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Day 4 of AAU Super Showcase, Nationals

7/30/2012

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Teams are advancing and players are emerging on the fourth day of the AAU Super Showcase and AAU Nationals. Here is a look at who stood out on Saturday:

Standout players

JeQuan Lewis (Dickson, Tenn./Dickson County)

2013, PG, 6-foot-1, 175 pounds

College: VCU


This future Ram has a ton of speed and quickness and uses it on both ends of the floor. In transition, he pushes the ball with great pace to put pressure on the defense, surveying the floor for his teammates or scoring opportunities for himself. In the half-court set he shows the mindset to run an offense or break off a play and get a bucket. He shoots it from behind the arc, has a pull-up jumper and displays proper use of the floater. On the defensive end, he gets his share of steals and applies hard ball pressure thanks to his quick hands and feet. Overall, Lewis competes and cares about winning.

Theo Pinson (Greensboro, N.C./Wesleyan Christian)

2014, SG, 6-5, 195 pounds


He is a smooth, athletic wing who has become much more productive over the past three months. He has always been talented, but he has learned to be more assertive and productive. Pinson has range to 22 feet and is a nice slasher in the lane. He hit a few big shots down the stretch before injuring his foot in his team's victory over All Ohio Red in the Sweet 16 of the Gold Super Showcase.

Jarvis Garrett (West Allis, Wis./Central)

2013, PG, 5-11, 175 pounds


He is a quick scoring point guard who had 27 points in his team's loss to the Southern Stampede on Saturday at the Gold Super Showcase. Garrett can score in a variety of ways. He is a good shooter to 20 feet and is an excellent slasher who can pull up from midrange or drive all the way to the hoop. Garrett is also effective in transition, where he can finish acrobatic layups in traffic. Though he may be a shoot-first PG, he is effective running a team, making him one of the better point guard sleepers in the Midwest.

Jarquez Smith (Haddock, Ga./Jones County)

2013, PF, 6-9, 215 pounds


He is smooth and fluid with great size and a high skill level. He has shown the ability to get to the rim from the arc in two dribbles, which is very efficient with his long arms and enormous wing span. Smith presents a problem when guarding him because he goes by or shoots from outside against bigger defenders and takes smaller ones to the midpost area and goes to work. He also snatches rebounds out of the air with ease on the defensive end, even against block outs. Smith has a unique combination of skill and size, which makes him a very intriguing prospect. He needs to be more productive on a consistent basis, but has one of the better upsides in the 2013 class. He said he likes Georgia, Georgia Tech, NC State, Georgetown and Florida State.

Donte Clark (Charlotte, N.C./Hargrave Military Academy)

2013, SF, 6-5, 185 pounds


Clark has a knack for scoring the basketball, but he needs to give a more consistent effort on both ends because the talent is there. He has really seen his recruiting skyrocket since the April period. He said he likes Virginia Tech, Miami, Oklahoma State, Mississippi, Memphis, Auburn and Providence.

Up-and-comers

Rosel Hurley (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights)

2014, SG, 6-4, 170 pounds


He is a long, athletic scorer on the wing who has been struggling some this summer but had a nice breakout game Saturday for his All Ohio Red U-16 team, which is playing in the AAU U-17 division. Hurley is a monster in transition, where he can use his length, quickness and leaping ability to finish well above the rim. He has also really improved as a shooter to where he has solid range to 19 feet. Hurley is a true riser in the 2014 class.

Jae'Sean Tate (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central)

2014, PF/SF, 6-5, 205 pounds


Tate's exploits have been well documented recently and his effort on the court is unmatched. He is a physical presence who rebounds and scores. His elite athleticism combined with his motor make him a weapon that is hard to contain in today's grassroots scene. He scores most of his points in the paint on post-ups, short jumpers or slashes to the basket. He will need to increase his skill set, especially the consistency of his jump shot, but he will be a priority for most high-major and mid-major-plus programs in the Midwest and beyond next season.

Tim Rowe (Lilburn, Ga./Berkmar)

2014, C, 6-9, 215 pounds


Due to the fact that there is a distinct need for big men, expect him to be a highly sought after recruit next season. Rowe is a good, fundamentally sound big man who can score on the low block, take up space in the lane defensively and rebound in the paint. There is nothing spectacular about his game but he is effective inside. He has nice size and solid hands and feet. Look for Rowe to be on every midlevel SEC school's recruiting list 12 months from now.

Phil Cofer (Atlanta/Whitewater)

2014, PF, 6-8, 200 pounds


He is a high-energy post player who is still somewhat on the thin side, but he understands how to post up from the midrange area. On the catch, he will turn and face his defender and shoot it or drive it with efficiency. On his drives from the high post, he is quick to turn away from the defense and score. When defenses run a double-team at him, he reads it quickly and accurately passes out of it. Cofer is also a traffic rebounder and at times a good shot-blocker thanks to his bouncy, long frame and a good motor. To take his performance to another level, he needs to work on making his body stronger and developing more skill. A bunch of high-major schools are already sniffing around.

Surprise player

Andre Elam (Atlanta/Westlake)

2013, PF/SF, 6-6, 200 pounds


He plays a power game, trying to finish everything strong around the basket. Elam is most comfortable running out in the open floor, looking for a pass to finish a fast break. When the game slows down, he is most comfortable catching, sweeping and driving the ball from the short corner or high post. He hits the offensive glass, trying to get second-chance points and will try to dunk on defenders after grabbing an offensive rebound. Mid-majors should be looking.