The first full day of Vegas was a good one as many unknowns came out of the shadows in displaying some major upside on the hardwood and worthy of much more looks within their respective recruitments. It was the likes of Mitchell Robinson and Dean Wade that impressed and should receive heightened recruitments in the coming months and years, while Chase Jeter, PJ Dozier, and Kwe Parker further solidified themselves as top targets for the college coaches.PJ Dozier/6’6 Upward Stars 2015
The Carolina guard is one of the biggest matchup problems on the national scale where he displays giant length on the perimeter, capable of playing spots 1-3, with added ball skills and composure in setting the floor for his team. Coming off of an ACL injury, it seems that Dozier has become even more explosive than ever before and after being hassled a bit by a smaller opponent, the Stars stud threw down a monster, one-handed tomahawk dunk that silenced his defenders with authority. The rising senior is best when the ball is in his hands making plays happen, though he doesn’t force much, and he has a nice pull-up within his arsenal and creates well for others off of his right hand. Being recruited as a point guard and/or wing, Dozier brings a bevy of abilities to the hardwood that just not many others on the national scale can do so.
Chase Jeter/6’11 Dream Vision 2015
It is about that time that we begin to give Jeter his dues even further as a potential top-5 kid in his class. The lengthy and explosive rim protector doesn’t turn 17 years old until September, has an excellent grasp for who he is both on and off the floor, has growth plates that haven’t closed yet, and sports a giant 7’2 wingspan. Throw that all together along with his impressive post moves, evolving ball skills, and consistent motor down low and Jeter could be the very best in 2015 in five years. Once his body continues to catch up to his talent level, Jeter is going to wreak havoc even further onto those that he goes up against. In a loss to Milwaukee Rebels, Jeter did everything he could to help pull out the W as he rebounded it on both ends, altered everything at the bucket, and used counter moves to score in the post. The Gorman big man is a special talent and an even better kid and whoever lands the Sin City native will have gotten an outstanding big man for next year.
Dean Wade/6’8 Mid-Kansas Elite 2015
Quite possibly the biggest sleeper candidate of the 2014 summer period, Wade hasn’t even gotten his dues quite yet. The 6’8 forward has excellent ball skills on the perimeter off of the face-up where he can take his man off the bounce with either hand, uses his big time bounce to score over the traffic, and also passes it impressively well on the go. The big man’s motor never shuts off, he makes plays out of his area, and he has that intrigue that is hard to come by nowadays with the recruiting world so heightened. Wade does have to show that he has some sort of post-game on the block, yet his playmaking from 17-feet and in facing the rim is impressive and the Kansas native has a shot to be a highly traced, high-major guy in the coming months.
Miles Bridges/6’6 Michigan Mustangs 2016
The lefty, suiting up for the Mustangs group this week, was his typical self going off for another 20+ displaying a fine release off the catch, a confident mid-range game out of the short corner region, and a physical mindset around the bucket. Whether he is creating for himself and his teammates as a point-forward type or rejecting shots at the bucket with some added violence, the Michigan native is all that and a bag of chips. There isn’t much the Huntington Prep stud can’t do on the floor and is one of the more consistent producers throughout all of the land. His recruitment is just picking up steam but still has a ways to go before it reaches the respective levels that it should be on.
Kwe Parker/6’2 Karolina Diamonds 2016
Pound for pound, Parker might be the most explosive athlete in all of high school basketball. The Carolina native is super entertaining in quicker affairs as he thrives in the open floor with his quick leaping abilities, finisher’s mindset, and instinctive leaps for boards and shot blocks. He does have to be consistent once games slow down, yet Parker’s jumper is coming along as he hit on a short corner pull-up on the baseline and makes good passes on the perimeter in keeping the flow of the offense intact. Parker also seems to be engaged every time that he steps out onto the floor and buys into defending the basketball. He does have some flaws in his game, like just about everyone else in high school ball does, but his upside is through the roof as a playmaking guard who can bring the crowd to their feet at a drop of a dime.
Checking in on the New Orleans Elite crew to start out the day, I was immediately drawn to their giant big man down low. Sorting through the book but missing number 20, I figured that the big man was a 2015 kid with some upside as a high-major project. Figuring out that the Pensacola native is a 2017, it is mind-boggling just how good the NOE center can be. He sports a 7’2 wingspan and corrals everything that he touches off the glass and rim. Robinson also makes good rim runs and is quick off his feet on the dunk attempt following the dump off pass. He does still have a long way to go when it comes to displaying a back to the rim game, however the rising sophomore plays hard, rebounds it, and has all the physical tangibles to be something special in a few years.
The Karolina Diamonds may be the most entertaining bunch in all of grassroots ball. High tempo affair galore. They personify the nickname ‘Dunk City’ to the fullest! Kwe Parker, Diondre Overton, Ty Graves, and Zo Tyson make for a special group.
Jarred Reuter may have his physical limitations for the Playaz, but man does he pass the ball efficiently well out of the low post, secure boards with both hands, and have a solid back to the rim game down low.
Solomon Young, 2016 Dream Vision forward, may have a future ahead of himself, but not on the hardwood. Sporting an over 7’ wingspan, a killer body and frame, and the physical demeanor, this kid could be the next Antonio Gates!
Indiana went three deep with Tom Crean in attendance for Braxton Blackwell; Ohio State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt were also on hand.
PJ Dozier stated that he plans on trimming his list to a group of seven within the next two weeks and listed the likes of Georgetown, UNC, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Florida, Louisville, and Clemson as some of the programs most involved.
Mitchell Robinson seems brand new to the entire process, as well he should, and was unable to solidify a concrete scholarship offer at this time, though he did mention DePaul in the early mix.
Dean Wade is a bad dude I tell you! With just limited offers but a bevy of offers, it seems that those that have seen him, immediately offer the kid. He listed over several offers, yet higher major offers from the likes of Iowa, Boise State, Wichita State, and Kansas State. He comes from a town of just 1,500 people and is one of the best sleepers on the national scale!
Thad Matta and an assistant, Bill Self and an assistant, and Illinois were among those on hand for Carlton Bragg.
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