- Reggie Rankin, RecruitingNation
SUWANEE, Ga. -- The second day of showcase games continued to be played at an extremely high level here at the Under Armour Association (UAA) Finals.
Let's take a look at a few of the top performances from the Day 1 games.
Brown is playing at an extremely high level. He has great wing size at 6-foot-7. He is strong and explosive making shots from a variety of areas on the floor. He is a highlight waiting to happen on the break. Brown is playing with great energy and urgency with a take-no-prisoners attitude.
Class of 2016 McGusty is a 6-5 long and skilled combination guard who does a great job of making plays off the bounce. McGusty can handle, pass and has a great feel for the game. He spins off defenders to draw help defenders and he has a nice floater deep in the lane that he executes with excellent touch and body control. McGusty seems to have something to do with most of the positive plays his team executes. He has offers from Houston and Stephen F. Austin, and is getting interest from Oklahoma, Tulsa, Boise State, Texas A&M, Rice and Kansas State.
Williams, at 6-5 and 165 pounds, has great length, ball skills and a feel for the game. He loves to facilitate and is good at it. He gets teammates the ball in areas where they can be successful. He will push the ball on the break off the bounce or advance pass. He can run the offense and make plays at end-of-clock situations. He is a combination guard who brings great versatility to the court. He can hit the open jumper to the arc when set, make scoring plays off the bounce, and finish using his length, touch and body control. Williams who is in the class of 2016, is smooth and efficient and has offers from Virginia Tech, Georgia, Auburn, Texas A&M, USC and DePaul. His list of schools expressing serious interest include Oklahoma, UNLV, VCU, Kansas, Virginia, Maryland, Kansas State and East Carolina.
Ottey is a class of 2016 lefty combination guard with terrific athletiscm. He is an above-the-rim finisher on the break at 6-2 and 165 pounds. He scores by getting to the rim and hitting the spot-up three off the catch or rythum dribble. Ottey is a good drive, draw and kick or drop passer as well. He is tough and competes on both ends of the floor. Defensively he applies excellent ball pressure. Ottey has an offer from New Mexico State and has Virginia Tech, Baylor, UMass and St. Bonaventure watching very closely.
Best young wing
Nash is a class of 2016 small forward who is strong and physical at 6-5 and 210 pounds. He plays in full attack mode. He can make open threes off the catch when his feet are set, but he is excellent at attacking the rim and completing plays through contact with hard-charging straight-line drives. Nash is a very good perimeter rebounder and can defend both wing positions as well. He has an offer from Kansas State and is receiving interest from Purdue, Indiana, Ohio State, Illinois and Iowa State.
Play of the day
The 7-foot center displayed his high level of athleticism on the break with a 360 dunk with the transition defenders closing fast. Moore executed the dunk with great timing and coordination. He made the dunk look easy and effortless, something not seen often by a player his size.
Thomas is a strong and physical 6-8, 245-pound power forward with good hands who rebounds in and out of his area with relentless effort. He snatches the ball in a crowd with both hands and with great force. Thomas simply competes for rebounds on both ends. He also communicates on defense and does a great job of hedging on screens and contesting shots. His constant pursuit of the ball is impressive. This blue collar player who doesn't mind doing the dirty work has Xavier, Towson, Maryland, VCU and DePaul on his list.
Player most coming into his own
Comanche has continued to improve at a steady rate, is playing more aggressively, and his production is a direct result. The 6-11, 200-pound post is rebounding everything within reach and his shooting skill is special for a player his size. Comanche can hit the trail three on the slow break and has a nice mid-range jumper off the catch that he steps into flawlessly. He also has a nice shot fake to move the defender. Comanche has tremendous upside, and Connecticut, N.C. State, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, USC, Cal and Gonzaga all want his signature.
Best at drawing fouls
The strong and physical lefty small forward beat his defender repeatedly with quick first-step, straight-line drives to the rim, which drew help defenders. Heron finished through contact and drew fouls at an impressive rate. He made a living at the foul line and made the opponent's defense scramble to attempt to stop him. They were not successful. Heron is committed to Pittsburgh and Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon was sitting right under the basket taking it all in and had to be smiling inside.
Best shooter within the offense
Kohl is 6-4 and north of 200 pounds, a shooting guard who does a nice job knocking down shots off screens. He comes off pin-downs, baseline and flare screens within the offensive pattern. He is ready on the catch and also will not hesitate to post up smaller guards and simply over power them.