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Nike Hoops Summit USA Recap

Recap of the Nike Hoops Summit

By : T.Hood

Team USA

 

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Cam Reddish: On Wednesday night’s Team USA scrimmage/practice, Cam showed his ability to shoot from the perimeter and shoot with range. He also showcased his ability to get to the rim and be utilized as a playmaker. At 6’9 with a 7’0 wingspan, Cam oozes with potential.  However, as the week pushed forward the lingering question mark with Cam became evident- consistency. There’s no doubt in my mind that from a physical standpoint, Cam has the highest upside and could very well be the best player in the 2018 class. He’s a fluid athlete that is smooth off the dribble and has very good shooting range, but with his lack of consistency could also be a huge problem.

NAME CLASS SCHOOL HOMETOWN DATE MEASURED

HEIGHT W/ SHOES

HEIGHT W/O SHOES WEIGHT WINGSPAN STANDING REACH
CAM REDDISH 2018 DUKE NORRISTOWN PA APRIL 2018 6'9 6'7.5 205 7'0 8'10

 

 

Darius Garland:

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 DG showed all week what has made him a house hold name amongst the 2018 class. DG utilized his change of speed and ability to make shots. But I think he also answered some questions regarding his ability to be a traditional point guard. He created for others and also made his teammates better. He made great decisions in pick and roll situations, outplayed fellow USA point guard Tre Jones and in my opinion solidified himself as the premiere point guard with his consistency through the week. He Finsihed the Nike Hoops Summit game with 16 Pts ( 4/7 3P ) 5 Ast, 4 Rebounds 

 

 

Bol Bol:

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 Everyone is familiar with Bol’s ability to shoot- he’s a very good shooter that can stretch the floor. But what stood out to me the most this week was his shot blocking and shooting touch around the rim. He uses his long stride to his advantage in transition and finished very well in fast break opportunities. Bol really showed me his most upside as a rim protector. Totaling 6 blocks in the game and altering many more, Bol really could be an elite shot blocker one day with his 7’6 wingspan. Bol and Darius Garland were probably the most consistent performers all week for USA.

NAME CLASS SCHOOL HOMETOWN DATE MEASURED HEIGHT W/ SHOES HEIGHT W/O SHOES WEIGHT WINGSPAN STANDING REACH
BOL BOL 2018 OREGON SANTA ANA CA APRIL 2018 7'2 7'1 222 7'6 9'6

 

Quentin Grimes:

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I really like Q’s ability to knock down shots off the catch and shoot but also off the dribble. He also gave us a glimpse of his playmaking ability in practice as well. He utilized his size and strength in the open floor.  He has a nice handle that allows him to create separation and also I believe can play on or off the ball. I was impressed with his play overall. He Finsihed the game with 15 Pts, 4 Ast and 6 Rebs

 

Also I would’ve liked to have seen Nassir Little and Devon Dotson play in this game. I think Darius is the best point guard in this class but Dotson is right there with him. Little’s performances in the recent all star games show that based on merit he should’ve been selected as well.

 

USA MEASURMENTS

 

 

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Nike Hoops Summit World Recap

Nike Hoop Summit Recap

BY : T. HOOD

World Team

 

Charles Bassey:

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Charles Bassey ( Twitter )  is a player that I am very familiar with. At first sight, he jumps out at you with his sturdy broad shoulders. Charles runs the floor very well for his size and is a great rebounder which was made known with his Hoop Summit record 16 rebounds. Charles also finished with 13 points which came off multiple dunks and two mid range shots. He has the ability to shoot it consistently between 15-18 feet and is very efficient. Charles plays within himself and being that he is only a junior with potentially another opportunity to play in the Hoop Summit next year I can’t wait to see his development then.

 

 

RJ Barrett:

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RJ ( Twitter )  is explosive and can finish with the best of them at the rim. He has great scoring instincts and excels in transition. Barrett plays with a ton of energy and passion. He is definitely the type of individual looking to win every time he steps on the floor no matter the situation. My biggest red flag however is his lack of perimeter shooting. He has good mechanics and the release looks good, but in the practice and scrimmage he really struggled finding his shot.

 

Kofi Cockburn: Big and physical presence. In the world practice he was giving Charles all he could handle. He knocked down a few jump shots and was able to show a nice touch around the rim. He’s also only a Junior

Jaylen Hoard: at 6’8 with a 7’1 winspan, Jaylen is a match up nightmare with his size and athleticism. I could see him as a combo forward with his ability to defend multiple positions and ability to rebound. Hoard had 15 rebounds in the game second only to Charles Bassey.

NBPA Top 100 Camp Roster

NATIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION

TOP 100 HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 

CAMP ROSTER

As of June 10, 2018

 

#

LAST NAME

FIRST NAME

HIGH SCHOOL • CLUB • TEAM

CLASS

HEIGHT

1

Achiuwa

Precious

Saint Benedict's Preparatory School

2019

6'9"

2

Agbonkpolo

Max

Santa Margarita Catholic High School

2019

6'8"

3

Akok

Akok

Putnam Science Academy

2019

6'8"

4

Alexander

Posh

Our Saviour Lutheran School

2020

5'10"

5

Allen

Christian

Shadow Mountain

2019

6'2"

6

Anderson, III

Avery

Northwest High School

2019

6'2"

7

Antoine 

Bryan

Ranny School 

2019

6'5"

8

Armstrong

Terry

Bella Vista Prep

2019

6'7"

9

Avdija

Deni

Maccabi Tel Aviv

 

6'8"

10

Baker

Will

Westlake High School Austin

2019

6'11”

11

Balcerowski

Aleksander

CB Gran Canaria

 

7'0"

12

Baldwin

Patrick

Hamilton High School

2021

6'9"

13

Bickerstaff

T. J.

Sandy Creek High School

2019

6'9"

14

Bishop

Dhamir

Imhotep Charter High School

2019

6'5"

15

Bishop

James

Mount Saint Joseph’s High School 

2019

6'3"

16

Blacksher

Jovan

Shadow Mountain 

2019

6'0"

17

Boone

Kalib

Tulsa Memorial Highschool

2019

6'9"

18

Boykins, Jr

Earl

Douglas County High School

2019

5'7"

19

Brakefield

Jaemyn

Huntingon Prep 

2020

6'9"

20

Brown

Greg

Vandegrift High School

2020

6'9"

21

Carton

D. J.

Bettendorf High School

2019

6'3"

22

Cisse

Moussa 

Christ the King

2021

6'11"

23

Clarke

Terrence

The Rivers School

2021

6'6"

24

Coleman III

Henry 

Trinity Episcopal School

2020

6'8"

25

Collum

Antavion

Tennessee Preparatory Academy

2019

6'8"

26

Cottrell

Isaiah

Bishop Gorman High School 

2020

6'10"

27

Crockrell

Pierre

Garfield 

2019

6'2"

28

Cunningham

Cade

Bowie High School

2020

6'7"

29

Dante

N’Faly

Sunrise Christian Academy

2020

6'11"

30

Dawes

Al Amir

Saint Patrick’s High School (TPS)

2019

6'2"

31

Days

Nobal

Racine Park High School

2019

6'9"

32

Diabate

Moussa 

Florida Preparatory Academy

2021

6'10"

33

Diawara

Mahamadou

Hamilton Heights Christian Academy

2019

6'10"

34

Dickinson

Hunter

DeMatha Catholic High School

2020

7'1"

35

Doakes

Gerald

Jacksonville

2020

6'2"

36

Edwards

Anthony

Holy Spirit Preparatory

2020

6'5"

37

Ellis

Boogie

Mission Bay High School

2019

6'2"

38

Enaruna

Tristan

Wasatch Academy

2019

6'6"

39

Foster

Mike

Milwaukee Washington

2021

6'9"

40

Foster

Xavier

Oskaloosa High School

2020

6'11"

41

Fuller

P. J. 

Garfield 

2019

6'4"

42

Gaffney

Alonzo

Garfield

2019

6'8"

43

Gaffney

Adolphis

 

2019

6'3''

44

Gantt Jr.

Greg

Trinity Christian School 

2019

6'7"

45

Germany

Jacob

Kingston High School 

2019

6'11"

46

Hall

Malik

Sunrise Christian Academy

2018

6'8"

47

Harris

Anthony 

Paul Vi Catholic High School

2019

6'4"

48

Harris

Christopher

South Garland 

2019

6'3"

49

Hill

Jalen

Ed W. Clark

2019

6'7"

50

Hunt

Gianni

Bishop Montgomery

2019

6'3"

51

Igiehon

Aidan

Lawrence Woodmere Academy 

2019

6'8"

52

Jackson

Isaiah

Old Redford Academy

2020

6'8"

53

Johnson

Isaac

American Fork High School

2019

6'11"

54

Johnson

Keon

The Webb School Bell Buckle

2020

6'5"

55

Jones

Rylan

Olympus High School

2019

6'1"

56

Jones

Kai

Orlando Christian Prep

2018

6'11''

57

Kessler

Walker

Woodward Academy

2020

7'0"

58

Koprivica

Balsa

Montverde Academy

2019

7'1"

59

Kyman

Jake

Santa Margarita Catholic High School

2019

6'7"

60

Langley

Keyshaun

Wesleyan Christian Academy

2019

6'1"

61

Lawson

Chandler

East High School

2019

6'8"

62

Lecque

Jalen

Christ School 

2019

6'4"

63

Lewis

Scottie

Ranney School

2019

6'5"

64

Lewis

Carl

Lynwood High School 

2019

6'10"

65

Lewis Jr

Kira

Hazel Green High School 

2019

6'3"

66

Liddell

E. J.

Belleville West Township High School

2019

6'7"

67

London

Drake

Moorpark High School

2019

6'5"

68

Long

Mekhi

Massanutten Military Academy

2019

6'7"

69

Mack

B. J.

Oak Hill Academy

2019

6'8"

70

Mann

Tre'Shaun

The Villages Charter High School

2019

6'4"

71

Martin, Jr.

Kenyon

Sierra Canyon 

2019

6'7"

72

Massoud

Ismael

MacDuffie School 

2019

6'9"

73

McCaffery

Patrick 

Iowa City West

2019

6'8"

74

McDaniels

Jaden

Federal Way High School

2019

6'9"

75

Mcleod

Nasheem

Plymouth Whitemarsh

2019

7'3"

76

Mitchell

Makhi

Woodrow Wilson High School

2019

6'1"

77

Mitchell 

Makhel

Woodrow Wilson High School

2019

6'10''

78

Mobley

Eric "Isaiah"

Rancho Christian 

2019

6'10"

79

Moore

Justin 

DeMatha Catholic High School

2019

6'4"

80

Nickelberry

Josh 

Northwood Temple

2019

6'5"

81

Obiesie

Joshua

International Basketball Academy Munich

2019

6'6"

82

Okoro

Francis

Normal West High School 

2019

6'9"

83

Payne

Omar

Osceola High School

2019

6'10"

84

Pippen

Scotty

Sierra Canyon

2019

6'2"

85

Robinson

Skylar

California High School

2019

6'7"

86

Scott

Donta

Imhotep Institute

2019

6'8

87

Sharpe

Dayron

South Central

2020

6'9"

88

Sherfield

Grant

Sunrise Christian Academy

2019

6'3"

89

Smith

Diante

Choctawhatchee High School

2019

6'6"

90

Smith

Tyreek

Trinity Christian School 

2019

6'8''

91

Springer

Jaden

Rocky River High School

2020

6'5"

92

Strickland

Terell

St. Pete High School

2019

5'9"

93

Sturdivant

Kyle

Norcross

2019

6'3"

94

Tandy

Keith Torian

University Heights Academy

2019

6'2"

95

Thompson

Bryce

Booker T Washington

2020

6'4"

96

Thorpe

Daniel 

Lake Travis High School

2019

6'9"

97

Timberlake

Earl 

Dematha Catholic High School 

2020

6'4"

98

Timme

Drew

JJ Pearce High School

2019

6'10"

99

Toussaint 

Joe

Cardinal Hayes

2019

6'0"

100

Tshiebwe

Oscar 

Kenedy Catholic

2019

6'9"

101

VanKomen

Matt

Pleasant Grove

2019

7’3"

102

Wagner

Franz

Alba Berlin

2018

6'7"

103

Wahab

Qudus

Flint Hill 

2019

6'11"

104

Walker

C. J. 

Orlando Christian Prep

2019

6'9"

105

Walker

Kyree

Hillcrest Prep 

2020

6'6"

106

Walton

Kendall

Carver High School

2019

6'6"

107

Watson

Anton 

Gonzaga Prep 

2019

6'8"

108

Wheeler

Sahvir

Houston Christian

2019

5'8"

109

Wilkins

Isaiah

Mt. Tabor

2019

6'4"

110

Williams

Dericko

York Prep

2019

6'8"

111

Williams

Terrance 

Gonzaga College High School

2020

6'7"

112

Williams

Patrick

West Charlotte

2019

6'8"

113

Williams

Ziaire

Notre Dame

2020

6'7"

114

Williams

Mark

Norfolk Academy

2021

7'0"

115

Williams

Donovan

Fort Bend Elkins 

2019

6'5"

116

Williamson 

Samuell

Rockwall High School

2019

6'7''

117

Wilmore

Jordan

Faith Heritage Christian Academy

2020

7'2"

118

Wilson

Roman

Park Hill

2019

7'0"

119

Wilson

Jalen

Guyer High School

2019

6'8"

120

Wiseman

James

Memphis East High School

2019

6'11"

121

Wong

Isaiah

Monsignor Bonner High School

2019

6'3"

 

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Preseason College Basketball Preview: Top Incoming Freshman Spotlight - Charles Bassey

By: T Hood

Five-star prospect and former class of 2019 big man, Charles Bassey, is ready to make some noise on the Hill.

The Nigerian native has had quite the productive spring and summer winning multiple MVP honors at the prestigious Pangos All American Camp and Basketball Without Borders event. This AAU season Bassey was top five in scoring on the Adidas Gauntlet with Yes II Success averaging 20.8 points at 64% and top two in rebounding with 10.2 rebounds per game. Now that he has reclassified to the 2018 class and enrolled at Western Kentucky University, Bassey seems primed for a big year for the Hilltoppers.

Bassey has already generated much NBA buzz with his recent performance in the Nike Hoop Summit in which he broke the single game rebounding record with 16 and now multiple media outlets have him going first round in their early 2019 NBA Mock Drafts. Scouts collectively agree that he has incredible physical tools with his sturdy frame. He utilizes his length and strength to defend the rim and is a tenacious rebounder. His skill level continues to rise but most of all, his passing for his size may be his most underrated skill.

The Tops won 27 games last season and managed to get all the way to the Conference USA tournament championship game. With the continued improvement and steady play of sophomore Taveion Hollingsworth, I really like the Tops to win the conference outright and earn a bid in the NCAA tournament. 

Overall, Charles continues to improve day by day with his great work ethic and attitude towards the game. I think WKU has the opportunity to surprise many folks and I look forward seeing him walk across that stage this same time next year to shake Commissioner Adam Silver's hand. 

 

 

 

4th Annual Next Up Exposure Elite Camp: Top Performers and Performances

By: T. Hood

Some of the top players in the region gathered at Asbury University in Kentucky for the fourth annual Next Up Recruits Exposure Camp. The camp is comprised of kids hailing from Kentucky, Ohio, Pennslyvania, West Virginia and Tennessee. The kids vary ranging from the 2019 to 2022 class. Some have big reputations while for others it's an opportunity to get seen by scouts and media. Some of the more notable names amongst the media that were in attendance were SLAM, BallisLife, HoopScoop and Nike consultant John Stovall among others. This year's talent pool did not disappoint. 

 

Top Performers:

Jaemyn Brakefield, 6-9 PF, Huntington Prep (WV), 2020

Probably the biggest name in attendance, Jaemyn showcased why so many covet the five star prospect. At 6-9, he displayed his ability to score from 3 and work out of the post. One of the top scorers on the Adidas circuit, he is the prototype big in this era's basketball. He also impressed with his ability to facilitate and initiate things from the top of the key at times. He runs the floor well, can bring the ball up the court off the rebound and has the athleticism you want at his position. It's still early in the recruitment process for Jaemyn but many of the blueblood programs such as Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio State, UCLA and others have shown strong interest. 

Devan Cambridge, 6-5 SG, Hillcrest Prep (AZ), 2019

Devan is a big time athlete that could be the biggest sleeper in the 2019 class. Devan has breathtaking type of athleticism. He can defend multiple spots with his size and physical talent, but also throughout the camp showed his improving skillset. He was knocking down 3's in catch and shoot situations and moving past his defender off the dribble finishing at the rim. I really like his potential at the next level as a 3 and D guy. He indicated that WKU, Vanderbilt, Brown University, Morehead State, and Austin Peay are recruiting the heaviest. 

Dekeyvan Tandy, 6-1 SG, University Heights (KY), 2019

The 2019 class in Kentucky is loaded and KyKy maybe the best out of the bunch. He is an aggressive guard that is always on the attack. KyKy has a stout frame and explosiveness which allow him to blow past his defenders with his first step and finish against anyone. He also has a nice handle package in his bag. Tandy is as impressive of a scorer as you will see at the high school level but he also showed he can play on the ball and create for his teammates. He currently is being recruited by Tennessee, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Florida and others. 

Curt Lewis, 6-4 CG, Aspire Academy (KY), Post Grad

At first glance, you would think Curt should be on a football field but once the ball is in his hands it starts to make sense. The 6-4 combo guard uses his strength and size to get past defenders and during this event looked like a man amongst boys. He was creating off the dribble for his teammates. His shooting looked improved and he was finishing at the rim with ease. In what was probably the biggest head to head matchup, Curt went against KyKy Tandy and the both really welcomed the challenge. Curt was using his size and getting to the rim and knocking down shots. He is currently enrolled at Aspire Academy for their post graduate team. I can't wait to see him suit in that UofL red sometime soon. 

Zach Loveday, 7-0 C, Gallia Academy (OH), 2020

He's arguably the best prospect in the Ohio area. The seven footer showed a nice shooting touch from the perimeter and is very agile. He runs the floor well at his size and even saw some positive in his perimeter defense. With the game evolving with bigs having to face up, I really like his mobility and potential going forward. With offers from Ohio State, Xavier, Purdue and others, I really think his recruitment is going to pick up tremendously. 

Anthony Russell, 6-4, Fern Creek (KY), 2019

Anthony is a ball of energy. He plays the game with a contagious enthusiasm and at a frenetic pace. I love the competitive edge he plays with, it's very Westbrook esque. He makes plays on defense jumping passing lanes and blocking shots. On the offensive end, he's aggressive with the ball and attacks the rim. Anthony will be a great fit with Coach Schooler and his style of play. 

Jokhow Thor, 6-9 SF, Huntington Prep (WV), 2021

He's an intriging prospect at 6'9 with guard like skills. His scoring ability coupled with his length make him a match up nightmare. JT showed his ability to attack the rim off the dribble and use his 7-3 wingspan to shoot over people and score at the rim. His handle and change of pace really allow him to get to his spots on the floor. It's still relatively early in the recruiting process for him. From a potential standpoint, I can see him finishing as a top 25 prospect. 

Trey James, 6-11 C, Sheldon Clark (KY), 2021

He was a man child. He was finishing everything at the rim and blocking shots. From an offensive standpoint he's more of a traditional center that plays with his back to the basket. He effectively utilized hook shots around the rim and had some big dunks. Although he is not the most mobile defender, he was able to set the state record for blocked shots in a single season as a freshman. Once he develops a consistent perimeter shot he will a problem for sure. 

Michael Moreno, 6-6 SF, Scott County (KY), 2019

The more I get to watch Moreno, the more impressed I am. He's a tremendous talent on and off the court. During the Kentucky All Star series he played extremely well. He continues to shoot it lights out. On the offensive side, his versatility is unmatched. He rebounds at a very high level, handles the ball and is a very good passer. He showcased it all at the Next Up event. He's got a great shooting touch with range. I really look for his recruiting to take off during his senior campaign. 

 

Highlights from the Next Up Recruits Exposure Camp.

 

 

 

Curt Lewis ready for breakout prep year

By: T. Hood

 

Former Valley High School star and Sixth Region player of the year Curt Lewis confirmed that he will be attendng Aspire Academy in Louisville, Kentucky in the fall for a post graduate year.  Lewis, a 6-4 combo guard, recently dominated the Next Up Recruits Unsigned Senior Event and Next Up Recruits Elite Showcase. He wrapped up his senior season averaging 25 points per game while shooting over 65% from the field. 

The Louisville native has long been considered one of the top prospects in the state of Kentucky in the 2018 class. The hurdle for Lewis has always been the academic aspect. He spoke to us about his reasoning for choosing Aspire and his goals. "My goal for post grad is to work hard on and off the court, then eventually put on a University of Louisville jersey this time next year," said Lewis. "The relationship the coaches (at Aspire) have with the University of Louisville is one of the main reasons I am attending Aspire." He also indicated that Louisville, Western Kentucky, Murray State, Miami (OH), and Eastern Kentucky have shown interest recently. 

As far as the offseason, Lewis has been working on refining his ball handling and shooting which he knows is essential at the next level. He said he is in the gym everyday and will continue to play the summer circuit for Hoop Dreams. 

It should be fun to see how next season plays out. The University of Louisville has had a lot of recent success with post grad players such as Luke Hancock and Terry Rozier. 

The Avengers: Blue Devils

By Harpreet Singh Ocean

 

#1 Ranked RJ Barrett.

#2 Ranked Zion Williamson.

#3 Ranked Cam Reddish.

#1 Ranked PG Tre Jones.

Your incoming class of Duke Blue Devils.

Duke’s basketball program is among the most historic in the world, if not the absolute most. The school has a lineage of greatness and success but we STILL may not have seen their best.

Never before have we seen the Top 3 ranked High School players (ESPN) sign to the same school and along with the #1 PG, this year’s class has many expecting them to be all time greats.

It is unfair to place heavy expectations on 18 year olds though that is the baggage that comes with polarizing figures. What has been done so far (landing these recruits) is historic and the season is still months away. Everyone in the college hoops world is expecting a deep tournament run at the least given this utter compilation of talent.

The most exciting of the bunch is Zion Williamson, the gentle giant. Williamson’s viral athleticism shows our eyes something we have only seen in video games. Aside from the dunk show, he is a capable ball handler/shooter in the Julius Randle mold and looks to be a true impact player. Williamson will have to prove that he can pick on players his own size.

Tyus Jones’ younger brother Tre is following in his shoes. Both were #1 PG’s in their respective classes and both signed on to Duke to run the offense with other big time recruits. Tre plays much like his older brother as well. A true point guard looking to pass first, shoot second. His hands will be full as he is expected to spread the ball between the big three while running Duke’s offense. Though he is the starting Point Guard, Jones is the forgotten man.

Cam Reddish is the smoothest of the bunch. He combines a Guard’s handle/shooting ability with his long arms and height to create a scoring machine. Reddish often draws comparisons to Paul George and rightfully so, watching them pull up of the dribble is like looking in the mirror.

The leader of the pack is the #1 Overall player in the class RJ Barrett. Barrett is a big part of Canada’s contributions to basketball. His name, so far, is grouped with Andrew Wiggins and Steve Nash when talking about Canadian basketball stars. Barrett plays a physical game and is as athletic as they come, aside from mutants like Williamson. He is tasked with leading this group into a battle against underdogs and expectations.

The legendary Coach Krzyzewski brought this team together to win a national championship, if they can accomplish that they may go down as a Basketball Hall Of Fame worthy team. This upcoming season has the Blue Devils again in position to dominate the college basketball world.

 

 

 

 

All In Hoopfest: The AOT Takeover

By: T. Hood

Georgia’s Nike sponsored Athletes of Tomorrow came and conquered. Coming off a strong 13-3 EYBL pool play record and strong run in the Peach Jam, AOT dominated the Kentucky All in Hoopfest from start to finish.

 Under the direction of Omar Cooper, the Rebels play fast and attack all game long. AOT led the EYBL in scoring at (77.7 points per game) and speed teams up with their tempo and pace. The trio of top 30 prospects that is Sharife Cooper, BJ Boston and Isaac Okoro hit you from all over. Cooper is a phenomenal scorer and playmaker (avg'd 28, 5 & 8 at Peach Jam), Boston is a skilled wing that can score from all 3 levels, and Okoro is a big time athlete coming off a recent gold medal with the U17 USA squad. 

 

From the outset, AOT was dominant in pool play and ran through the tournament with an average win margin of 28 points. They employed a press to generate much of their points and pummel their opponent. Auburn commit, Babatunde Akingbola, mans the middle as a rim protector. The 6-10 big man was attacking the glass and blocking shots all over. Boston and Okoro further illustrated why they are held in such high regard with their versatility. Boston uses his length to be distruptive on defense and is a gifted scorer. Okoro maximizes his brute athleticism on both sides. With Bruce Pearl, Rajon Rondo and Darius Miller in attendance, the Runnin Rebels put on a show throughout. There was a lot to be made of Sharife's performance at Peach Jam especially with NBA MVP Kevin Durant cosigning and he did not disappoint. Cooper in the championship game in a rematch with D Miller Elite dropped a 50 ball with a 55 point and 8 assist performance. Sharife's able to use his first step to get by the defender and utilize crafty finishes around the rim or throw a nice no look pass to an open teammate. His control and feel for the game really make him special. In summary, he's smart, crafty and creative. 

The Rebels outmatched everyone and more than lived up to the hype.

Big thanks to Omar Cooper for allowing us to get up close with the team.

2018 Adidas Gauntlet Standouts: Summer Championships

By Harpreet Singh Ocean

 

Orange County, CA -- Right in the middle of all of the summer basketball heat, the game’s next generation gathered and competed with the eyes of basketball royalty watching. Summer is the time for college coaches to do their scouting and recruiting, a crucial period when attempting to build or sustain a successful program.

 

Mike Krzyzewski, John Calipari, Jim Boeheim and Penny Hardaway were among many in attendance in an attempt to make investments for their respective programs. Top ranked talent filled the courts of the Ladera Sports Center and left the coaches with much to look forward to.

 

To the distaste of many, the Compton Magic came out with the Championship victory over Akok Akok and Mass Rivals. Akoc has reportedly garnered the interest of coaches around the nation as of late due to his incredibly high ceiling.

 

Standing 6’7” (ESPN) and seeming longer, as well as being skilled defending the rim and on the perimeter offensively makes him one of the more versatile players in the class and one that can fit on any team. Akok makes impact stops around the rim every game and sweetens that with a smooth long range jumper to give a dual threat option that coaches love. Jim Boeheim and Syracuse are said to be especially interested.

 

The Compton Magic are known amongst the AAU circuit to have arguably the most stacked team in the country. 2020 #1 Ranked player Evan Mobley, according to ESPN, is coupled with his brother Isaiah, Johnny Juzang, Onyeka Okongwu and Jarod Lucas to be the talk of whichever gym they play in.

 

All that is not a championship is considered a failure to these guys, and they delivered under that pressure time and time again, pulling out clutch wins throughout the weekend en route to a sweep of the Gauntlet Series.

 

The polaris of this tournament was none other than EBO’s Jalen Green, by far the best player in the building.

 

An everyday game for Green is one where he wows the crowd with his high-flying, his ball handling ability and shot making. Green does things on the daily that most every other player in the gym can only attempt.

 

 


 

 

Green is as good as it gets in the 2020 class. A special talent that will likely go on to star at the highest level.

 

More than worthy of a spotlight mention is the big three of D1 Minnesota: Matthew Hurt, Zeke Nnaji and Tyrell Terry. Minnesota did not go all the way this time around, but only a fool would count on that to continue.

 

Terry, Stanford commit, runs the show with great IQ and all around ability. He stands out as a player that makes very few mistakes and often knows the right thing to do.

 

Zeke Nnaji is a 6’11” big man with a smooth touch similar to that of Myles Turner. He plays with a lot of skill and fluidity for a man his size and age. He is entering his senior campaign with the chance to grow into one of the top overall players in this class.

 

Already one of the more favored player in this class is Matthew Hurt, the most recruited player in 2019 according to BallIsLife. Minnesota’s games drew a crowd throughout the weekend. The elite of college basketball (Coach K, Calipari, etc.) lined up to watch Matthew Hurt do his thing. The 6’9” forward scores the ball naturally. He is an all around threat: automatic jump shooting, good size and handle, works on defense and is a player that will win you games. Hurt currently has all the tools to succeed greatly in the NCAA, and every coach in the nation knows it.

 

The attention now focuses to the conclusion of AAU summer basketball where every player will take the experience of summer ‘18 into their respective high school campaigns and grow into becoming the future generation of basketball.

 

Don’t forget, these men are only about 17 years old.

 

 

 

Dontaie Allen Lights Up The Louisville Jam Fest

By Harpreet Singh Ocean

 

He drew the largest crowds and had everyone from the hot dog stand to the bathroom asking, “Who is number eleven?”.

 

Number 11 was the best player in the gym.

 

Dontaie Allen and the M.A.T.T.S Mustangs were the center of attention this past weekend at the Louisville Jam Fest, but his Mustang teammates were not the only ones traveling with him.

 

Allen brought along some notable names to the Louisville Expo Center. Kentucky’s John Calipari, Michigan’s John Beilein, Louisville’s Chris Mack and HPU’s Tubby Smith among many others were in attendance to watch Allen play.

 

Every game of Allen’s became the buzz of the building. Though they could not pull out a victory in the tournament championship game, M.A.T.T.S impressed all weekend behind stellar performances from Allen and new teammate Dionte Miles.

 

Miles garnered a lot of chatter with his play as a long seven-footer with the ability to stretch the floor from the three point line. Miles has been riding under the radar due to him suffering a dislocated shoulder last year, causing him to miss many recruiting opportunities and a chance to have his name amongst his peers when talking about his class. His game spoke for itself at the Jam Fest however, schools will surely be lining up for a shot at his services. Look out for him in the near future.

 

Aside Miles, Allen battled double and triple-teams all weekend while leading the Mustangs to the championship game with multiple double digit scoring outings. He proved to his many naysayers that he is worthy of consideration from the legendary coaches that were present.

 

Allen is looking forward to a visit with Coach Calipari and UK in the coming week. He has already received an offer from Coach Mack and Louisville over the phone, which he described as something he has never experienced before.

 

He has not been heavy on the recruiting radar until recently, going into his senior year. While the buzz is new and exciting to him Allen keeps his thoughts proper and his head on straight. He says “ the hype makes me want to work harder and defend my spot to prove to everyone that I live up to it”.

 

Allen is going to face a lot of unfamiliar territory in the coming year. Adversity has already began to hit him at the Jam Fest, in the form of many people thinking he is simply a product of local hype.

 

Allen has a chance to become a big time player within the next year. His senior campaign will tell a lot about him and his potential to make a run at the NBA.