Gershon: Best of Summer, Day Three

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Jermaine Haley and Markus Howard were two of the most impressive performers on Friday at the Best of Summer Tournament in Anaheim.

Haley one of 2016's most unique prospects

There may not be a more polarizing phrase in the grassroots community than point guard. Bring me a point guard and I'll show you a very large number of people who think he's something else and the taller a kid is, the more those questions will surface.

So when word started to surface about 6-foot-7, 190-pound 2016 prospect Jermaine Haley emerging as a legitimate point guard out of Canada, there were naturally going to be a lot of questions.

Scout.com watched Haley for the first time on Friday the Double Pump Best of Summer Tournament, and he more than passed expectations.

The most natural comparison for the DRIVE Basketball AAU club star is former UCLA and current San Antonio guard Kyle Anderson.

While Haley isn't the shooter, scorer and rebounder that Anderson is, at an inch or two shorter, he has similar command of the game offensively with his vision and handle, and is definitely a better athlete.

On first viewing, it was clear there aren't too many passers like Haley nationally in 2016, especially given his size. Not just a passer, Haley also hit some impressive three-pointers off the dribble, scored with a floater and got to the basket, finishing with contact.

Haley listed offers from Louisville, Maryland, Illinois, Clemson, Washington and Oregon State, as well as three others who he said are on him the hardest.

"Memphis, Oregon and Gonzaga are all recruiting me really hard," he said.

Haley played at Burnaby (Canada) South last season but will play next season at Canarias (Spain) Basketball Academy.

Howard all production

You won't find a whole lot of 2017 point guards nationally that are currently more productive than Markus Howard.

At 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, the Gilbert (Ariz.) Perry point guard may be a bit undersized, but almost every time you see him, he pours in points.

Playing with his Arizona Power AAU squad on Friday, Howard was terrific, knocking down one jumper after the next on both the catch and pull. He's definitely shoot-first, but made some nice advance passes in transition and played hard on both ends.

Howard has one offer at this point, with a lot of others paying attention.

"Arizona State has offered and then I have a lot of interest from schools like Kansas, Florida, Arizona, Oregon, USC and UCLA," Howard said.

Look for that offer list to really increase as Howard continues to prove his consistent scoring ability.


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