anything great but does a lot of things well; he can defend the ‘2’ through the ‘4’ on the defensive end and provides great energy all 94 feet.