Kentucky State AAU's Recap

LEXINGTON -- The Kentucky State AAU tournament took place this weekend at the KBA, but it was a Louisville team that took home the 17's crown. Louisville Magic won the 17's division, while Hoop Dreams scored a win in the 16's division.

Derek Willis, PF, Louisville Magic Red – The Kentucky bound power forward played well at the State AAU's. Using his impressive ball skills and touch around the rim, Willis had nifty finishes inside and mixed in jumpers from the perimeter. His mobility, length and skill level stick out, especially for a guy that stands 6-foot-9. The next step in his development is rebounding the ball better and adapting to physical play.

Lavonne Holland, SG, The Ville – Holland, a 6-foot-1 scorer out of Louisville (Ky.) Ballard, had a strong weekend at the Kentucky State AAU's. An impressive prospect, Holland showcased his hops and raw athleticism in transition, scoring through contact and above the rim. A pretty good jump shooter, Holland also mixed in deep jump shots.

Dominique Hawkins, PG, The Ville – One of the top performers of the weekend, Hawkins, a 5-foot-11 combination guard, led The Ville to the title game in the 17's division. A strong, physical guard, Hawkins has developed his ball skills and is transitioning to play on the ball. His mid-range game is impressive, he's a willing defender and isn't afraid to mix it up for rebounds either.

Quentin Snider, PG, Louisville Magic Red – The top player in the state of Kentucky had yet another big weekend. His spring has been dominant, as he's had impressive outings at the adidas VIP Exclusive Run, Spiece Run N' Slam, adidas May Class and now the Kentucky State AAU's.

Snider's jump shot is arguably his best weapon. His range is deep and he shoots it at an impressive clip. Snider has also developed his passing ability and makes timely passes and great decisions with the basketball. At 6-foot-1, Snider's frame is starting to fill out and it's allowing him to take hits on the way to the rim and finish better through contact.

Kelan Martin, PF, Louisville Magic Red – Martin, who is Snider's teammate during the high school season, is having a strong spring as well. When Martin, a 6-foot-5, possibly 6-6 forward, plays with energy and effort in the painted area he can be quite effective. He has a thick, but strong build, and surprisingly has very good touch around the basket.

Shane Hall, PF, Hoop Dreams – A tremendous athlete, Hall is as good as you'll find in that regard. At 6-foot-8, Hall is quick off his feet and is capable of locking in his are from a rebounding perspective because of his leaping ability. Hall looks to run the floor, finishes well in transition and looks to throw down everything he touches close to the rim. The next step in his development is adding a go-to post move.

Davell Roby, PG/SG, Hoop Dreams – Playing for a Kentucky based team, despite being a native of Memphis, Roby ran the show for Hoops Dreams and did a good job doing so. At 6-foot-4, Roby handles the ball well and showed a nice blend of passing and scoring at the rim. He'll need to find some consistency with his jump shot, but he's intriguing because of his ability to play multiple positions.

Jackson Davis, PF, Louisville Magic Black – The best part about Davis' game is his activity level. Davis, a 6-foot-7 power forward, showed his effort and energy by attacking the backboard. His consistency in the rebounding department led to a handful of put back opportunities, which was his best offense this weekend. Davis is developing on the block and did hit a 15-foot jump shot in one game this weekend.

Christen Cunningham, PG, Louisville Magic Black – Cunningham, a 5-foot-11 guard, did a nice job running the show for the Lexington based Louisville Magic squad. A steady point guard, Cunningham got his team into their sets, made good decisions with the basketball and mixed in a few catch and shoot jump shots. Cunningham has a nice pace to his game and handled the ball with care all weekend.

*BA Hoyas senior-to-be shooting guard Demetrius McReynolds had a solid weekend. The 6-foot strongly built guard is a terrific shoot shooter both off the catch and from mid-range. His range extends well past the stripe.

*When he's in catch and shoot situations 2013 wing Rusty Troutman is pretty out to three. At 6-foot-5 the Mount Washington (Ky.) Bullitt East standout has good size for the position as well.

*Playing alongside Quentin Snider and D'Angelo Russell, Darryl Baker is often times overshadowed and doesn't get the credit he deserves. But with Russell at adidas Nations, Baker had more opportunities to score and he took advantage of it. At 6-foot-2, Baker is a solid athlete and he can finish at the rim.

*When Brandon Hatton has a clean look at the rim it goes down more often than not. Not just a stand still shooter, Hatton is capable of creating space for one and two dribble pull-ups.

*A 2015 prospect to keep an eye on is Jaquallis Matlock. At 6-foot-5, Match look has wide shoulder and long arms. At this stage he's effective as a rebounder and finishing around the basket.

*Dominique Hawkins claims scholarship offers from Western Kentucky, Morehead State, Tennessee Tech, Eastern Kentucky and Valparaiso.

*Omar Prewitt said he's heard from Belmont, William & Mary and James Madison, plus a host of other schools.

*Lavonne Holland has scholarship offers from Wofford, UT-Martin, Toledo and Western Kentucky. He's also heard from Cincinnati and North Carolina A&T.

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