Friday, July 26, 2013
Future Volunteer shines in Florida
By Reggie Rankin and John Stovall
ORLANDO, Fla. -- While the nationally televised contest between Houston Hoops and Each 1 Teach 1 offered fans highlights of some of the nation’s top talent at the AAU Super Showcase on Thursday, there were plenty of other stellar performances at both AAU Nationals and Super Showcase that didn’t make it on air but still deserved some notoriety.
Here’s the lowdown on whose game stood out on Thursday in the Sunshine State.
Antonio Blakeney is an instant-offense prospect with offers from Florida and Louisville.
Antonio "Instant Offense” Blakeney (Orlando, Fla./Oakridge)
2015, SG, 6-foot-4, 170 pounds
AAU team: Each 1 Teach 1
Status: Claims offers from Florida, Louisville, Georgia, Miami, Kansas State, West Virginia, Clemson and Notre Dame
Blakeney is a threat to score every time he touches the ball with his ability to either get to the rim or pull up on the break. He can shoot the deep 3 in the halfcourt set and complements it with a smooth midrange jumper going either way. His stroke is smooth and effortless as Blakeney shoots with great confidence and he has the size to easily elevate over smaller defenders. He can get hot and put the game out of reach, often forcing opposing coaches to burn timeouts to kill his momentum.
Phil Cofer (Fayetteville, Ga./Whitewater)
2014, PF, 6-8, 215
AAU Team: Team Georgia Elite
Status: Committed to Tennessee
Cofer is a prototypical athletic post player who runs the floor, rebounds and dunks. His skill-set is lacking a little but he impacts the game with his effort and athletic ability. Cofer is a player that doesn’t need plays run for him in order to be effective and he should be a tremendous role player once he gets to Tennessee.
Brandon Maxwell (Orlando/Orlando Christian Prep)
2014, PG, 6-1, 175
AAU team: Florida Elite Black
Status: Holds an offer from Wyoming and interest from Florida Atlantic University, Florida A&M, UT-Chattanooga, Murray State and Campbell
Brandon, the son of former NBA guard Vernon Maxwell, is a tremendous athlete who sets the tone for his team on defense and is tough as nails on both ends of the floor. He is an excellent on-ball defender, and when he doesn't reach or gamble, he can stay in front of any point guard thanks to his great lateral foot speed and quick and active hands. Brandon is a good penetrator because of his burst of speed but is a bit of a streaky shooter on offense.
Edrice Femi Adebayo (Plymouth, N.C./Northside)
2016, PF, 6-8, 225
AAU team: Boo Williams
Status: Teams like UNC, NC State, Duke, Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia, Old Dominion are all showing interest.
Adebayo is a power forward with great hands and tremendous upside. He rebounds with great force and defends the post with a bad attitude. Adebayo runs the floor well and finishes at a high percentage in tight space with strong drop-steps, jump hooks over his left shoulder or a strong face-up game via a straight-line attack off the dribble. He still has to work on his low post package, but should progress nicely in time. Adebayo was a terror on the glass and blocked his fair share of shots. He also defended the perimeter using his great lateral foot speed .
Four-star guard Robert Johnson was one of the best 3-point shooters on the AAU scene this spring and summer.
Robert Johnson (Richmond, Va./Benedictine)
2014, SG, 6-3, 175
AAU team: Boo Williams
Status: Holds offers from Georgetown, Indiana, Miami, Florida State, Alabama, Villanova, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Wake Forest and Marquette
Johnson has had a great spring and summer and that has continued here in Orlando. He knocks down deep 3s off the catch, has an excellent midrange pull-up and a nice floater to boot. Johnson plays with great offensive confidence and simply puts the ball in the basket in a variety of ways. Johnson spots up on the break, sprints off screens and is ready to pull the trigger when he receives a kick-out pass. He is still adjusting to playing the point, but he is clearly in his comfort zone off the ball getting buckets.
Eric Cobb (Jacksonville/Florida Institute)
2015, C, 6-9, 270
AAU Team: Jacksonville Warriors
Cobb is an intriguing big-bodied post player with some skill and plenty of upside. He moves well for a player of his size and can face-up to straight-line drive past opposing posts to get in the paint and score.
Jon Jean (East Bay, Fla./Gibsonton)
2015, PG, 5-9, 155
AAU Team: Nike Team Florida
Jean is a pure point guard with a pass-first mentality and a knack for setting up and finding teammates for easy scores. He is almost impossible to press and is great advancing the ball in transition. He has the ability to score but would rather create an opportunity for a teammate. Jean is very fast, quick and most importantly -- a winner.
Daniel Giddens (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler)
2015, C, 6-10, 230
AAU team: Each 1 Teach 1
Status: Holds offers from Florida, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Maryland, Ohio State, NC State, Kansas, Texas, UCLA, Arizona and Louisville, among others.
Giddens is a high-level center who competes and works on both ends of the floor and has continued to improve this offseason. He has slimmed down and toned up physically, which has resulted in him running the floor better and strong work on the glass. His low post moves are quicker and more fluid and he is a willing and excellent passer from both the high and low post areas. Giddens also will not hesitate to set a screen in order to help free a teammate. Giddens is just scratching the surface of how good he could become.
Eric James (Westerville, Ohio/Central)
2014, SG, 6-4, 180
AAU Team: All Ohio Red
James is an athletic wing with an improving jump shot and just keeps getting better as a prospect and a player. He is long and can be very dynamic in transition. His jump shot is streaky but he gets great elevation and should continue to improve his accuracy over time. James has great potential and is just beginning to get going on the floor. He should be a high priority for mid-major programs.