|Prep Showcase: Recruiting Notebook|
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- During the first day of action at the National Prep Showcase, Luis Montero, Goodluck Okonoboh and Roger Moute a Bidias all stood out. Scout.com breaks down their situations in this Notebook.
Montero emerges at Prep ShowcaseLuis Montero showed off his upside at the National Prep Showcase.
At 6-foot-7 he's a versatile wing that has a unique skill set. He handles the ball well, sees the floor and is tough to defend in transition.
"He sees the floor really well," Wilbraham & Monson Academy coach Chris Sparks said. "He has natural instincts. He's a very good scorer and he's very, very good in the open floor. He's got to get a lot stronger and defensively he's got to improve too."
Montero, a native of the Dominican Republic, came to the United States in July. Since then he's added weight to his frame and has improved his Engligh.
"He was in the Dominican for 17 years living in Santo Domingo," Sparks said. "It's been a transition for him, but he's working really hard."
While he's not necessarily a known commodity, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia and Manhattan have all been in to see him. John Calipari made a recent trip and with his connections to the Dominican Republic National Team is familiar with him.
"He knows all about him, Sparks said. "Everybody is talking about him in the Dominican," Sparks said. "He's slated as being the next thing so everybody does know about him."
Okonoboh makes presence knownLast year Goodluck Okonoboh played alongside the nation's top shot blocker – Nerlens Noel.
This year, Okonoboh, a 6-foot-9 active and aggressive post player, is trying to prove he's the best shot blocker in high school basketball. On Friday, he made a strong case blocking double-digit shots in the first half
"[I'm] just working on that a lot," Okonoboh said. "You can never get too good at defense. I've been working at my defense a lot."
Okonoboh said he's picked up quite a bit from Noel playing with him in high school and AAU.
"Yeah a lot with blocking shots and just the art of blocking shots," Okonoboh said. "You just have to time everything. That's my best friend so I watch him all the time."
"Everything is going good right now," he said. "There are more schools coming into my recruitment and I'm just going through the high school year right now."
"I'm just looking for a school that I can go to and impact right away as a player," he added.
Moute a Bidias makes impressionRoger Moute a Bidias made quite an impression on Saturday.
Moute a Bidias, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Cameroon, is Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's brother.
"He's a role model," he said. "He's accomplished so much. High school level, college level, what I need to work on everyday. It's a good thing to have him."
Moute a Bidias hasn't played organized ball since 2009 when he was at Montverde, but struggled to get on the court. On Friday, Moute a Bidias showed off his athleticism and activity on the glass.
"I rebounded very well, I think I had a lot of turnovers, and I feel bad about that," Moute a Bidias said about his game. I was very active defensively."
"I have a feel for the rebound, I go up and grab it," he added. "I feel really good about my defensive game, need to work on my shot."