On Friday I took the short trip over to Augusta for the EYBL Peach Jam and the Peach State tournament, all within the same vicinity. The likes of Harry Giles and Allonzo Trier were showcasing their talents on the hardwood in North Augusta, South Carolina, as fellow sleepers Corey Johnson and Ricky Council were attempting to further their names as potential higher level prospects within their respective classes. Let’s take a look at who stood out and where specific recruitments stand at this point.Bruce Brown/6’3 BABC 2016
Brown is a strong and burly built off guard who has been known for punishing others in the lane off of his own attacks to the bucket. However, in a win against Boo Williams on Friday, the rising junior hit on a few outside jumpers down the stretch, went to his ever-consistent floater in the lane, and willed his ways to score at the rack. There is a lot to like about the sturdy scorer of the ball and with further performances like that of which he had on Friday, he should see his recruitment escape the New England region and leak out into a bigger picture on the trail.
Terance Mann/6’5 BABC 2015
Mann has been known for being able to really fill it up on the scoreboard, however he primarily acted as a facilitator with the ball in his hands on Friday as the long and well-mannered kid got it done with the ball in his hands. He isn’t super-fast and doesn’t blow you away with anything other than his size, yet he gets the job done on the floor, doesn’t turn it over, and makes good reads with the rock in his hands whenever he is attacking off of the hesitation dribble. Whichever programs gains ahold of the rising senior, of whom his mother is a coach on the URI women’s staff, should be excited to gain ahold of such a giant ceiling in 2015.
I have been watching Ahmad since it seems like he was a baby playing out his days at Shaker Heights in Cleveland, Ohio. On Friday, it may have been the most dominant performance that I have ever seen out of him. Ahmad played like Boris Diaw, circa 2006 with the Phoenix Suns, as a point forward type in getting his team within their offense in the half court, driving and dishing with controlled attacks, and making plays outside of his area on the glass. Throw in his physical mindset, evolving physical skills and frame, and tough demeanor, and Ahmad is well on his way to becoming an effective college player in the coming years.
Harry Giles/6’10 CP3 All-Stars 2016
This dude is back. He might still be a little out of control on face-up and attacks where he doesn’t have his bearings down just yet, but the stud of a junior is such a menacing figure on the hardwood. His wingspan is like that of a damn raptor and his ability to finish around the bucket is impressive. Whether it is crafty reverse layins, or looking to hammer home the thunderous dunk over ominous opponents, the big man out of Carolina gets it done. Giles also showed off more of a polished jumper, though it does need further soothing out, but he can create for himself off of jab steps on the face-up and has the long reach to get anywhere that he wants on the floor. He is a top-five talent in all of high school basketball, simply put.
Allonzo Trier/6’4 Athletes First 2015
Trier has to run the show for his group and it is a bit difficult whenever you are getting zeroed in as much as the Oklahoma City guard sees. His jumper is a bit awkward, but damn does the thing go in. He can connect on jumpers out to 27-feet without much of a hesitation and whenever a guy goes under the ball screen, the thing is good as gone. Trier has a lankier, longer frame out top of which he uses his added inches to see over opponents in the half court in making solid swings in the offense. He is a top tier wing in 2015 and is being recruited as such.
SLEEPERS UNITERicky Council/6’4 Brand X 2014
Council is quite possibly one of the top available seniors still available this late in the year and with solid grades and a quality demeanor off the floor, it is a bit weird seeing a kid of Council’s talent level and frame not being pursued further from programs throughout the east coast. The well-built off guard can score through contact at the rim, has a polished jumper of which he elevates nicely on from off the pull, and quite simply, just knows how to put the ball through the rim. He is always around the basketball and the Carolina product entertains with his intellect and quality motor on the floor.
Corey Johnson/6’5 Northern Kings 2015
With the build of that of Zach Lavine’s and rocking the white-T under his game jersey, Johnson really impressed with how he can facilitate off the bounce in the lane and create for others out of the dribble drive. When his feet are set off the ball, Johnson is wet in hitting on jumpers, even contested out to 22, although he can also put the ball on the floor and score off of elbow pull-up shots. He has a fine intellect for the game and following his loss on Friday evening, the Ottawa native even went out of his way to shake the referee’s hand. This kid gets it and he is a joy to watch with how smooth he is and his solid decision-making abilities on the floor.
2015 Terance Mann has become a priority New England region recruit, but spoke briefly on the fact that he may want to get outside of the area for his college ball.
2014 Ricky Council has seen the 10 programs that had offered him earlier in the year drop off of him besides UNC-Wilmington, yet Providence, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest could dish out an offer at any time as a late get in 2014.
2016 Bruce Brown listed Michigan, Xavier, Miami, and VCU as coming the hardest, with further interest from Arizona, Maryland, Temple, and Iowa State.
2017 recent reclass and transfer to Genesis Academy, Devante Carter lists no offers at this time, but interest from Richmond, ODU, Virginia, and Minnesota.2015 Corey Johnson lists offers from Delaware, Lehigh, Northern Illinois, Ohio, LIU Brooklyn, New Hampshire, UNC-Wilmington, Stephen F. Austin. He plans on transferring for his senior year to the likes of either IMG Academy, Vermont Academy, Athletes Institute, or The Kiski School.
2015 Wings Elite guard Marquise Pointer picked up an offer from Old Dominion.
2015 Team Takeover Orange forward Taron Oliver picked up an offer from FGCU.
2015 Boo Williams guard Justin Robinson picked up an offer from Toledo.
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