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ORLANDO AAU REPORT – SATURDAY
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By Alex Schwartz
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Saturday was the final full day of the last Live period this month. Coaches will be back in the gym on Sunday, but must leave at 5:00 p.m. There were quite a few players who excelled on Saturday and it looked like one player had the Top Performer spot wrapped up–until one 2013 wing went bonkers from long range in the nightcap. Also, a trio of big men originally from Africa were quite impressive, two top-five players shined again and a top-100 prospect in 2013 listed a favorite.
Omar Prewitt needs to be in the discussion of the best shooter in the United States at the high school level. A 6’5 shooting guard out of Montgomery (KY) put on an absolute SHOW for The Ville in the final game of the night. In the first half alone, Prewitt had 22 points and knocked in six 3-pointers. The final stats sheet was swooped away before we could take a look at it, but one of The Ville coaches said Prewitt had 33 points and a D1 assistant told us he hd 34. He finished with eight or nine 3-pointers and was simply unstoppable off the catch. Prewitt is not just a one-dimensional shooter, though. He has a smooth game and is more than capable of knifing through a defense and getting to the rim. Prewitt handles the ball pretty well and he can block shots at the defensive end. His Saturday night performance was one of the best that this writer has seen all month.
TOP SLEEPER PERFORMER
Vieux Kande was going to be the Top Performer, but then Omar Prewitt went all Mike Miller in the last game of the day. Kande is a 6’9 center from Senegal who has only been in America for 10 months. A class of 2013 prospect who plays for Each 1 Teach 1 South, Kande dominated at both ends of the floor against Team Impact GA. He has only been playing basketball for two years and has made some major progress since the high school season. Kande, who goes to the Sagemont School (FL), has a big, strong frame that he knows how to use to his advantage. He does a great job of getting position on the low blocks and seals of very well. Kande is comfortable with his back to the basket, but he also showed on one possession that he can step out and knock down the midrange jumper. Kande runs the floor much better than one would expect from a guy his size. Additionally, he is a superb rebounder who works hard on defense.
OTHER TOP PERFORMERS
Trevion Boyd, a 6’5 small forward for the Indiana Elite Stars, is a kid who can really put points on the board. The class of 2013 recruit from Anderson (IN) is really strong and gets most of his points around the rim. He plays bigger around the basket and is adept at both grabbing offensive boards and scoring through contact.
Amida Brimah is another member of the Each 1 Teach 1 South frontcourt, although he and Kande did not play much together. A 6’11 center from Monsignor Pace (FL), Brimah seems to have really improved on the offensive end. The 2013 prospect actually opened the game with 10 points in the first quarter and showed really nice finishing ability down low. Brimah also runs the floor well and is a superb shot blocker with good timing.
Paschal Chukwu is a 7’0 center for CBC who is going to be at Fairfield Prep (CT) this year. A class of 2014 prospect from Nigeria, Chukwu came over to the US only about a year and a half ago. Already a quality player, Chukwu’s upside is great when you take into account the fact that he said he has only been playing basketball for two-plus years. Chukwu obviously has great height, but he also runs the floor well, has nice hands, and can throw down with authority. If he bulks up his thin frame, watch out!
Brandon Goodwin, a 6’1 combo guard who runs with the Southern Stampede, is a quality playmaker. Much of what he does is to get buckets for himself, but the 2013 recruit out of Norcross (GA) is also more than capable of hitting a teammate with a pass in position to score. Goodwin is a quick kid who can really get to the basket off the dribble.
Aaron Harrison scored at will yet again. The 6’5 shooting guard from Travis (TX) turned in his usual quality performance for the Houston Defenders. The best player at his position in the country, Harrison has deep range and is a top-notch shooter. That long range touch combined with his athleticism and attacking ability makes him nearly impossible to defend.
Andrew Harrison was also outstanding again, in another not-so-shocking development! The 6’5 point guard is so difficult to defend because his size and athletic ability at his position are absolutely elite. The Travis (TX) star gets to the rim at will and is adept at finding his open teammates. Harrison, who runs the show for the Houston Defenders, has some tremendous strength and body control, too.
Kurt Steidl is a teammate of Chukwu with CBC and he too was very impressive on Saturday. A 6’6 shooting guard from Ridgefield (CT), Steidl is a skilled offensive player who can score from all three levels of the court. A class of 2013 recruit, Steidl has a nice feel for the game and a solid build. He is capable of rebounding in traffic, too.
Rodney Williams of the Richmond Squires is a rugged low post player who simply gets things done. A 6’8 power forward from St. Christopher’s School (VA), Williams has a strong frame and finishes very well. The 2013 prospect can score through contact and gets to the free throw line. He is not an elite athlete, but that does not stop him from producing.
There were several in-state matchups during Gold bracket play today. The Houston Defenders beat the Texas Titans, the Southern Stampede knocked off the Georgia Stars and Each 1 Teach 1 defeated Gold Coast . . . Not surprisingly, considering it featured three of the top five players in the 2013 class, the Defenders/Titans game drew some major coaches. Florida head coach Billy Donovan and North Carolina head coach Roy Williams were each on hand with an assistant. Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon was there with two assistants. Baylor‘s Scott Drew, SMU‘s Larry Brown, Vanderbilt‘s Kevin Stallings, and Clemson‘s Brad Brownell were other head coaches at the game. Other high-major schools in attendance were Kentucky (two assistants), Kansas, Texas, and South Florida . . . The Connecticut Basketball Club/Westchester Hawks drew a plethora of coaches from Northeast schools, as well as some others. There were head coaches on hand fro Robert Morris, Marist, St. Peter’s, Quinnipiac, St. Joe’s, Brown, and St. Bonaventure. Also represented were, amongst others, Niagara, Michigan, Jacksonville, Delaware, Columbia, Fairfield, Cornell, Northeastern, and Old Dominion . . . High-major head coaches from Arkansas, Auburn and Clemson were at the Richmond Squires/Team Thad game, as were assistants from Duke, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Connecticut. Many of those schools were likely evaluating Squires wing Devin Robinson. There were a plethora of Atlantic-10 head coaches and assistants there too.
Paschal Chukwu surprisingly claims no scholarship offers at this point. The rising junior big man did note that his father handles his recruitment, so there is a chance that maybe he does have some offers he does not know about. Chukwu was also unsure of which schools in general were expressing interest in him.
Donte’ Clark, a 6’4 combo guard from the Georgia Stars, has really seen his recruitment rise over the past few months. Originally a class of 2012 prospect at Kennedy Charter (NC), Clark is headed to Hargrave Military Academy (VA) for a post-graduate year. Clark listed scholarship offers from Memphis, Miami, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, Mississippi, Tennessee, East Carolina, and Georgia, plus others he could not recall. He said North Carolina State, Baylor and Cincinnati are amongst the schools showing interest in him. Clark has no favorites and no timetable for a commitment.
Clark has visited North Carolina State, Virginia Tech and East Carolina, but has no other trips planned. He noted that he is not necessarily looking to stay in the South–or to leave it–for college, but rather just for the “best fit” for him,. Also, Clark said most programs are recruiting him as a point guard.
Damian Jones, a 6-foot-9 power forward out of Scotlandville (LA), is one of the best academic students amongst the high-major players in the class of 2013. Jones, who runs with the Texas Titans, said he holds a 4.5 GPA and noted that academics will be part of his college choice, which is evident from his list. He mentioned scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Florida, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Stanford, and LSU to go along with interest from Duke. Of his favorites right now, Jones remarked, “I like Vanderbilt, Duke, LSU, and Florida.”
When asked if there are one or two schools above the others, Jones replied, “Vanderbilt kind of stands out the most.” He has yet to take any unofficial visits, but does plan on doing so. He will likely sign late and is planning to possibly commit around the middle of his high school season. Jones wants to major in electrical engineering and said all those schools have that program.
Vieux Kande said that he has garnered scholarship offers from Florida Atlantic, South Alabama and Youngstown State. He is also hearing from Western Kentucky and others. Kande has no favorites and has yet to take any visits. One of AAU coaches, Charles Howell, said that Kande may take some official visits in the fall. Kande is looking for a good education and a fast-paced style of play in his future school, but the rising senior is not concerned with location.
Omar Prewitt listed scholarship offers from William & Mary, Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State, UNC-Greensboro, and Samford. He is also hearing from Butler, Clemson, Wofford, Furman, and others. A quality student with a 3.4 GPA, Prewitt plans to commit in September and then sign in the early period. Thus far he has been on unofficial visits to William & Mary, Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State. He plans to visit Butler, Samford, Wofford, and Furman. On whether he has any favorites, Prewitt remarked, “I like Butler, William & Mary–I kind of like all of them pretty much.”
Devin Robinson is transferring to Christchurch (VA) and reclassifying to 2014. A 6’7 small forward for the Richmond Squires, Robinson listed offers from Boston U, Connecticut, Xavier, and Towson. He said the offer UConn came in “a few weeks ago.” In addition to those four schools, Robinson said he is hearing from Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Clemson, Maryland, VCU, Providence, Appalachian State, Penn State, Winthrop, Drexel, and Georgetown. He has no favorites and does not plan to commit for quite some time, saying he will wait until after his senior season. Thus far, Drexel is the only school that Robinson has visited, but he is planning to trip to Georgetown in August.