Florida Atlantic Recruiting
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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.
by Alex Schwartz
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Friday was a day at 11th Grade AAU Nationals where NBE Sports watched a number of games from outside the Gold pools. This allowed us to see some teams that might not be as nationally known and catch some players who might be flying under the radar a bit. However, we did check out some Gold games too and some of our top performers come from those squads too.
Trevin Joseph gets the nod as the top performer of the day on Friday, though several players could put together a nice case for the honor. Joseph is the second straight 2013 shooting guard from Georgia to get the nod, following Ryan Wilkins on Thursday. Joseph is a 6’3 rising senior from Stockbridge (GA) who runs with Gold Coast and is part of a deep, talented backcourt. Joseph showed off some major scoring ability in the night’s final game and it was rare to see him actually miss a shot. A strong player with a very good build, Joseph s a knockdown 3-point shooter and is lethal off the catch. He is a smooth player and is his stroke looks quite good. Joseph is also adept at getting to the basket and he finishes once there. Overall, he is a talented offensive player who could be a stud scorer at the next level.
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by Alex Schwartz
PHILADELPHIA – Reebok restarted its July camp last year after some time off and had some pretty nice talent on display. This year, though, the Reebok Breakout Challenge has gone to a whole new level and is absolutely filled with big-time talent from coast to coast.
NBE Sports was on hand the past two days and had the opportunity to see each and every team. Several usual suspects turned in impressive performances, while some lesser known players also made names for themselves.
Aaron Harrison of Travis (TX) is the best shooting guard prospect in the country and he played like it in Philly. The 6-foot-5, class of 2013 recruit has a terrific combination of skill and athleticism that makes him extremely difficult to contain when he is on his game. While at Reebok, he was absolutely fantastic and basically scored at will. Harrison showed off a lethal stroke from long range right from the get-go, nailing six 3-pointers in the first half of the very first game of camp on Wednesday evening. He has deep range so he cannot be sagged off of too much, but if you play him too tight he is more than capable of getting to the rack off the bounce. Harrison is also adept at drawing fouls around the rim, so even if he misses down low, there is a strong chance he will still get some points for his effort.
Clearing out the notebook from some recent updates we have gathered from players in the Class of 2013. We have updates below on Josh Brown, the Sports U/St. Anthony’s (NJ) point guard that recently de-committed from Temple, Terrence Samuel, a NYC point guard who has been hearing the most for a couple schools since June 15th and Sam Singer, a scoring guard out of Florida who has a long list of schools looking to track him this summer.
Read on below for the lastest on each…
JOSH BROWN COLLECTING OFFERS
When news circulated that Josh Brown was backing off his verbal commitment to Temple which he made last Fall, we knew it wouldn’t be long before his recruitment started to take off. Brown had been very impressive every time NBE saw him during the season at St. Anthony’s as well as on the spring AAU period with Sports U. When we caught up with Brown yesterday he shared with us the schools that have been in contact with him since his decommitment, which also coincided with the June 15th opening of the unlimited contact period.
Here is a preview of the Showtime Ballers, a team to keep an eye on this summer on the AAU trail…
July Schedule Highlights:
–Reebok Showdown Series (Philadelphia, PA) July 13-15
–Peach State Summer Showcase (Aiken, SC) July 18-22
–Fab 48 (Las Vegas, NV) July 25-29
Showtime Ballers 17U Roster
RASHAWN POWELL 6’1 PG (DR. PHILLIPS HS)
DEANDRE BURNETT 6’2 CG (CAROL CITY HIGH) – Committed to Miami
WADLY MOMPREMERE 6’9 SF (MIAMI SR HIGH)
FALLOU NDOYE (6’11 C) FAITH BAPTIST
KARLOS ODUM (6’5 WG) TENEROC
TYRIEFE BEARD (6’3 SG) DR. PHILLIPS HS
RASHAD THOMPKINS (6’10 F) MIAMI SR HIGH
JOSEPHUS BENJI BELL (6’3 SG) ELY BLANCHE HIGH
BILLYDEE WILLIAMS (6’6 WG) FAITH BAPTIST
TERRELL HUNTLEY (6’9 PF) GODBY HIGH SCHOOL
Showtime Ballers 16U Roster
KEON GRAY (6’8 F) BOCA CIEGA
NICK MARTIN (6’3 SG) LAKE BRANTLEY
CUYLER MOSLEY (6’3 CG) TIMBERCREEK
BRANDON MILLER (6’7 WG) CYPRESS CREEK
RODERICK DAVIS (6’7) WG BRANDON HIGH
DWAYNE BACON (6’6 PG) MCKEEL ACADEMY – 2015
JORDAN GASKINS (5’10 PG) RICKARDS HIGH SCHOOL – 2015
COREY SANDERS (6’3 CG) MCKEEL ACADEMY – 2015
DALTON COX (6’5 SF) GEORGE JENKINS
DEXTER GRAHAM (6’5 WG) OVIEDO HIGH SCHOOL
MALCOLM LAWS (CG) WINTER PARK HIGH
QUANDARIUS PATTERSON (6’5 WF) GODBY HIGH SCHOOL – 2015
Star Watch: RaShawn Powell
–”when the ball is in his hands, he can do whatever needs to be done on offense”
According to the Ballers staff, Powell holds offers from Central Florida, Memphis, Mississippi State, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Murray State, Illinois State, UMASS, Miami and Seton Hall. Schools such as Alabama, Florida State and Cincinnati are also heavily in the mix as well.
Hurricanes got a good one in Burnett: Deandre Burnett will bring another ball handler and scoring threat. The Miami-commit is a great scorer and can create his own opportunities in various ways.
Summer Breakout Candidate: Tyriefe Beard
–The Ballers staff identified Beard as a sleeper that coaches will definitely notice this summer who is not getting alot of attention right now.
Youngster on the Rise: Dwayne Bacon
–Big guard is a member of the Class of 2015 and already has Viginia Tech and Florida State offers.
Mompremier & Ndoye Seeing Increased Recruiting Attention: Class of 2013, 6’9+ F Wadly Mompremier is rapidly improving and his recruitment has rapidly increased this spring. The Ballers staff informs us that Old Dominion, Northeastern, Florida Atlantic, James Madison and Jacksonville have offered with interest coming from Akron, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Florida Golf Coast and Alabama.
In the case of 6-foot-11 C Fallou Ndoye, his recruiting also picked up and he landed an ACC offer from Virginia Tech, which adds to the previous offers that he had already from Nevada, Florida Atlantic, Jacksonville and James Madison. Schools such as Cincinnati, Clemson, Mississippi, UCF, Miami, Akron, Memphis and Texas have shown interest and will likely keep an eye on him this July.
By Brian Batko
A full slate of games on Saturday at the Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest meant a lot more players in action, a lot more eye-opening performances, and a lot more recruiting updates. Below is a rundown of all the players from various classes that NBE caught up with on Saturday at the Jam Fest:
Andrew Harrison (Houston Defenders, 2013, Travis HS) – Regarded as a top five player in 2013, Harrison did nothing to prove otherwise on Saturday. The 6’5” point guard handled the rock, showed off his nasty crossover and great vision, and was able to get his shot off whenever and wherever he wanted. He and his twin brother Harrison listed a top four of Kentucky, Maryland, Villanova, and Baylor but said that doesn’t mean that another school can’t still get into the picture with them.
Aaron Harrison (Houston Defenders, 2013, Travis HS) – Not quite as quick and smooth as his brother, Aaron prefers to play off the ball, spotting up for threes and also attacking the rim. He and Andrew are 100 percent a package deal at the college level, according to them, and whichever school ultimately lands this dynamic duo better have plenty of minutes to go around in the backcourt.
by Alex Schwartz
MONTVERDE, Fla. – Three teams from the Northeast and a squad from Georgia joined four schools from Florida for the 2012 Montverde Academy Invitational Tournament this weekend. NBE Basketball Report was on hand Saturday for the final day of the event and took in four quality games.
In the seventh place game, Monsignor Pace (FL) defeated Leesburg (FL) by a score of 66-58. In the other consolation bracket game, Shiloh (GA) knocked off Imhotep Charter (PA) by two, 44-42, to claim fifth place.
Mount Vernon (NY) used a strong fourth quarter to take an 82-72 victory over Roman Catholic (PA) in the third place contest. Finally, Montverde Academy (FL) won the championship of its tournament with a 49-40 defeat of local foe Orlando Christian Prep (FL).
Top Performance of the Day:
Joshua Doughty (Mount Vernon 2013) – Doughty is not going to be a Division I basketball player, but this kid can definitely play college ball in a couple years. Doughty turned in the best performance of the day on Saturday and was the main reason Mount Vernon pulled off the comeback victory. The 5-foot-8 point guard scored 23 points in the victory, more than any other player scored all day. He had 21 points in the second half, including five 3-pointers in the third quarter alone. Overall, he connected on six shots from beyond the arc and displayed an intense, competitive nature.
By Alex Schwartz
BRANNEN GREENE SETS LOUISVILLE VISIT; PLANNING OTHER TRIPS
Pushing 6-foot-7, Brannen Greene is a mismatch on the wing due to his height and refined skill set. The Monroe (GA) native is a solid athlete with a good build who can do quite a bit with the ball in his hands. Greene has a high basketball IQ and good court vision, allowing him to hit the open man in position to score. His handle is superb and he can get through the defense on the way to the rack. Greene finishes pretty well at the rim and is crafty down low against the big bodies. He has nice form on his jumper, though he has yet to become a truly consistent shooter from deep. Greene puts in effort at the defensive end and can cause problems on the perimeter due to his length.
Greene has seen his stock explode as much as anyone in the Class of 2013 this summer and he a school list to prove it. He said that he has offers from Louisville, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Alabama, Marquette, Florida State, Florida, Connecticut, Kansas, Ohio State, Memphis, South Carolina, the equivalent of such from Harvard as well as “a lot more.”
By Alex Schwartz
The second July live evaluation period kicked off on Friday and the place to be over the 10-day period looks to be Orlando (FL). With AAU Super Showcases along with AAU National Championships being at the top age groups the action will be heating up like much of the summer weather our nation is currently seeing. In this first notebook, NBE chats with elite 2014 prospect Wayne Selden about his recruitment and covers the play and recruitment of Nigel Hayes, Mitchell Wilbekin while also getting a look at Marial Shayok, Che Bop and Jeremy Miller as well with the younger age groups taking center stage first. Read on below for the details…
Wayne Selden said he has offers from Kentucky, Boston College, Connecticut, West Virginia and Pittsburgh. He has interest from Ohio State, Arizona and Providence. He noted, “A lot more other schools in the Big East, ACC.”
By Raphielle Johnson
When a who’s who of the college coaching profession is on hand a show is expected. And 2013 prospect Jabari Parker provided that and then some in Mac Irvin Fire’s win over Worldwide Renegades in the evening session of the Las Vegas Fab 48 at Bishop Gorman. Parker showed off his vast array of skills in front of the likes of Dave Rose (BYU), Oliver Purnell (DePaul), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Bruce Weber (Illinois), Buzz Williams (Marquette) and Tom Izzo (Michigan State) among others.
Also playing well in the win for Mac Irvin were 2012 forward Steve Taylor and 2012 guards Aaric Armstead and Derrick Randolph. Taylor won’t be graded on the same level as Parker but make no mistake about it, the young man is skilled. Taylor showed off the ability to step out and attack the rim, doing a solid job of playing with contact and knocking down mid-range shots. Randolph, while he looks shorter than his listed height of 5’9”, is the kind of winning player that all successful teams tend to have.
Randolph was highly competitive at both ends of the floor, setting up teammates for easy baskets on quick drives to the basket and disrupting the Renegades defensively. Armstead may not have had the impact scoring-wise that some of the other players had, but he did the little things especially on the defensive end. And 2013 DePaul commit Billy Garrett Jr. proved to be a tough matchup due to his crafty handle and ability to knock down a variety of shots.
By Alex Schwartz
READING, Pa. — Featuring over 60 high schools from seven different states, The Hoop Group Elite Team Camp drew numerous Division I coaches to Albright College. At least half of Big East was represented there Sunday, the second and final day of the camp.
Head coaches from both of New Jersey’s Big East programs, Rutgers and Seton Hall, were in attendance along with at least one assistant. NBE Basketball Report also spotted or was informed that assistants from Cincinnati, DePaul, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Villanova and West Virginia were in Reading.
Amongst the attractions for the Big East schools were Kyle Anderson ’12, Nate Britt ’13, Reggie Cameron ’13, Hallice Cooke ’13, Will Ferguson ’13, Shep Garner ’14, Amile Jefferson ’12, Kris Jenkins ’13, Ja’Quan Newton ’14, Villanova-commit Daniel Ochefu ’12, Stanford Robinson ’13, Terrence Samuel ’13, Shamiek Sheppard ’13, Kavon Stewart ’13, Mike Young ’13, and more.
by Alex Schwartz
PHILADELPHIA – The Reebok Breakout Challenge came to a close yesterday, and NBE Basketball Report was on hand to take in the event’s final five game sets and catch up with a few more players.
One of the top uncommitted 2012 players at the camp was Daniel Dingle, a 6-foot-6 power forward out of St. Raymond’s (NY). He listed offers from Auburn, Temple, Xavier, Arizona, and Rutgers to go along with interest from Florida, Miami, Texas, and others.
Dingle said he does not have any favorites, but did note that a few schools are coming at him the hardest.
“I’d probably say Auburn, Temple and Arizona, those are the three,” Dingle said. “And Florida, Florida too, coach Norm [Roberts].”
The Rumble in the Bronx can be a launching pad for a successful summer and bring with it significantly more recruiting attention. One player who caught the eye of NBE at the Rumble was 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard Josh Brown who was playing with the Sports U/Team Izod AAU program. The product of famed St. Anthony’s in Jersey City (NJ) showed he is a freak of an athlete and used his superior athleticism to make plays in all facets of the game. He’s a strong rebounder and once he grabs a defensive board it’s off to the races. An absolute blur in the open court, Brown is just as likely to dunk on an unsuspecting defender’s head as he is to make a simple bounce pass to a teammate for an easy score.
In the half-court, he is simply devastating in pick and roll sets as he uses his speed to turn the corner and get to the rim and is also very adept at drawing the double team and whipping a pass to the screener for a layup. In the opinion of NBE’s contributor Brian Bosworth, Brown is only a consistent jump shot away from being a top 50 player nationally in the 2013 class.
By Brian Bosworth
The Rumble in the Bronx came to a close Sunday at Manhattan College with four champions being crowned. In the 15U bracket, the NJ Playaz outlasted the Westchester hawks to take home the title. The New York Gauchos used a furious second half rally to force overtime and eventually defeat Sports U Izod in the 16U bracket. Two champions were crowned at the 17U level with the Cincinnati Knights overtaking the Franchise All Stars (TX) in the silver bracket and the NJ Playaz fending off host team Albany City Rocks in the gold bracket.
While plenty of talented players made the trip to New York for this weekend’s festivities, a recurring theme continued Sunday with more big names not suiting up for their respective clubs. Star players missing from the action on Sunday included Dajuan Coleman and Olivier Hanlon of Albany City Rocks, Dakari Johnson of the New York Gauchos, Darrick Wood of the New Jersey Playaz, and Wannah Bail of the Franchise All Stars. Despite these absences the tournament was left with more than enough firepower for an entertaining weekend and a handful of players separated themselves from the pack on Sunday.
Ricardo Ledo (Expressions Elite 2012) – After struggling to put the ball in the hoop on Saturday, Ledo put on an offensive clinic in the silver playoffs on Sunday morning leading his team to victory with 28 big points. He toyed with defenders using his go-to crossover move and got into the paint finishing all the way at the rim as well as from mid-range. Ledo also showed off deep NBA range on his jump shot making seven 3 pointers both after using that crossover dribble and in catch and shoot situations. He makes the game look so easy on the offensive end when he has it working and it’s this smooth, effortless style that has both college and NBA scouts craving his services in the future.