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ORLANDO AAU REPORT – - CHAMPIONSHIP MONDAY
by Alex Schwartz
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Monday was championship day at the ESPN Wide World of Sports for the 11th Grade AAU Nationals tournaments. Although Division I coaches were not allowed to be in the gym, NBE Sports was there to take in the action and wrap up our coverage of the event. A future SEC big man was easily the day’s top performer, while a rising senio guard who had a big week in Orlando listed a top three.
Bobby Portis was the clear cut choice for this spot from Monday’s action. A top-notch big man in the class of 2013, Portis is an Arkansas commit out of Little Rock Hall (AR). The 6’9 power forward was clearly the best player on the floor in the championship game and he was very impressive overall. Portis showed off some nice offensive skills and even knocked down a midrange jumper. He got the free throw line and displayed nice touch at the stripe too. Portis is not only tall, but also long and looks to have added some strength. Portis runs the floor well and demonstrated some very good passing ability. Additionally, he is a talented defensive player who can really impact the opposition around the rim.
TOP SLEEPER PERFORMER
Jordan Tanner is an undersized shooting guard at 6’0, but that does not hold him back from getting things done at the offensive end. The class of 2013 prospect out of Thomasville Prep (NC) is a kid who is wired to score the basketball. Tanner, who plays for the NC Red Storm, is a superb shooter and his 3-point stroke looks the be the forte of his game. The rising senior backcourt standout is not only a long range shooter, though. Tanner also dropped in a floater during the game.
OTHER TOP PERFORMERS
Gregory Alexander of BWSL Woods makes this list for the second consecutive day behind the strength of his 3-point shooting. A 6’4 shooting guard out of Kecoughtan (VA), Alexander knocked down four shots from long range in the first half of his team’s game. The 2013 prospect is a lethal shooter who has some handling ability.
Jordan Baker is a teammate of Alexander with BWSL Woods and he too is a talented guard. The 6’3 Old Dominion-bound point guard from Hampton (VA) has nice size for his position to go along with a solid frame. He handles the rock well and can run the offense. A class of 2013 recruit, Baker has a superb midrange game and he can also score at the rim.
Evan Boudreaux of Lake Forest (IL) is a standout big man in the class of 2015 for Team NLP. A 6’7 power forward, Boudreaux led his team to a semifinal win on Monday morning. He is a skilled player who can step out and shoot the ball, but he also possesses the ability to score down low around the basket.
Paschal Chukwu, a 7’0 class of 2014 center, had another nice showing for CBC. Although he did not put up huge scoring numbers in the half we saw, the Fairfield Prep (CT) big man knocked down a jumper from about 17-feet that was very impressive. In addition, he did a good job of rebounding the ball and he also plays quality defense.
Riley Criswell is on the top performers for the second day in a row, and the 6’6 small forward from Carrollton (GA) was even better on Monday. A class of 2013 prospect for the Atlanta All-Stars, Criswell is a good scorer who can shoot the basketball and has range that extends beyond the 3-point line. He plays hard and is just an overall productive player on the hardwood.
Dallas Ennema is a smooth 6’6 small forward from Sheldon (IA) who runs with Martin Brothers. A class of 2013 recruit, Ennema is a superb 3-point shooter with a nice looking stroke. However, he is not just a catch and shoot guy and showed that he does have the ability to put the ball on the floor some and get to the rim.
Deshawn Freeman of the NC Red Storm is a 6’7 power forward who seems to be productive just about every time he takes the court. A 2013 prospect out of Rocky Mount Prep (NC), Freeman plays hard and can block shots. He is a strong kid with a solid frame who does a nice job of finishing around the basket.
Adrian Gonzalez is yet another player who makes this list for the second straight day. The 6’4 shooting guard was again the best player for the South Florida Panthers and is adept at scoring the rock. A class of 2013 recruit out of Hialeah Gardens (FL), Gonzalez plays hard and is tough to stop from getting to the rim off the dribble.
Moses Kingsley teamed with Portis to dominate the championship game for the Arkansas Wings. A 6’9 center out of Huntington Prep (WV), Kingsley is one of the best players in the country in the class of 2013 at his position. He is long, moves quite well and can both block and alter shots the defensive end.
Tahj Shamsid-Deen is probably the most well-known player on the Southern Stampede, who advanced all the way to the semifinals. A 5’10 combo guard from Columbia (GA), Shamsid-Deen is a talented scorer with nice quickness. The class of 2013 recruit has a quality midrange game, including an impassive floater.
The Arkansas Wings ran away with the DI 11th Grade AAU Nationals championship. They were up 28-12 on Team NLP at halftime and cruised to a 54-29 victory. Bobby Portis finished with a game-high 18 points (6/7 FT) and no one else had double-digits . . . In the third place game, the D12 Warriors beat the Southern Stampede by five, 57-52 . . . The DII championship was won by the Adidas Orlando Venom, who won 62-55 over the Rens/Riverside-Hargraves in the championship
Gary Clark is a talented 2014 small forward out of Clayton (NC) who runs with the NC Red Storm. The 6’7 rising junior listed scholarship offers from East Carolina, VCU, UNC-Wilmington, Charlotte, Clemson, Radford, and Old Dominion. He is also being recruited by Wake Forest, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Appalachian State. Clark, who has no favorites, has visited UNC-Wilmington and East Carolina thus far. He will likely visit Virginia Tech and Clemson in August. Clark said that VCU, Clemson and Wake Forest are the three schools coming at him the hardest. He said he is not worried about a school’s location or conference affiliation, but rather just the ideal fit. Clark also mentioned that he will probably commit by the time his junior season has ended.
Brandon Goodwin turned in a quality week for the Southern Stampede here at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. The 6’1 combo guard out of Norcross (GA) listed scholarship offers from Wichita State, Western Kentucky, Appalachian State, Southern Miss, Georgia State, Tennessee State, Georgia Southern, and Gardner-Webb, plus interest from Clemson. Three schools are standing out to the 2013 prospect at this point: Southern Miss, Appalachian State and Gardner-Webb. Goodwin has no favorites at this point, but is going to take a few trips soon. “I have some [visits in] August,” Goodwin said. “First week of August with Southern Miss and Appalachian State. I haven’t set up any with Gardner-Webb yet.” He said he thinks those three schools and maybe Wichita State are the only ones he will visit. Goodwin plans to commit sometime from November 8th on. He is not sure if he will ink early or late, but his preference is to do so in the spring.
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