Monday, June 10, 2013
Top performers from UA Grind Session
By Reggie Rankin
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The Under Armour All-Star Weekend Grind Session features the top players from the 15U, 16U and 17U age groups from the Eastern and Western Conferences as voted on by the coaches. Game 1 will be the 15U vs. 16U All-Stars and Game 2 featured the 17U All-Stars. The talent of all four teams was deep and the games were ultra-competitive with guys like James Demery, Dominique Collier and Troy Brown making their presence felt frequently.
Here’s how we saw things in Vegas.
17U East vs. 17U West Game
Most Athletic Players
James Demery (Greenville, N.C./Northside Christian Academy)
2014, SF, 6-foot-7, 200
AAU team: Team Charlotte
Offers: Virginia Tech, Tennessee, St. Josephs, Creighton, Oklahoma State and East Carolina
Demery is an excellent athlete who attacks the rim on the break or with quick first-step slashes from the wing and along the baseline. He did a great job of absorbing contact and finishing with excellent body control. Demery is also an excellent perimeter rebounder in and out of his area. His athletic plays are a thing of beauty while his blue-collar contributions go a long way toward his team’s overall success.
Brekkot Chapman is a versatile athlete with offers from Arizona, Gonzaga and plenty of others.
Brekkott Chapman (Roy, Utah/Roy)
2014, SF, 6-9, 200
AAU team: Utah Prospects
Offers: BYU, Utah, Utah State, Arizona, Arizona State, Gonzaga with interest from UCLA
Chapman was a rock solid performer from both the inside and on the perimeter. He displayed excellent touch and feel around the basket and managed to stretch the D by drilling open 3s with confidence and ease. Chapman is a tough matchup due to his size, skill and offensive versatility.
Dominique Collier (Denver, Colo./Denver East)
2014, PG, 6-2, 160
AAU team: KC Run GMC
Committed to Colorado Collier is a pure point guard with an extremely strong feel for the game. He did a good job of finding open teammates with his penetration and made defenses pay repeatedly from deep when his man played off of him. I like his chances to knock down treys whenever his feet are set, something he did quite frequently in this contest.
Malek Harris (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg)
2014, PF, 6-7, 200
AAU team: Illinois Wolves
Offers: Marquette, Kansas State and Oregon State
Harris plays with energy and urgency on both ends of the floor. Defensively, he competes and seems to always get his hands on the ball either on a blocked shot or deflection. His length, athletic ability and effort allow him to lock up players from different spots on the court. He runs the floor well and is a good open court passer. Harris does a number of things that may not show up in the scorer’s book, but ultimately lead his team to victory.
15U vs. 16U Game
Ray Smith (Las Vegas, Las Vegas HS)
2015, SF, 6-6, 172
AAU team: Las Vegas Prospects
Offers: San Diego State, UNLV, Northern Arizona and interest from Texas, Oregon and Washington
Smith positively affected the game with his athleticism right from the opening tip. He ran the floor like a deer, finished everything and was a tip-dunk threat when not blocked out. Smith can clean the defensive glass and push the ball to ignite the break in transition. In the halfcourt, Smith moved well without the ball and completed some nice catch-and-finish scores.
Troy Brown has the potential to be one of the elite guards in the 2017 class.
Troy Brown (Las Vegas, Nev./Centennial)
2017, SG, 6-4, 175
AAU team: Las Vegas Prospects
Brown is long and active prospect with loads of potential. He can get to the rim with ease and rebounds extremely well, especially on the offensive glass where his length and determination help him earn tip-ins and putbacks. Brown completed several passes that lead to easy scores and was in attack mode throughout the game. He must add strength and continue to build his game but he is talented and off to a very good start.
Best Post Defender
Makol Mawien (West Valley, Utah/Granger)
2015, PF, 6-8, 203
AAU team: Utah Pros,
Offers: Utah, BYU and Utah State and interest from Washington State
Mawien is a mobile and active power forward and an excellent weakside shot-blocker. He is also extremely active on the glass and finishes well on the move.
Best Court Vision
Alani Moore (Gaithersburg, Md./DeMatha)
2016, PG, 5-8, 155
AAU team: DC Assault
Interest: Maryland, Virginia Tech, Xavier, Virginia, Notre Dame and Miami (Fla.)
Moore’s speed and quickness is evident on nearly every position. He can make open shots with range to the arc but his court vision is what really impresses. He gets in the lane at will then drops off or kicks out to open teammates for scoring opportunities. Moore can take some questionable shots at times, but he should improve in that area as his game grows.