National Prep Showcase: Day One

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The biggest storyline from the first day of the National Prep Showcase was the emerging play of 2017 prospect Hamidou Diallo. There were also a host of other day one standouts, including Tremont Waters, Kobie Eubanks and Aaron Falzon.

Every year a couple of new names emerge at the National Prep Showcase. On day one Hamidou Diallo, a 2017 guard out of Putnam Science Academy, was the breakout performer of the day.

A long, wiry 6-foot-4 guard, Diallo has a nice frame for a guard. He’s quick, aggressive with his scoring opportunities and showed downright bouncy athleticism on Friday.

One college coach put it best while watching Diallo: “He’s a problem out there.” And that certainly was the case for the opposition. His scoring arsenal was versatile, as he buried three three-pointers, hit a pull-up from 18-feet, dropped in a floater and made multiple plays at the rim in a win over IMG Academy.

“I hit open shots and I get to the basket great,” Diallo told Scout when asked to describe his game. “I shot the ball good today.”

Diallo, who plays AAU for the NYC Jayhawks, currently has scholarship offers from Minnesota and Temple. He also has picked up interest from Connecticut, Duquesne, Providence and Quinnipiac.

“I have only visited Providence so far,” Diallo said. “That was good. I watched their practice.”

While it’s early, Diallo said he’s built the best relationship with Minnesota.

“I know one of their coaches, Kimani [Young],” he said. “We talk a lot.”

TOP PERFORMERS

  • Tremont Waters, PG, South Kent – A quick and aggressive lead guard, Waters showed off very good speed against Fishburne. Perhaps what really stood out was how he kept defenders off balance by consistently changing up his speeds and with a tricky handle. Now he did over dribble at times, but he showed he could score the ball in a variety of ways. Waters connected on multiple floaters, hit a mid-range pull-up and also worked in a three-pointer. Waters is one of the better 2017 point guard prospects I’ve seen.

  • Jeremy Harris, SF, Fishburne – One of the players that stuck on the opening day of the National Prep Showcase was this 6-foot-4, possibly 6-5, 2015 wing out of Waynesboro (Va.) Fishburne Military Academy. A lefty, Harris showed solid athleticism and scoring ability. He was aggressive on offense and hunted both long and mid-range shots. He connected on four three-pointers and hit a pair of pull-ups from 15-feet.

  • Kobie Eubanks, SG, Elev-8 – It was a tale of two halves for Eubanks, a 6-foot-5 wing. He started off strong, making multiple mid-range shots, post fadeaways, catch and shoot threes and a floaters in the first half. In the second session, the bottom of the net didn’t come so easy, but he made strong, aggressive moves to the rim. He has an impressive ability to score the ball, especially form mid-range. Eubanks committed and signed with Baylor in the 2014 class, but due to eligibility issues was forced to do a post-grad season.

  • Jamall Gregory, SG, Elev-8 – Gregory is a player that will certainly be hot among college coaches after this weekend. The 6-foot-4 guard is tough, active and plays with energy. Gregory, who is from Washington, D.C., is a left-handed guard that makes aggressive plays towards the rim. He also defended his position, made and finished off plays in transition and used his impressive athleticism to impact the game on both ends of the floor. Gregory is a 2015 prospect.

  • Aaron Falzon, PF, Northfield Mount Hermon – In a blowout win over Lee Academy, Falzon, a 6-foot-7 stretch four-man, played like he was the best player on the floor. The Northwestern signee scored 29 points and dropped in three three-pointers. He faced the rim and drove, showed good touch on his shots and was aggressive on the offensive end of the floor.

  • Kassoum Yakwe, PF/C, Our Savior New American – You won’t find many high school prospects with the type of world class athleticism that Yakwe possesses. Yakwe, a 6-foot-7 lengthy junior big man, is quick off his feet and is a terrific leaper. Because of those physical attributes, Yakwe is a very good shot blocker with good timing and is a good rebounder. In the nightcap, Yakwe got his hands on what seemed like at least double digit shot attempts and patrolled the paint affecting many others.

    In The Stands

    The National Prep Showcase always draws a strong crowd of college coach and the opening day wasn’t any different. Among the schools Scout spotted in the stands were Villanova, Manhattan, Duquesne, Wofford, Creighton, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Providence, Quinnipiac, Minnesota, Mississippi, Penn, Providence, UMass, Holy Cross and Rhode Island.


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