AAU Super Showcase: Day Two

Kissimmee, FL. – A battle between two of the premier shooting guards in the country took place during the loaded Super Showcase at the 17-and under level. Gary Harris amongst others had a great day.

Gary Harris, SG, D3 Pride – It was a great day for Harris. He had a big morning match up with Rodney Purvis, and Harris definitely came out the winner. What separates Harris from most of the top guards in the class is that he is an elite defender. Harris blocked no less than three of Purvis' shots, and then on the offensive end scored 26 points. Overall Harris controlled the game on both ends of the floor.

Raphael Davis, SG/SF, D3 Pride – Playing with a new team, Davis showed the offensive prowess that had some people very impressed with him earlier in the spring. Davis scored a cool 30 points and did most of it off the bounce and finishing through contact. When he isn't settling for his jumper, Davis is very difficult to guard and that is what he showed all game long.

Rodney Purvis, SG, CP3 All-Stars – While Purvis didn't play to the level of Harris, he was still very good. Purvis had a pair of deep threes, and then several driving buckets to the lane. He definitely is a heavy right hand driver, and when he is allowed to do that with his strength and athleticism he is tough to contain once in the paint.

Mitch McGary, C, SYF Players – What makes him so special is that there is absolutely no pretty boy to him or sense of entitlement. McGary leads SYF in floor burns nearly every game, and combines that energy and desire to win with an unreal skill set for a center. McGary has dominated all spring and summer long, and he did it again in helping his team to a win.

Fred Thomas, SG/SF, Southern Phenoms – One of the best long range snipers in the class, Thomas had it working. His hair trigger was going off, and every time he shot it, it seemed like the ball was going in. Now he can stand to improve more off the bounce, but with his length and shot making ability he is able to get his points and really stretches the floor.

Gavin Ware, C, Southern Phenoms – Ware possesses great hands and works very hard down low for position and on the glass. Ware battled well with McGary rebounding wise, and also managed to score especially when going over his left shoulder. Overall it was a good showing for the future Mississippi State Bulldog.

Adonis Filer, PG, SYF Players – In a tight game with the Southern Phenoms, it was Filer who made the difference at the end. He hit a game winning floater in the lane and then sealed things the next trip down at the foul line. An athletic and strong point man, Filer's shot looked a bit smoother, though he definitely is a drive first player.

Jerami Grant, SF/PF, Team Takeover – He is one of the most versatile prospects around. Grant is tough to contain with the bounce as he is big enough to shoot over most wing players and quick enough to get around power forwards. Once he adds weight to his frame he is going to be tough to handle at the college level given all the matchups that he can exploit.

Barrington Alston, PF, Team Takeover – It was a very good afternoon showing for Alston. He isn't the most skilled player, but the athleticism and strength he possesses should play very well at Towson. Alston made a jump hook and showed some feel down low, but it was his hustle and athleticism that really stood out.

Arthur Edwards, SF, New York Gauchos – A bit of a revelation here, Edwards is a re-classified prospect who has a lot of ability. Standing near 6-foot-5 he has good athleticism and has a nice frame out on the wing. He shot it pretty well out to the three point line and showed an ability to get to the lane.

Terry Henderson, SG, Garner Road – This is one of the most athletic players in the country and he showed it with a pair of big time dunks getting his head way above the rim. Now Henderson needs to improve his shot making from deep, but from the mid-range and in he just knows how to get buckets.

Kellon Thomas, PF, Indiana Elite ONE – Thomas is a mid-major type of point man who can really score and knows how to play. A competitive leader who has a desire to help his team in any way possible, Thomas' strong play helped his team erase a 20 point deficit and got them back in the game.

Aquille Carr, PG, Baltimore Stars – He is quite simply one of the most fun prospects in the country to watch. At 5-foot-6 he just puts points on the board and does it every way possible. On top of it all he is actually a very talented passer, though he prefers to score. Carr was huge in helping his Stars team upset the Texas Titans.

Julius Randle, PF, Texas Titans – Randle is quite simply the re-incarnation of Chris Webber. His ability to handle the ball in traffic is impressive, and then is big, strong, and athletic finishing around the rim. Also Randle showed good court vision and perimeter shooting. Quite simply he is one of the premier prospects in all the country and someone who has every school in the nation after him.

Matt Jones, SG, Texas Titans – Usually a dead eye shooter from the perimeter, Jones just had one of those games where he couldn't get things to fall. He was off from deep, but knowing that he attacked the rim a little bit more and finished on the interior off the bounce. When he combines that with his outside shooting, that is when he will be extremely difficult to contain.

Rysheed Jordan, PG, PTP – Jordan and company got off to an excellent start against Takeover, but couldn't finish things off. He as usual was getting to the rim, and with his size and floor vision controlled the game in stretches. Jordan is very quick baseline-to-baseline, and keeps proving that he is one of the better floor generals in the class.

Jaren Sina, PG, Hoop Heaven Heat – The Alabama Crimson Tide commitment is battling an injury so he definitely gets credit for being on the floor, but he really struggled in a morning game. Sina couldn't get his shot to fall, and just didn't have that extra burst. He is still a talented passer who knows how to play, but it wasn't his best day.

Quinton Stephens, SF, Atlanta Xpress – A talented wing, Stephens was the most productive player in a close win for the Xpress. He rebounds very well, has long arms, and is an above the rim athlete. Now Stephens needs to get more consistent with his jumper and add strength, but there is definite upside.

Dakari Johnson, C, New York Gauchos – Johnson looks to be in the best shape of his life right now. Much slimmer than he was in April, Johnson is running the floor well, and as always has the great hands and knows how to finish down low. He is playing 17-and under, so it was an adjustment, but the upside on this prospect is huge.

Both Brian Gregory and Mark Fox made sure to be front and center for Robert Carter. Assistants from Ohio State, Florida, and North Carolina were also present.

Gary Harris drew head coaches from Purdue, Indiana, and Michigan State. Also assistants from Kentucky, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, and Louisville were watching.

Rodney Purvis was tracked by Frank Haith of Missouri and also an assistant from NC State.

A matchup between Mitch McGary and Devonta Pollard drew head coaches from Maryland, Duke, Alabama, Indiana, and Florida. Also assistants from North Carolina, Kentucky, NC State, Michigan, Kansas, and Texas were present.

Adonis Filer listed offers from Baylor, Tennessee, Oregon State, and Utah. Also interest is coming from Texas A&M.

Jerami Grant hasn't quite narrowed down his list but he noted Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, NC State, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Arthur Edwards claims offers from Texas Tech, George Mason, and Towson. Also interest is coming from Fairfield and Florida.

Quinton Stephens has no offers, but interest from Clemson, Auburn, Georgetown, Georgia, Florida, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Maryland, and Alabama.


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