Second Evaluation Period Top Performers

The Scout hoops recruiting team spent time in Suwanee, Ga., covering the adidas Gauntlet series and Indianapolis for the Nike EYBL and Under Armour Association this past weekend. Who stood out over the weekend?

Josh Anderson, a Louisiana native, looks taller, more athletic, and more skilled than he did the last time he was evaluated during July, and with that his game has gone to a new level. Anderson is now in the range of being 6-foot-5, he possesses the necessary athleticism to play above the rim, and can really get into the paint as well as make shots from deep.

All weekend long Anderson showed how special a talent he can be, and continues to improve every step of the way.

Anderson is being tracked closely by a lot of schools, but it appears that NC State and LSU are the two showing the most interest. In fact NC State dispatched three coaches, including Mark Gottfried, to watch Anderson on Sunday at the Under Armour Association.

After a bit of an up high school campaign Jaren Jackson has been taking his game to a new level this spring with Spiece Indy Heat. The nearly 6-foot-10 power forward has the ability step out and shoot the ball while also being a potential shot blocker and rebounder down low.

The key for Jackson has always been assertiveness and desire to compete on every single possession, and right now it appears that he is doing that. Jackson is playing harder than ever, and showing more toughness as well, which is letting his natural talent shine through.

A whole host of schools are tracking Jackson, but Michigan StateGeorgetownMarylandAlabamaIllinois and Stanford seem to be the schools showing the most consistent interest for Jackson at the moment.

It was a tremendous high school season for Nate Watson, and he has continued that with an excellent start to the spring with DC Premier. All weekend long Watson was one of the dominant low post scorers in the Under Armour Association.

Watson is a tough prospect at 6-foot-8 with solid athleticism, wide shoulders, and a nice scoring touch down low. He has great hands which allows him to snag every rebound that he get near, and also is getting more mobile and more explosive athletically.

 MarylandProvidence and Virginia Tech are the three schools talking to Watson the most, and all three were a consistent presence at his games this weekend.

In the star studded EYBL, it is Mohamed Bamba who continues to assert himself as one of the best players on the circuit. Bamba has always been someone with a ton of talent and a world of potential, but now he is beginning to turn that potential into consistent production.

One area where Bamba has been absolutely dominant is on the glass. In a game against MoKan Elite, it seemed that MoKan was simply conceding the rebound to Bamba to get back on defense since he was so dominant at times. His length and athleticism also allow him to finish above the rim, and Bamba has been playing with an extremely high motor.

Currently Bamba isn’t really naming schools, but KentuckyDukeNorth CarolinaVillanovaWake ForestKansas, and others are consistently at his games and seem to be showing a ton of attention.

Elias Harden is a wing with good size and length who impacts the game in multiple ways. He's best scoring from midrange and in, with an especial comfort level shooting midrange jumpers.

He does a good job playing hard which usually leads to a lot of transition opportunities. He's also a very good passer and plays unselfish basketball, helping set up good looks for teammates.

Due to his size and length, Harden should be able to guard multiple spots at the next level.

Harden listed FloridaGeorgiaGeorgia TechUABCincinnati and North Florida as schools he's been in communication with.

Zion Williamson is a powerful and athletic forward who can score facing up and around the basket.

He's a big kid with long arms, soft feet, good hands and is very athletic. He gets off his feet in a hurry and embraces contact in the paint.

Williamson's toughness and athleticism help him on the glass, while he also has impressive vision and ball skills for the position.

Williamson holds offers from LSUMississippi StateTexas A&MNC StateMiami (Fl)VirginiaFloridaClemson, Wofford and Tulane. Akot has good size, length, athleticism and scoring ability. He has a classic small forward and should be able to play multiple positions at the next level.

While Akot can score off the bounce and get to the basket, he's also a competent shooter. His athleticism and length give him a lot of upside on defense. Akot has somewhat flown under the radar but he's a kid with a lot of upside.

Akot holds offers from OregonUtahUtah State and Virginia Tech.

Romeo Langford may be the best prospect on the adidas Gauntlet circuit and he certainly proved he’s in the conversation for the second week in a row.

Langford checks in at 6-foot-5 and possesses a 6-11 wingspan. He’s quick and a bouncy athlete that springs up off the ground in a hurry. Offensively, he’s almost too unselfish, but when he’s called upon to get a bucket, he can do so in a hurry. He has shot mechanics and good distance on his shot. He was 4-for-9 from three on the weekend. Langford is comfortable attacking the rim and picks his spots to do damage off the drrible.

For the weekend Langford was 33-for-54 from the field, putting up point totals of 23, 23, 20 and 29. He’s currently averaging 23.6 points, which is good enough for No. 2 in the Gauntlet scoring list, and 8.9 rebounds a game.

Langford currently has offers from DukeIndianaKansasKentucky, Louisville, Purdue

After a weekend full of getting buckets, Nick Weatherspoon now leads the adidas Guantlet series in scoring at just over 25 points a game.

The electric guard was in a zone at the Suwanee Sports Academy and went 11-for-22 from three in four games over the weekend. But he did more than just shoot it from distance. Weatherspoon was aggressive with the ball in his hands and was able to slice his way to the basket for floaters and adjusting finishes.

Weatherspoon has a tremendous burst of speed and a crafty handle that allows him to create space for shot opportunities. He also showed off impressive vision, by finding open teammates and tossing out 19 assists in the four game-span.

Weatherspoon’s recruitment is starting to take off. His brother Quinndary Weatherspoon was a freshman at Mississippi State this past season, so the Bulldogs are heavily involved. Iowa StateNC StateIndiana and Ohio State are involved. North Carolina called him for the first time this week and Louisville offered him a scholarship Sunday night.


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