Saturday, July 27, 2013
Elite recruits and sleepers star in Orlando
By Paul Biancardi, Reggie Rankin, John Stovall
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The action has been fast and furious at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, as the AAU Super Showcase is heading into the Sweet 16 and elite rounds while the AAU Nationals are just warming up.
Here were some of the top performers from Friday in Orlando.
ESPN 100 SF Kelly Oubre has excellent versatility, athletic ability and skills.
Kelly Oubre (Fort Bend, Texas/Findlay Prep)
2014, SF, 6-7, 190
AAU team: Houston Hoops Bouncing back from a loss on ESPNU against Each 1 Teach 1 on Thursday, Oubre was a difference-maker in leading Houston Hoops to a win over a tough Alabama Challenge team on Friday. He did it with the ball in his hands, either driving and finishing or distributing for baskets. Oubre excels at lowering his shoulder and finding the gaps to get himself into the lane, and once there, his outstanding athletic ability and soft touch take over. His 3-point shot also complements his drive game. Versatility, athletic ability and skills make up his resume, but he can't let his frustrations allow him to lose control of his emotions. He recently narrowed his list to Kansas, UConn, Florida, Georgetown, Kentucky, Louisville, Oregon and UNLV.
Jae'Sean Tate (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central)
2014, SF, 6-5, 190
Committed to Ohio State
AAU team: All Ohio Red If we had an all-motor team, he would be on it. Tate, the No. 29 prospect in the ESPN 100, plays with a high amount of intensity and force. This left-handed small forward loves to play physical and attacks the basket with the sole purpose of scoring. Offensively, he goes into the mid post for a short face-up game by using a reverse pivot. Rebounding, defending and running the floor are constants in his game. He’ll dive on the floor hard for a loose ball and because he is so engaged the ball sometimes finds him. Tate also recently made a big improvement with his catch-and-shoot jumper from deep. He doesn't take many long-range shots, but his percentage is rapidly improving.
Devin Robinson (Chesterfield, Va./Christchurch)
2014, SF, 6-8, 180
AAU team: Squires Richmond Robinson, who is ranked No. 74 in the ESPN 100, is a long, fluid athlete with a smooth jumper that extends well beyond the arc. He is comfortable and skilled shooting, handling and passing on the perimeter, and his ability to impact the game facing the basket at his size and length is impressive. He runs out behind the 3-point line on his teammates’ penetration or from screening actions to free himself and is ready to fire his shot. Robinson is also a capable driver and good finisher, but he still has to get familiar with finishing through a bump. He is mobile, fast and willing to run as he gets out in transition to shoot 3s. On the defensive end, he covers ground quickly both on the perimeter and in the post. He is definitely a prospect who is elevating his play as he has a long list of offers from UConn, Florida State, VCU, South Carolina, Miami, Notre Dame, Texas, Florida, South Florida, Indiana, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State.
He also has interest from Louisville, North Carolina and Duke.
Malik Monk (Lepanto, Ark./East Poinsett County)
2016, SG, 6-3, 170
AAU: Arkansas Wings Elite Monk, who is ranked No. 11 in the ESPN 25, is a scorer, plain and simple. He attacks the rim on the break and hits the 3 off the catch or dribble. In addition, pull-ups and floaters are not a problem. He can get hot and break the game open and has a short memory, which is a great asset for a scorer. Misses don't bother Monk because he always thinks the next shot is going down. We love his confidence and consistent production. Monk claims offers from Arkansas, Florida and LSU.
Skal Labissiere (Olive Branch, Miss./Evangelical Christian School)
2015, C, 6-10, 210
AAU: Arkansas Wings Elite Labissiere, ranked No. 6 in the ESPN 60, has incredible length that he uses to rebound, block shots and shoot midrange jumpers off the catch over smaller defenders with ease. He runs the floor with long strides and finishes plays with length as opposed to strength. Labissiere has tremendous upside and is fun to watch compete. He has offers from Kentucky, Memphis and Auburn.
Rising senior Isaac Haas is a 7-foot-2 center with loads of potential.
Isaac Haas (Piedmont, Ala./Hokes Bluff)
2014, C, 7-2, 280
AAU team: Alabama Challenge Haas is a mountain of a young man who plays extremely hard. His ability to make jump hooks with either hand simply makes college coaches evaluating him excited. He rebounds in his area and clogs the lane on defense so that there is very little room for opponents to drive or post up. Haas also runs well for his size and has tremendous upside. He has offers from UAB, Wichita State, Clemson, Florida, Purdue, Stanford and UCLA.
Isaiah Jackson (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville)
2014, SF, 6-6, 185
AAU team: Florida Elite Black Jackson has great size and the skill to match. He can rebound and go coast to coast, he can slash and score or pass, he can knock down the open 3 and he can elevate in the lane for the midrange pull-up. Consistency of production will be key for this extremely talented wing who possesses smooth skills. Jackson has offers from Wyoming, Middle Tennessee State, Morehead State, Georgia State and Murray State.
Matthew Fisher-Davis (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian)
2014, SG, 6-5, 180
AAU team: Charlotte Nets I was on sleeper patrol and had a tip on a possible big-time shooter emerging in Charlotte (thanks, Dave Telep). Fisher-Davis has great size and length, and he also has a very good skill set. He is a very good passer and has solid ball-handling skills for a wing, but his trademark is his feathery jumper, which he can hit beyond 22 feet. Fisher-Davis needs to be a little more assertive -- he can disappear at times -- but he can do something every coach wants: shoot the ball.
Tevin Mack (Columbia, S.C./Dreher)
2014, SF/SG, 6-5, 185
AAU team: Upward Stars A scoring wing, Mack simply finds ways to put the ball in the basket. He has the ability to score from all three levels: driving to the basket, midrange or on-the-block post-ups and shooting 3s out to 20 feet. His game is a little raw and unrefined, but the kid can score and that’s at a premium these days.
Kyle Ahrens (Versailles, Ohio/ Versailles)
2015, SG, 6-4, 185
AAU team: King James Shooting Stars Ahrens is often overlooked on his high-powered King James 16-and-under team. With the likes of ESPN 60 recruit Luke Kennard and ESPN 25 prospect V.J. King on the roster, it's easy to see why. But Ahrens is a very good athlete who plays hard and can shoot to 22 feet. He makes the team special because he accepts his role of super sub and impacts games off the bench. He is getting a lot of well-deserved college interest and should end up at the mid-major-plus level or above.
A.J. Harris (Dayton, Ohio/Dunbar)
2015, PG, 5-8, 150
AAU team: King James Shooting Stars Harris is the engine that makes the King James machine go. The cat-quick lefty is an excellent ball-handler and very good passer. Harris is a monster in transition, where he can push the break and score or find an open teammate. He has improved as both a shooter and decision-maker this summer, raising his stock even higher.