NCB On The Trail: 2013 Orlando AAU



ORLANDO, Fla. -- For five days in Orlando last week at the AAU Nationals and Super Showcase, a wide array of elite prospects, sleeper recruits and surprise players had an opportunity to shine. The play was excellent and the lessons learned were plentiful.

With so much talent at various levels on display, here are five things we learned from the 2013 AAU Nationals and Super Showcase.

Best of the Orlando AAU events 

July, 30, 2013
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- College coaches swarmed the courts of ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex and surrounding areas last week for the AAU Nationals and Super Showcase. Over the course of five days, more than 1,000 coaches got to evaluate prospects of all levels as some of the nation’s best AAU teams descended on Central Florida after qualifying by winning their respective districts.

Here’s a look at a multitude of players who impressed in Orlando, including ESPN 100 difference-makers, prospects with the most untapped potential and recruits with the brightest futures.

ESPN 100 Program Difference-makers


Tyus Jones (Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley)
2014, PG, 6-1, 170
AAU: Howard Pulley
Offers:
Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota and Ohio State
Jones' court vision, passing and decision-making are just a few reasons he’s special. The way he makes plays off the screen and roll is beyond his years. He also knocks down open shots and makes free throws when the game is on the line.

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Jones, Travis win gold at Super Showcase 

July, 29, 2013
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- We witnessed an abundance of talent throughout this past week at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex between the AAU Nationals and Super Showcase.

The action culminated on Sunday as ESPN 100 recruits Tyus Jones and Reid Travis led Howard Pulley to a 79-72 win over a loaded Each 1 Teach 1 squad in the championship game of the Gold Super Showcase.

Here’s a closer look at some of the top performers from Sunday’s action at the Super Showcase and Nationals, including Jones, Travis, and ESPN 60 prospects Malachi Richardson and Terance Mann.

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UF commit among standouts in Orlando 

July, 28, 2013
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The AAU Nationals and Super Showcase continued at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex on Saturday with more standout performances from elite recruits and sleepers alike. Among the stars on Saturday were Florida 2015 commit Kevarrius Hayes and ESPN 60 guard P.J. Dozier.

The Super Showcase Gold division will wrap up on Sunday as the semifinals will feature Each 1 Teach 1 versus Team Final and Howard Pulley against Boo Williams. The championship will be aired on ESPN3 at 2 p.m. ET.

Before things wrap up on Sunday, here’s a look at some of the top performers from Saturday’s action in Orlando.

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Elite recruits and sleepers star in Orlando 

July, 27, 2013
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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.

On Friday at the Super Showcase and Nationals, a good mixture of elite prospects, rising stars and sleepers continued to stand out, including ESPN 100 prospects Kelly Oubre, Jae'Sean Tate and Devin Robinson, ESPN 60 recruit Skal Labissiere and ESPN 25 phenom Malik Monk.

Here were some of the top performers from Friday in Orlando.

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Stars live up to hype at Super Showcase 

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Editor's note: This is the latest entry in Dave Telep's July Road Trip blog. Throughout the month, Dave will check in each day he's on the road while covering some of the biggest basketball recruiting events in the country. He'll let you know where he is, offer some highlights of the day and give a quick look at what's next.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It was a quick stay in Disney for me this week. Basically, I was in town to help broadcast a pair of AAU Super Showcase games on ESPNU and then pick off a few guys during pool play of the AAU Nationals whom I needed to see.

Mission accomplished.

So here are my final thoughts from the Super Showcase.

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Future Volunteer shines in Florida 

July, 26, 2013
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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.

Performances like that of shooting guards Antonio Blakeney and Robert Johnson and Tennessee pledge Phil Cofer had coaches gushing,

Here’s the lowdown on whose game stood out on Thursday in the Sunshine State.

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Plenty of stocks on the rise in Orlando 

July, 25, 2013
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- As July's third live evaluation period opened on Wednesday, there was plenty of talent on display at the AAU Nationals. From established ESPN 60 prospects like Luke Kennard to rising stars like Doral Moore to super sleepers like Maurice Howard and D.J. Porter, one of the common themes was players who are raising their stock.

Here’s a look at some of the top performers from Wednesday at the AAU Nationals.

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Three stars shine at Super Showcase 

July, 25, 2013
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video Editor's note: This is the latest entry in Dave Telep's July Road Trip blog. Throughout the month, Dave will check in each day he's on the road while covering some of the biggest basketball recruiting events in the country. He'll let you know where he is, offer some highlights of the day and give a quick look at what's next.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Wednesday was a special treat as July’s third and final open evaluation period tipped off. There were a multitude of games Wednesday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, but the premier matchup was a case of great players performing at a high level in front of a national TV audience on ESPNU and a strong contingent of college coaches watching in person.

The AAU Super Showcase was in full swing, and what a treat it was!

Thursday promises to be just as good with an even more talent-loaded matchup on ESPNU and WatchESPN at 7 p.m. ET, but let’s first take a look back at some of Wednesday’s biggest storylines.

Reid Travis
AP Photo/Damen Jackson via Triple Play New MediaESPN 100 PF Reid Travis poured in 31 points at the AAU Super Showcase with coaches from Michigan State, UCLA, Notre Dame and Minnesota looking on.
Stars light up the big stage

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, UCLA’s Steve Alford, Notre Dame’s Mike Brey and Minnesota’s Richard Pitino sat courtside for Wednesday’s TV matchup between Minnesota-based Howard Pulley and Boston’s BABC. After ESPN 100 power forward Reid Travis (Minneapolis/De La Salle) scored 31 points and grabbed a slew of rebounds in a 64-61 win over BABC, we’d venture to guess they craved his signature more than ever.

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The 2013 AAU Super Showcase presented by Champion, which will feature a pair of games on ESPNU, is highlighted by 11 ESPN 100 prospects and a pair of ranked players from both the rising junior and sophomore classes.

The event tips off on Wednesday night (7 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN) with No. 1 point guard Tyus Jones and his Howard Pulley AAU team facing a tough and gritty BABC squad led by ESPN 60 wing Terance Mann.

Thursday’s contest (7 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN) will pit a pair of UNC commits against each other when Justin Jackson leads Houston Hoops, which has two other top-20 prospects, against Joel Berry and Nike Peach Jam champ Each 1 Teach 1, which also features recruits committed to Duke and Ohio State.

With so much talent on display over the two nights, here’s a look at the 10 most intriguing players (listed in alphabetical order) expected to suit up at the loaded event.

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