AAU: Day 5, Part A

Kissimmee, FL. – The end of the Super Showcase and the start of AAU Nationals are two of the slower days at the Wide World of Sports campus, but still there was plenty of impressive action. One of the prospects who really stood out was Marc Loving.

Montrezl Harrell, PF, Team Raptors Elite – The future Virginia Tech Hokie was excellent in helping his team to a big win. Not a super skilled kid, and slightly undersized for the position, Harrell is just an absolute beast. He attacks rebounds, and punishes the rim whenever he gets a chance. Now it would be nice to see him expand his offensive game, but still he is effective in his overall role, and he knows how to play within himself.

Aaron Rountree, SF, Team Raptors Elite – This is a kid who is absolutely loaded with talent and potential. Rountree is nearly 6-foot-8 with a tight handle and excellent court vision. He showed a great ability to get to the rim, and once in the lane made several nice passes. Now he didn't shoot it very much, but his skill set is a very unique and impressive one.

Carlos Morris, SG/SF, Team DH Warriors – In the past he has been known as a shooter, but Morris showed an impressive ability to slash to the cup. A well above average athlete with extremely long arms and a good ability to handle the basketball, Morris is a tough matchup since he can shoot over guys or take them off the bounce. He is a bit under the radar still, but coaches are really taking note of him.

Ian Baker, PG, Team DH Warriors – While Morris is definitely the headliner on the team, Baker is a very good looking player in his own right. Baker possesses an impressive floater in the mid-range, and just knows how to put points on the board. Also he is very physically strong and that allows him to finish through contact. He might not have a ton of upside, but he definitely showed mid-level ability at absolute worst.

Fred Van Vleet, PG, Prymtyme Basketball – There might not be a more underappreciated point guard in the country than Van Vleet. He isn't a jet, and isn't super big, but he just knows how to play the game. Van Vleet sets up teammates for easy buckets at will, and has a feel for the game that is uncanny. Wichita State has to be thrilled with their pledge and how he played.

Marc Loving, PF/SF, All-Ohio Red – In what turned out to be a very entertaining game between All-Ohio and Memphis YOMCA, Loving was nothing short of spectacular. He went for over 30 points, had a momentum changing dunk in overtime, and also rebounded well, especially on the defensive end. He has the size and the talent, now Loving is just beginning to learn how to be assertive.

Keon Johnson, PG, All-Ohio Red – While Loving did a lot of damage, it was Johnson who took over late. He hit a driving layup to tie the game and send it into overtime, and then dominated the overtime period. Johnson might only be 5-foot-6, but he is lightning with the ball and proved to be a big problem for the Y.

Mark Williams, C, All-Ohio Red – A big physical post presence, Williams was able to carve space for himself down on the block by using his body. He controlled the glass, and showed a god ability to score over either shoulder. It was an impressive showing for Williams who spent much of the summer under the radar.

LaDerrick Scott, PF, Jackson Tigers – This is a big time prospect. Scott has the total package in a power forward. He runs the floor well, has good size, catches everything, and is an above average athlete. Would like to see him do a bit more facing the rim and in the mid-range, but down low he is tough to handle, and also is a good shot blocker.

Juwan Parker, SG, Jackson Tigers – A big time scorer, Parker had it working well for the Tigers. He was hitting threes, getting to the rim, and even scoring off of some nice pull up jumpers in the mid-range. Parker can stand to get stronger, and needs to make others better, but there is no question he can really score.

Steve Vastoria, SF, Jersey Shore Warriors – Vastoria saw his stock absolutely soar near the end of the first evaluation period, and numerous big time coaches were stalking him in Orlando. He is a savvy player who is a big time shooter, with even more impressive grades. Vastoria has some ability off the bounce, but he is at his best shooting and also seeing the floor and setting up teammates.

Desmond Ringer, C, Georgia Stars – This is a true low post center who knows his role. Ringer runs block to block, cleans the glass, and looks to bring toughness. Now he doesn't have a ton of lift off the floor, and didn't get a chance to show much of a back to the basket game due to limited touches, but still the tools are there for a good low post prospect.

Darryl Hicks, SG/SF, The Ville – Hicks has an impressive combination of athleticism, strength, and shooting ability. Now the question is can he bounce it, especially going to his left. When his feet are set, Hicks can be a knock down shooter, and then has the physical ability to really defend multiple positions. He needs to focus on improving his handle, and if he does his stock will really be on the rise.

Chris Walker, PF, Florida Rams – It was a tough day at the office for Walker on the first day of AAU Nationals. He had a few plays where he flashed his elite level talent, but for the most part he struggled to get into the flow of the game. Still there is a lot to like, but Walker has to gain that mindset to absolutely dominate.

Malique Trent, SG, Wave Basketball – An under the radar player who doesn't get a ton of run with his high school team, Trent opened up some eyes. He is a well above average athlete, scores some off the dribble, and has a nice stroke from the perimeter. Trent is slightly undersized to play off the ball, but mid-level schools should be all over this I.C. Norcom product.

Tadric Jackson, SG, Georgia Stars – He is playing up a grade level, but really it doesn't matter. Jackson is dominant regardless. He is a good athlete with excellent strength, and just a knack for knowing how to score. He put up well over 20 in a win for the Stars and had numerous high-major coaches very impressed.

Head coaches from Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia, and Miami watched Carlos Morris. Also assistants from Florida State and Ole Miss were present.

Darryl Hicks had Cincinnati head man Mick Cronin present as well as assistants from Dayton, Louisville, and Xavier.

Nick King drew head coaches from Memphis, Ole Miss, and Arkansas. Tennessee, Texas, and TCU sent out assistants to track him.

Mark Williams has offers from Dayton, Indiana, Northern Illinois, Robert Morris, and Toledo. Also interest is coming in from Akron, Central Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, and Kent State.

Keon Johnson said Akron and Kent State have both been showing him attention.

LaDerrick Scott noted an offer from Mississippi State as well as interest from Florida and Jackson State.

Juwan Parker has offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Minnesota, and Memphis. Also he is hearing from Arkansas and Vanderbilt.

Desmond Ringer listed offers from Mercer, Jacksonville, and Tennessee. Interest is coming in from Xavier, Arizona, Alabama, Florida, Memphis, Georgia, and Georgia Tech.

Tadric Jackson said the schools after him the hardest are Georgia Tech, Georgia, Florida, Ohio State, Ole Miss, and Alabama.

Darryl Hicks has offers from Florida International, Cincinnati, and Indiana. Interest is also coming in from Georgia, Auburn, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Dayton, Xavier, and Arkansas.

Steve Vastoria noted offers from Temple, St. Joe's, LaSalle, Drexel, Boston College, and Davidson. Also interest is coming in from Notre Dame, Seton Hall, Penn, and Princeton.

Malique Trent has interest from VCU, William & Mary, and Drake.

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