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Who stood out during the first April Evaluation period?

The first of two April evaluation period was this past weekend and Scout's basketball recruiting team was stations in Dallas for the adidas event and New York for Nike and Under Armour's tournaments. Which players stood out during the period?

Arguably the most dominant player of the weekend at the Nike EYBL Brooklyn session was 6-foot-5 guard Hamidou Diallo.

Diallo impressed with his freakish and explosive athleticism, as well as his competitive nature and effort on the defensive end of the floor. In transition, he was borderline unstoppable, as he aggressively attacked the rim, scored through contact and looked to dunk on the opposition every chance he had. Not known for his shooting, Diallo connected on four of his 10 weekend three-point attempts.

Diallo averaged 18.3 points and 3.7 rebounds, while leading the Rens to a 2-1 record through the first weekend.

Recruiting: Diallo told Scout he has offers from Arizona, Seton Hall, VCU, Iowa State, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Providence, St. Bonaventure, Connecticut, Fairfield, Cal State Bakersfield, Iona, Quinnipiac, USC, St. John's, St. Peter's, Duquesne, Temple, Wake Forest, Indiana, NC State, Louisville, Maryland, Villanova, Florida, Kansas, Alabama, SMU, Syracuse, Boston College and Creighton

Mohamed Bamba firmly planted himself in the conversations as the best overall prospects in the 2017 class.

Standing 7-feet tall and boasting a 7-8 wingspan and a 9-6 standing reach, it’s clear that Bamba has extreme length. But now he’s starting to add weight to his lean frame. Bamba has added 10 pounds or so since December and that added strength appears to have helped him on the backboard. Bamba is currently leading the league in rebounding with 15.7 a game. He was active on the glass, especially on the offensive end, where he always seemed to be waiting to tip back misses.

Bamba is also scoring 15 points a game and is 20-for-29 from the field to start the AAU season. His hands and touch are good and his ability to step out and make a mid-range jumper is a weapon he’s developing more and more.

Recruiting: North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Harvard, Kentucky, Villanova and Indiana are among the other schools involved

Marvin Bagley sat out his sophomore season after transferring from Phoenix Hillcrest Academy to Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon but showed no signs of rust this weekend.

The versatile power forward can play inside and out, as he uses his size, athleticism, skill and touch to finish around the basket, but can also square up and take jumpers or take opponents off the dribble.

Bagley did a nice job grabbing rebounds, contested and blocked shots and made several impressive passes from the high post.

He’s one of the best prospects in high school basketball, regardless of class. Trevon Duval is rated as the top point guard in the 2017 class and playing in the Under Armour Association with We R 1 over the weekend, he proved he’s certainly worthy of that honor.

Duval, who has good size at 6-foot-4, has an extra gear speed wise and is able turn on the jets in transition. He’s tough to stop in open spaces and is able to slice his way to the rim and complete plays with nifty finishes. Duval is also a very good ball handler that can break down defenders and get into the paint, where he’ll either kick it to open teammates or drop in floaters.

Through four games this past weekend, Duval is averaging 19.5 points, 3.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds a game.

In an interview with Scout on Friday, Duval mentioned Villanova and Maryland, but there are a host of others also involved in his recruitment.

Brandon McCoy has long been one of the best defenders and centers in the 2017 class but what was most impressive about his weekend was the strides he has made on offense.

No longer a player who is mostly just a threat to score in transition, with lay-ups or offensive boards, McCoy displayed the ability to face up and hit jumpers, while also utilizing and improving hook shot.

While his offense continues to evolve, McCoy remains a guy who really frustrates opposing posts with his size, athleticism and timing.

Among the many schools recruiting McCoy are Michigan StateUCLAArizonaAlabamaNevadaUNLVOregonCaliforniaKansas and Louisville Jarred Vanderbilt is one of high school basketball’s most versatile talents and the long list of ways he helps his team win were shown this weekend.

Even though Vanderbilt is best offensively as a four, defensively he can guard multiple positions due to his size, length and athleticism.

Where he’s best is on the glass. Vanderbilt is an absolutely elite rebounder who grabs boards at a high level, whether they be in or outside of his area.

Not a kid known for his shooting ability, Vanderbilt appeared more comfortable with his jumper this weekend, which is a good sign for him reaching his ultimate potential.

There wasn’t much to pick apart about Jordan Brown and his performance at the adidas Gauntlet. The legit 6-foot-10 interior player can do a little bit of everything. In this new age of basketball where bigs have to be mobile, Brown is just that. He can guard ball screens, play in space on offense, and then also can score down low.

With a jump to the No. 2 spot in the rankings in the 2018 class, Brown more than proved himself worthy of that position. Steve Alford of UCLA and coaches from California made sure to track Brown closely at the event, and expect many of the other elite schools in the country to see him as the spring progresses.

Point guards with size, speed, and the ability to score are a rare breed, but one of the guys who checks all of those boxes is Makai Ashton-Langford.

Playing with Mass Rivals, Ashton-Langford was huge. He at times was able to put his team on his back and dominate games. Ashton-Langford is so good at beating his man off the dribble, and then is strong enough to take contact and finish around the rim over size.

Connecticut was at most of his games and they have been very active in his recruitment as has Providence and Louisville.

Five-star class of 2018 prospect Immanuel Quickley came in with a big reputation and he did nothing to make people think he is anything less than a high level prospect.

When seeing Quickley last year the thought was he was a high level scorer who would do most of his damage off the ball, but now it is clear that was incorrect. Quickley instead is a point guard who can definitely score, but is at his best making plays. His feel for the game is off the charts, and he just knows how to make others better.

Quickley was tracked closely by Xavier, Cincinnati, and Georgetown at the event. Also schools such as USC, Maryland, and Kansas were seen at his games.

The future UCLA Bruin was absolutely tremendous for the Compton Magic over the weekend. Hands made plays off the dribble, showed his high level athleticism, and then also made shots at a pretty good clip.

The highlight for Hands came with a game winning jumper at the buzzer on Saturday giving the Magic a big victory.

Look for Hands to be someone who has the ball in his hands from day one at UCLA. His combination of size, shot making, and athleticism should give him a chance to be an impact player from day one.


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