In this contest, several players stood out as potential minor league prospects.
Marques Johnson- Johnson is a 6'5 lead guard with an ability to man the point guard position. In this contest, Johnson evinced some decent court vision, feeding it inside whenever he got the opportunity. He excels as a passer, posting a 23.5 assist rate according to Kenpom. While Johnson tends to turn the ball over at a fairly high rate (25.5% turnover rate on the season), this is due in large part to his limited in-game experience and the offensive system he plays in, which is highly structured and prone to periods of stagnation. Not only did he play under control in this contest, but he also demonstrated a viable scoring skillset. Johnson scored his points shooting a pull up jump shot off the dribble. While he is not able to blow by defenders with a superior first step, Johnson was able to create separation off the dribble and square his body towards the basket. His height at this position will allow him to shoot over the top of defenders at the next level. On the defensive end, Johnson was not particularly effective closing out on shooters Brown and Polk, but his height and length did bother them on several occasions.
Brandon McGhee- McGhee is a combo forward with decent size and athleticism who was able to finish inside against the Towson frontline. His post repertoire is somewhat limited at this stage, but he is able to implement a decent jump hook in the post.
James Vincent- Vincent is a space eater that collected rebounds and provided solid effort on the glass. He was able to get to the line, but failed to finish these plays late in the game.
Josh Brown- Brown is a 6'1 combo guard with an ability to get out in transition. Brown was often able to break away on the fast break and score on easy lay ins. Additionally, he was able to hit some three point shots to keep the Tigers in the ball game. He has improved tremendously in this regard- connecting on 45% of his attempts from beyond the arc relative to the 24% that he shot a year ago.