Hoop Group Pitt: Breakout Performers

The Pitt Hoop Group Jam Fest was a great place to see some under the radar prospects. While several prospects really emerged, none more so than shooting guard Tevin Mack.

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Quick Take: Very little was known about Mack before the event but that should definitely change. He is one of the best scorers from the wing seen in the class of 2015, and he has good size and solid athleticism along with it. Before the event he didn't have one scholarship offer, now he is someone who will be given consideration for top 50 status. It is only a matter of time before the high-major offers come rolling in, and Mack will be a priority recruit for many elite programs, especially when people get a real chance to see him play.

Recruiting: Georgia State, UNCG, Nevada

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Quick Take: How a kid who is 6-foot-8, runs the floor, has reliable hands, and plays hard in the most heavily recruited area in the country would not have any college interest is nearly unfathomable. Yet that is the case with Phillips. He has good size, scored around the rim, and also rebounded well. Phillips needs to get stronger, but he did a lot to put himself on the radar with his play in Pittsburgh.


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Quick Take: Not many players in the country have a better handle than Doughty. He has the ball on an absolute string and is very difficult to stay in front of. Also he is a good athlete with the size to play all over the perimeter. He didn't take many jumpers, but if he can prove to make shots from the outside, Doughty will be one of the most difficult players in the country to defend.

Recruiting: Xavier, Villanova, Temple, La Salle

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Quick Take: Vital is considered one of the top young prospects in the state of Louisiana, and he really showed why at the event. He plays on the wing and is already physically developed with excellent athleticism. On the defensive end he is an absolute monster who plays passing lanes well and is tough to get by. Add to that he can get to the rim on offense and finish, and there is a lot to like about Vital's upside.

Recruiting: Cleveland State, Tulane, LSU, Miami, Louisville, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida State

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Quick Take: Blanton is a good athlete who can really score from the wing. He does it in a variety of ways, but Blanton showed a great ability to get to the rim and finish through contact. He was productive all weekend long, and proved to be a high level player. While he wasn't a complete unknown coming into the event, he definitely raised some eyebrows with his play and showed why the SEC is really starting to take notice of him.

Recruiting: Mississippi, Mississippi State, Alabama, Georgia, Mercer, Cincinnati, Tennessee, George Mason

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Quick Take: He is most definitely raw, but Aflakpui can also flash some brilliance. Defensively he blocks shots and really rebounds, and then he is willing to run the floor on offense. His hands aren't bad, though he doesn't show a great scoring touch. Still nobody on the floor plays harder, and he genuinely seems to want to learn and get better. He has a long way to go, but don't be surprised if he starts pulling in significant high-major interest.

Recruiting: Georgetown, La Salle, Villanova, Temple, St. Joe's, Xavier

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