Local standouts at The Showdown

The first live period of July rolled on over the weekend, and Philadelphia University remained a host to one of the biggest events in the Northeast. The Showdown brought together dozens of high-level AAU teams, and therefore attracted the attention of schools of all levels. On Saturday morning, a handful of local 2015 players stood out.

Germantown Friends School was the site of an 11 o'clock battle between two Philadelphia 16u teams: Philly Pride and Team F.O.E. Philly Pride features two of the top rising juniors in the Philadelphia area. 6'3 combo guard Samir Doughty, who will be attending either Philadelphia Electric or MCS this coming season, is arguably the top scorer in his class locally. His AAU teammate, 6'4 wing guard Chris Clover, has been one of the breakout performers in the region, regardless of class.

Clover, a rising junior at St. Joe's Prep, was the standout star in this one. I watched this game until the 2 minute mark, in order to get over to game two. In that time, Clover had 16 points, scoring on a mixture of jumpers, drives, putbacks, and free throws. For The Prep this past season, Clover played mainly on the interior, as he had two high-major guards on his team in Steve Vasturia and Miles Overton. This spring and summer, he has shown his ability to play on the perimeter though, and has seen his stock soar through the roof as a result. Clover showed nice form on a made three, was a menace driving the baseline, and showed that he wasn't afraid to mix it up inside as well. Clover already holds local offers from Temple, Villanova, La Salle, and Drexel. As high-majors come to watch Samir Doughty, he will attract even more attention.

Doughty was the biggest name on the court in this one. Arriving late, it took Samir a little while to get going, but he made it apparent why he has the reputation as such a dangerous scorer. At a long 6'3, Doughty has a dangerously, and deceptively, quick first step. That jab step keeps defenders at arms' length, and allows Doughty to get separation for his jumpers. In his time on the court, I tallied him with 12 points, coming on a three and mostly drives or buckets on the break. This wasn't Doughty's most impressive outing. Those came at the Reebok camp earlier in the week. Still, his offensive abilities are immediately present to anyone watching. St. Joe's and Temple are two schools that have already offered the 2015 recruit, and schools that he seems to be seriously considering. Villanova is also keeping a close eye. Temple assistant Dave Duke was courtside for much of the game, presumably watching both Clover and Doughty.

Two other players worth noting in this one are Philadelphia Electric guard Sam Foreman and Academy of the New Church (PA) wing Carnel Harley. Foreman is a 5'10-5'11 scoring point guard. He had 13 points in my time watching, and showed off what makes him such a unique player. He knocked down two threes, was tough to contain off the bounce, and had at least five assists by my count. That is the good. On the flip side, Foreman is a volume scorer, so you are forced to live with some of the bad shots that he takes. In all, the good outweighed the bad in this. Sammy had one especially impressive sequence where he scored a reverse lay-up on one end, got back on defense to block an outlet on the other, then passed the ball downcourt for an easy assist. Foreman is certainly a talent, and a player that the local schools will probably keep an eye on.

Carnel Harley is a 6'6-6'7 combo forward who recently transferred from Imhotep Charter (PA) to Academy of the New Church. According to his AAU team's Twitter account, Harley is seeing interest from Marshall, St. Joe's, Delaware, Hofstra, and Virginia. Harley's most impressive play in this one resulted in a missed bucket, but showed off his potential. He put the ball on the deck and powered up for a huge right-handed dunk from several feet away from the basket. While he missed the dunk, the play demonstrated why he's an appealing recruit. In this one, he scored on a put-back and also hit a nice running seven-footer. Harley also battled on the boards. He has the look of someone who will get his fair share of mid-major, and possibly higher, looks.

The second game I caught on Saturday was not all that competitive. We R-1s 16s blew out an overmatched NJ Pirates squad. And this was without Tim Delaney, Derrick Jones, and Ernest Aflakpui on We R-1.

Traci Carter continued his strong play, cementing himself as one of the better point guards in the region, regardless of class. In front of Hurley (URI), Smart (VCU), and assistants from Tennessee, Villanova, St. Joe's, Drexel, Temple, and more, Carter was very tough to stop off the dribble. Despite only standing at 6-feet, Traci is strong and explosively quick. He shot the ball well again, and finished, by my extremely unofficial count, with 16 points.

The We R-1 16s have offers, nearly across the board, from St. Joe's. One of them, who is often overlooked playing alongside Carter, Delaney, Jones, and Aflakpui, is 6'3-6'4 wing guard Malik Ellison. Ellison holds one offer at the moment, from the Hawks. A long, and seemingly still-growing, wing, Ellison showed off his athleticism and bounce on Saturday morning. His jumper wasn't falling on this day, but if he can fully put that together, with his ability to drive and his athleticism, he will become that much more attractive of a prospect. Ellison was another double-digit scorer in this blowout win.

A third standout for We R-1 on Saturday morning was 6'5 Life Center (NJ) forward Tyler Kohl. Kohl didn't just stand out to me on Saturday, he also stood out to Coach Hurley, as Rhode Island offered him Saturday afternoon. Kohl arrived at halftime of the noon game, but had, by my count, 8 second-half points. While Kohl doesn't necessarily look the part of a mid-major plus to high-major player, he has the skill set. At 6'5, Kohl is a very wide body, has a strong handle, and soft hands. Kohl can back down smaller, and even bigger players, due to his strength and width. He has a nice-looking mid-range jumper. And he is a creative passer both out of the post and on the break. St. Joe's offered Kohl when he visited Hawk Hill in the spring.

While the 2014 class is a bit down locally, the 2015 class is loaded. You have elite high-major caliber recruits like Derrick Jones, then dozens of Atlantic 10 plus level guys. Chris Clover, Samir Doughty, Carnel Harley, Sam Foreman, Traci Carter, Malik Ellison, and Tyler Kohl are just a small sample of the talent locally in the rising junior class.

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