AAU Nationals: Day Three Rundown

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Jarvis Varnado guided the Mid-State Ballerz into the Final Four at the AAU's. Plus, another contingent of youngsters made waves outside of the main draw.

Jarvis Varnado, PF, Mid-State Ballerz –Quite a day for the forward. He made a crucial rejection on Michael Washington late in one game. Then, on the next sequence he wound up scoring the game winning bucket on a tough hit inside. Later that evening he would make another game winner. Not a bad day's work this time of the month.

Louis Birdsong, PF, Baltimore Stars – He's been banged up but on Saturday you'd never have known. The post work was very nice and the mid-range game and turnarounds weren't bad either. He's getting attention at the highest mid-major level and possibly beyond.

Jamal McLean, PF, Boo Williams – Mid-major schools always recruit the guys that barely play for Boo. At the AAU's, McLean has gotten some burn and made the most of it. He went for 15 in one early round game and was so impressive that programs are scrambling to find out what they can about his recruitment.

Casey Mitchell (pictured), SG, So. Georgia Kings – He's not the guy you would pick out of the layup line for your team but once the ball goes up in the air he's a big time scorer. They gave him 22 in the game we watched and he flat out took it right at the Pittsburgh Jots in the second half. Emerging as a premier mid-major scorer at this event, mention his name and there's a buzz that comes with it. At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds packed into a guard's body, he's helped himself tremendously here.

Vernon Macklin, PF, Boo Williams – This guy always plays well at the AAU's. On Saturday he played hard, ran the floor and scored it inside. When Boo was getting challenged in the first half of a game, it was Macklin who fueled a big run and he would play well later in the evening too.

Sam Zeglinski, PG, Philly Patriots – If there any questions about his high-major ability before the summer, they've been answered here. In the game we caught he went for 26 points and 6 dimes (a number that could easily have been higher with some finishers inside). Who is he? Some say he reminds them of Travis Diener. What we like about him is that he gets his shot off quickly, makes deep 3s, is pretty slick with the ball and sees the floor so well. He's been very impressive.

Demonte Harper, CG, Tennessee Thunder – Mark this guy down as a prospect. A long bodied guard who is at least 6-foot-4 and can play both spots, he looked good against the Patriots. He can handle it and made some perimeter shots. Not bad for his first blip on the national radar.

Chris Wright, PG, Boo Williams – The junior guard lifted Boo Williams with a 25-point scoring game in their final outing of the night.

Corey Chandler, PG, NJ Roadrunners – He was strong with his scoring touch at the Big Time and impressive here in a variety of ways. He's slick with the ball, has a smooth crossover and he'll create some shots. You want the rock in his hands and he's got high-major stamped across his forehead.

Terrelle Pryor (pictured), SF, Pittsburgh Jots – After Herb Pope exited, he's taken over. He's strong, well built and has a nose for the ball. We had no idea he was this good and you pretty much have to mention him amongst the 25 best in his class based on what we've been able to see out of him. He was a second team Class AA all-stater as a freshman and the future is bright!

Final Four pairings – Ferrari vs Mid-State Ballerz; Houston No-Limit vs TBD, late score. … Terrell Pryor is pondering (translation: not done yet) a transfer from Jeanette to Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville. …

Here's a nugget for you: Arkansas is the new team to beat for Stefan Welsh. Expect Welsh to make an unofficial visit to Fayetteville in August and go from there. …

Maybe the most impressive, at the very least surprising, contingent of head coaches was at a game for Sam Zeglinski. Exactly one third of the head coaches in the league watched him in the afternoon. Top dogs from NC State, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Virginia Tech had him surrounded. Syracuse and Seton Hall dispatched assistants to complete the gallery. …

For Robbie Hummel we counted the entire NC State staff plus assistants from Valparaiso, Iowa and Illinois at one game. … Seth Greenberg and Brian Gregory watched Tyrone Appleton. … Arkansas has a coach at each one of Michael Washington's game and trailed Stefan Welsh as well. … Mississippi State is following Jarvis Varnardo. …

Duke Crews drew head coaches from Georgia Tech, St. John's, Georgetown and Virginia plus Xavier assistant James Whitford. …

Terrelle Pryor's contingent included the entire NC State staff plus Syracuse's Mike Hopkins and Cincy's Frank Martin in the game we watched. The Wolfpack trailed Boo Williams' Chris Wright all day long as well. …

5th year guard Tyrone Appleton is going to Harmony Christian next season. He has an offer from Dayton plus interest from Virginia Tech, Virginia, Wyoming and San Jose State. … SYF junior big man Gary McGhee likes Indiana, Purdue, Valpo, IUPUI and Miami. …

Sam Zeglinski has an initial offer from LaSalle. Villanova, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Richmond and Penn State comprise his early list. … Jamal McLean has two offers: Tulsa and Northern Illinois (both head coaches in attendance). Boston College is looking at him and so is Virginia. …

Junior guard E'Twaun Moore is looking at UNLV, Illinois, Iowa, Miami, Purdue and Oklahoma. … Jamil Tucker is wide open. He says Arizona, Southern Cal, Georgia Tech, Kent State, Purdue and Indiana. …

Casey Mitchell has interest in Cincinnati, Alabama and UNC-Wilmington. Currently, and this is about to change, he has no offers. …

Franklin Mitchem's runner put Houston No-Limit into the semis. He drained a 15-footer at the buzzer to knock the Queen City Prophets out of title contention. … It's amazing to see the difference in Sam Zeglinski when you watch him in a camp setting versus playing with his team. Camp did not do his game justice. …

Corey Chandler (pictured) is fast with the basketball and while he appears to be an effortless scorer, college coaches are going to want the basketball in his hands. …

Speaking of the Zeglinski Family, one brother is a freshman football player at Penn State right now and another is a recruitable senior guard. Joe Zeglinski is the kind of 3-point shooter you don't want to see in the NCAA's. Mark it down: he's going to head to a No. 14 seed-level program and he's going to drop a No. 3 seed in the NCAA's one day with his stroke. How's that for a prediction? …

"That's Schea Cotton with a jumper. He's a man." – assistant coach on Jots forward Terrell Pryor


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