AAU Nationals: Day One Rundown

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Before the power teams flex their muscle at the AAU Nationals, we opted to spend Monday evaluating under the radar guys. Here's what we came up with, including a shooter barrage from senior Ethan Wragge. Junior Jordan McRae was one of the best performers on the day.

Mouphtauo Yarou, PF/C, Cecil Kirk – Easily the best player we've ever seen from the country of Benin; a nation that has never produced an NBA player. His team is playing in the under-19 division (he's 18) and doing work. We saw him get 19 points. He's got better touch than when we saw him in April and owns a powerful body. Deceptively skilled and more than just an athlete, he should be a high-major priority once the coaches complete their homework assignments.

Ethan Wragge, SF, Minn. Magic Elite – This 6-foot-7 mystery man couldn't have made a better first impression offensively. We had him down for 27 points including 7 3-pointers. Wragge even dove to the post to do a little work. There will be defensive questions that need to be answered but he strokes it at a high level for sure.

K.J. Sherrill, PF, Phenoms – The North Carolinian is horse at 6-6. He's becoming a flavor of the day and lots of eyeballs are on him. Love his strength and explosiveness in the paint. If he gets close he's trying to hammer it down. Accounted for 23 in his morning effort.

Wragge Can Stroke It
J.P. Kuhlman, PG, Jax Lee Bulls – His squad was on the good side of a pair of lopsided games so evaluating him take some projection. Frankly, we were enamored with him since the first time we caught his act (a stellar effort against Jon Hood at the Real Deal). Kuhlman is a throwback, just take a look at his sneakers. They're beat up, literally busting at the seams but he won't trade them in for new ones. He makes 3s, has quickness and sees the floor well.

A.J. Walton, PG, Arkansas Wings – It's been a while since we'd seen him. What he does well is get by his man with a separation burst. He'll be a good penetrate and kick guard. Needs to tighten up his decisions with the basketball.

Jordan McRae, SG, Coastal Crew Rebels – The most impressive underclass performer we encounted on this day. The baseline drive and dunk was quite big time. A good athlete with a mix of perimeter and drives, McRae is a big guard with a scoring package. He's got a chance to be a big time player.

Patric Young, PF, Jax Lee Bulls – After making a splash at Reebok, Young's been a high-major must see. We caught him during a blowout win. A strong man who boards strong and blocks what comes his way. He's working on perfecta a short hook shot and there's no reason to think he can't play at the top tier of a bigger league in college.

Phil Pressey, PG, BABC – They didn't need a lot out of him against Garner Roads and this is a talented but fatigued crew. Still, Pressey – at his size – got in the mix and rebounded. He was actually responsible for tipping some balls inside. At this point, he's clearly established himself as one of the elite PGs in his class.

David Robinson, SG, Richmond Squires – Didn't get to see a ton of him but caught enough of his act to know that he's got to get on at least the mid-level radar. The buzz was all about his stroke and when you factor in his grades, it's time to take a look for the future.

Team Breakdown's Kenny Boynton sat out Monday with an ice pack on his foot. His services weren't needed and he'll probably sit as long as the schedule allows until the playoffs begin. …

Floridian William Green, a combo forward, is a unique mix of inside and mid-range. … Eric Bledsoe, one of the hottest point guards in the nation, got kneed and missed most of his game. … Zach Bohannon of Martin Bros. is a face-up four man who has a grasp of how to play and can stick it behind the arc. At his core he can make jumpers and understands the game. …

Jordan McRae said Tennessee is on him the hardest. That makes sense since Bruce Pearl has chased him from Vegas to Orlando. Florida, Miami, LSU, USC, UCLA, Cincinnati and Xavier are ones he likes. … Ethan Wragge sports offers from North and South Dakota State plus Wisconsin-Green Bay. Northern Iowa, LSU, Wright State and Belmont are interested; they'll have company the rest of the week. … K.J. Sherrill said Winthrop is his hardest pursuer. Offers from UNC-Wilmington, Western Carolina, College of Charleston and Chattanooga have occurred. The Citadel, Virginia Tech and N.C. State are looking. …

William Green has Tennessee Tech, Winthrop, North Florida, Murray State and Western Kentucky looking at him. … The short list for Eric Bledsoe: Minnesota, UAB and South Carolina. … J.P. Kuhlman's 5 favorites are Jacksonville, Belmont, William & Mary and Notre Dame (no offer) and Davidson (no offer). … Patric Young likes Miami, Florida, Florida State, Wake Forest and Connecticut. He'll attend elite camps at UF and UConn in August. FSU and the Deacs have offered. …

Zach Bohannon's lone offer is from Albany. Bucknell and Air Force are looking. … Nate Hutcheson of Martin Bros. sports offers from St. Louis, Toledo and Albany. … David Robinson likes Richmond, Virginia, VCU, Virginia Tech and William & Mary. … Junior Mychal Parker likes Virginia, Clemson, Duke and Virginia Tech; lots are calling him. … A.J. Walton's four schools: Arkansas, Baylor, Kentucky and Marquette. UK and Marquette has points committed and this one smells like the Hogs or the Bears. … Yarou favors New Mexico State, Villanova, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Providence, Kansas State and Georgia Tech. …

Head coaches for Jordan McRae: Billy Donovan, Frank Haith, Mick Cronin and Paul Hewitt. … Albany head coach Will Brown was front and center for Bohannon. …

"When I see that cat I hear 70's disco music. He's nice like that. I hear ‘So, So, Good,' playing in the background when I watch him."

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