On Thursday, I took a look back through the high school basketball archives for the Bleacher Report NBA team.
In doing so, I compiled a list of high school scouting reports for 13 of this season's All-Stars.
Included in that group is the pride of St. Patrick's High School in New Jersey—Kyrie Andrew Irving.
The excerpt on Irving from my B/R article on Thursday is below:
Later, in the afternoon—during a day dream where Tyler Zeller emphatically finishes off a half-court lob pass in the Rising Stars game from Dion Waiters only after Tristan Thompson checks out for a short breather—I began to wonder how exactly the high school scouting reports read for the rest of the Cavs' heading to Houston for All Star Weekend.
After googling, I found these reports if you're similarly curious, each via Scout.com.
Dion Waiters: Big time scoring guard who owns a body built for contact. Can get himself hoops when he needs to. Great first step, accelerates and finishes at the rim. Talented scoring threat.
Tyler Zeller: Made huge strides from his sophomore to junior season. Runs the floor better than anyone in the country in 2008, has a diverse skill package and his size and academics have always been attractive. High-major, elite big man who should be in line for post-season accolades.
Tristan Thompson: Combo forward and native of Canada, he's blessed with elite upside. Long wingspan, able to guard three positions including back court players. He's a long term stock.
As far as Waiters' report, he does have that body built for contact but needs to keep working on how to use it—when to attack, where to attack, those time and situation related decisions.