UAA: McGusty, Fultz & Diallo standout

ARDSLEY, N.Y. -- Guards dominated the first night of action at the Under Armour Association New York event, which tipped Friday night at the House Sports. Kameron McGusty, Markelle Fultz and Hamidou Diallo were among the nights top performers.

The top performance of the day came from the player that currently leads the Under Armour Association in scoring – Kameron McGusty (pictured above).

Picking up where he left off after the last two sessions, McGusty, a 6-foot-5 guard from Katy (Tex.) Seven Lakes, went for 36 points on 10-for-20 shooting against DC Premier. McGusty hit a pair of three-pointers and all 14 of his free throw attempts.

“I really turned it up this spring,” McGusty told Scout after the game. “I’m leading the league in scoring. I really worked hard after high school with shooting dribbling and it showed. Everything is getting better. A lot of people didn’t know who I am and now everybody knows who I am.”

At this size, McGusty is a quick, aggressive driver. He did a particularly good job of getting into the lane and he stayed in attack mode throughout, which was backed up by the fact that he got to the free throw line 14 times. He also finished well at the rim and showed he could make floaters and runners in the paint.

McGusty said he has scholarship offers from Texas, Oklahoma, USC, Kansas State and SMU. He also cited interest from Indiana. McGusty has taken an unofficial visit to Oklahoma and is planning to visit Texas soon.

Fultz continues to improve stock

During his junior season, 6-foot-4, 170-pound Hyattsville (Md.) Dematha shooting guard Markelle Fultz picked up offers and improved his stock as a prospect with his successful play on a national high school team.

Markelle Fultz has big night
It’s been more of the same this spring for the 2016 prospect, and Friday night at the UA Association New York event was certainly no different.

Fultz has good size for position, long arms and played aggressive basketball, consistently attacking the basket and finding ways to create space to shoot open jumpers.

Not just a scorer, Fultz also sees the court very well and made some really nice passes to teammates.

Due to his scoring ability, size, length, handle and vision, Fultz will likely be able to play and defend multiple spots at the next level, but he’s definitely one of the top shooting guards in the 2016 class.

Arizona, Kentucky, Louisville and Xavier are the main schools involved.

2016 Standouts

One of the surprises of the day was 6-foot-3 guard Dondre Griffin. An aggressive scorer, Griffin scored 20 points on 9-for-17 shooting. He connected on a pair of three-pointers, but really did his damage from the mid-range area. He hit a trio of pull-up jumpers and also scored of a floater in the lane. Griffin, who said he comes from a military background, claims offers from Hampton, Houston-Baptist, UNC-Greensboro, San Jose State, Coastal Carolina and Old Dominion. The new Florida staff is also showing interest.

The evaluation for Seventh Woods largely remains the same as it always has. He’s an elite athlete with nice ball skills for a shooting guard, even though he’s most comfortable playing on the ball, where he’ll likely play a lot of at the next level. He’s improved his shooting over the last couple of years and uses his explosive athleticism to make some big time defensive plays. North Carolina and South Carolina are Woods’ top two.

Vittorio Reynoso-Avila is one of the most versatile prospects on the West Coast and keeps showing serious improvement in his game. He has nice size at about 6-foot-4 with very long arms. He’s a terrific passer and has a very high basketball IQ. Reynoso-Avila can also guard multiple positions. What’s most impressive about Reynoso-Avila is his improved shooting ability and he hit several three-pointers on Friday. To date, Reynoso-Avila has garnered mostly Ivy League interest, but that should change.

Billed as a point guard, Alani Moore went into scoring mode against the Houston Defenders. The 5-foot-9 guard pumped in 27 points on 7-for-15 shooting from the field. Moore, connected on four of his eight three-point attempts and also made 9 of 12 free throw attempts and reeled in eight rebounds.

2017 Standouts

Hamidou Diallo shows talent
NY Jayhawks guards Hamidou Diallo is certainly one of the top long-term prospects in the Under Armour Association. In a loss to Philly Pride, Diallo scored 22 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Diallo has good form and deep range on his jump shot. He connected on a trio of three-pointers. Diallos is a tremendous athlete that also excels in the open court. He also has quite a bit of potential on the defensive end. Diallo said he’s currently hearing from Minnesota, Providence, Connecticut, Ohio State, St. John’s, USC and Iowa State.

Jade Smith is a point guard with good size at 6-foot-3 and terrific vision. He zipped several full court passes to teammates for assists in transition. Smith is a good athlete with impressive body control that had success attacking the basket. He’s one of the West Coast’s most under-recruited prospects. California, Colorado, Northern Arizona and Notre Dame are the main schools involved.

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