AAU Nationals: Day One Rundown

ORLANDO, Fla. -- After a cross country trip from Las Vegas to Disney's Wide World of Sports we caught a handful of games at the AAU Nationals. K.T. Harrell and Jakarr Sampson were two of the big performers on day one.

Charles Hankerson, SF, Gold Coast – An intriguing prospect because of his size and strength, Hankerson is a guy that a number of college programs are still evaluating. Against the Mid-State Ballerz the 6-foot-5 chiseled wing showed off his passing and ability to finish at the rim. Although his weakness is supposedly his shooting, Hankerson dialed in from mid-range and knocked down a handful of jumpers. He's one to keep an eye on.

Cameron Clark, SF, Team Texas Elite – For a half Clark had it working. It's clear that his mid-range game is the area he excels at the most. The 6-foot-6 wing has no problem creating his own shot and loves to pull up for 15 to 18-footers. Clark also mixed in a three-pointer and grabbed a few rebounders. Going forward we like what Clark could become, as he's got a great frame and a pair of long arms.

C.J. Aiken, PF, Keystone Blazers – A long and lean big man, Aiken certainly had his moments against the Martin Brothers. On the defensive end he swatted shots and was aggressive inside. Offensively he attacked the rim and even showed off range on his face up jumper. Still Aiken needs to gain strength, so he can be more physical inside, but he's a solid athlete that runs the floor very well.

K.T. Harrell, SG, Alabama Challenge – With the court packed full of college coaches Harrell picked the right time to bring a big effort. The 6-foot-4 strongly built shooting guard was especially key in the second half against the Raider Monday evening when he hit a couple of mid-range jumpers, a three-pointer and had a monster dunk. He's a solid athlete with a good-looking stroke to the stripe. He's already got high major offers, we expect a few others will try and jump in the mix.

Jakarr Sampson, SF/PF, King James – Every time he touches the floor he looks better than the time before. Since we first saw him in December, he's made drastic improvements and is in the process of making the transition from face up four man to possible wing forward. In an evening game on Monday, Sampson ran the floor looking to score, attacked from the perimeter for buckets and was extremely active. Sampson, a 6-foot-7, 190-pounder, also has quick twitch muscles and isn't afraid to get inside and mix it up for rebounds and buckets.

DeJuan Coleman, C, Westchester Hawks – For a sophomore-to-be in high school Coleman is quite advanced. He's a huge kid that stands nearly 6-foot-9, and weighs in at 265-pounds. But for a guy his size he's ball skills are already coming along. In his game against Mark Train, he didn't put forth his best offensive effort, but he still showed the ability to push the break, grab rebounds and get physical inside. This one is going to be fun to watch develop over the next few years.

Charles Hankerson claims scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Rice and Tulane. He also mentioned Virginia and Florida as schools involved in his recruitment.

Jordan Dykstra, a former Iowa commit, said he couldn't name every school in the mix, but did specifically point out Wake Forest, Hawaii, Davidson and STSU as schools involved.

Tre Bowman, a 2010 standout, claims offers from LaSalle, Niagara, Coastal Carolina and UCF. Penn State, Drexel, Virginia, Georgetown, George Mason and Villanova have shown some interest.

Jakarr Sampson said Xavier, Akron and Dayton have offered him a scholarship. Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Notre Dame are recruiting him as well.

Zach Price listed offers from Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana. Florida, Michigan, Florida State and Illinois are also recruiting him.

K.T. Harrell currently has offers from Virginia, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas and Michigan State. He said Georgia, Boston College, UAB and VCU are in the mix too. The plan is to take visits after July. He's already been to Alabama and specifically pointed on Virginia as a school he wanted to see.

*We watched Amile Jefferson in Las Vegas on Sunday playing in the 15's division of the adidas Super 64. On Monday he was in Orlando playing in the 17's age group.

*There was a contingent of former Duke players rolling through the Milkhouse on Monday. We spotted Jason Williams, as well as Grant Hill, who was hanging out with former teammate Jeff Capel.

*Team Takeover won the 17's Super Showcase. They were crowned the title winner after knocking off Each 1 Teach 1 on national television.


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