New Wisconsin class of 2011 Rankings
Questions linger for state prospects in the class of 2011
Darnell Harris takes over the top spot, Elgin Cook drops to #4, despite his stellar play this July.
Cook's a lot like a younger version of Trevor Ariza-He's not a great shooter, but is an athletic slasher and defender. 4. Elgin Cook, 6-5, WF, Milwaukee Hamilton
Strengths: Athleticism. Cook possesses crazy athleticism, as good as any player in the state, including Madison Memorial's Vander Blue and Menomonee Falls' J.P. Tokoto. He can rise up and throw down dunks in traffic and often uses his speed and quickness to make hustle plays.
Questions: While Cook can wow a crowd with his amazing athleticism, he remains a newcomer to the game and as such is behind a bit in terms of skill development. Since he began playing basketball just a few years, Cook doesn’t always play with a positive overall feel for the game.
College Update: Iowa State and Loyola have offered scholarships. Florida International, Memphis, New Mexico and Oregon State, among others, are also showing strong interest.
“Elgin is getting a better feel for the game,” Jenkins said. “He rebounded very well all summer. I didn’t see a better rebounder this summer. He improved his shot and became a great defender for us.”
We're also somewhat involved with Cinmeon Bowers.
1. Darnell Harris, 6-8, F, Milwaukee Hamilton
Strengths: Shooting. Harris is a very good face-up shooter, both from mid-range and beyond the arc. At 6-8, Harris’ ability to step away from the basket and make shots reminds some of former Marquette forward Steve Novak, though he is clearly not as accurate from downtown as Novak.
Questions: Though Harris is long and skilled, he lacks explosiveness and isn’t a physical interior player. Those are areas he might be able to improve over the course of the next 12 months.
College Update: Loyola and Providence have offered scholarships. Alabama, De Paul, Georgetown, Memphis, Miami, South Florida, Syracuse and Virginia, among others, are showing interest.
“There were games where Darnell rebounded well and blocked some shots and was was able to show some things he could do besides just being a great shooter,” said Ward Jenkins, Harris’ coach with the Development Through Athletics grassroots program. “He takes the big shot and makes the big shot.”