Arizona Basketball Recruiting Board (10/4)

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PG Parker Jackson-Cartwright Kobi Simmons
SG Kadeem Allen Allonzo Trier Rawle Alkins
SF

Talbott Denny

Dylan Smith

Ray Smith

PF Keanu Pinder Lauri Markkanen
C Dusan Ristic Chance Comanche

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2017 Commitments

http://www.scout.com/player/184253-deandre-ayton?s=75

AAU Team: California Supreme

EYBL Stats: 16 GP, 19.5 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1.7 BPG, 60.2 FG%

Key Date: Committed on September 6

Scout Analysis

DeAndre Ayton may very well be the most impressive long term prospect in all of high school basketball. Ayton is pushing 7-feet tall and runs the floor and moves like a guard. He has wide, strong shoulders and a lengthy set of arms. He gets to shots with his length and impressive athleticism. Offensively, he's equipped with good hands and deft touch in the paint. He can also make short and mid-range jump shots.

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/192702-alex-barcello?s=106

AAU Team: Oakland Soldiers

EYBL Stats: 16 GP, 18.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.4 SPG, 45.2 FG%

Key Date: Committed on August 26

Scout Analysis

Barcello is a solid, ball control point guard who possesses an accurate jump shot with three-point range, and he’s also a creative passer. While not an elite athlete, he's at least average in terms of quickness and that doesn't appear to loom as a severe concern. At 6-2, he could play either backcourt spot in college but is a natural point guard and is likely to occupy that role at least most of the time.

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2017 Priority Targets

http://www.scout.com/player/189915-brandon-mccoy?s=106

AAU Team: California Supreme

EYBL Stats: 15 GP, 17.7 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.2 BPG, 51.6 FG%

Key Date: Visited Arizona June 9

Arizona's Chances: McCoy has gone extremely quiet as of late. It's very possible Ayton's commitment bothered him at one point, but the belief is that the Wildcats are still in it. 

Scout Analysis

Brandon McCoy is one of 2017's top defensive prospects. He has good size for position at about 7-feet and plays hard, tough, aggressive basketball, especially on the defensive end. He prides himself as a rim protector and overall strong man defender. He's coming along offensively and as his mobility has improved, he's made progress with his post moves and touch around the basket. He's moving in the direction of elite prospect.

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/183636-jarred-vanderbilt?s=106

AAU Team: Houston Hoops

EYBL Stats: 16 GP, 13.5 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 3.7 APG, 1.6 SPG, 47.6 FG%

Key Date: Arizona visited Vanderbilt on September 14

Arizona's Chances: Vanderbilt took an unofficial visit to TCU and there are some rumors that the Horned Frogs are doing better than people assume. TCU hired Corey Barker as an assistant and he just happens to be Vanderbilt's first cousin. Arizona will likely get him on campus for an official visit at some point and will need that to happen in order to have a chance at landing him. 

Scout Analysis

A face-up forward, Vanderbilt's biggest strength lies in his motor and ability to go to the glass and reel in rebounds. He's an impressive athlete that gets off the ground quickly and has good instincts when it comes to going after loose balls or rebounds. He demonstrates good skill and takes defensive boards and looks to start the break. He's also a very good passer. The next step in his development is gaining consistency with his jump shot.

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/191859-p-j-washington?s=106

AAU Team: Team Penny

EYBL Stats: 15 GP, 17.4 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.1 SPG, 61.9 FG%

Key Date: Washington will visit Arizona for the Red and Blue game. 

Arizona's Chances: It's going to be difficult to land Washington, as the thought is that Texas and Kentucky are doing rather well right now. However, things can change once Washington steps on campus. 

Scout Analysis

Washington is an undersized four who impacts the game in a number of ways. He has a 7-foot-1 wingspan, which helps him play much bigger than his height of 6-foot-7. Washington uses his length to secure rebounds on both ends of the court. Offensively, he can score around the basket or facing up as a shooter. He's a deceptively good shot blocker due to his long arms.

***** 

http://www.scout.com/player/195220-hamidou-diallo

AAU Team: The Rens

EYBL Stats: 17 GP, 19.1 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.6 BPG, 43 FG%

Key Date: Sean Miller visits Diallo on September 13

Arizona's Chances: Likely better than people think. Arizona has a good shot to get an official visit and Kentucky and UConn are likely the biggest competition. 

Scout Analysis

Of all the shooting guard prospects in the 2017 class, Hamidou Diallo has as upside as anyone. At 6-foot-4, Diallo is a terrific athlete with impressive leaping ability. He moves his feet well laterally, has good length and plays hard, which all helps him on the defensive end. At this stage, Diallo is a streaky long-range shooter, but is certainly capable of hitting a streak of jumpers. He's good in space and makes play after play in transition.

***** 

http://www.scout.com/player/190148-brian-bowen?s=106

AAU Team: MeanStreets

EYBL Stats: 22 GP, 19.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 45.3 FG%

Key Date: Arizona makes his final six on September 28. Other schools are Creighton, Michigan State, Texas, UCLA, and N.C. State

Arizona's Chances: He wants Arizona to recruit him and the staff is doing just that. We're guessing Bowen eventually visits Arizona, which means the Wildcats are definitely in this thing. 

Scout Analysis

Brian Brown is loaded with potential and upside. At 6-foot-7, Bowen has tremendous size and length for a wing prospect. At this stage he lacks strength, but that should come with time in a college weight room. Bowen has a versatile scoring attack that allows him to score it by driving the ball from wing, make jump shots and even score it some from the block. At this point, his long range shot isn't consistent, as he was 11-for-53 from three during his final summer on the Nike EYBL circuit. With that said, he's a better shooter than that number indicates and is at least an average threat from distance. Bowen is comfortable scoring it from mid-range and will also take small defenders to the post and score with turnaround or nifty moves.

***** 

http://www.scout.com/player/191947-nick-richards?s=106

AAU Team: Expressions Elite

EYBL Stats: 16 GP, 11.9 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 2.1 BPG, 58 FG%

Key Date: Richards is planning to visit Arizona this weekend. 

Arizona's Chances: Kentucky is thought to be the favorite, but Arizona getting him on campus has to be respected. The Wildcats have been in Richards' top five for a bit now.

Scout Analysis

Richards is a highly promising rim protector who soars for blocks, rebounds and general defensive menace. He's a fine athlete who shows signs of a solid offensive post game as well, but for the time being he's clearly at his best on the other end of the court. He's a blue-chip center who boasts tremendous talent and will be a featured attraction in the 2017 class going forward.

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/185864-ira-lee?s=106

AAU Team: Earl Watson Elite

Under Armour Association: 12 GP, 13.2 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.1 BPG, 50.8 FG%

Key Date: Will visit Arizona for the Red and Blue game.

Arizona's Chances: Arizona is considered the favorite here, though Cal is working hard to change it. We wouldn't expect the recruitment to last much longer either way. 

Scout Analysis

Ira Lee is one of the top rebounders in 2017. He's an athletic power forward whose athleticism, motor and feel as a rebounder help him dominate the glass on both sides of the court. He's a little undersized for the position but makes up for it with how hard he plays. He can face up and hit midrange jumpers or score around the basket. His handle has improved and is best offensively from the high post. Lee is a committed defender and hard worker.

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/199835-lonnie-walker?s=75

AAU Team: Team Final

EYBL Stats: 20 GP, 16.7 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.8 APG, 46 FG%

Key Date: On August 25, Walker named a final five of Arizona, Villanova, Miami, Syracuse, and Kentucky.

Arizona's Chances: If Arizona is not the leader here, it's pretty darn close. The coaching staff will eventually host him for an official visit and we think Arizona has a legitimate shot at landing Walker. 

Scout Analysis

Walker, who stands 6-foot-4 and is equipped with strong, broad shoulders and long arms, does a very good job of slicing his way to the rim. Walker is a very good athlete that is much stronger than realized. He's a good finisher that plays well through contact and finds ways to get to the free throw line.

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/194306-daejon-davis?s=75

AAU Team: Seattle Rotary

EYBL Stats: 13 GP, 17.7 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 49.1 FG%

Key Date: Davis cut his list to five on August 3 and is planning to take an official to Arizona on October 14.

Arizona’s Chances: It could be difficult to get Davis out of the Northwest, but Arizona has a shot here and has made up some ground as of late. 

Scout Analysis

Daejon Davis is a versatile shooting guard whose best attribute may be the fact that he's a rare off guard who is such a good passer. He's very unselfish and always willing to give up an open look to create for someone else. Davis is also a talented scorer who can fill the rim from all three levels. The amount of ways he has to score or create off the dribble makes him a very tough player to defend. He's very young looking and could still grow.

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/204352-brandon-randolph?s=75

AAU Team: PSA Cardinals

EYBL Stats: 20 GP, 15.8 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 46.7 FG%

Key Date: On September 12, Randolph names a final four of Arizona, Oregon, Syracuse, and Wake Forest.

Arizona’s Chances: At one point it looked like Syracuse was the clear leader, but that's not the case anymore. It's hard to get a good feel for this one with the way Randolph handles everything, but Arizona is going to have a good chance here if it can eventually get Randolph in for an official.  

Scout Analysis

Brandon Randolph emerged as a top 100 prospect during his junior season at Westtown (Pa.) School. Randolph built his reputation as a shot maker from distance and that continued well into the spring and summer playing for the PSA Cardinals. Randolph shot over 40-percent from three during the Nike EYBL regular season on 92 attempts. To go with Randolph's ability to shoot it from deep, he also has good size for the position at 6-foot-6. He's thin, but has very long arms and is a good athlete with impressive leaping ability. All of which makes him an intriguing longterm prospect. The next step for Randolph is to improve his ball handling, develop some comfort from mid-range and get stronger.

*****

Other Arizona offers

http://www.scout.com/player/195659-mohamed-bamba?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/200255-kevin-knox?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/183624-billy-preston?s=106

http://www.scout.com/player/185837-cody-riley?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/171120-d-j-harvey?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/198184-ikey-obiagu?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/182705-troy-brown

http://www.scout.com/player/186218-trevon-duval?s=106

http://www.scout.com/player/193174-jordan-tucker?s=106

http://www.scout.com/player/192380-gary-trent

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2018 Priority Targets

http://www.scout.com/player/193060-marvin-bagley?s=75

AAU Team: Phoenix Phamily

EYBL Stats: 16 GP, 20.9 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 1.2 APG, 1.6 BPG, 52.3 FG%

Key Date: Cut list to six on June 2, included Arizona

Arizona's Chances: It remains to be seen if Bagley will even attend college. Duke and Kentucky are considered to be the top two schools as of now.

Scout Analysis

Bagley is an exquisite talent. He has the physique of a young prospect and naturally will need to become much stronger, but in other areas he plays far beyond his years. He’s extremely well-coordinated, fluid, quick, explosive and reasonably polished. A southpaw, he knocks down long jump shots, buries hooks on post-ups and handles well enough to attack off the dribble in either direction.

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/200316-zion-williamson?s=75

AAU Team: Game Elite

Adidas Gauntlet Stats: 12 GP, 18.8 PPG, 9 RPG, 1.3 APG, 1.1 BPG, 68.8 FG%

Key Date: Arizona offered on June 20

Arizona's Chances: It's difficult to say with the way Williamson's recruitment has taken off the past month or so. Clemson and North Carolina are supposedly doing well with the five-star prospect. 

Scout Analysis

Williamson, who says he’s heard comparisons to Draymond Green, Charles Barkley and Larry Johnson, has a unique game at his 6-foot-6, 235-pound size. Williamson is an explosive and powerful leaper. His offensive attack is versatile, as he’ll drive the ball from the perimeter, back down defenders and a make a post move or get out in transition and finish on the break. To go with his attack on the offensive end, Williamson is tracking as a very good rebounder because of his athletic ability, strength and motor. Williamson was top performer of the camp.

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/210175-jaylen-hoard?s=75

AAU Team: Originally From France, will transfer to High Point (NC) Wesleyan Christian for upcoming season

FIBA Stats: 22.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.7 stats, 48.2 FG%

Key Date: Arizona visited Hoard on September 20

Arizona's Chances: Arizona is likely the school to beat as of now, but this one may not be decided for a while.

Scout Analysis

Jaylen Hoard hit our radar first at the 2015 Jordan Brand International game, where he was named MVP. Then again at the FIBA u17 World Championships in Spain. A long, lanky combination forward, Hoard is extremely versatility at 6-foot-7, possibly 6-8. Hoard is a good athlete with impressive body control. He's a high-level scorer that can fill it up in a variety of ways. Although he's not a lights out shooter from distance, he's certainly a threat to make shots from three. Where he did most of his damage at the u17 World Championship was at the rim and in transition. He's not a great ball handler at this stage, but is able to slice his way to the rim and does a good job of adjusting his shots and finishing around the basket. While Hoard is primarily a perimeter prospect, every now and then he'll post up and look to score on the block. Hoard will come to the United States for his junior year of high school and plans to play college basketball.

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/194490-jordan-brown?s=75

AAU Team: Play Hard Play Smart

Adidas Gauntlet Stats: 4 GP, 18.3 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.3 APG, 1.1 BPG, 50.9 FG%

Key Date: Arizona offered on August 5, 2015

Arizona's Chances: Stanford and Cal are considered the favorites, but Arizona is going to ride it out and see if it can change Brown's mind. 

Scout Analysis

Jordan Brown was one of the most impressive prospects at the USA Basketball U16 trials. At 6-foot-9, Brown has a lengthy set of arms to go with good mobility and athleticism. He's a very good post scorer that has good hands, impressive and terrific footwork on the block. He can score with hooks or even use counters, and he's able to step away from the rim and make mid-range jump shots.

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/192495-miles-norris?s=75

AAU Team: Earl Watson Elite

Under Armour Association Stats: 12 GP, 9.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 47.9 FG%

Key Date: Arizona offered on January 2, Norris took unofficial on January 30. 

Arizona's Chances: Arizona is considered to be the leader. Norris will be on campus for the Red and Blue game and while he is likely to get other offers, the Wildcats will be right there in the end. 

Scout Analysis

Norris is a talented power forward who still has a long way to go physically, but his broad shoulders give reason to believe that his currently slight frame will end up holding a lot of weight. He has a definite plus skill in his rebounding ability; he's terrific on both the offensive and defensive glass, especially given how much weight he currently gives up. He has a nice feel as a shot blocker and finishes around the basket.

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/198827-gerald-liddell?s=75

AAU Team: Texas Hard Work

Under Armour Association Stats: 12 GP, 17.2 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.5 SPG, 43.8 FG%

Key Date: Arizona offered in November of 2015.

Arizona's Chances: Arizona is doing relatively well. Liddell has not paid a lot of attention to the process and will be a national recruit 

Scout Analysis

Liddell is very thin and certainly a long way from where he'll need to be physically, but of course he also will enjoy more years of high school to develop his physique. Already, he possesses a soft, arching jump shot that's fairly accurate from medium-range. He's also quick to the ball with nice reflexes and makes some dribble moves — even going left — that suggest big things down the road.

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/200212-tre-jones?s=75

AAU Team: Howard Pulley Panthers

EYBL Stats: 10 GP, 7.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 4.1 APG, 2 SPG, 43.9 FG%

Key Date: Jones took an unofficial visit on February 12

Arizona's Chances: Arizona recently visited Jones and believes that it can land him despite the general thought being that Duke is the school to bet.  

Scout Analysis

He has a high basketball IQ, strong skill level and the ball skills and shiftiness to give defenders problems off the dribble. His body will allow for plenty of added muscle and there’s every reason to believe in his future. 

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/202852-brandon-williams?s=75

AAU Team: California Supreme

EYBL Stats: 16 GP, 8.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.2 SPG, 41.3 FG%

Key Date: Brandon Williams will visit for the Red and Blue game. 

Arizona's Chances: Williams grew up a fan of Arizona, so we consider the Wildcats the leader. It will be interesting to see if Arizona pushes for an early commitment, as some think it would be able to get it. 

Scout Analysis

Williams is a speedy point guard who thrives in uptempo situations. He gets up and down the court in a hurry and can either use his ball skills to create for himself or teammates. Williams can really shoot it off the bounce and does a nice job using his handle to create space. He can sometimes be shoot-first, but has the vision to make teammates better. He has good lateral quickness, which aids him on defense. His upside is very high.

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/199672-taeshon-cherry?s=75

AAU Team: Oakland Soldiers

EYBL Stats: 15 GP, 8.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 42.0 FG%

Key Date: Arizona offered Cherry on June 11

Arizona's Chances: Arizona is doing well and is near the top for Cherry. Kansas recently offered and others will as well, but we would be surprised if Arizona is not one of the finalists as long as it wants to be. 

Scout Analysis

In the more up and down style of AAU and camp ball this summer and fall, Cherry flourished as a hybrid forward who can knock down three-pointers or take players off the dribble and finish around the basket. On his high school team, Cherry played more of a post role and showed that he’s comfortable in the paint as well. Cherry proved that he has a jump hook in his arsenal, while he’s also a sharp passer and made some impressive passes to teammates from the high and mid post areas. He finished around the basket, off the glass and with a runner. It was tough to get a feel for the advancement of his perimeter game, but the worst case for Cherry has always been a talented and versatile four man and that hasn’t changed.

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/200306-quentin-grimes?s=75

AAU Team: Basketball University

Adidas Summer Championship Stats: 4 GP, 13.8 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2 APG, 45.9 FG%

Key Date: Grimes is planning to visit for the Red and Blue game. 

Arizona’s Chances: It’s a bit early to tell, but Duke and Texas A&M are considered to be the top two schools as of now. 

Scout Analysis

A 6-foot-5 guard, Grimes has good size for a prospect that can play either guard position. He's certainly capable of playing on and off the ball, as he's a good ball handler and a terrific passer with good vision. Grimes plays at a good pace and changes his speeds well. Grimes has good form on his jump shot and has proven to be a good pull-up shooter from mid-range and also a capable shooter from distance. 

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/205173-emmanuel-akot?s=75

AAU Team: Exum Elite

U17 World Championship Stats: 7 GP, 9.9 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 58.5 FG%

Key Date: Arizona made Akot's final four on October 3, Other schools include Utah, Louisville, and Oregon. 

Arizona’s Chances: This one could be between Arizona and Utah and we expect Arizona to eventually get an official visit.

Scout Analysis

Akot is 6-foot-7 with long arms, is a very good athlete, plays hard on vision, handles the ball really well and is a terrific passer. Akot has good form on his jumper and has the handle to create his own shot off the bounce or get to the basket. He has elite upside. 

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/197506-jalen-smith?s=75

AAU Team: Team Takeover

EYBL 16 Stats: 4 GP, 7.6 PPG, 8 RPG, 38.5 FG%

Key Date: In late July, Smith names Arizona as one of the schools recruiting him the hardest.

Arizona’s Chances: The Wildcats have a connection here and it could pay off. Maryland is thought to be the leader, though Smith isn’t close to narrowing anything down and will add many more offers before he does.

Scout Analysis

Smith is young for his grade and is equipped with a long, lengthy frame. He runs end-to-end with ease, is a solid all around athlete and quickly bounces off the ground. He has a good set of hands and nice touch, plus is able to face the rim and make mid-range jump shots. At this point, he lacks the weight or strength to play physical, but that will come in time. Smith is a high major prospect and one that will see his recruitment soar over the next year.

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/206325-moses-brown?s=75

AAU Team: New Heights

Under Armour Association Stats: 17 GP, 7.5 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.4 BPG, 51.4 FG%

Key Date: Arizona offered on July 16

Arizona’s Chances: Brown has developed a good relationship with Book Richards, but it still won’t be easy to get him west. Expect teams such as Maryland to prioritize him. 

Scout Analysis

Moses Brown, a 7-footer out of New York, emerged during the spring in between his sophomore and junior seasons as a potential high major recruit. At his size, Brown has good length, mobility, hands and touch. Because of his size, length and instincts, Brown is a good rim protector and there's value in his defensive presence. He's also a good area rebounder on both ends of the floor. Offensively, Brown has some potential, as he has quality hands and nice scoring touch around the basket. Although he doesn't have counter moves, he is comfortable going over his left shoulder for a right jump hook. Brown is inconsistent, but he oozes with potential and progressing at a good rate.

*****

http://www.scout.com/player/200297-kamaka-hepa?s=75

AAU Team: Portland Basketball Club

High School Stats: 28 GP, 19 PPG, 12 RPG, 3.1 BPG, 2.8 APG, 2.1 SPG, 51 FG%

Key Date: Arizona offered on August 10

Arizona’s Chances: Should Arizona choose to recruit him aggressively, you have to think it has a good shot. The Wildcats are easily his biggest offer right now, but we would expect plenty more schools to get involved. 

Scout Analysis

He's got good size and length for a four man with outstanding vision. He's going to be able to defend many fours and fives at the next level. Hepa is still improving as a shooter and scorer - he's better hitting midrange jumpers than three - but his size, length, motor and terrific vision will make him a valuable player in college.

*****

Other Arizona offers

http://www.scout.com/player/194446-cameron-reddish?s=106

http://www.scout.com/player/192872-immanuel-quickley?s=106

http://www.scout.com/player/212179-aaron-wiggins?s=106

http://www.scout.com/player/198881-jaedon-ledee?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/204713-jairus-hamilton?s=106

http://www.scout.com/player/192872-immanuel-quickley?s=75

Other Arizona interest

http://www.scout.com/player/196181-shareef-o-neal?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/193167-jules-bernard?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/200303-nassir-little?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/203267-david-singleton?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/194438-joshua-leblanc?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/210119-elias-valtonen?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/210171-sam-froling?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/204341-tevian-jones

http://www.scout.com/player/201968-timmy-allen?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/201795-k-j-hymes?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/201961-payton-moore?s=106

http://www.scout.com/player/197000-j-raan-brooks?s=106

http://www.scout.com/player/194321-michael-barber?s=106

http://www.scout.com/player/210463-t-j-moss?s=106

*****

2019 Targets w/ Arizona Interest

http://www.scout.com/player/194489-cassius-stanley?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/203860-matthew-hurt?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/209633-vernon-carey?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/203683-nobal-days?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/204537-keion-brooks?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/201830-p-j-fuller?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/203441-isaiah-mobley

http://www.scout.com/player/210396-isaiah-stewart?s=106

http://www.scout.com/player/211873-majok-deng?s=106

http://www.scout.com/player/212160-deon-stroud?s=106

http://www.scout.com/player/208132-jaime-jaquez?s=106

http://www.scout.com/player/204389-jaelen-house?s=106


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