AAU Super Showcase: Day One

KISSIMMEE, Fla - It was a good showing for Houston Hoops, especially their trio of wings. Also a Mercer pledge had a great showing, and some young Ohio kids domianted at the AAU Super Showcase and Nationals.

Justin Jackson, SF, Houston Hoops – The future North Carolina Tar Heel was excellent in a late night win. Jackson showed all of his scoring ability, and the basketball IQ that has him as one of the more highly touted prospects in the country. Jackson can do so much not only with the ball, but he moves well without the ball and also did a solid job of rebounding. Overall it was an excellent performance for Jackson who more than lived up to his billing.

Justise Winslow, SF, Houston Hoops – There might not be a more complete wing in the country than Winslow. He did an absolutely tremendous job defending Devin Booker, and then also did enough on offense to be a factor. Winslow rebounds very well, is a good athlete, and can get to the rim. He didn't have a ton going from the outside, but Winslow did very good off the bounce and even ran some point guard.

Kelly Oubre, SF, Houston Hoops – Oubre struggled to get going, but once he found his stride it was impressive. He has the length, athleticism, and scoring ability to be one of the toughest matchups in the country. Oubre's shot wasn't great, but he did create plays with the bounce and made a few very nice passes. Also Oubre was in attack mode throughout the day.

Devin Booker, SG, Alabama Challenge – Booker had a solid game, but going against the high powered wings of Houston Hoops was a lot to ask. He had a few mid-range jumpers and was able to beat his man off the dribble at times as well. Booker struggled with the size and strength of Winslow, and that limited him some. Still he is a smooth scorer with a high IQ, but it wasn't one of his best outings.

Stephon Jelks, SF/PF, Team Power – Man did Mercer get a good one in Jelks. At roughly 6-foot-5 he has the ability to play both forward positions in the Atlantic Sun. Jelks scored 23 points in his team's loss, and did it in a variety of ways. He hit multiple threes, is a big time athlete, and is an aggressive rebounder as well. Jelks is someone who could easily have all-league potential down the road.

Matthew Fisher-Davis, SG/SF, Charlotte Nets – It was a mixed bag type of day for Fisher-Davis. In an afternoon game he struggled mightily. Fisher-Davis couldn't get his shot to fall and overall just wasn't assertive. That said he definitely picked things up in the evening. Fisher-Davis has a good looking shooting stroke and is a solid athlete as well. Right now nothing comes easy for him in terms of creating offense, but he is someone with upside given his length and shooting stroke.

Javon Bess, SG/SF, All-Ohio Red – A do it all type of wing, Bess had a good showing in an evening win. Bess was getting to the rim and making plays off the bounce. Though clearly not a point guard, Bess does have pretty decent floor vision and is someone who can make plays with the pass for teammates. Bess doesn't do anything that stands out, but he does a lot well on the court.

Jae'sean Tate, SF/PF, All-Ohio Red – Tate is starting to get healthier and healthier, and it is showing. He hit a few threes in a row as All-Ohio went on a big run in the second half, and then as usual he was a beast down low rebounding and scoring. Tate doesn't fit the mold of a traditional basketball player, but he is just productive, and helps his team win a ton of games.

Temarcus Blanton, SG, Atlanta Xpress – It was a solid showing for Blanton, but one that he will no doubt think could have been more. Blanton got to the mid-range and made several shots, but he simply couldn't get his outside jumper going. Also Blanton missed several free throws. Still he scored enough to be effective and is a pretty good athlete with long arms.

Luke Kennard, SG, King James Shooting Stars – It was a dominant blowout win for King James, and as would be expected Kennard was excellent. He shot the ball well, and then also finished around the rim off the bounce. Kennard can pass and is excellent at changing speeds with his dribble. He didn't have a ton of competition, but it was good to see him keep his strong July going.

Kyle Ahrens, SF, King James Shooting Stars – Ahrens is someone who can really make shots, but he is definitely more than a shooter. Ahrens is an excellent athlete who can really finish at the rim, even when challenged by taller players. Now he does need to get a bit better using the bounce, but he has the strength, athleticism, and shooting ability to be a problem for opposing defenses.

A.J. Harris, PG, King James Shooting Stars – Harris is a bulldog of a player. Despite being a generously listed 5-foot-9, Harris makes himself a factor on both ends of the floor. Harris is very explosive so he can finish around the rim, and then he is at his best when he gets into the lane and creates using his floor vision. Harris at this point is an inconsistent shooter, but he is capable of making shots. Maybe most impressive is his defense though. Harris really pressures the ball and takes opposing floor generals out of what they want to do and doesn't let them get into the lane.

Juwan Evans, PG, Carolina Raptors – Evans started off strong showing his elite speed and the ability to make floaters in the lane. However he was only playing on one leg, and that eventually caught up with him. Evans is battling an injury and he played through it, but he clearly wasn't himself. In the second half clearly laboring Evans turned the ball over a few times and looked out of sorts, but it is easy to tell the speed and talent are there, and he does get credit for playing through an injury that is clearly bothering him.

Tevin Mack, SG/SF, Upward Stars – It wasn't Mack's finest showing, but he was still fairly good. Now his shot selection needs work, and also he needs to be better with his feet as his shot can be inconsistent because of it, but the kid can flat out score. Mack hit from three, got in the mid-range, and also hit the offensive glass. The tools are there, now he just needs a little bit of refinement.

Perry Dozier, SG/PG, Upward Stars – Things started off very well for Dozier. He got into the lane and hit a floater, and then also knocked in a three, but after that he kind of disappeared. Dozier looks like someone who is completely capable of dominating, but he doesn't always do it. Being more consistent and aggressive is certainly something he needs to work on as he can slip into the shadows during games. Still he has a ton of talent, but now he has to start putting it all together.

V.J. King, SG/SF, King James Shooting Stars – King is one of the super talented wings in the class, he showed the flashes on Friday. He hit from three, used his athleticism, and did just enough to be noticed and make you wonder how good he could be. Since the game wasn't ultra-competitive, King didn't have to take over, and it is clear all the tools are there for him, and he will be a heavily recruited prospect for years to come.

Khalea Turner, C, Houston Hoops – Turner is playing on the 17 and under team, and more than holding his own. He has the size and strength to easily compete, and he played fairly hard in a Friday night win. Turner didn't do a ton of scoring, but he rebounded and challenged shots in the paint. Turner is someone who is already pretty physically developed, but as he improves offensively he still has room to grow.

Kyle Ahrens has offers from Wright State, Toledo, Dayton, Boston College, Kent State, and Miami-Ohio. Also interest is coming from Davidson, Iowa, and Xavier.

Javon Bess listed offers from Dayton, Richmond, Massachusetts, Duquesne, Toledo, Indiana State, Western Kentucky, and Miami-Ohio. Also interest from Texas Tech, SMU, Georgia, Xavier, St Joe's, and Butler.

Isaac Haas confirmed his final five of Purdue, UAB, Virginia, Texas A&M, and Wake Forest

Thad Matta, Jamie Dixon, and John Calipari were present for Luke Kennard. So were assistants from Kansas, Indiana, and Notre Dame.

Dayton had an assistant present for local product A.J. Harris.

Tevin Mack had Georgia boss Mark Fox as well as assistants from Houston and Mississippi State in attendance.

It was a huge crowd for Devin Booker. There were head coaches from Michigan, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, and Stanford. Also assistants from Michigan State, Mississippi State, and Duke.

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