AAU Nationals: Saturday Rundown

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The end of the month has arrived and if the level of play at the AAU Nationals is an indicator, we've got a tired bunch of kids (and recruiting analysts) on our hands. From Dante Jackson to Nate Miles, here's what's shaking from Disney.

Dante Jackson, SG, Queen City Prophets – Jackson doesn't get out on the circuit much so when he's at an event you need to lay eyes on him. More fluid and less mechanical than a year ago, Jackson makes jumpers. He's a very solid player from deep and mid-range range. He leaves the sizzling drives for someone else and plays his game from the perimeter. Improved passer who had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in an easy win. Football is almost an afterthought and he's likely to lock in on hoops going forward.

Dele Coker, C, Albany City Rocks – It's been quite a summer for the big fella. At Nike Camp he stared down Blake Griffin and rode that wave of momentum all the way through. He's gathering offers almost daily and his crowd here was impressive. He owns his area as a rebounder and blocks what comes to him. Extremely solid high-major prospect.

Christopher Warren, PG, Champion Orlando Wildcats – Here's a kid who has the power to draw top level mid-major head coaches and for good reason. We saw him get 24 points and he's a confident handler who gets into the paint and keeps you honest from the perimeter. An important mid-major prospect because he has all the trappings of an all-league candidate at that level.


Joe Jakobowski
Joe Jakobowski, PG/SG, Cincy Black AAU – Mid-major guys heat up quickly down here and one of the flavors of the event is this young man. He's unique in his play and his style as he's what happens when Steve Nash meets Jeff Smardja. An excellent mid-level guard who could get time at either the point or off guard slot.

Nick Calathes and Chandler Parsons, Team Florida – Against Richmond Metro, with the opposing coach screaming how "soft" Team Florida was, Calathes and Parsons had it rocking. They probably heard the coach jabbering at them and it didn't work because the two seemingly traded buckets in the first half and ran up a big league; big enough that we didn't need to witness the second half drubbing.

Delvon Roe, PF, All-Ohio Red – You can tell that his recruitment is moving swiftly because head coaches are making it a point not to miss any of his games – how many guys have had that kind of summer? Roe was more than the Long Island Lightning could handle inside and he worked them over under the basket for 21 points and 6 rebounds in a playoff game.


Nate Miles Shot Chart
Nate Miles, SG, All-Ohio Red – Here's another guy who strung together a promising summer and has been a hot name at every event he's participated in. A multi-school transfer from Ohio, Miles said he's grown up the last year and a half. "I'm more mature now," Miles added. "I was a kid then." He's a man when it comes to scoring. Good scorers have it figured out – they get their chippies inside and in transition to pad their totals and then head for the 3-point line. Miles hit the glass and did it the right way getting 19 on 8-for-11 from the field.

Roy Williams was in the house watching a number of prospects including N.C. Gaters young center Ty Walker. … Tubby Smith and assistants from St. John's, Pittsburgh, Clemson, Alabama, UMass and West Virginia were at his gym. … Christopher Warren drew a slew of CAA head coaches – Blaine Taylor of ODU, Anthony Grant of VCU and Jim Larranaga of George Mason. …

Dante Jackson's crowd – Tubby Smith with assistants from Xavier, Dayton, Notre Dame, Virginia and Georgetown. …

The end of July is a great indicator of where programs are spending their resources. Head coaches for Delvon Roe – Tommy Amaker, Tom Izzo, Roy Williams, Thad Matta. … Head coaches for Patrick Patterson Billy Donovan, Tubby Smith, Roy Williams. … Head Coaches for Chris Wright – N.C. State's Sidney Lowe, Georgetown's John Thompson. … Head Coaches for Chandler Parsons – Arizona State's Herb Sendek, LSU's John Brady, Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg, Kentucky's Tubby Smith, Alabama's Mark Gottfried and Ole Miss's Andy Kennedy. … Nate Miles was watched (we think) by CIncy, UConn and Southern Cal head coach Tim Floyd. …


Dante Jackson
Joe Jakobowski has offers from Winthrop, Morehead State, Robert Morris, Colgate, Wright State, Bowling Green and Akron. Richmond sent its head coach while Wright State and Evansville had their big dogs in the gym. … Dele Coker said that Kentucky recently offered him. St. John's, Texas, Boston College, Alabama, Clemson and Massachusetts are also in the mix. …

Christopher Warren has offers from FAU, ODU, VCU, FAMU and JMU. … Jimmer Fredette has offers from BYU, Utah, UMass, Siena and interest from Mason, Marshall and West Virginia. …

"Before I left for here it was 2 (schools)," Dante Jackson said. "Maybe it'll be 6 again, I don't know." Xavier and Dayton are the frontrunners with Notre Dame, Indiana, Cincinnati, Kentucky and possibly Tennessee getting some face time. … Nate Miles lists Georgetown, Baylor, Texas, Syracuse and Oklahoma State. We think UConn is on the verge of getting involved. …

Billy Allen of Cincinnati AAU could run for office. He's the first guy we've seen this summer who practices political correctness with his attire. Allen sported the Reebok shoes, adidas socks and Nike Jordan shorts. … Jimmer Fredette of Albany is a good basketball player. He makes wise plays and takes advantage of his opportunities. … James Davis is a guy the mid-majors want to fall in love with if he were more consistent. In an evening playoff game he won over a few admirers with his play. …

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