D1 Elite Scouting Report

PurpleWildcats.com had a front-row seat to the D1 Elite AAU Tournament at York High School. A number of Northwestern's top prospects participated in the tournament and showed their skills in front of college coaches. Get a glance at each player in this PW Scouting Report.

2012 Prospects

Darrell Bowie: (6-5) Meanstreets 17U: One of the major standouts of Northwestern's elite camp, Bowie gave the coaches another glimpse of his great potential this weekend. Bowie is a slasher and his toughness makes him great. He's not afraid to go right after a defender. He'll get right back up after taking a hit. Very tough and extremely aggressive. Also a strong rebounder and shooter. Bowie is hoping to make his decision before the end of summer. Northwestern is definitely in the mix.

Interest: Northwestern, Dayton, Iowa, Marquette, Wake Forest

Steve Taylor (6-8) Mac Irvin Fire 17U: The top 2012 prospect in the state of Illinois, Taylor is a true all-around forward. A four-star on Scout.com, Taylor continues to show he's worthy of all the accolades and division-one interest. He is a strong shooter, rebounder, and continues to develop. Taylor is going to be a great player at the collegiate level.

Interest: Northwestern, DePaul, Marquette, Missouri

2013 Prospects

Alvin Ellis (6-3) Meanstreets 16U: A very athletic guard, Ellis continues to up his game. He is learning to add basketball skills with that athleticism. Ellis is also a strong outside shooter. With that, his stock is on the rise.

Interest: Northwestern, DePaul, Illinois

Alex Foster (6-8) Meanstreets 16U: Foster continues to add size to his 6-8 frame and is becoming an all-around forward. He is extremely aggressive and is adding new elements to his game. Foster is getting bigger, stronger, and better.

Interest: Northwestern, DePaul, Illinois, Purdue

Nate Taphorn (6-6) Illinois Wolves 16U: Taphorn has added some height to his frame and is becoming an even stronger three-point shooter. At 6-6, Taphorn can cause trouble from beyond the perimeter. He also has the height to be a good rebounder. He'll need to bulk up to become an interior player, but Taphorn has great potential at the college level.

Interest: Northwestern, Bradley, Creighton

Jaylon Tate (6-2) Meanstreets 16U: The floor general of the Meanstreets 16U team, Jaylon Tate has garnered a lot of well-deserved interest. He is a great ball-handler has a strong shot as well. A great team leader, Tate is another young player who is only getting better.

Interest: Northwestern, DePaul, Illinois, Xavier

2014 Prospects

Peyton Allen (6-4) Illinois Wolves 15U: A key cog of the Illinois Wolves' success, Peyton Allen is drawing a lot of attention very early, and deservedly so. Allen is bulking up, which makes him a multi-dimensional player, rather than just a strong shooter. As he continues to grow, Allen is becoming aggressive with his game. As he continues to add size, Allen will become a very versatile player. He's only getting better.

Interest: Northwestern, DePaul, Illinois, Iowa, Purdue

Keita Bates-Diop (6-6) Illinois Wolves 15U: This 2014 forward has a lot of potential. His game continues to improve and he continues to grow. Bates-Diop is a good shooter but he is even better driving to the hoop. A very aggressive player who is only getting better, Bates-Diop continues to grow.

Interest: Northwestern, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee

Lance Whitaker (6-3) Illinois Wolves 16U: Whitaker teams up with Illinois commit Jalen James to make a nice one-two punch in the Wolves' backcourt. James is widely heralded, but Whitaker has gone under the radar. He'll likely hear from more coaches soon. Whitaker was very impressive during the tournament. He's strong with the basketball causes trouble when he penetrates. He is on Northwestern's radar. An offer may come down the road.

Interest: Northwestern, Illinois, Wisconsin, Xavier

Note: The C.A.P.S. All-Stars—AAU team of Northwestern commits Alexander Olah and Milos Kostic—were at the tournament. Both Olah and Kostic did not play. Olah is playing overseas while Kostic is healing from a wrist injury.

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