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AAU Super Showcase Rundown- 25th & 26th

Posted on 27. Jul, 2010 by Alex Schwartz in High School, Tournaments

ORLANDO, Fla. – The AAU Super Showcase kept rolling on rolling the past couple of days. On Sunday, U17 pool play wrapped up and bracket play got underway while the U16 champions were crowned. Monday saw U17 bracket play continue on through the semifinals and, in addition, U16 AAU Nationals got underway. There have been more and more coaches at the ESPN Wide World of Sports each and every day, with the majority of Division I schools dispensing at least one coach to the events, if not more.

 

Top Performers

Darion Atkins, 2011, PF, 6’7, Landon School (MD), DC Team Takeover-

With star big man Mikael Hopkins battling injuries and his team struggling as a whole, Darion Atkins came up big for DC Team Takeover, though the score sheet might not show it. In a quarterfinal game against Team Next where Takeover trailed by 16 in the third quarter, Atkins provided a huge spark in the second half and helped key a huge run for a victory. Takeover won by 10, which happens to be the number of points Atkins scored, with all of them coming in the second half. In addition, in both that game and others, Atkins grabbed rebounds and blocked shots. His stock has certainly increased with his play in Orlando.

Brad Beal, 2011, SG, 6’3, Chaminade (MO), St. Louis Eagles-

What more is there to say about the Florida-bound Beal? The Eagles beat DC Team Takeover in the semifinals to avenge the Peach Jam championship game loss, and Beal came up absolutely huge, dropping 36 points, nearly half of his team’s total. He went a ridiculous 15/18 at the line, including 12/14 in the final quarter of play. Beal also keyed a huge blowout win over the deep and talented CP3 All-Stars, dropping 17 points in the first half. Beal is without a doubt in the discussion of best guard in the nation.

Shaq Boga, 2011, PG, 6’0, McCluer (MO), St. Louis Eagles-

As phenomenal as Beal was, the Eagles needed everything they got from their talented point guard Shaq Boga. He scored 15 points in the quarterfinals and then 16 in the semifinals, where he was 6/8 at the line. Also, Boga did a good job of distributing the ball, routinely finding the open man with a tough, flashy pass. While Beal is the team’s best player, a lot of what the Eagles do starts with Boga.

Robert Brown, 2011, SG, 6’5, East Ridge (FL), Showtime Ballers-

The boys from Florida nearly made it to the semifinals, falling just short a round earlier, and the Virginia Tech-bound Brown was a major reason why. He had 16 points in a dominant win over Martin Brothers in early round action, and kept up the scoring and stellar play throughout the tournament. Brown is not particularly well-known for a player committed to ACC school, but he has had a good summer and is showing why he was so coveted by the Hokies.

Chris Bolden, 2012, SG, 6’2, Norcross (GA), GA Stars-

With numerous high-major recruits on the floor in the GA Stars games against the SYF Players, it was an underclass guard who was the best player on the floor. Little-known Chris Bolden dropped 23 points in the game to lead all scorers. Bolden connected on five shots from beyond the arc, including one right at the end of the first half. With the Stars struggling in the late going, Bolden did all he could to put his team on top, but it was not enough.

Branden Dawson, 2011, SF, 6’5, Lew Wallace (IN), SYF Players-

Dawson was phenomenal for SYF in the win over the GA Stars and was the only player on the court at the same level performance-wise as Bolden. An undersized combo forward, Dawson is a terrific rebounder at both ends of the court. He led his team with 21 points in the win and while rebounds are not kept he almost certainly had a double-double. Dawson is strong and active, but needs to improve upon his jumper and free throw shooting.

Michael Gbinije, 2011, SF, 6’6, Benedictine (VA), DC Team Takeover-

Even when it seems like the future Duke Blue Devil is not at his finest, he fills up the scoring book. A long, versatile wing, Gbinije struggled to finish around the cup and did not shoot the ball from deep much, but he possesses a fantastic midrange game, which is one thing that makes him special. Gbinije had a game-high 16 points in a quarterfinal win over Team Next, with 12 coming in the second half, including eight in the final period of action. Gbinije was his team’s top scorer again in the semifinals, dropping 22 in a losing effort and going 7/9 at the stripe.

Shane Larkin, 2011, PG, 5’11, Dr. Phillips (FL), Showtime Ballers-

Robert Brown was certainly quite good, but Larkin was the Showtime Ballers’ best player in their surprise run to the quarterfinals. Larkin had 19 points to lead all scorers in a win over Martin Brothers, connecting on three shots from beyond the arc and going 4/5 at the line. Larkin also has good quickness and a superb handle, both of which allow him to skillfully attack the basket, where he can either finish or adeptly dish the ball to a teammate.

Levi Randolph, 2011, SG, 6’5, Bob Jones (AL), Alabama Challenge-

The Alabama-bound Randolph continued his torrid play on the AAU circuit out in Orlando. A top-notch guard out of the Yellowhammer State, Randolph had 20 points in a win over Arkansas Wings Elite, hitting a trio of threes and shooting 3/4 from the foul line. Randolph is a silent assassin who gets the job done in many ways, either off the long range jumper, or around the basket. In addition, he rebounds the ball well for his position.

Austin Rivers, 2011, SG, 6’4, Winter Park (FL), Each 1 Teach 1-

Through three days of ball at the U17 level, Austin Rivers has probably been the best performer, carrying his team into the championship game of the Gold division. E1T1 is 7-0 so far, including a come-from-behind victory over the Georgia Blazers in the semifinals and a huge comeback win over DC Team Takeover in an ESPNU showcase game. In that game against the Blazers, Rivers was absolutely phenomenal. He scored 37 points in the game, including 26 in the second half, 15 of which came in the fourth quarter when E1T1 mounted a big comeback. Rivers hit five threes, all in the second half, including three in the fourth quarter. Those three came on three straight possessions and including a crowd-pleasing step back and a long bomb that drew a foul and turned into four points. He was 6/7 at the line, including 5/6 in the decisive final quarter. His showing in a pool play trashing of Houston Hoops deserves mentioning as well, as Rivers this time did his damage in the first half, scoring 24 of his 31 points in the first 16 minutes. He hit five three, four of which were in the first half, including three in the second quarter. In addition, he went 7/11 at the stripe. Rivers is ridiculously skilled and when his jumper is falling and he is on his game, he is all but impossible to even contain.

Aaron Thomas, 2011, SG, 6’5, Aiken (OH), Queen City Prophets-

The Prophets defeated Nike Baltimore Elite in a double overtime thriller, and Thomas was a key reason why. The skilled wing had 21 points, 14 of which came in the fourth quarter and overtime. Thomas went 4/5 at the line in the fourth quarter, 5/5 in the overtimes, and 11/12 as a whole in the game. Thomas is a competitor who gets the job done and is not well enough known on a national level.

 

Other Notable Performers

James Robinson, 2012, PG, 6’2, DeMatha (MD), DC Team Takeover

Steve Moundou-Missi, 2011, PF, 6’6, Montverde Academy (FL), Each 1 Teach 1

Ben McLemore, 2011, SF, 6’4, Oak Hill Academy (VA), St. Louis Eagles

Jacob Lawson, 2011, PF, 6’7, Oak Ridge Military Academy (NC), CP3 All-Stars

Angelo Warner, 2011, SG, 6’2, Jones (FL), Showtime Ballers

Rodney Purvis, 2013, SG, 6’2, Upper Room Christian Academy (NC), CP3 All-Stars

Nick Faust, 2011, SG, 6’4, Baltimore City College HS (MD), Baltimore Nike Elite

Darion Griswold, 2011, SF, 6’5, Dumas (AR), Arkansas Wings Elite

Rodney Cooper, 2011, SG, 6’5, Russell County (AL), Alabama Challenge

Travis Trice, 2011, PG, 5’11, Wayne (OH), SYF Players

 

Recruiting Nuggets

Jalen Bradley, 2012, SG, 5’10, Norfolk (NE), Martin Brothers 16s- According to his AAU coach, Hank Huddleson, the only school involved with Bradley at this point is Santa Clara. While the school has not offered, Bradley has taken a visit to the school.

Mike Gessell, 2012, SG, 6’0, South Sioux City (IA), Martin Brothers 16s- Huddleson said that Gessell has offers from Northern Iowa, Iowa State, Iowa, Creighton, Nebraska, and Utah. In addition, Stanford is showing interest in him.

Roquez Johnson, 2011, PF, 6’6, Carver (AL), Alabama Challenge- Johnson lists offers from Missouri State and Alabama. He noted that he has gotten interest from Georgia Tech, Florida State, Alabama State, and Villanova with no favorites at this point.

Algie Key, 2011, SG, 6’4, Quality Education Academy (NC), Georgia Blazers- Key and his AAU coach John Cross said that VCU, Florida State, UTEP, Rice, Georgia State, Oregon State, Penn State, LSU, and George Mason have offered. Clemson, Ole Miss, College of Charleston, and others are showing interest and right now Key has Penn State, VCU, and Oregon State atop his list.

Mitch McGary, 2012, PF, 6’9, Brewster Academy (NH), SYF Players- McGary, who has no favorites, claims offers from Indiana, Purdue, Xavier, Cincinnati, Dayton, Marquette, and Miami as well as interest from Illinois. He is transferring from Chesterton (IN) to Brewster, where will be do his senior year and then will do a post-graduate year so as to end up in the class of 2012 and improve his academic situation.

Bernard Sullivan, 2011, PF, 6’8, Davidson Day (NC), Team Charlotte- Sullivan has offers from Clemson, Charlotte, Virginia Tech, and Virginia. Duke, Wake Forest, Penn State, and Purdue are showing interest in Sullivan, who has no favorites.
Mading Thok, 2012, C, 6’11, Mt. Michael Benedictine Academy (NE), Martin Brothers 16s- Huddleson said that Thok has no offers right now, but that some schools have shown interest. He specifically mentioned Nebraska, Iowa, Clemson, and New Mexico, noting that there are others too.

Chris Walker, 2013, PF, 6’8, Holmes County (FL), Georgia Blazers- Walker, an elite rising sophomore big man, has a top two of Kentucky and Tennessee, with Louisville, Florida, Georgia Tech, and Florida State rounding out his top six. Though he does not yet have any offers, he noted that Tennessee “said they were gonna offer” him.
Tanner Williams, 2012, SF, 6’5, Orion (IL), Martin Brothers 16s- Huddleson said Williams is garnering interest from Boise State and Creighton. Neither one has offered at this point.

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