Fox shows elite talent
One of the top talents in the 2016 class is DeAaron Fox. The 6-foot-2 combo guard is regarded as a five-star prospect, but there has been some questions surrounding him. Most notably people have questioned his motor and absolute final position. Well at least on Saturday he quelled concerns about the first question.
Despite the fact that his team outmanned opponents, Fox was locked in and controlled the game. Playing on the ball as a point guard, Fox was getting others involved, getting into the lane and breaking down the defense, and then also making shots from the mid-range and from three.
Really there is nothing that Fox didn't do well on Saturday. He is a kid who is so smooth that sometimes it doesn't look like he is playing hard, but it was clear that he was. With his electric first step, high level athleticism, and good size, Fox brings a unique skill set to the floor.
In Fox's mind he sees himself as a point guard, though he doesn't have that innate feel that some true floor leaders have. Still he does so much well, and he is so effective with the ball, that it is going to be tough to move him off the position.
Team Texas is definitely Elite
There is no doubt that Team Texas Elite is going to be one of the truly premier teams on the AAU circuit this summer. The Dallas based team is absolutely loaded, and with the addition of point guard Jawun Evans, they have all the makings of a team who could win it all at the end.
On Saturday leading the way was four-star shooting guard Austin Grandstaff. Grandstaff, who had a tremendous junior high school season, shot the ball very well and brought energy to the game. Also he showed the ability to get to the rim, and overall looked like an improved prospect. It is easy to see why he is one of the more heavily sought after wing targets in the country.
For his part Evans was very good. Now he needs to definitely improve his outside shooting, but Evans was a pest on defense with numerous steals, has great speed with the basketball, and then also is someone with excellent court vision. Evans has definitely asserted himself as one of the best floor generals in the 2015 class.
As of now, Baylor and Illinois seem to be recruiting Evans the hardest.
While Grandstaff and Evans provide the power on the outside, five-star Elijah Thomas holds things down on the low block. After a somewhat uninspired first half, Thomas answered the bell in the second half. He has tremendous hands, a nice touch, and a great feel for how to play. Now Thomas needs to continue to work himself into shape, because he isn't an elite athlete.
Young stars emerge
Texas has stars at every group, and that extends to the class of 2017. A lot is known about Jarred Vanderbilt, but there is another 2017 in Texas who has a world of potential in Isiah Jasey. Jasey, a native of Killeen, is a long 6-foot-10 center who runs, has great hands, is a very good athlete, and possesses a pretty nice touch. He is still a work in progress, but the upside is through the roof with Jasey.
With Vanderbilt he is already a grown man. The 6-foot-8 forward from Houston has all the skills. He blocks shots, can make shots, handles the ball like a guard, rebounds, and has an excellent feel for the game. Now Vanderbilt isn't an elite athlete, so he has to continue to refine his jumper and improving his skill level, but there is no doubt he is one of the best in the class.