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UA SUMMER JAM PRESENTED BY NY2LA SPORTS RECRUITING NOTES
By Alex Jesswein
While many across the country have turned their attention to the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League Championship at the Peach Jam in North Augusta (SC), Antonio Curro and his crew at NY2LASports.com have assembled another strong field for the 2011 UA Summer Jam. Some of the biggest names in the 2012 Class are in Wisconsin for the event, including Shabazz Muhammad, Isaiah Austin, Mitch McGary, Perry Ellis and more. Top AAU programs like Dream Vision, Texas Pro, SYF Players, DC Assault, Playground Elite, Team Loaded, and more are competing in the event.
NBE will have much more on the event as it moves to completion on the 15th. For now here are some recruiting notes that NBE has been able to compile in the first two days of action:
Duane Wilson, Class of 2013 point guard with the Playground Elite AAU program, listed Marquette (offer), Minnesota, Memphis, Washington, Virginia, Missouri, DePaul, Wisconsin, Illinois, Miami (FL), Florida State, and Florida. He has visited Kentucky, DePaul and Missouri unofficially recently.
As he heads into his next season, Wilson said he wants to work on getting stronger, playing better defense and hitting shots off of the dribble.
Danrad ‘Chicken’ Knowles of Texas Pro said that his recent rise in notoriety has been “a lot of fun”. The 6-foot-9 PF in the Class of 2012 added that playing at the NBPA Top 100 camp and Nike Skills Academies was “a good experience and good opportunity” and said he learned a lot from each.
As a result his recruiting should pick up in the next few weeks as more and more coaches flock to see him. He listed recent interest from Baylor, Houston, Missouri, Arkansas and South Florida.
While his Kansas City Pray & Play teammate Perry Ellis might grab more of the headlines, Buddy Hield (pronounced Healed) is quietly making waves among recruiting circles.
Oh, and a 34 point outburst against Team Loaded might help as well.
Hield, a native of the Bahamas attending Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire (KS), kept Pray and Play in the game with his soft touch from the perimeter and smooth driving ability.
At this point the 6-foot-3 shooting guard claims offers from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado, Texas A&M, Wichita State, and Utah and is receiving interest from Kansas, Clemson, Missouri, Marquette and Boston College. He says he is “still open” in the recruiting process and says he will take a closer look at recruiting with his family once the July period wraps up.
After being named MVP of the 17U division of the NY2LA Next Level Invitational last week, Milwaukee Running Rebel guard Kevon Looney seemingly has not let up this week.
In limited minutes due to a large lead, Looney displayed the natural abilities that make the game look easy to him. His long arms and quick first step make him extremely difficult to guard considering he is a ‘shot maker’ and His length and leaping ability give him the potential to be an elite defender.
As of now Looney said he is not concerned with the recruiting process at this point and it’s probably a good approach considering Looney is just a member of the class of 2014.
Both in-state schools, Marquette and Wisconsin, have offered Looney and he says he speaks often with assistants from each school. He has also received letters from Iowa and Georgetown.
Atlanta Express PF Robert Carter said he doesn’t have a list at this point and is considering all ACC and SEC schools. He hopes to summon a list of 5-7 schools once the July recruiting period ends. Carter mentioned that playing time, ability to develop players and get them to the next level and overall comfort with the school would be the most important things in his decision.