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Saturday AAU Player Evals

VUSports breaks down the performances of recent Villanova commit, Brandon Slater and several other prospects of interest to the Cats ...

Elijah Weaver

The first game of Saturday morning for VUSports was to catch Weaver in action at UAA.   has good size (6-5, 195) for a point guard/combo, athleticism and strength.  He leverages these skills to attack the rim with great frequency.  He can finish through contact.  Weaver play with a good motor on both ends of the courts.  He didn’t do much to contribute on the glasss but he has the physical tools to rebound the ball well from the guard position.  In addition to driving the ball, Weaver likes to shoot the three-pointer off of a step-back dribble move - he only canned one of his three-ball attempts in this game.  He didn’t show much in the way of a mid-range game in his morning game.  Expect Weaver to schedule a ‘Nova visit sometime in August.

Stats: 16 Points (4-16 FG, 1-4 3PFG, 7-8 FT), 1 Rebound, 2 Assists, 2 Turnovers, 4 Steals

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Jahvon Quinerly

Quinerly is a narrowly built (6-1, 165), electric point guard with the speed and handle to get seemingly wherever he wants to go on a basketball court.  He is a very good passer with good court vision.  In his morning game he played 26 minutes before being ejected - apparently for saying something to the player who couldn’t keep Quinerly from getting to the rim at will.  Despite sitting those last six minutes, Quinerly had 17 points on 8-12 shooting from the floor, 0-2 from beyond the arc and 1-2 from the FT line.  He also tallied 4 assists, 4 turnovers and 2 rebounds.  His best pass of the game came when he grabbed a defensive rebound, turned and threw a rope to a teammate on a dead run for an easy lay-up at the other end.  Quinerly scored off of spin moves, crossovers dribble moves, hesitation dribble, floaters, and going either to his left or his right.  He possesses and array of crafty moves to get the ball to the rim.  He made a couple  of passes to teammates that didn’t connect because the teammate wasn’t expecting the delivery through traffic.  Quinerly plays with the swagger you would expect of a smallish point guard.  In some respects he is similar to Quinn Cook.

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Cole Swider

After posting 28 points and 9 rebounds in his early game, Swider cooled a little in his evening game scoring 15 points on 7 made FGs and hitting only 1 three-pointer.  Though he struggled shooting the three-ball in his second game of the day he still found ways to score the ball and help his team claw back from an early, large deficit.  He possesses a very solid stroke from deep but complements it with the ability to score from mid-range and get to the bucket too.  Defense is an aspect of his game that requires more development.  He has a tendency to drift a bit on defense and he doesn’t play aggressive, on-ball defense when he is matched up on the wing.

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Cameron Reddish

In a lackluster performance overall for Team Final in a close loss to The Family, Cam Reddish still stood out with his quality of play.  He put up 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists.  He gets to the rim seemingly with little effort.  He scores over and around bigger players in the lane by absorbing contact and flipping the ball through the goal at just the right moment to avoid the defense.  Reddish is a very good three-point shooter, an active defender in the passing lanes and a dead-eye shooter from the FT line as well.  He has NBA stamped all over him.

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Brandon Slater

Slater scored four points on 1-5 shooting from the floor, 2-2 FTs, and 0-1 from beyond the arc.  He did not play a ton of minutes as Team Takeover was balancing playing time among the entire roster in this game and didn’t even start Slater.  According to one source, Slater has been hampered a little this spring by a bit of a banged up knee.  But, that doesn’t keep him from throwing down some nasty, power dunks in the lay-up lines pre-game.  Slater has the athleticism and frame to be an excellent defender in Coach Wright’s system and will certainly be able to provide buckets in transition.  His lefty shooting stroke was mostly on target during pre-game shooting drills but it didn’t translate to game time in this one.

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Jalen Smith

“Sticks” came out playing with a lot of energy on both ends of the floor.  He swatted a couple of shots on defense and was competing on the glass.  Then, out near mid-court, he slipped trying to pop loose a ball from an opponent in transition and smacked his head on the floor.  He eventually made his way to the bench with some assistance but it would not be surprising to see him out for the rest of the weekend with some form of concussion protocol.

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