AAU Nationals: Day Two Rundown

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Doron Lamb's heroics have his Gauchos in the 16-and-under title game against mega power All-Ohio. Meanwhile, over in the 17s, the big guys are under the spotlight.

Daniel Miller, C, Ga. Ballers – Big time student, best basketball should be ahead of him. At 6-foot-10+, he's on everyone's radar. He's a guy that isn't polished up now and is slightly mechanical. However, he's into the game and tries very hard on offense. Miller takes care of his area rebounding responsibilities and keeps it simple. He's a high-major with room to make a jump.

Tom Knight, C, MBC – A great example of why its tough to evaluate in camp settings. Three weeks ago, we had a categorically incorrect eval on him. Fast forward to Tuesday night and he's staring Alex Oriakhi dead in the eyes. Let's not kid ourselves, Oriakhi won the matchup handily. However, there's a story to be told with Knight.

Knight On The Rise
A tremendous student, he's 6-10 and has bulk. He scored 8 and had 6 boards. Right now he's a mid-level player with higher-level attributes. He can face to mid-range (likes the baseline) and competes inside. Not a guy who is above the rim, but you can picture him being efficient. Mid-majors are nervous – and rightfully so – and the bigger guys are evaluating their options, figuring out whether or not to move on him. Down in Florida, his team received a pair of forfeits, further complicating the much-needed evaluations.

Steve Samuels, PG, Conn. Basketball Club – We've been trying to hunt down point guards and might have stumbled onto a good mid-level one. Samuels pushes 6-foot-3 and he's got a way about him. Young for his age (turns 18 next March), he scored it on the move and got into the lane.

Doron Lamb, SG, Gauchos – At times in the spring, he was great. During others, he was average. In July: lookout. Playing with the 16-under unit has placed him amongst he natural peers and the results have been tremendous. Admittedly his best game of the summer came on Tuesday vs. Team Florida. Lamb poured in 22 points, many of which came against Austin Rivers. Lamb, sensing the challenge, put in buckets every way imaginable. He attacked and finished with flair, made jumpers and answered the challenge Rivers tossed his way. Toward the end of the game he took an elbow the head that left him rattled after the game. In short, he was elite and in command of the arsenal.

Phil Pressey, PG, BABC – He's looking like the best pure set up man in his class. It's either he or Kendall Marshall. Down in Florida, Pressey has put shots up on tees for teammates to knock down and the game looks delicately easy for him.

Mychal Parker, SF, Squires – What we really prefer about his game is how reflexive and natural it comes to him. Blessed with a strong body, he gets his shot going to the rim and contact isn't a problem. Had 16 in game we saw.

Ben Brust, SG, Rising Stars – The Stars needed someone to lift them up against Albany City Rocks. Brust put the team on his shoulders and 34 points later it was over. Connected on 7 3-pointers in the game and he should be an elite mid-level priority with room to get looks slightly higher.

Kyrie Irving, PG, NJ Roadrunners – We've seen him on every stop we've made this summer and he's lived up to the billing. Best understood as a scoring point man, he took over in the fourth quarter of a game. We watched him score 10 points down the stretch, including a pair of 3s to finish with 17.

Georgia Elite has a big boy with a pair of meat hooks for arms in Javon Dawson. He clobbered one kid so if he's got five fouls, you could be hurting. Heard academics may be an issue. … Tobias Harris played through an injured and taped hand in the afternoon. He was able to piece together a strong effort. Both he and teammate Will Regan worked for their points. Regan's not a great athlete so you figure his legs burn faster in a continuous event setting. To his credit, he kept rallying inside and never ceased working. … Akeem Richmond made jump shots in the evening. He's got a nice feel for the game and projects as a mid-level prospect. …

The three big schools for Daniel Miller: Georgia, Georgia Tech and Stanford. … Khalial Murphy likes Virginia Tech, Indiana, Texas, Michigan State and Ohio State. Offers have come from Rider, Rice and Temple. … Ben Brust, a junior, likes Butler, Loyola, Valpo and Davidson (all offers). Iowa is looking. … Adrien Payne lists Xavier, Cincinnati, Louisville, West Virginia, Ohio State and Kentucky. … Steve Samuels likes Robert Morris, St. Bonaventure, Fairfield, Marist, Massachusetts, Albany and Penn State. …

Tom Knight has Maine, Boston, Northeastern, Bryant, Lehigh, Holy Cross and the Ivy's (Harvard whole staff there on Tuesday) looking at him. Notre Dame is reportedly interested as well. Gerard Coleman of BABC has Providence, Louisville, Connecticut, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Alabama and Vanderbilt on his list. …

St. John's Norm Roberts and Rutgers Fred Hill were there for Kyrie Irving. … Daniel Miller was stared down by Paul Hewitt and Dennis Felton. …

Scout Hoops Top Stories