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2011 ORLANDO AAU FINAL NOTEBOOK: RECRUITING NOTES & PLAYER EVALUATIONS
By Alex Schwartz
FLORIDA & ALABAMA LEAD FOR 2012 C HAUGHTON
Tyrone Haughton, a 6-foot-9 center out of Miami’s Dr. Krop High School, said he has offers from Western Kentucky, Alabama, Florida, West Virginia and Miami to go along with interest from Marshall.
As for his favorites, he said, “Florida or Alabama, either one.”
Haughton said Alabama, Florida and West Virginia are the three schools coming at him the hardest.
He has yet to take any visits, but plans to visit each of the schools on his list. Haughton plans to commit in the “fall this year” and will sign early.
Haughton would like to remain close to home for college.
Troy Williams holds offers from Texas, Georgetown, Virginia, Alabama, Virginia Tech, South Florida and DePaul. He is also garnering interest from North Carolina, Duke, Louisville, Miami and Northwestern.
Williams, who is the nephew of AAU coach Boo Williams, has no favorites at this point and said location will not be a factor for him. The 6-foot-6 small forward from the Class of 2013 plans to make his decision “next summer.”
Thus far Williams has not visited any schools, but said, “I’m either gonna go to V-Tech in August or September.”
MORE PLAYER EVALUATIONS/NOTES:
At first sight, Jarnell Stokes looks like a big-time football recruit. The 6-foot-8 power forward out of Memphis (TN) will attend Oak Hill Academy this season. He has a thick frame with a chiseled physique. He looks the part of an offensive tackle, but is a skilled four man who is a beast on the hardwood. Stokes has terrific footwork and knows how to move around the basket to get an open shot off. He has a superb spin move and finishes extremely well. Stokes is very strong and takes contact well. He has a solid handle and can actually step out and hit a midrange jumper. A tough interior defender, Stokes is a superb rebounder is a pretty complete basketball player.
As a 6-foot-11 center entering his sophomore year of high school, Trayvon Reed is a kid with big-time potential. He has great length and solid athleticism. Reed moves very well for his size considering his age and can both get up and down the court and shuffle his feet on defense. The Shiloh (GA) High School product rebounds the ball well and has the ability to score around the basket, as he is crafty with the rock and knows how to use his aforementioned length and athleticism. Reed is a smart player who needs to get stronger and continue to refine his post game, but all the tools are there.
It is easy to see why Anthony Barber‘s nickname is “Cat,” as the 6-foot point guard is cat quick with the ball in his hands. What Barber lacks in elite height, he makes up for with tremendous burst and the ability to blow by defenders on a consistent basis. Barber is a tough kid with a strong build and he can really get to the basket and finish once there. The Hampton (VA) High School product in the Class of 2013 plays quality perimeter defense and creates turnovers that lead to points at the other end. Barber needs to become more consistent with his jumper, but he knows how to run an offense and score at the rim.
Mike Kobani is big, strong and athletic around the basket. He has some nice post movies, but is an inconsistent finisher and still raw at that end of the court. Kobani, who has only been in the US for a few years, is a very good rebounder and he understands his role on a team and does not try to force things. The 6-foot-6 power forward attending National Christian Academy has a fantastic motor and is always playing hard out on the hardwood. He has the ability to both block and alter shots, and at worst will be a kid who gets the job done on the glass and on defense in the 2013 recruiting class.
Kris Dunn is one of the fastest rising point guards of the Class of 2012 in the nation. A touch over 6-foot-2, Dunn is a very good athlete with fantastic length at the one. He can really handle the ball and knows how to run the offense. Dunn has superb floor vision and finds the open man. He has the length and frame to be an elite defensive player too. He needs to improve his outside shooting ability and get even more comfortable at the one, but Dunn has the quickness, athleticism, IQ, and more that coaches covet.
Malik Price-Martin is regarded as one of the top forwards in the class of 2013. Fairly versatile and 6-foot-8, Price-Martin is better suited at the PF spot, but may project as a three long term. He is a long kid who seems to be getting more and more comfortable down low and not trying to force being a three. Price-Martin has some nice post moves and can finish around the basket. He is a good athlete who does a nice job of rebounding the basketball. He does need to get stronger and increase the consistency of his production.
Price-Martin, from Pace High School in Miami (FL), mentioned six schools to NBE while in Orlando and said he holds offers from all of them. The half dozen were Connecticut, Ohio State, Texas, Syracuse, Louisville and Miami.
Duane Wilson, Jr. was very impressive down in Orlando. The shooting guard is adept at both attacking the basket and finishing, even if in traffic, and also is a superb 3-point shooter. Wilson is a coach’s son and he understands the game of basketball. He handles well and his motor is always running. He is not lacking at the defensive end either, as he makes plays and gets in the passing lanes. Wilson is a tad undersized and needs to get a bit stronger, but he is a lethal offensive player anyway.
Wilson, out of Milwaukee (WI)’s Dominican High, said he holds offers from Missouri, Marquette and Indiana State. He is also getting looks from Memphis, Virginia, Iowa, Virginia Tech, DePaul, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky and Maryland.