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Monday, August 8, 2011
Locals named breakout July performers

By ESPNBoston.com

With the July evaluation period over, ESPN's group of basketball recruiting analysts got together for a roundtable on the biggest breakout performers of the summer. Several locals popped up on the radar, as shown below:



Mike LaPlante: BABC won as many games as anyone this summer, and Georges Niang (Methuen, Mass./The Tilton School) was a major factor. He is the ultimate lunch-pail guy who goes about his business without a lot of fanfare, while consistently outplaying higher-rated opponents. Although the Iowa State commit may not pass the eye test with flying colors, he is a deceptive athlete who understands how to maximize his abilities and is as tough as they come in the low post. I love his high basketball IQ and the fact that he is obsessed with winning. The rest of the country now knows what Iowa State and a handful of other programs knew all along -- this kid is a winner who was grossly undervalued.

Reggie Rankin: Xavier commit Semaj Christon (Cincinnati/Brewster Academy) is a postgrad, but his talent and ability to take over games from the point guard position was a treat to watch this summer. He has size, speed, quickness, athletic ability and skill. Plus, he can make a positive play with the clock winding down. Christon has the talent to have an immediate impact for the Musketeers from Day 1.

John Stovall: Kris Dunn (New London, Conn./Wilbraham & Monson) is a scoring point guard who had a limited national profile coming into this spring and summer. Playing alongside Andre Drummond (Middletown, Conn./St. Thomas More) all summer has really helped raise his profile, but he is very talented in his own right. Dunn is very quick, athletic, hard to keep out of the paint and very good at creating for himself or his teammates. The 6-3, 180-pounder understands how to use his size to score, pass and defend.