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2012 PEACH STATE SUMMER SHOWCASE REPORT – PART I
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by Alex Schwartz
AIKEN, S.C. – The second Live Evaluation Period of July tipped off on Wednesday night and NBE Sports was in the building at USC Aiken for the Peach State Summer Showcase.
While the tournament might not get as much hype as Nike Peach Jam does, Peach State is also loaded with talented prospects. Several of those players stood out on opening night and NBE Sports caught up with a few guys as well.
John Egbunu might not be 7-foot like he is listed, but the future South Florida Bull is an impressive player nonetheless. The Class of 2013 center out of Eagle’s Landing (GA) is a rugged interior presence who simply gets things done around the cup. Egbunu turned in an impressive performance for Douglas Brothers Elite in a victory over Birmingham Ice Xpress and was extremely difficult to defend in the low post. He finishes well and does a great job of grabbing offensive rebounds and then putting the ball back in the cup for an easy deuce. Possessing strength and power, Egbunu is also capable of throwing down a big-time dunk, as he most certainly showed on Wednesday night.
TOP SLEEPER PERFORMER
Gerald Smith is not a well-known player, but that does not mean the 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Carbon Hill (AL) is not talented. A class of 2014 recruit who was playing up at the U17 level with the Birmingham Ice Xpress, Smith turned in a nice game on Wednesday night and provided some nice flashes of what he can do. Smith has fairly good length at the two spot to go along with an overall solid build. He is pretty quick and can beat his man off the bounce to get to the bucket. However, Smith is not just a slasher from the wing, but rather a kid who can score at all three levels. He displayed a nice midrange pull-up jumper and was also able to connect from beyond the 3-point line.
OTHER TOP PERFORMERS
Grayson Allen, a 6-foot-4 class of 2014 combo guard, followed up his strong showing in Myrtle Beach last week with a nice game to open this Live Period. The Providence School (FL) prospect has a smooth game and is a versatile scorer. The Douglas Brothers Elite standout does a superb job of getting by defenders and finishing craftily at the rim and also knocks down jumpers.
Jarvis Calhoun, a 6-foot class of 2014 combo guard, impressed with his long range shooting ability for Birmingham Ice Xpress. Calhoun, who attends Hewitt-Trussville (AL), can really stoke it from deep and is capable of connecting off the bounce. Additionally, he also showed that he is pretty fast and has the ability to finish through contact.
Phillip Cofer, a 6-foot-7 class of 2014 power forward, is a player than NBE only saw briefly, but he was impressive in that short period of time. Cofer, who plays for Team Georgia Elite, showed off some big-time athletic ability and can really jump. The Whitewater (GA) rising junior is a strong kid with a solid build, too.
Deionte Corprew, a 5-foot-11 class of 2013 point guard, had some nice moments for the Columbus Knicks on Wednesday night. The Shaw (GA) prospect is certainly a bit undersized, but he has nice quickness and quality floor vision. Corprew did a good job of finding the open man and distributing the orange.
Tyrone Haughton, a 6-foot-9 center, was originally headed to South Carolina before decommitting and he is now on the AAU circuit with Florida Gold Coast. It is unclear exactly whether he is 2012 or 2013 right now, but the big man from Dr. Krop (FL) has really improved. He did a fantastic job of blocking shots and he rebounded the rock. Haughton also runs the floor quite well.
Sam Singer, a 6-foot-5 class of 2013 combo guard, turned in a stellar showing for Florida Gold Coast on the opening night of Peach State. Singer, out of Ransom Everglades (FL), is a smooth backcourt player with nice court vision who can pass the ball quite well. However, he is also a talented scorer who can really shoot the rock.
Class of 2013 power forward Chris Davenport had his high school listed as Eagle’s Landing (GA). He was previously at Montverde Academy (FL) . . . Shooting guard Travis Hammonds, who was a 2012 prospect at Richland Northeast (SC), was listed in the book as a 2013 recruit from Gray Military Academy (NC) . . . Combo guard Deandre Burnett of Carol City (FL) was originally a 2012 player, but committed to Miami with the intent of going to prep school and coming to the ACC school in 2013. His high school is listed as Massanutten Military Academy (VA) in the book
Grayson Allen broke out last week at Big Shots in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and has seen his recruitment change in a big way. “Before that I probably had five, six, seven colleges interested in . . . Got about 20 phone calls [since then].” Allen noted that before the Big Shots event he only had offers from South Florida, North Florida and Georgia Southern. Now he said he holds offers from nine to 10 schools. Some of his new offers are from Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Wichita State, College of Charleston and Georgia.
Allen has no timetable for a commitment and plans to make his decision whenever he feels comfortable. Asked whether he has a favorite, Allen replied, “USF really stands out to me right now. I took an unofficial there and loved it, the coaching staff is great. And Georgia also stands out to me.”
Schuyler Rimmer, a class of 2013 recruit from Boone (FL), said he holds offers from Marquette, Houston, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Florida, Penn State, Stanford, USC, Harvard, Miami, Central Florida, and more. The 6-foot-9 power forward is also hearing from Georgia, Connecticut and Virginia, amongst others. Rimmer said of his favorites, “Right now, probably Florida, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and USC.”
After picking up five new offers—from Marquette, Houston, Georgia Tech, Florida and Vanderbilt—in the past several days, Rimmer is unsure of his timetable for a commitment. With many quality academic schools on his list, Rimmer discussed the importance of academics in his decision. “It’s gonna be big. Basketball is gonna end at some point. I wanna [get a good] education so I can get a good career.”
Sam Singer said he holds scholarship offers from Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Kansas State, Nebraska, Penn State, Boston College, Davidson, Richmond, and about 15 more schools. In addition to those programs, Singer is receiving interest from Stanford, Harvard, Wake Forest, and others. The rising senior plans to commit in November and sign in the early period.
“I’m wide open right now, should be until about the end of August,” Singer said. He also noted that he plans to visit some schools in August and may take a trip to the North Carolina schools on his list.