AAU: Day 7 Rundown

KISSIMMEE, Orl. -- It was Rodney Purvis and Landry Nnoko who stood out during the first day of the tournament play at the AAU Nationals.

Rodney Purvis, SG, CP3 All-Stars – Over the course of the spring and summer, I've seen Purvis quite a bit, but his effort against the Atlanta Xpress on Friday was the best I've seen him play. In an energized environment, Purvis stepped up and brought his team back from double figures. Purvis hit five three-pointers, dropped in a number of floaters and made plays in transition.

Robert Carter, C, Atlanta Xpress – With Purvis scoring at will from the perimeter, Carter was doing all kinds of damage in the paint. Carter is the best post scorer in the class of 2012, as he has a variety of scoring moves and ways of finishing. To go with his low block moves, Carter can also face up for jumpers, which he did against CP3, or face up defenders and attack.

Danuel House, SG, Texas Pro – One of the true breakout guys of the spring and summer, House played well in front of a gym full of coaches. House is a 6-foot-6 wing prospect that can score it in a variety of ways. The City Rocks took away the long-range shot, so House opted to make moves towards the basket. House was a big part of Texas Pro's 17-point comeback.

Isaiah Austin, C, Texas Pro – Although DeJuan Coleman wasn't there to battle Austin, a standout at Arlington (Tex.) Grace Prep, inside, but he still had to clash with Tyler Cavanaugh. The 7-footer headed to Baylor was efficient when he was trying to score. He faced up and attacked, showed off his right jump hook and scored in transition.

Landry Nnoko, C, Florida Rams – Every year a handful of guys emerge during the July evaluation period. This year Nnoko is among the emerging prospects. At 6-foot-10, Nnoko has a massive wingspan, runs the floor quite well and has a good set of hands. Defensively he affects the game with his length and ability to blocks shots. On the offensive end, Nnoko can finish close to the rim and has the ability to shoot mid-range jump shots.

Jesse Reed, SG, BSA – Shooters with size are always a commodity and in a game on the main court, Reed proved to be just that. Standing 6-foot-6, Reed knocked down a handful of long-range shots, but also showed he could take a pair of dribbles and pull-up from mid-range. Reed is a Division-1 prospect that should garner mid-major interest.

Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas Wings – Picking up where he left off at the Nike Peach Jam, Portis, a 6-foot-8 post prospect, played with confidence in a big match up with the Charlotte Royals. Offensively he's comfortable shooting mid-range jump shots and knocked down at least three from the 15 to 18-foot range, but he also can score it in the paint and over defenders. He's an emerging prospect in the 2013 class.

Moses Kingsley, C, Arkansas Wings – Kingsley, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound center, is among the top shot blockers not only in his class, but in the country. He patrols the paint looking for boards and contest everything around the basket. Against the Royals he effectively protected the rim and made it difficult for any Royals to get buckets around the basket.

Dayshwn Watkins, PG, Arkansas Wings – With Portis and Kingsley in the paint and emerging lead guard in Watkins on the perimeter the Arkansas Wings should be a tough out in the EYBL next year. Watkins is a tough, hardnosed guard that plays equally hard on both ends of the floor. He has good speed and is willing to push the tempo, but he also is a capable scorer and creator.

*Dallas Moore, a 6-foot guard, is a major threat from long range. The Florida Rams ran a handful of plays for him and he knocked down what seemed to be a half dozen threes in an afternoon game.

*Braxton Ogbueze and Brannen Greene are quite the guard combination. Both are knock down shooters from long range, which made them tough for the Wings to guard.


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