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JAMEL ARTIS EXCITED FOR SPRING AAU OPPORTUNITY
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College basketball is seeing an epidemic of transfers in recent years. Many in the media theorize that the limitations the NCAA places on college coaching staffs from being out on the road during AAU season has limited their ability to properly evaluate players in game settings. During the regular season most coaches are more consumed with their current teams and fit in recruiting when they can. Now that the season is over, their attention can turn to recruiting.
However in the last couple year the NCAA did not allow coaches on the road for AAU events in April, May or June. Only two grueling 10-day sessions could coaches catch players in game action on the AAU trail. This has led to a lot of quick evaluations and courtships. More and more of these relationships are ending in transfers.
Hopefully this will change going forward. The NCAA is allowing college coaches to hit the road for two weekends later this month. They made some changes in July as well to lessen the hectic summer schedule. The players are certainly excited as well as they can get out in front of coaches and make their first impressions heading into the summer and hopefully build new relationships.
Vermont Academy’s 6-foot-7 G/F Jamel Artis is one player very much looking forward to showcasing what he has when he hits the trail this month with Baltimore Elite.
“Yes, absolutely,” Artis told NBE when asked if he was excited to get out in front of college coaches this spring. “I haven’t shown them alot last summer, and I’m so excited for this summer because they will see a new Jamel Artis.
Everyone that is ranked higher then me I’m coming after!”
NBE saw Artis this season with Vermont Academy as well as last summer with Baltimore Elite. Our National Recruiting Analyst Brian Bosworth had this scouting report of Artis from the Hoop Group’s End of Summer Classic last AAU season:
Artis is a big guard standing at 6’6” and while he can play both guard positions his true calling seems to be at the point. He is a mismatch nightmare at that spot because he is just too big for defenders to handle. He has a good combination of power and speed which allow him to work his way into the lane repeatedly. Artis is a skilled passer both in transition and in half court ball screen sets. Probably his top skill right now is his toughness on the glass which he exhibits on both ends of the floor. Despite playing point guard for Baltimore Elite, Artis was unquestionably their best rebounder today. He loves contact inside and finished through it multiple times both on drives and offensive rebounds.
Artis is hoping to show scouts and college coaches this spring and summer those same traits when h hits the floor.
“Toughness,” said Artis when asked what people should expect to see from him, adding “a person that gives it out every play, can score in various ways, a team player, and lastly a winner.”
Baltimore Elite will participate in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) once again and their main goal is to make the EYBL finals in July which are held as part of the Peach Jam. Artis cherishes his time with his AAU teammates and believes they will have a very successful run on the AAU circuit this year.
“I like that I have people around me [with Nike Baltimore Elite] that I can trust and we are going to be tough to beat,” he said.
Back in February at the National Prep School Invitational Artis told NBE he had yet to be offered by any of his major suitors which include Providence, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Miami and Florida. We asked Artis for an update over the weekend.
Artis mentioned he is still open and does not have any leaders at this point in his recruitment.
NBE will kick off our spring AAU coverage this weekend with the Playaz Spring Fling where many of the top teams in the NYC/NJ and Mid-Atlantic area will be competing at the 17U level. We will see how Jamel Artis and others perform, especially under the watchful eyes of college coaches later in the month.