AAU Nationals: Day Two Rundown

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Dante Jackson stole the show with his late game heroics as the first day of the playoffs concluded at the AAU Nationals.

Jerome Randle, PG, Ferrari – This guy went for 40+ twice in the Showcase and he's emerging as a hot summer name. In Friday's action, we caught him on a cold shooting performance (4-for-12) but he mustered up 15 points anyway. There's a presence about him at the point guard slot and that's why coaches have fallen hard for him.

Brian Carlwell, C, Ferrari – We've said this before but it's worth mentioning again: AAU basketball, literally, is not his speed. Then he goes and scores a few buckets in a row and powers through some guys with sound athleticism. The bottom line is this: we truly believe he's a player at the college level.

Thinjin Moses, SF, Chicago Jaguars – At 6-foot-8, he's rail-thin with a ton of upside. He's headed for a new school in Chicago (Boys To Men we think is the name). In Friday's action, Moses stuck 3s, blocked shots and remained active. He's a strong prospect who said that despite rumors is a member of the Class of 2006.

Perry Stevenson (pictured), PF, La. Stars – There's really not much of an explanation for how a guy so light gets so much done. Stevenson went for 18 points, 15 rebounds and 9 blocks in the game we saw. He left some balls on the rim and 20 pounds from now he's finishing those plays; if he can put the weight on. He's got some work to do in order to get his body ready for the high-major pushing and shoving but the fact that he can be counted on to fill the stat sheet already speaks to his ability.

Devon Seaford, PG, Charlotte Royals – Since the spring, this young man has gone from low major to legit mid-major prospect and he deserves to be congratulated for the way he's lead his team in July. On Friday, his offense fueled a big run in a win. He's got a nice stroke and he's a fiery competitor.

Brandon Giles, SG, Fla. Elite – A thin scorer on the perimeter, he's a tough customer. After a hard foul, despite being quite thin, he bounced right back up and went to work. He's got a compact stroke and nice touch on his shot. He's a strong mid-major recruit and the big boys are watching him closely.

Dante Jackson, SF/SG, Cincy Royals – The most exciting sequence of the day came from this wing. Late in the game he drilled 3 straight trifectas and four of his last five 3-pointers. Then, with .6 seconds remaining he scored a driving layin off a steal to seal the win. He flat out stole the show in the final game of the night. His energy, will win to win and hot hand were on display in a big way!

Chris Wright, SF, Queen City Prophets – The victim on the strangest injury of the summer scored 18 points and had 9 rebounds all the while not taking a shot outside of 12 inches from the basket. In mid-July, Wright was bitten by a spider and the bite required some minor surgery and three days in the hospital. He's still got a bandage on his forearm but this elite level athlete's energy level wasn't hampered. The college guys are going to want to see him expand his game but right now his athleticism is his calling card.

Dino Gregory, PF, Baltimore Stars – At 6-foot-7 he got a lot done in the game we witnessed. His stroke from mid-range is reliable, especially for an insider. Gregory did a little bit of everything in the game we watched and as he rounds out his skill set could round himself into a high-major prospect. Power forward's with face-up potential are guys that make waves as they progress.

Jeffrey Jordan, PG, Rising Stars 16s – Yes, the son of that guy who used to play for the Bulls. In the game we caught Jordan went for 16 on 4-for-11 from the field. He's getting stronger and his game is coming along. Right now he's a lock to be recruited at the mid-major level.

Braxton Dupree, C, Baltimore Stars – The big fella has some conditioning work to do but we love what he can be. Blessed with a soft set of hands and the ability to convert inside, we're banking on him reaching his potential as a strong insider.

West Virginia is expected to receive a commitment from wing Cam Thoroughman sometime in the next week. Thoroughman is a 6-foot-6 wing with the Cincy Royals. … South Carolina could be close to offering wing Brandis Raley and if/when they do, expect him to take the Gamecocks offer quickly. …

Perry Stevenson says LSU is on him the hardest with Texas coming strong. Texas Tech, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech and Kentucky are in the mix. He said all but UK have offered. …

Jerome Randle said that Tulsa and Dayton are his hardest pursuers. … Thinjin Moses listed Marquette and DePaul. He's a native of the Sudan. …

Chris Wright (pictured) of Ohio was watched by Dayton, St. John's, Illinois, Cincinnati and Iowa. The Flyers and Buckeyes had their head coach in the house. …

Watching Perry Stevenson were assistants from LSU, Kentucky, Miami, Georgia Tech and Virginia. … Ohio State head coach Thad Matta caught the tail end of Dante Jackson's heroics for the Royals. … Louisiana-Lafayette watched LaRyan Gary. … Purdue was evaluating La. Stars forward Courtney Wallace. …

Jerome Randle was watched by Dayton head coach Brian Gregory and Tulsa's Doug Wojcik. … West Virginia assistant Jerry Dunn watched Cam Thoroughman twice. … Herb Sendek watched Braxton Dupree. …

Brandon Giles has an offer from West Virginia, Gardner Webb, Western Carolina, Florida Atlantic and interest from UNC-W, South Carolina State and Ball State. …

Devon Seaford has offers from Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Western Carolina and Lipscomb. USC, ECU and Colorado State are looking and you can bet a handful of CAA schools are hot on his trail as well. …

Senior Louis Birdsong of the Baltimore Stars (limited by groin injury on Friday) lists offers from George Mason, Delaware, Loyola and Akron. Others involved are Xavier, Wagner, Marshall and Toledo. …Braxton Dupree lists Maryland, Clemson, Virginia, N.C. State and Georgetown as the schools most aggressively pursuing him. …

Pre-tournament favorite Boo Williams is gone from the main bracket and has no chance at winning the national championship. Boo was bounced by Evan Turner and the Illinois Wolves 16s from the bracket. The writing had been on the wall for Boo which had been playing below its ability since the Showcase ended. …

Kevin Brown, listed as a 2007 forward with the Arkansas Wings, is a big time energy guy who mid-majors will line up to chase down next summer. … Hot senior wing Adrion Graves went for 18 points on 6-for-11 from the floor in the nightcap. …

LaRyan Gary is a guy we've written about before. He's capable of the big scoring number for the Louisiana Stars. Would like to see him consistently score it in back-to-back halves but he's a big wing talent. … Brandis Raley, a scorer with the Charlotte Royals, has great pace and feel to his game. He rarely forces bad shots and can create chances. …

"Everytime he takes off I hear beep-beep. There's a big puff of smoke behind him and Wylie Coyote is chasing him." – Division I assistant on Jerome Randle and he's not even recruiting him!


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