AAU Nationals: Day One Rundown

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Before watching some of the powerhouse teams at the 17-and-under AAU Nationals, we decided to catch up with a few underclassmen "The Milkhouse." Herb Pope was by far the most impressive prospect we saw on Thursday.

Herb Pope, PF, Pitt. Jots – He had quite the afternoon game as the big man strung together 20 points and 10 rebounds. Forget the numbers, it was the manner in which he accumulated his points that stood out. At 6-foot-8+, he handled the ball, made a few mid-range shots and was a beast inside. Observers loved him at ABCD and he was quite the prospect here. Scout.com had him pre-summer No. 15 and he's on the rise.

A.J. Stewart, PF, Jacksonville Lee Bulls – The forward looked extremely comfortable and was the most energetic and athletic player in the game we caught. He's a tipper at the rim and when he's active like he was on Thursday, Stewart looks like a high-major prospect.

Demetri McCamey (pictured), PG, Illinois Wolves – He's 6-foot-3 and doesn't have the typical point man's body. He's very strong and powerfully built to play the position. At first glance, you want to label him a small forward but he's a passer first and foremost. Nice feel and will get in the lane and create. He's an excellent player and hopefully he'll add a perimeter dimension. Doing so would make him quite the intriguing high-major prospect.

Isaiah Martin, PF, Old Gold – He's a little banged up here but did show flashes in the two games we watched. Lean with a little bounce inside, Martin will need to get stronger to be recruited at the highest level but he's got the game and the upside. He's on loan for the event from the Illinois Wolves.

Sanchez Hughley, SG, Fasttrack Future – Apparently he's the mid-major recruit that is generating quite the buzz. We caught him in the evening game where he struggled with his shot going just 5-for-13 from the field. However, afterwards we learned that he's fighting a flu-like virus. He would finish with 10 points and four rebounds, showing glimpses of the excellent mid-major scorer that he projects to be.

Maine Hoops – It's a good year in the "Pine Tree State" for basketball prospects. Of the 1,274,923 residents of the state of Maine, few of them are basketball prospects. However, we did see a handful Thursday evening. Shooting guard Bryant Barr is receiving recruiting interest from Maine (Black Bears coach Ted Woodward was in attendance along with Yale and Davidson to name a few schools), center Jordan Cook towers at 6-foot-10 and wing Marc Socoby is a lower-level D-I prospect. We'll try to lay a set of eyes on Carlos Strong this week as well.

There has been some talk that Louisville might have offered 2006 big man Austin Wallace. The New Yorker is under the impression that if he preps a year, Louisville will offer. Scout.com, through sources, was not able to confirm the offer, but heard that the Cardinals would be interested in recruiting him should he prep. Wallace feels like he's just scratching the surface but hasn't decided on what to do. "I'm trying finish my summer strong," Wallace said. "I'm 16; I have a late birthday." …

A.J. Stewart was watched by FSU's Leonard Hamilton, Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg, Tennessee's Buzz Peterson and Miami assistant Michael Hunt. … D.J. Kennedy, a junior out of Pittsburgh, was watched by Xavier assistant Chris Mack. …

Pittsburgh assistant Joe Lombardi watched future Panther Herb Pope dominate. … Cal was in the house for Isaiah Martin, a junior. … Louisville watched 2006 (for now) forward Austin Wallace. … We weren't at the game but apparently Ohio State and Georgetown sent head coaches for Vernon Macklin. …

Cleveland Titans center Dallas Lauderdale said that Syracuse has offered him, he thinks Ohio State might have as well and he's hearing from North Carolina. … Junior A.J. Stewart will list all the Florida schools – UF, UM, FSU, South Florida. …

Illinois Wolves junior point guard Demetri McCamey's school list is all over the board – Arizona, Illinois, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Florida State and Florida. WHEW!

Junior forward Isaiah Martin rattled off Illinois, Kentucky, Southern Illinois, Valparaiso and Baylor. He said that SIU was on him the hardest to date. …

Caught a little of Dallas Lauderdale (pictured). Stood his ground inside, numbers weren't overly impressive but his size is legit. Hard to find guys as solidly built like he is. He'll be ready to come into a program as a freshman and be a physical presence. You simply can't find guys of his stature to recruit. …

Herb Pope is one of those charismatic kids. Think a bigger version of say, Julius Hodge. … Kerwin Denham of Martin Bros. had a big shooting day. He's headed to N. Iowa. … Saiquon Stone of the Gauchos is a hard-playung, energetic wing. He showed his toughness when he took a hard charge and bounced right up. …

"I don't want to go far from home; I hate the cold." – Jacksonville Lee Bulls junior forward A.J. Stewart, a Florida native.


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