The final day of the Reebok Breakout Challenge came and went on Friday as several kids continued to heighten their stocks with production on the hardwood, and others dudes, along the likes of Jawun Evans, Derrick Jones, and Donovan Mitchell, further cemented themselves at top tier prospects that will continue to gain priority status in the coming months before finishing off their recruitment.CJ Keyser/6’2 Mid-Atlantic Select 2015
Keyser has seen his stock really soar over the past few months hitting CUSA and Atlantic 10 standards, however it is about to reach the highest level in the coming weeks as the explosive guard was great on Friday. With the extra gear off the bounce and the body control and toughness to score in traffic, Keyser makes plays on the floor that you just can’t teach. Throw in just how tough and gritty that the guard is and his continued evolution into becoming a lead guard, and Keyser is due to receive his first high-major offer any day now.
Donovan Mitchell/6’3 The City 2015
Mitchell has continued to add strength and muscle to his frame as the compact and sturdy wing sports a 210 pound body, but some major bounce and athleticism at the tin. He has really developed his outside jumper along the same lines and his playmaking abilities in the open floor have never been more evident. The high flying wing defends the basketball, makes instinctive reads in the open floor, and is good for at least one highlight reel dunk per game. Look for Mitchell to continue to add to his offer list where he sports the upside and potential that you’d desire out of any prospect worth recruiting at the highest level.
I will make it short today with Evans because I feel like a broken record of sorts in pronouncing the South Carolina native as the elite of the elite in 2015. The lead guard is one of the fastest guys that you will see baseline to baseline and with recent comparisons to Chris Paul and TJ Ford, there is actually a ton of Patrick Beverly to the point man. He is one of the more underrated defenders of the basketball, he gets anywhere he wants with the ball off his right hand, and his floater in the lane is Tony Parker-like. There is much reason that Evans has become such a priority for the eight schools involved and for whomever gains his talents next year, should be very thankful that they have the best within all of the land; Evans was the very best player that I saw all week long in Philly.
Elijah Thomas/6’10 Nike Team Texas 2015
The big boy is fresh off a broken wrist injury and is still a bit out of shape. However, when engaged and active, the Texan big man was more than effective near the bucket. He is one of the more underrated passing big men in America from both the short corner region and low block and he understands just how to use his thicker body type to score around his man. Thomas doesn’t have a ton of lift, however when his shots do fall short near the bucket, he tends to follow them nicely and he has the hands and proper mindset to do so. The big boy has all of the tangibles to be big time and upon tightening up his frame, Thomas’ production should increase even further.
Coming off a freaky fractured wrist during the high school year, Murphy struggled a bit during his first open period session in April where he lacked the feel and didn’t seem too comfortable on the hardwood. Fast-forward to July and Murphy seems to be gaining more and more confidence in every game that he plays in. The youngest Murphy brother, of whom the middle is about to begin his career at Florida after transferring from Duke, never takes a play off on the floor, has the fundamentals that most college coaches would wish that their players had within their games, and has become increasingly more athletic in the open floor. The Playaz forward is mature beyond his years and he understands just what he can and cannot do on the floor; he will be a heavily pursued prospect, especially as his ball skills and body fill out even further, as the years progress.
Steven Enoch/6’9 High Rise-Team Up 2015
Enoch has been nursing a bad thigh bruise, but he seems to be getting back into the groove where he ran the floor with a purpose, hit a rhythm wing 3 off the catch, and held his ground and protected his bucket on defense. Enoch has a constant motor down low, yet he is developing his ball skills and jumper, which should only help his game hit the next level. His body should explode upon hitting a weight room and as he gains more reps against the very best, Enoch’s ceiling is as good as there is up north in 2015.
Derrick Jones/6’6 We R 1 2015
Jones had the coaches buzzing on Friday as the super athlete has developed his ball skills enough that he has to be guarded now out top in shooting the ball and he seems to never take many plays off. He was still is his constant self with his highlight dunks on the break, yet his half court production and steadiness off the ball is what many are so intrigued by now. His progressions had reached a streaking halt over the past several months, but the Philly wing’s game is now on the uptick and it seems that his recruitment is following a similar path.
2015 Sports U forward Markis McDuffie seems to be more and more active around the basket while he brings a bouncy, light frame to the floor, capable of scoring within traffic off of solid body control contortions at the tin.
2016 Team SCAN guard Tyus Battle is elite…point blank. The kid has possibly the best mid-range game in all of high school basketball and his recent physical developments allows for his scoring to come that much easier off the bounce.
2015 DC Premier forward Marquez Letcher continues to help his stock with his scoring abilities at the tin and he was awesome on a Friday afternoon affair in scoring in traffic and with either hand.2016 We R 1 forward Nysier Brooks is a really intriguing one as he plays hard within the trenches, has the long frame to build on, and plays and competes with an edge of toughness.
An interesting sidebar here as Elijah Thomas spoke openly about a possible three-way package deal that could commence in the fall and early signing period that would involve himself, Jawun Evans, and Admon Gilder. The three play out their high school days in Texas and would make one formidable, 1-2-3 punch. USC, Oklahoma State, and Texas are the three programs recruiting all three and this is definitely something to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.
Elijah Thomas will take his first official visit to Oklahoma State in September, while he will also definitely visit UNLV and Illinois; the other two visits are up in the air, he voiced.
Jawun Evans was chased by Buzz Williams and a Virginia Tech assistant, Illinois head coach John Groce, Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford and an assistant, USC head coach Andy Enfield and an assistant, along with assistants from Clemson and Texas.
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton traced the Showtime Ballers group of Jean-Marc Koumadji, Dwayne Bacon, and Corey Sanders all throughout the weekend.
Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan and an assistant tracked 2015 center Diamond Stone all day.
Seth Towns lists offers from Michigan, Virginia Tech, Xavier, Toledo, Rice, Air Force, and Dayton, with interest from Arizona State, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
2015 Mid-Atlantic Select guard CJ Keyser visited Georgetown, Villanova, and Providence in the past, and lists offers from programs throughout the Atlantic 10.2015 Gym Rats big man Horace Spencer added an offer from USF last night, with withstanding offers from Seton Hall, UNLV, USC, Temple, La Salle, and Kansas State.
2015 Dallas Mustangs forward Hassan Thomas lists offers from Tulsa, Tulane, UTEP, TCU, MTSU, Grand Canyon, UIC, and Wyoming, while he will take his first official to Wyoming in August.
2016 We R 1 big man Nysier Brooks lists interest from James Madison, La Salle, and Fairfield, but will transfer to South Kent this fall and could possibly reclass to 2017.
2015 The City guard Donovan Mitchell added offers from Louisville, Memphis, and USF last night, to an already long list of Providence, BC, Creighton, Iowa, Florida State, Xavier, Georgia Tech, and Cincinnati; Kansas, Villanova, Georgetown, and UNLV are showing further interest.
2016 Georgia Stars center Abdul Ado picked up an offer from Louisville.
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