Double Pump: Day Three

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Harrison twins got help from a high level football prospect en route to the Double Pump Spring Tournament 17U championship, while another Houston squad led by a new name took the 16U title.

Rosco Allen, PF/SF, Double Pump Elite: Allen was solid in the quarterfinals but it was a tough game for him in the semifinals against Cal Supreme. The physicality of the Supreme players made things difficult for several Pump players including Allen, who couldn't get to the basket and wasn't hitting from outside. His normal ability to shoot the three and overall basketball IQ give him a lot to work with at the next level, but gaining strength will be pivotal for him, since he's likely going to have to guard opposing fours in college. At times this weekend, Allen would pull up off the dribble and hit from midrange, a shot that's going to be tough to guard at the next level due to his height. Allen has good vision from the perimeter and is a smart player that definitely brings stuff to the court which any team could use. How he adds strength and develops as a defender should be a factor in what kind of immediate impact he makes in college.

Xavier Johnson, SF, Double Pump Elite: The shot selection wasn't great for Johnson against Cal Supreme and, as mentioned in previous reports, that's where college coaching is going to play a big role for him at the next level. He's got the lateral and vertical quickness along with a smooth lefty shooting stroke, but he's just got to keep working hard on his shot and take in coaching when it comes to playing to his strengths as opposed to showing off his weaknesses. There's a lot of upside to work with and there's going to be a strong correlation between his work ethic as well as ability to take in college coaching and his level of success.

Larry Lewis, SG, Arizona Magic Pump N'Run: There are some good qualities to Lewis' game and some that need improving. He does have some vision and can set his teammates up with good passes, but also forces things too much which leads to unnecessary turnovers. He's a better shooter from midrange than outside but is still inconsistent. He can get to the basket but also tends to go to the hoop when there isn't an open look inside, which could have been an issue this weekend due to the ease he probably has driving against weaker competition in state. He showed a nice floater and being a shooting guard, the more elements he can add to his scoring repertoire, the better.

Shaquille Cleare, C, Houston Defenders: An injured right thumb really made things difficult for Cleare on Sunday, after a successful two days in a row. His usual soft hands weren't the same, which hindered his ability to catch the ball as smoothly as he usually does and go up as strong as he normally can. When Cleare was injury free, he was a much different player, and there's no faulting him for trying to play through injury.

Nigel Williams-Goss, PG, Double Pump Elite: Even though some of his teammates struggled against Cal Supreme's toughness, Williams-Goss came to play and didn't back down from the challenge. He was tough to the basket and took better shots, but he also put his teammates in good position to score. In the quarterfinals game, Williams-Goss hit a huge 3 to give his team the lead late in the game, which was followed by a game-sealing lay-up. One of his most impressive qualities has always been his heart, as there's no doubt how important winning is to him. He's got to improve his outside shot and over-penetrating, but his vision and heart can't be taught and there's a lot to be said for both of those aspects of his game.

Andrew Harrison, PG, Houston Defenders: Andrew put his team on his shoulders and led it to a championship, which is all you can ask from a point guard. He has really progressed as a distributor and does a great job of finding open teammates almost every possession. His development as a passer doesn't mean he can't score, as he's always capable of hitting the outside shot or driving to the basket, but his first priority seems to be leading the team, and it would have been tough for him to do a better job than he did this weekend.

Aaron Harrison, SG, Houston Defenders: After not playing much Saturday with a minor leg injury, Harrison came out scoring on Sunday. He was mostly taking it to the basket, but also stepped out and hit from outside. Unlike his brother Andrew, he's got a scorer's mentality, and will usually take what the defense gives him, whether that's the open shot or a lane to the basket. He also played tough defense on Sunday on the way to a 17U championship.

Derrick Griffin, PF/SF, Houston Defenders: With Cleare not the same, Griffin stepped up big and was a flat out problem for opposing teams. His athleticism is highest level and it's no surprise that he's a big time football prospect as well. His good hands and athleticism allow him to sky for rebounds in traffic while also catching and converting every alley-oop thrown his way. He plays hard on both sides of the court and while the word is his future is football, he could make an impact at the high major level in basketball as well.

Justise Winslow, SF, Houston Select: The best player on a team full of freshmen that took home the 16U title, Winslow was phenomenal in the semifinals and finals. He has many of the same qualities as a left-handed Andrew Harrison, even running the point for his team. He has very good athleticism and great vision, as he consistently set up his teammates for baskets in his final two games. He didn't shoot much from outside, but did hit the open three. There wasn't much of a problem taking the ball to the basket due to his handles and quick first step. His skill set for a player so young is no doubt impressive, but it's not much of a surprise considering his father is Ricky Winslow, a member of Phi Slamma Jamma at Houston.

Khadeem Latten, C, Houston Select: The young center has a ton of upside. For now, he's more of a rebounder and shot blocker, although he did convert at times around the basket. Latten can run the court and gets off the floor quickly. He's got to add strength and keep working on his offensive game, but he's got significant potential at the center position and with expected continued development, should be a very highly recruited player.

Andrew and Aaron Harrison mentioned Kentucky, Kansas, Baylor, Arizona, Maryland, Texas A&M and Texas.

Justise Winslow has heard from Marquette, Arizona, Texas and Houston. He said his favorite is school is Florida.

Khadeem Latten has received letters from Marquette, USC and UCF. He said his favorite school is North Carolina.

"I like the Florida Gators. When I used to play football in Pop Warner, I played for a team called the Fresno Gators, so it's been Gator Nation ever since then." – Elite 2014 prospect Justise Winslow on why Florida is his favorite school.

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