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2012 NY2LA UNDER ARMOUR SUMMER JAM RECAP – PART I
By N.D. Kendrick
Mequon, WI – The second July “live period” kicked off on Wednesday night and NBE Sports joined coaching staffs from numerous college programs at Homestead High School to scout the prospects at the NY2LA Under Armour Summer Jam.
This first day was highlighted by star power match-ups, with Emmanuel Mudiay’s Texas Select team bumping heads with Kevon Looney and his Milwaukee Running Rebels squad. The Harrison Twins (Andrew and Aaron) also faced a tough challenge against the Atlanta Celtics featuring Georgia Tech-bound Solomon Poole and Kansas-bound Brannen Greene.
Aaron Harrison (Houston Defenders 17s) – Often overshadowed by his brother Andrew, Aaron put on a shooting clinic on day one. He made three straight triples early on to set the tone and to essentially prove that he was the best shooter in the gym. Harrison finished with an easy 24 points to lead all scorers. He is strong and quick. He understands how to play. He can score in a variety of ways, from three-point land, driving to the basket and finishing with either hand, posting up a smaller defender or getting to the free throw line by creating contact. If Aaron tightens up his scoring moves and adds a mid-range dribble pull up, he will be that much more dangerous of an option.
Top Sleeper Performer
Roddy Peters (DC Assault 17s) – Did not get a full game look at Peters, but the stretches that we watched showed true dominance. Peters scores with ease over and around defenders. Does it all with the ball in his hands. He can post-up with his size and strength. He plays with energy on both sides of the ball and has shown the ability to impact a game as much defensively as with his scoring. He attacks the basket with reckless abandon and seems to take a pounding that would be hard to get up from.
Shaqquan Aaron (LAX Hoops 17s) – Impressive performance for the young wing prospect. Aaron has great length for a guard (strong shoulders with long arms). He changes speeds and direction well with the ball and puts the defender off balance. A team player who can be the go to guy or recognize who has the hot hand and get that person the ball. A solid defender who gets deflections with his long arms.
Isaiah Hicks (Garner Road 17s) – Hicks came to play this week. The North Carolina-commit was bouncy, showed that he was hungry when going for rebounds and produced buckets in the paint. He is a terrific athlete and an excellent finisher in transition and when he attacks the basket in the half court. Being consistent will be key for Hicks going forward.
Kendall Stephens (Illinois Wolves 17s) – The Purdue commit is knock down shooter when his feet are set. He makes great decisions with the ball, which may allow him to play both guard spots when he gains strength and works on his foot speed. He has a high basketball IQ and knows how to move without the ball to get open.
Rashad Vaughn (Net Gain 17s) – Vaughn had the gym buzzing tonight when he showcased his full skill set. He was able to put up an easy 26 points. Sometimes he seems to be hesitant to showcase what he is capable of. He handles it well enough in the open floor to be a secondary handler versus pressure. He is a worker on the defensive end that is fundamentally sound and rebounds his position. Vaughn is the type of prospect that makes his team better. A floor leader.
Keita Bates-Diop (Illinois Wolves 16s) – Bates-Diop proved why he continues to be talked about in recruiting circles. Long and smooth is the best way to describe what he does. He rebounds the ball at both ends at a high level. He is always composed on the floor, never getting rattled with inside post banging. Upside is high with him as he will most likely gain strength and more of an offensive package.
Close to 300 college coaches were in attendance for the first day of the event. The number is impressive considering that coaches were not allowed to view prospects until after 5 p.m.
Arguably the highest profile coach in college basketball, Kentucky’s John Calipari was in attendance scouting Emmanuel Mudiay, D’Angelo Russell, Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison. Other head coaches that were in attendance: Bill Self (Kansas), Buzz Williams (Marquette), Steve Alford (New Mexico), John Thompson III (Georgetown), Chris Mack (Xavier), Fran McCaffrey (Iowa), John Groce (Illinois), Dave Rice (UNLV), Steve Donahue (Boston College), Thad Matta (Ohio State), John Beilein (Michigan), Tim Miles (Nebraska), Frank Martin (South Carolina), Oliver Purnell (DePaul). Staffs in attendance: Tennessee, West Virginia, SMU, Seton Hall, Providence, Belmont, Clemson, Indiana State, George Mason, TCU, Villanova, Evansville, Indiana, Miami (OH), UCLA, USC, Dayton, Texas, Maryland, Baylor, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Rutgers, South Florida, Butler, Purdue and many more.
With action kicking off at 8 a.m. CST on Thursday, we will have further updates coming!!
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