First July Eval Period: Top Hoops Performers

Scout's basketball recruiting team -- Evan Daniels, Josh Gershon, Brian Snow and Rob Harrington -- covered six different events during the first July evaluation period. Who were the top performers? Scout's team takes a look.

De’Aaron Fox | Class of 2016

It was a tremendous run at the Peach Jam for De’Aaron Fox. Fox was in complete control for his team on offense, and then was also excellent on the defensive end. At nearly 6-foot-3 with big time athleticism, a solid ability to make shots, and incredible quickness, Fox is one of the most consistent and impressive performers at the event. If this is any indication of the rest of July, Fox is in for a big time showing and a bump up from his already lofty spot in the 2016 rankings. Louisville, Texas, Kansas, Arizona, and others are all in hot pursuit of Fox.


Miles Bridges | Class of 2016

There might not have been a more exciting player to watch at the Peach Jam than Miles Bridges. The extremely strong and athletic forward had it working while running with The Family. He was doing a better job of hitting shots, and then also using his athleticism to finish going to the rim. With coaches from Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana and North Carolina tracking his every move, Bridges really impressed and proved why he is one of the best in the country


Jayson Tatum | Class of 2016

It was a big weekend for Jayson Tatum, a five-star wing out of St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade. Not only did he announce his pledge for Duke, but Tatum also managed the Peach Jam in scoring and tallied four games with 25 or more points. At 6-foot-8, Tatum has very good size for a perimeter prospect and his ball skills and scoring package from the mid-post are beyond advanced for his age. He was aggressive, competed on both ends and looked out to prove something in North Augusta.


Davion Mitchell | Class of 2017

There can’t be a top performer list form the Peach Jam and not include Mitchell, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound combination guard out of Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County. Mitchell helped lead the Georgia Stars 16’s bunch to the Sweet 16 championship. He didn’t score below double figures in a game, averaged 17.2 points and shot 54.9-percent from the field through six games. Mitchell is tough and physical off the dribble. He’s quick, can create his own shot and competes on both ends. Mitchell currently has offers from Auburn, Georgia, Cincinnati, Memphis, Tulane, SMU and FIU. Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio State and Texas are also showing interest.


Jarrett Allen | Class of 2016

Coming off an impressive spring, Jarrett Allen only improved his stock at the adidas Gaunlet Finale. The 6-foot-10 post player was active, efficient and effective on both ends of the floor when Scout laid eyes on him. He’s confident in his offensive moves, and rightfully so, as he has deft touch and crisp scoring moves around the basket. Defensively, he can impact the game by getting to shot attempts and owning the backboard.


Harry Giles | Class of 2016

Although he has been even more dominant at other events, Scout’s top-ranked senior illustrated why he’s the class ringleader. Giles averaged 18 points in the five bracket play games at the Peach Jam, shooting 69 percent from the field in the process. He also added 11 rebounds per contest and had a huge, 26-point scoring outburst versus Team Final. His legs looked weary in the playoff rounds and his shooting efficiency dropped, but Giles fought to the bitter end as CP3 fell heartbreakingly to the St. Louis Eagles. At this juncture Duke — which on Sunday landed Giles’ close friend and fellow elite Jayson Tatum — and Kentucky appear to be the frontrunners in his recruitment, with North Carolina and Wake Forest among the others still giving chase.


T.J. Leaf | Class of 2016

Leaf’s offensive versatility ranks near the top of the class. He boasts admirable skills and scoring weapons at nearly every range on the court, including top-notch post footwork, a sure left hand for traffic finishes, sharp passing abilities from the high post and shooting range to the three-point stripe. Meanwhile, he’s a consistently excellent rebounder as well — he averaged double-digit boards at the Adidas Gauntlet finale — and poses a variety of challenges to defenses. He was good during the regular season but raised his level of play significantly last week, scoring 24 points or more in three of the Compton Magic’s four games. He’ll need to gain strength prior to enrolling at Arizona, but Sean Miller’s Wildcats will reap dividends from his presence the moment he suits up.


Jared Harper | Class of 2016

With Bruce Pearl, Jared Harper’s future head coach looking on at Peach Jam, the 5-foot-10 lead guard led the Georgia Stars to 17’s crown. He was flat out spectacular at times during the event and had scoring highs of 34, 29 and 24. Harper played with great pace and showed a great blend of passing and scoring. In one game Scout took in, Harper went for 27 points in a half. He’s a tremendous long range shooter and connected on 21 threes during the event. He also tossed out 38 assists to just 16 turnovers in eight games of action.


Miles Norris | Class of 2018

Norris proved himself as a high major prospect a year ago and has made strong advancements in his game since then. He's a four man with good size at 6-foot-8, long arms and broad shoulders. Norris came up as a defending, rebounding and shot blocking specialist and has added weapons to his arsenal. No longer just a threat to score around the basket, Norris' jump shot has come a long way and he's now a legitimate shooter with three-point range. The rising sophomore holds offers from California, San Diego State, Washington and Wyoming.


Cassius Stanley | Class of 2019

Stanley's been a known name on the West Coast for quite some time since he's always played up, but with the wing now entering high school, it won't take his recruitment very long to get serious. With good size at 6-foot-5 and absolutely elite athleticism, Stanley will be able to play and defend both the two and the three at the next level. He's shown advancements in his feel for the game and has become a good passer, while he's extremely tough to stop in transition due to his explosiveness and motor. USC has offered, while Stanley recently took an unofficial visit to UCLA.


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