#9) L.J. Figueroa, 6'5, Small Forward, 18.3 years old, Dominican Republic
14.6 PTS, 5.2 REB, 1.8 AST, 1.6 STL, 3-19 3P%, 26-31 FT%, 33.3 FG%
Figueroa was a bright spot on the Dominican team that finished last at the U18's. He led the team in scoring at 14.6 points per game, and did it while posting a true shooting percentage of 61%. At 6'5, 180, Figueroa is at his best filling the lanes in transition or on straight line drives to the rim. His jump shot is very much still a work in progress as evidenced by his 3-19 performance in Valdivia. Figueroa played all over the floor for the Dominican team but projects as a wing at the next level. He is a solid athlete, and although he not an advanced ball handler, he uses his length to get into the paint and either seek contact at the rim or finish with crafty floaters and hooks in the paint. He has some potential to have an impact on the defensive end of the floor, but will need to learn how to utilize his physical tools. Figueroa will be a senior next season at Oldsmar Christian School in Florida and will have some high level Division 1 offers to weigh over the next year after a very strong performance at the Under Armour Association this spring and summer.