First Evaluation Period: Breakout Performers

As always several players raised their stock during the first July open period. Here are a look at guys college coaches will be tracking closely the rest of the month.

Wing prospect Jase Febres made a huge impression at the adidas Gauntlet Finale. Febres combines good size with high level athleticism, and a big time shooting stroke to be someone who college coaches all over the state of Texas and beyond are going to be intrigued with.

The biggest thing that Febres does is shoot the basketball. Febres averaged over 20 points per game and shot over 50 percent from three as Texas PRO had a strong showing.

Beyond being able to shoot the basketball, Febres showed high level athleticism with some highlight caliber dunks to go with a decent ability to attack off the bounce. With his length and athleticism he should also be someone who projects as a versatile and good defender.

Recruiting: Houston and Boise State offered early. TCU, Auburn, SMU, Texas A&M, and Baylor were all staples at his games during the event.

Though his teammate Makai Ashton-Langford gets the majority of the attention in the Mass Rivals backcourt, Wabissa Bede proved his worth in a big way during the adidas Gauntlet Finale.

Bede, who is one of the toughest players in the country, at times seemingly put the Rivals on his back late and made key play after key play. Bede isn’t the tallest, most athletic, or best shooting player in the country, but he is just a winner who makes plays at the right times.

Coaches were all drooling at his competitiveness and ability to stay calm in big moments. Bede is a good finisher around the rim, and someone who really competes on the defensive end. His performance was huge in the Rivals coming home with a trophy.

Recruiting: Butler, Providence, Minnesota, Massachusetts, La Salle, Temple Owls, and Rhode Island have offered Bede. Dayton, Maryland, and others seemed to be taking a long look at him.

Our first viewing of Matthew Mayer came last July, but the 6-foot-7 wing prospect didn't breakout until one of the most prestigious events of the summer.

During the EYBL regular season, Mayer averaged just 3.9 points a game and played sparingly for the always loaded Houston Hoops. But with Jarred Vanderbilt and Billy Preston on the sidelines, Mayer's role changed at Peach Jam and he took advantage of it.

Mayer turned into one of the Hoops' go-to offensive threat, averaging 13 points a game, while also filling the box sheets with 6.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists through five games.

Mayer has good size for a perimeter position, and although he didn't shoot it great from three at Peach Jam, a good-looking stroke from distance. He's skilled, will mix in drives and is a good rebounder for a wing. 

Recruiting: Texas A&MTexas and Baylor are the schools at the top of his list

Entering the spring Lance Thomas was ranked among Scout's top 100 prospects. After so-so performances with Team United, the 6-foot-10 power forward fell from the rankings.

But during the first July evaluation period, Thomas, of Norcross (Ga.) High, seemed to regain form and certainly drew interest from a host of college coaches. 

Thomas has good size and length for the position, runs the floor with ease and is a good athlete. Offensively, Thomas wants to play facing the rim and there's value in his ability to shoot, especially when he takes catch and shoot jump shots. 

Recruiting: USCMiami (Fl)Florida, Georgia TechTennesseeMississippiClemsonLouisville

You hate the idea of labeling a player ranked in the Top 70 as a Breakout Performer, but the bottom line is that Tevian Jones continued his trend of showing vast improvement every time out, something he's done consistently since Scout first watched him during the high school season this last December.

He's got the size and length you're looking for out for out of a small forward, while he's an effortless athlete. He can finish well above the room or move his feet on defense. He rebounds well for the position, can knock shots and has good vision.

In a 2018 West Coast class searching for a true small forward for high major programs to target, Jones is propelling his stock in that direction. It was an impressive weekend for Jones at the Double Pump Summer Tip-Off.

Recruiting: Jones has an offer from Grand Canyon.

Je'rell Springer has an eye opening performance at the Pangos Summer Sweet 16, proving himself as one of the west's top sleepers in 2017.

He's got good size and length at 6-foot-5, long arms and a chiseled frame. Springer is a terrific passer and plays high basketball IQ, unselfish basketball. He's best on the drive as a scorer but his stroke isn't broken and he has the chance to be a decent shooter with reps and confidence.

Springer has the size, length, athleticism and feel to guard the entire perimeter in time. He also has a frame that will allow him to get plenty stronger in time.

Recruiting: Springer has an offer from Pacific.

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