Team Final scrimmage notes

On Saturday afternoon, Team Final hosted an all-day event at Life Center Academy for local EYBL teams. One of the day's most anticipated games was between Team Final and DC-based Team Takeover's 17u teams. 2015 Team Takeover shooting guard Josh Reaves (pictured) stole the show, but a handful of 2015 St. Joe's recruiting targets also showed well.

Josh Reaves: Reaves was the game's breakout performer. The 6'4 Paul VI shooting guard poured in 20 points, including a 4-5 spurt in the second half where he single-handedly broke open a tight contest. Reaves can score from all levels. He can hit from three, which he did. He can get to the rim, pull-up, or finish above the rim, as he did on a monster two-handed alley-oop. The question with Reaves isn't who is recruiting him. The question is who won't be recruiting him. Locally, Villanova has offered. On Saturday, Reaves had the look of a top 50 caliber recruit. He has a pure stroke, above-average handle, defends, and possesses very good athleticism. He was beyond impressive.

Lamarr Kimble- The 5'11 point guard from Philadelphia's Neumann-Goretti runs the show for Team Final. Fresh went head-to-head with Team Takeover's Kevin Dorsey, another 2015 point guard. Both Kimble and Dorsey likely project right around the Atlantic 10 level. In fact, St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli offered Kimble on Monday afternoon, as first reported by Alex Kline. On Saturday, Kimble showed why he will be a valuable mid-major plus recruit. He finished with six points, scoring on the break twice following steals and scoring on a strong drive and floater in the lane. Kimble won't blow you away with his speed, but he is shifty, uses the pick-and-roll well, and plays with great poise. The game is never going too fast for him, as he's a calming presence on the floor. Kimble needs to become more of a threat shooting the ball, but he is a good-looking 2015 prospect. And clearly one that St. Joe's is very interested in.

Ahmad Gilbert- On Monday, St. Joe's visited Kimble, offering on the spot. St. Joe's also stopped in to see junior forward Ahmad Gilbert at Philadelphia's Constitution High School. Gilbert and Kimble are AAU teammates on Team Final. On Saturday, Kimble played well, going up against a monster Team Takeover front line. Gilbert stands right around 6'7, and is currently more of a 4 than a 3. He showed an ability to stretch the floor though, knocking down a 17-footer in the first half. Gilbert, known as JR, had a put-back lay-in, a big two-handed jam on the break, and a gorgeous and-one baseline turnaround jumper. That turnaround jumper, on the left baseline, with the foul, was one of the game's prettier offensive plays. I see Gilbert as a CAA or Atlantic 10 level recruit, with the opportunity to possibly play himself into a few high-major looks.

Trey Lowe- Trey Lowe is one of the more intriguing 2015 prospects in the region. A year ago, Lowe was a painfully thin 6'2 shooting guard. Now, at the end of his junior year, Lowe has sprouted to 6'6, and while still very thin, has the look of a big-time player. St. Joe's, Temple. Rutgers, and Seton Hall are among his offers at this moment, with schools like Kansas and Georgetown lurking around his recruitment. On Saturday, Lowe knocked down two threes, then also got fouled driving to the rim, and knocked down the two ensuing free throws. At 6'6, with great length, Lowe appears to still be growing. With such a premium on shooters, look for Trey Lowe's recruitment to continue to intensify this AAU season.

Shawn Alston- The 6'3 combo guard from The Haverford School (PA) didn't have one of his best outings on Saturday against Team Takeover. Alston didn't get on the board until the game's closing minutes. Alston holds offers from Temple, Harvard, and St. Joe's, along with interest from the likes of VCU, Notre Dame, Pitt, and UConn. He really struggled on Saturday against TTO, but the game was likely more anomaly than anything else.

Kevin Dorsey- The 6-foot point guard from Team Takeover is just another product of the loaded Paul VI (VA) program. Dorsey put together a really strong floor game going head-to-head against Lamarr Kimble. Dorsey, while only right around 6-foot, is strong and tough. He scored on a mixture of floaters and lay-ins, with everything coming right around the basket, finishing with 7 points. Dorsey looks, to me, like a priority Atlantic 10 prospect. He told Josh Verlin of City of Basketball Love following the game that VCU, UMass, and Virginia Tech are the three schools at the top of his list. St. Joe's has been linked with Dorsey in the past and looks like a player that would be a smart offer.

On Saturday, Team Final led Team Takeover 40-39 at the half. Team Takeover, led by Josh Reaves, completely took control. Team Final and Team Takover, along with Baltimore Elite and Albany City Rocks, who also played at Life Center Saturday, will all be out in California next weekend playing the first EYBL event of the season. With it being a live period event, St. Joe's will be out there tracking the players listed above, as well as countless others.

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