Reebok rundown

Last week's Reebok Breakout Challenge featured a great range of college prospects, from low-major to the highest caliber elite level high-major player. Hawk Hill Hardwood spent Thursday at the Breakout Challenge and caught a number of Saint Joseph's prospects in action.

Last week, Hawk Hill Hardwood had profile pieces on three Saint Joseph's targets: Wade Baldwin, Rodney Williams, and Miles Overton. Baldwin, a 6'3 2014 guard, and Overton, a 6'3 2013 guard, have Hawk offers, while Williams, a 6'7 power forward, has strong Hawk interest.

Other SJU targets that I caught in action were Roddy Peters, Dominique Reid, Josh Brown, Hallice Cooke, and Jared Nickens. SJU assistant coach Mark Bass was courtside to watch Reid, Cooke, Brown, and Nickens on Thursday, while head coach Phil Martelli spent Friday at the camp.

Roddy Peters was one of the top guards, and word around camp was that he was one of the breakout performers of the week. Peters, a 6'3 point guard from Washington DC, has come a long way in the past year. In the winter, Saint Joseph's was one of only a handful of schools actively involved in his recruitment. Since then, his stock has absolutely exploded, and he is now being tracked by schools like Maryland, Georgetown, NC State, Xavier, and more actively. In action on Thursday, Roddy went head-to-head with 2013 Philadelphia guard Rysheed Jordan, and matched him step-for-step. Roddy uses his size and great body control to get into the lane and finish with either hand. Most of his points in my viewing of him came in the lane. He also knocked down a buzzer-beater jumper from 17 feet. Roddy is a pure point guard who can score when need be, but also looks to get his teammates involved. Not an explosive athlete, Roddy relies more on his cerebral approach to the game. Don't sleep on his athleticism though, as he did throw down an impressive dunk on the break. While Peters is still listing the Hawks, they now have quite a bit of company in his recruitment. After watching him last week, it would not be a surprise if he became a priority recruit for ACC and Big East schools, especially the locals.

New Jersey native Dominique Reid, a 6'6-6'7 forward out of Timber Creek (NJ), was impressive in two viewings on Thursday. Undersized at the 4, and truly a 4, Reid compensates with a high motor and relentless pursuit of the ball. Reid also possesses a college-ready body. Saint Joseph's, Temple, Providence, and more have been linked to the forward. On Thursday, Reid impressed with his penchant for grabbing offensive boards. In an afternoon game, Reid converted four offensive rebounds into 8 points. He also earned himself a trip to the free throw line following a drive on the baseline, knocking down both free throws. At the moment, Reid looks like he would be best-suited at the upper levels of the mid-major level. He is undersized a bit, but pursues the ball so well and is very productive. Reid played for Team Final this spring, but is currently on the circuit with his old AAU team, Team Philly. He is a player that the SJU coaching staff is pursuing this summer.

In an early evening game, I caught Sports U teammates Josh Brown, and Jared Nickens all in action. Brown, who was once committed to Temple and is now wide open, is listing the Hawks alongside a plethora of other schools, including Temple, Gonzaga, Memphis, Providence, Rhode Island, and more. Josh is the consummate floor general, and his coaching under Bob Hurley is evident in his approach to the game. Josh is an elite defender on the perimeter, due to his height (6'3) and tremendous length. He also looks like he genuinely enjoys locking down an opponent and is verbal on the defensive end of the court. In my viewing, Josh had at least six assists and eight points. The main area for improvement in his game is his jumper, and that showed some life on Thursday. Josh showed comfort in his mid-range jumper. If that can become a reliable tool, his stock will further elevate and Josh can start to be talked about as a top-tier point guard prospect in the class of 2013.

His high school and AAU teammate Hallice Cooke is an Atlantic 10 target. Richmond, URI, Saint Joseph's, Butler, and more are in the mix for the 6'3 shooting guard. While he didn't connect on any of his threes in this one, he did show an ability to slash to the basket. Hallice scored on two of those drive and dropped a pretty dime on another. Rhode Island and Saint Joseph's were among the schools watching Cooke, Brown, and 2014 shooting guard Jared Nickens. Nickens connected on a pull-up 15 footer and a three-ball in this one. Jared has one of the better strokes in the Northeast, and now that he is a member of the class of 2014, he probably becomes an even more appealing prospect.

At the high-major level, Rysheed Jordan, Ikenna Iroegbu, Jared Terrell, Rashad Vaughn, and Tyler Roberson were all very impressive.

There were some other players that caught my eye, and while they are not currently being linked to the Hawks, they looked like guys that could be Atlantic 10 targets.

5'10 New Jersey senior Hakim Saintil is a jet with the ball and a nuisance on the defensive end of things. Hakim is AAU and high school teammates with elite forward Tyler Roberson, and is being recruited by a few high-majors that are interested in Roberson. Hakim looked like he would be best suited at the mid-major level, maybe the CAA or Atlantic 10 possibly. In a morning contest against Rysheed Jordan and Miles Overton's team, Saintil showed off a willingness to distribute the rock. He had some quality looks on the break. Hakim also scored off his defensive prowess, picking the pocket of his man and getting in the way of passing lanes. He also connected on 3-4 free throws in the morning game.

Milton (MA) 2014 power forward Alec Brennan was also impressive in three viewings. Due to his tremendous size and length at 6'9, Brennan is a player that could definitely emerge on the high-major level. More of a finesse player at this stage, Brennan was more comfortable facing the basket than with his back to it. His length and athleticism make him a factor blocking shots on the defensive end. While he didn't connect from three in my two viewings, he showed good form on his jumper extending to the three-point range. I watched Brennan twice on Thursday then once on Saturday. SJU assistant coach Dave Duda was courtside for Brennan's Saturday game. It would not be a surprise if Alec was the reason for his presence there. While he needs to add bulk to his frame, Alec Brennan oozes upside.

One of the more athletic players I saw this week was Word of God Christian (NC) 2013 combo forward Donte Reynolds. Reynolds, like Dom Reid, is in the 6'6-6'7 range, and probably more of a 4 at this stage of the game than a wing. What Donte does possess, however, is freakish athleticism. In an afternoon viewing on Thursday and morning viewing on Saturday, Donte threw down a half-dozen or so monster jams. He also plays with some attitude to his game, in a positive way. While his athleticism is off the charts, his skill set is probably more at the upper mid-major level. Reynolds is a player that made me double-take multiple times over the week and a player that could inspire some college coaches to take a deeper look this month. With the Hawks in the market for an athletic forward, Reynolds certainly fits that bill.

A 6'8 combo forward that had me scratching my head on Thursday was Washington DC senior Zacarry Douglas. Douglas doesn't seem to be seeing much recruiting interest, but he was extremely impressive. Most of his interest seems to be coming from the CAA, but he appeared to me to be a player that would absolutely make an impact at the A10 level. He appeared to be legitimately in the 6'8 range with some wing skills. He was extremely active and adept at putting the ball on the deck. Douglas was one of the more pleasant surprises on Thursday. It would shock me if college coaches in attendance didn't walk away impressed by his skill set.

Another long wing that caught my eye was 2014 Christchurch (NJ) Devin Robinson. Robinson absolutely caught the eyes of college coaches, as he walked into camp a relative unknown and left with legitimate Big East, ACC, and more high-majors involved. At right around 6'6, Robinson can get hot from a hurry from three. Robinson plays on the Richmond Squires and is a guy that used this summer to really help his cause.

On Wednesday, the second July Live Period begins. Hawk Hill Hardwood will be at the Hoop Group Summer Classic East and Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest. Check back later this week for coverage.

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