Brad Beal vs Austin Rivers, SG – The showdown of the weekend occurred late in the day on Sunday. Rivers, the top rated shooting guard, going head-to-head against Beal, the No. 2 rated shooting guard, was a match up that not many wanted to miss, which should explain why the court was standing room only midway through the first quarter.
Rivers, who just decommitted from Florida, came out of the gates on fire, knocking down his first seven shots, including five three-pointers. While Rivers was on fire, Beal wasn't too bad himself knocking down his first seven shots as well, but majority of them coming off drives to the rim or mid-range pull-ups.
In the second half, Beal began to impose his will on the game, scoring within the team concept. Rivers cooled off and the St. Louis Eagles took the lead and control of the game. Beal, a 6-foot-3, possibly 6-foot-4, had a huge weekend in Hampton and he capped it off in an impressive outing where he got the best of Rivers.
Julien Lewis, SG, Houston Hoops – There weren't many positives in the Hoops' match up versus Team Takeover, but this 6-foot-3 combo guard was certainly one of them. Lewis, a Texas commit, had his jump shot on point, especially from mid-range. He had no problem shaking his defender to create space and he's developed a nice pull-jumper from 15 to 18 feet.
Michael Gbinije, SF, Team Takeover – Duke's 2011 wing commitment picked his spots against the Houston Hoops. When he wanted to score he usually did. In the past we've seen Gbinije settle for jumpers, but that wasn't the case today. The 6-foot-6, 180-pounder attacked the rim and was athletic enough to adjust shots once he made it to the tin. He's an impressive talent that is far from reaching his full potential.
Maurice Harkless, PF, New York Gauchos – Heading into the Gauchos game against the Mac Irvin Fire, there were mixed reviews floating around the Boo Wililiams Sportsplex. In the ‘Gauchos game against Mac Irvin Fire, Harkless was on top of his game.
Mid-range was where the 6-foot-8, 185-pound forward was impressive. He drilled at least four jumpers from 12 to 18 feet, including a pair off the dribble. He's more of a face up guy at this point, mainly because he's not strong enough to have a major affect in the low post.
James Robinson, PG/SG, Team Takeover – Going up against a pair of the top 2012 lead guards – L.J. Rose and Jymchal Reese – Robinson put together a solid effort. The first thing we noticed about his game was his ability to dish out the rock. He's got great vision and nice touch on his passes. A 6-foot-2, 190-pounder, Robinson is a bit in between positions but he makes good decisions with the basketball and is a leader.
Omar Calhoun, SG, New York Gauchos – Playing up on the 17's we got our first look at this 6-foot-4 shooting guard. The junior out of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Christ The King definitely needs to get stronger, but he is a nice talent. His jump shoot looks good, as he hit a three-pointer, but also looked for openings to attack the rim.
Keith Frazier, SF, Houston Hoops – The Hoops love playing their young talent up on the 17's squad for all to see so it wasn't a surprise when we checked out the Hoops 17's team and they had a high level freshman like Frazier. A standout at Irving (Tex.), Frazier is a slender wing with solid athleticism and a good-looking jump shot. Although his jumpers weren't going down in the game we watched, he's got good form, has confidence in his shot and can create space for it when he wants.
Mikael Hopkins mentioned Kansas, Syracuse, Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wets Virginia, Ohio State, Texas, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Clemson, Villanova and Xavier. He claims offers from every school involved.