adidas Gauntlet: Top Performers

EMERSON, Ga. -- Who stood out on the second stop of the adidas Gauntlet Series? was on hand at the Lake Point Sporting Community to take in the three-days of action.

Montez Mathis is a high level athlete with a big time motor. There's no question that he's at his best driving to the basket, whether that be in transition or the halfcourt. His size, length, body control and overwhelming athleticism is tough for defenders to account for at the high school level. While Mathis isn't a consistent shooter, he's certainly capable of hitting the open shot to the stripe. He's also a plus rebounder and has the upside to be very good on defense.

Recruiting: Xavier, Kansas State, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, UCFWest Virginia

One of the top stock risers of the spring, Reginald Perry certainly looked the part of a Top 25 prospect this weekend. He's a beast physically at 6-foot-8 with long arms and wide shoulders. Most impressive about Perry is his skill level at the position, as he's a very capable shooter who can also post up smaller or bigger opponents due to his physical attributes and touch around the basket. Perry also rebounds in and outside of his area and blocks shots. 

Recruiting: Perry is committed to Arkansas.

Ashton Hagans showed this weekend he's making a serious push to be considered the top point guard in the 2019 class. This is a competitive kid who plays big time on the ball defense and isn't afraid to make life frustrating for anyone he's guarding, either stopping the dribble or coming away with steals. Offensively he's an excellent distributor who is best off the bounce either looking for teammates or taking the ball tot he basket. He'll need to improve as a shooter, but there's not much missing besides that.

Recruiting: North Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia State, Florida, Florida State, Mississippi StateWichita State

Timmy Allen has no doubt taken a big step forward since last season. He's a versatile small forward who impacts the game in a long list of ways, whether it be his improved shooting, handle for his size, vision, rebounding ability, motor or defense. He's always had plus versatility and feel, but Allen has become much stronger and it's made him tough to account for on both ends of the court at this level. The amount of ways Allen impacts the game is what is making his recruitment pick up so quickly.

Recruiting: Arizona StateCaliforniaIowa StateSan Diego StateUSCUtah

In match ups with Team Loaded VA and Ohio Basketball Club, Auburn pledge E.J. Montgomery showed improved energy, toughness and rebounding at the adidas Gauntlet. Montgomery has always been oozing with talent and ability, but he appears to have ramped up his aggressiveness and he consistently played hard on both ends of the court. Montgomery had his moments on the offensive end, showing he could score with either hand, but where he made a major difference was on the backboard. Montgomery combined for 46 boards in four games over the weekend.  

Recruiting: Committed to Auburn

With the amount of sheer talent Vinny Pastore has on his Mass Rivals team, it can be hard to consistently put up big numbers. Luckily we saw David Duke's best game of the weekend, where he scored 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting. He also reeled in five rebounds and tossed out two assists. Duke is a long, athletic and versatile guard prospect that score it well going to the rim and in transition. In the game we saw, Duke also knocked two of four attempts from three. He had only shot five threes in the previous six games. Duke entered our rankings at No. 63 overall and that looks like a good call, as he's certainly an intriguing high major option at the guard spot. 

Recruiting: ConnecticutCreightonFloridaKansasNorthwestern Providence, Rutgers, VirginiaVirginia Tech & Wake Forest

For the second weekend in a row, Nassir Little has been named a top performer by Scout. Much like last week, Little was active, aggressive and showed a versatile attack on both ends of the floor. Little has grown physically and his body is filling out. His game has matured too. Little has the ability to play both forward spots and his length, athleticism and lateral movement allows him to defend multiple positions. He also showed the ability to make three-pointers off the catch. Little was productive in four games during the Gauntlet Atlanta series, scoring 61 points and reeling in 37 rebounds in four games.

Recruiting: CincinnatiNotre DameVirginia TechFlorida StateSt. John's (NY)LouisvilleGeorgia TechKansas

Louisville commit Courtney Ramey is relied on to do a lot for his team in the Gauntlet and he was certainly productive in three games over the weekend, scoring 63 points and tossing out 10 assists. Ramey has good size for a point guard at 6-foot-3. He's quick, tough and has upside. Ramey is more of a true point than a scoring point, but his team needs him to score so he aggressively attacks the basket and is a good finisher once he gets there. In a setting where he has more shot makers around him, Ramey's value will go up, as he's a good passer with quality vision. 

Recruiting: Committed to Louisville

If tough, aggressive, athletic, physical and defensive minded guards are your style, then Luguentz Dort is for you. Playing for Brookwood Elite, Dort had all of those things on fully display. Dort brings it on both ends of the court and his physical play and toughness make him a tough match up for opposing guards. Dort is an aggressive driver that finishes extremely well through contact. Perhaps the best play we saw all weekend was his half court attack, that ended with a helpless defender getting knocked to the ground, as Dort soared through him for a powerful two-handed flush. At this stage, he's lacking in consistency in his shot, so that's an area for improvement, but he's a good passer and impacts the game in so many other ways. 

Recruiting: OregonFloridaVillanova & a host of others

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