Friday Hoops Recap

Friday saw several Duke targets in action in various events around the country. Here's a recap of which Blue Devil recruits stood out.

Amile Jefferson, PF – He's had a strong past month. Coming off leading NBA Camp in scoring, Jefferson looked solid during the opening round games. Despite his lanky frame, Jefferson will fight for rebound and mix it up in the paint. He's skilled enough to score inside, but is also capable of stepping out and hitting jump shots out to 21-feet.

Mitch McGary, C – One of the popular big men in Akron showed why coaches are begging for services early Friday. The strongly built 6-foot-10 center faced up for buckets, including a three-pointer and a pull-up from 12-feet. But he was also active around the paint looking for put backs and finishing through contact.

T.J. Warren, SF – The class of 2012 has a handful of guys that can flat out fill it up. Ricardo Ledo is one of those guys, as is Omar Calhoun, but Warren is pushing them for the top at the pure scoring category. At 6-foot-7 he's great at creating space and opportunities for himself. His game is coming together and his scoring package is impressive.

Brannen Greene, SG/SF, Atlanta Celtics – It is clear that Greene is still adjusting to his role with his new team. His shot was inconsistent throughout the game, and he never seemed to get into a great rhythm with the basketball. Still he did show the deep range, and then on top of that did some work against smaller defenders on the block. He no question has the talent, but didn't quite put it all together on Friday.

Jabari Parker, SF – Some are touting him as the best player in the country regardless of class and that's an interesting debate and argument. Parker raised the stakes with his play this spring and that's carrying over to July. In a mid-day game he got out on the break, attacked the rim and finished at will.

It never gets old watching Shabazz Muhammad, the 6-5 small forward from Dream Vision, but occasionally we do have to see other teams in July. On Wednesday we did miss his game, but reliable sources told us had a phenomenal outing against the former #1 national player, Andre Drummond, and reportedly took his effort to the next level leading Dream Vision to the win.

Rasheed Sulaimon, a Duke commit, was solid all camp long. A talented scorer, Sulaimon has improved his scoring package and he's also a pretty talented passer.

Nerlens Noel opted to not give out a list of schools at LeBron. Although he acknowledged that Kentucky is recruiting, he didn't talk schools and said he would wait until after the summer to put out a list.

Mitch McGary has continued to pick up offers this summer. Duke has officially offered the 6'11 five star center after head coach Mike Krzyzewski watched him all day Thursday.


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