LAS VEGAS - DeJon Jarreau came out of nowhere to prove himself as a high major prospect and Jacob Evans updates his recruitment.
Jarreau explodes onto scene
In Scout.com's last game of the final evaluation period in Las Vegas on Sunday, we decided to check out Earl Watson Elite 16u vs. Greg Monroe ASSISTS in the 16u Platinum Championship Game.
Admittedly, the purpose was to check out several of the young prospects on the Earl Watson team, but even in a losing effort, a previously mostly unknown name stole the show.
, a 6-foot-4, 155-pound 2016 combo guard out of New Orleans McDonogh 35, quickly proved himself as a legitimate high major prospect.
Jarreau is very long, looks young, has grown two inches in the last year and is an extremely versatile prospect.
He used his quick first step and ability to drive both left and right to blow by his defenders, got to the basket, showed off some really impressive vision, scored from deep and played hard on defense.
His scoring ability allowed him to make plays off the ball, but his vision and playmaking also make him very capable of running the show.
Jarreau has received offers from Washington
, UMass, Oral Raoberts, UNO, Tulane
, ULL, North Florida
, with interest from Vanderbilt
, Virginia, Southeastern Louisiana and Louisiana Tech
His cousin, Jernard Jarreau
, is a sophomore at Washington.
While DeJon grew up an LSU
fan, he's looking to go a little further away for college.
"I want to go far away from home," Jarreau said.
Evans exploring new plan
Deep tournament runs can prove highly beneficial to a player's recruitment, and Jacob Evans
clearly generated momentum as the Fab 48 progressed. It's understandable why Evans wouldn't capture the imagination upon one viewing; he lacks explosive athleticism and is a steady-as-she-goes wing forward.
For that reason camp settings don't auger in his favor. Evans performed okay at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in June, but this week with Louisiana Dynasty — which advanced to the Fab 48 final — he grew an ever-increasing number of college coaches to his games. Evans is a fine three-point shooter despite lacking textbook form, and he also possesses a solid frame. His playing style is highly cerebral, as he understands halfcourt offense and delivers timely passes using his jump shot as a valuable decoy. Bottom line: He's a structure guy. <
When we talked to Evans at NBPA, he said that Memphis
and South Carolina
held the edge. These days, however, he's taking a step back and wants to reevaluate following July.
"There are no more leaders," Evans said. "I'm wide open. My newest offers are from Cincinnati
, Mississippi State
Las Vegas is famous for its poker, but Evans wasn't bluffing. On a day when most coaches had departed for home, the Bearcats, Bulldogs and Tigers all sat at his games dutifully.
"I just want to go to a place where I can win, feel comfortable and hopefully make the next level," Evans said. "I'm going to set up visits in mid-August and see what happens."
* Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report.