AAU Nationals: Day Two Rundown

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – From Austin Rivers's 34 points on 10 3-pointers to Damontre Harris and his continued development, it was a strong day of seeing new guys at the AAU Nationals.

Damontre Harris, C, NC Force: The evolution continues. Against Houston Hoops, Harris stepped up. Extremely long, he challenged shots and disrupted passing lanes. The checklist on offense included a made 3, series of post fadeaways and an athletic reverse where he sky walked to a hoop remain scorched on the retina. Since we first eyeballed him last November the progress has been steady and impressive. The admirers are there and the crowd was significant for the most complete game we've seen him turn in.

K.T. Harrell, SG, Ala. Challenge: This is a legitimate high-major guard. Off the bounce he's a load. Quickness, strong frame and plenty of offense. There are guys who can play at big schools and then there are guys who help big schools win and he's the latter.

Charles Hankerson, SG/SF, Gold Coast: Physically mature, Hankerson made his 3's and his body won't be a problem. Would have liked to see him against stronger competition but on the flipside he did everything required of him in his team's win.

Chris Jones, PG, Memphis Stallions: If you're going to be 5-foot-10 you'd better have game and he's got major game. Elite speed and lots of different shots in the bag of tricks. Floater: check. Jumper: check. Toughness: check. He's a difficult guy to stay in front of and he even threw himself in the lane for rebounds. Guys who admire small guards will take a liking to this kid.

Robert Brown, SG, Showtime: The Virginia Tech commitment was called up to the 17-and-unders for this event. Our first look revealed a wing player who knocks down 3s and was comfortable off the bounce.

Austin Rivers, PG/SG, Each1Teach1: The signature effort of the day belonged to him. He might have missed two 3s en route to making 10 of them for 34 points against the N.C. Flight. One of the best parts of his game is the swagger in which he carries himself. He's got a winner's mentality remains one of the most competitive kids in high school basketball.

Anthony Gill of the N.C. Flight remains a name to watch in the coming year. He's been nicked up a good portion of the spring and summer but has the tools to turn himself into a high level player. … Ovie Soko, a small forward off Boo's No. 2 team, is available. He's 2009, a solid athlete and can shoot it. Would be a steal at the SoCon level and maybe a touch higher. …

Loved 2011 Gold Coast sniper Austin Keel. Mids should take note. … Indiana Select's Neal Beshears has size (6-6) and skills. No D-I offers to date is misleading. … Also like Gold Coast power forward Shawn Jones. … Mark Parker has shot his way to a Division I scholarship. Letting it rip with confidence now. ...

Reco McCarter has offers from Virginia Tech and VCU. Wake Forest, he said, leads, but has not offered. North Carolina State (no offer) is in the mix and Florida and Oklahoma have called. … Anthony Gill has offers from South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Liberty, Appalachian State and Richmond. Interest is coming from Virginia, Miami, N.C. State and Old Dominion. … Shane Larkin has interest from South Florida, Miami, Clemson, Ohio State, VCU (offer), Cincinnati, Florida State, Florida, Central Florida, Wake Forest and Marquette. …

Shawn Jones has interest from College of Charleston, FIU, Elon and North Florida. … Austin Keel hears from FAU, Jacksonville and Richmond. … K.T. Harrell indicated Virginia, Alabama and Georgia were strong with Mississippi State Auburn and Arkansas in the running. … Shabazz Napier, a junior, is going to work on his list in August. Providence, UMass, Rhode Island, Seton Hall, UConn, Tulane and Memphis are dabbling. …

Chris Jones said Tennessee, Mississippi and Marquette are strong. Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Duke, LSU, Alabama and Oklahoma were mentioned. … Beshears has talked with Davidson, Wright State and IPFW. … Damontre Harris lists South Carolina, Wake Forest, VCU and Florida. …

There's been some talk this month about Austin Rivers and rumors have been flying. Fueling the behind the scenes speculation that something could be brewing was Coach K's presence at his game on Tuesday. A Duke football recruit was involved in the contest as well. … Tom Crean was front and center for Hankerson. Miami was also at the game and the crowd grew as the contest went on. …

Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy watched Chris Jones. So did Alabama. … Damontre Harris drew head coaches from South Carolina, Wake Forest, Xavier and Boston College. Lots of assistants were in the gym including the Gators and Longhorns. …


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