AAU Super Showcases: Day One

Kissimmee, FL – The AAU Super Showcase for the younger prospects really kicked into high gear on Saturday. The Wide World of Sports Complex was hosting some of the top underclass recruits in the country, and one of the many standouts was Greg McClinton.

Greg McClinton, SF, CP3 All-Stars – One of the premier athletes in the class, McClinton was doing what he does best by slashing to the rim and finishing with authority. While his athleticism and ability to finish above the rim is what stood out, McClinton showed a bit of a mid-range game, and also proved to be an impressive defender given his length and athleticism. It was a very strong showing for him.

Monte Morris, PG, Dorian's Pride – Even though he didn't shoot the ball particularly well, Morris managed to have a very productive game. He led his team with 23 points and did it mostly in the mid-range and off the bounce. A point guard with good size and the ability to beat his man off the bounce, Morris likes to score but also is a more than adequate set up guy.

Tony Farmer, SF/PF, All-Ohio Red – In what turned into an impressive win for All-Ohio during their afternoon game, Farmer was very solid. He has the body of a grown man, and Farmer was using that strength and athleticism to be a force in transition and around the rim both by scoring and rebounding. Now his perimeter skills definitely need refinement, but Farmer has shown some good strides in the last few weeks.

Marc Loving, PF/SF, All-Ohio Red – Skill is the name of the game with Loving and he showed it off. He is at his best when he faces up his man in the high-post area and then either makes the jumper or takes the usually slower defender off the dribble. Loving did that several times during the game and showed why he is such a problem to matchup with when he is showing toughness and a desire to dominate.

Markel Crawford, SG, Memphis YOMCA – He isn't a point, and might not shoot it well enough to be a traditional two guard, but Crawford just flat out knows how to get buckets. The athletic guard was at times torching All-Ohio with his ability to score by slashing and just being a basketball player. As his perimeter shot develops he will continue to be a problem to defend, but as it is right now he can really put the ball in the basket.

Austin Nichols, PF, Memphis YOMCA – He is more prospect than producer at the moment, but the flashes he shows can really be impressive. First of all Nichols is capable of finishing with either hand off of post moves, and showed some feel for how to set a defender up. Then he runs the floor, has great hands, and showed signs of a nice jumper. Now at the moment it is all flashes, but there is no doubt that the upside is there with Nichols.

Malcolm Hill, SF/SG, SW Jets – Hill will never be the most fluid athlete out on the basketball floor, but he has a sense of how to play and how to be a weapon on the offensive end. He has a good quick burst and changes speeds very well, and those two things allow him to really create space from defenders on his drives. Also he can shoot the ball well from deep making Hill tough to defend. Add in that he is a more than willing wing defender, and it is easy to see why he is hot commodity in the Midwest.

Daxter Miles, SG, Baltimore Elite – In a big win for Baltimore Elite, Miles was a huge driving force. He ran the point at times though that isn't natural for him, but what he did best was make shots. Miles showed a quick release and the ability to knock in contested shots as well as open ones. He was a thorn in the side of the SW Jets all game long, and used his quickness and understanding of the game to get open.

Aquille Carr, PG, Team Melo – What Carr showed major improvement with was his decision making in terms of protecting the basketball. Turnovers have been a problem for Carr, but on Saturday afternoon he took good care of the ball. Also, as always, Carr was absolutely a terror when going to the rim. Despite being 5-foot-6 on a good day, Carr knows how to finish in the lane and does so with high efficiency. The next step is to dish to open teammates, but with his creative finishing ability it is tough to get too picky.

Kavon Stewart, PG, New Jersey Playaz – Stewart had the unenviable task of having to check Carr on the defensive end, but on offense he showed why schools are taking such an interest in him. A big point guard with good floor vision, Stewart set up teammates for open shots, and then when needed also got into the teeth of the defense and was able to convert for buckets.

Reggie Cameron, SF, New Jersey Playaz – He definitely isn't the most athletic wing on the circuit, but Cameron just flat out knows how to produce. He rebounds very well for a wing, and also is a willing defender. However what stood out about Cameron was his shot making. A big wing with a quick trigger, Cameron was dead eye all day long and even finished things off with a game winner in his team's night cap.

Mike Young, PF, New Jersey Playaz – Young has all of the tools to be a very impressive prospect. He has good size and strength down low, is an above average athlete, and possesses good hands and a decent touch. Right now however he is still very much a work in progress. His production doesn't match the potential, though it is easy to see why high-majors are already taking a liking.

Kennedy Meeks, C, Team United – Big Meeks showed off what he does in a winning effort. He has some of the best hands you will ever see in a big guy, and then despite not being an explosive athlete has a feel for how to finish around the rim. A big below the rim, Meeks needs to continue to get into better shape, but he is most definitely running the floor as well as ever, and has a nice touch in the mid-range.

Sindarius Thornwell, SG, Team United – Usually Thornwell makes a name for himself as a volume scorer, but during his team's win on Saturday it was his ability to get others baskets that really stood out. A gifted passer, Thornwell was setting up teammates left and right, and did so after beating defenders off the dribble. Now he still did a solid job of scoring the ball, but his passing was a nice addition to the game.

Robert Knar, SG, Rising Stars Gold – Team United just had no answer for Knar. The hot shooting guard absolutely torched them to the tune of well over 30 points. A shooter with no conscious for letting it fly, Knar was on fire getting bucket after bucket and keeping his team in the game. Knar isn't the quickest player or the best athlete, but he has a special skill, and one that definitely is easy to recognize.

Justin Coleman, PG, Birmingham Ice – With former Ice star Eric Bledsoe looking on, Coleman showed why his upside is impressive. Just 5-foot-9 and slight of frame right now, Coleman gets into the lane at will and also is a good shooter. He has good floor vision and really plays with great pace. Once he hits the weight room, he is really going to explode as a prospect.

p> Jamie Dixon was keeping a close eye on Mike Young of the Playaz. Young is a native of the Pittsburgh area.

Bruce Weber was joined by assistants from Missouri, Ohio State, Xavier, Notre Dame, and Michigan in watching Malcolm Hill.

Cuonzo Martin was the only coach taking in Austin Nichols.

Kavon Stewart has offers from Rutgers, Seton Hall, Massachusetts, Towson, and Cincinnati. Also interest is coming in from Xavier, Virginia, and Providence.

Reggie Cameron listed offers from Cincinnati, Seton Hall, DePaul, Rutgers, Xavier, Providence, Northwestern, and Massachusetts. Also interest is coming from Villanova, Notre Dame, Miami, Florida, and others.

Tony Farmer rattled off a list of Michigan State, West Virginia, Dayton, DePaul, Xavier, Wake Forest, Ohio State, and Cincinnati.

Monte Morris has offers from Iowa State, Michigan, and Iowa. Also interest is heavy from Indiana, Michigan State, and Syracuse.

Kennedy Meeks has offers from Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Miami, North Florida, Charlotte, Massachusetts, Wake Forest, Charlotte, Louisville, and Maryland. Also Georgetown is remaining in the picture without an offer.

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