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Super Showcase Day 1 recap

7/25/2011

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The AAU Super Showcase, which is loaded with talent, is on its way to bracket play. In order to win a championship at this high level, a team's best players have to play well and so the favorites have stepped up big in pool play after Day 1.

Standout players

Archie Goodwin (Little Rock, Ark./Sylvan Hills)
2012, SG, 6-foot-5, 181 pounds

He continues to score at a rapid pace and help his team win games. Contact doesn't phase him as he constantly attacks the basket off the bounce and often finds himself at the free throw line. He is like a freight train in transition using his strength, power and dribble to get wherever he wants. He dominates with the dribble drive, but must continue to work on his jumper and free throw shooting because he can make a living at the line. Plus, he has been begging to make point guard-type plays with the ball in his hands. He likes Kentucky, Arkaknsas, Memphis, Missouri, Baylor, Kansas, Texas, UConn, Ole Miss and Tennessee right now.

Mitch McGary (Chetserton, Ind./Brewster Academy)
2012, PF, 6-10, 225 pounds

It is not uncommon to see McGary on the floor or in the stands diving for loose balls. McGary is so active and plays with such a high motor that he can block a shot in the paint or on perimeter, sprint the floor and finish down the other end. He always finds a way to engage himself on every possession, while scoring inside and facing the basket. Plus, when he comes out of the game, you see him breathing hard because he gives it his all -- a sight coaches like to witness. Coaches from Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland, Louisville, North Carolina, Michigan and Michigan State were in attendance to watch McGary on Day 1.

Gary Harris (Indianapolis/Hamilton Southeastern)
2012, SG, 6-4, 195 pounds

In his matchup against Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C./Upper Room Christian), Harris proved he was one of the few players who could keep Purvis out of the lane thanks to his physicality and determination, which makes him ready for the next level. In addition to his defense, Harris scored the ball in a number of different ways and he understands when to drive and when to shoot. He also fills on the fast break and hits the offensive glass for extra points. Overall, he is one of the few who produces at both ends.

Rapheal Davis (Fort Wayne, Ind./La Lumiere)
2012, SG, 6-5, 200 pounds
College: Purdue

Part of an exciting tandem for D3 Pride with Harris, Davis demonstrated how he can be effective at the next level by scoring in transition and off the dribble. He is always looking to beat his defender off the bounce, yet can hit the 3-point shot from a rhythm dribble. Davis also scores by making back cuts, capitalizes off a teammates' dribble handoffs and competes throughout the course of the game.

Players to watch

Danuel House (Sugar Land, Texas/Hightower)
2012, SF, 6-6, 185 pounds

House can score the basketball with skill and efficiency. He knocks down 3s off the catch or from a rhythm dribble. When he gets in the midrange area, his size, soft touch and length get him buckets. The natural scorer is gifted, yet doesn't hunt down shots and scores a lot of different ways within the flow of the possession.

Bobby Portis (Little Rock, Ark./Hall)
2013, PF, 6-9, 225 pounds

He is an active, aggressive power forward who works the glass and the paint area. He capitalizes on dump-off passes and dribble penetration. Due to his aggressive style inside he also finds his way to the charity stripe often. Overall, he plays well because he plays to his strengths and doesn't try and do too much.

Surprise players

Naz Long (Mississauga, Canada/Findlay Prep)
2012, PG, 6-2, 185 pounds

He makes the game easy for his teammates as he looks to distribute first and score second. He controls the tempo of the game, likes to run the team and if you leave him open he will score with the drive or knock down an open jumper.

Fred Thomas (Jackson, Miss./Jim Hill)
2012, 6-4, 175 pounds
College: Mississippi State

One of the best long-range snipers in the class, Thomas had it working on Day 1. His hair trigger was going off and every time he shot it, it seemed like the ball was going in. He could still improve more off the bounce, but with his length and shooting, the Bulldogs have themselves a guy who can open the floor and stretch out a defense.

Notes

• Goodwin said he plans to cut his list to 10 before the Nike Global Challenge in early August. When asked do you think 10 is still a high number Goodwin said "not when you have over 30 offers right now."

Glenn Robinson (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) was equally impressive on and off the floor on Day 1 as he joined us for a recruiting round table. He is athletic, exhibits NBA range range on his jumper, plays with a steady basketball IQ and defends.

Jerami Grant (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) is improving his skills at a rapid pace and has been extremely productive from the high-post area. His versatility is what makes him so hard to defend. When asked who has impressed him on the circuit, he said Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) because he scores the ball from so many different areas and plays hard.

• Both Tony Parker (Lithonia, Ga./Miller Grove) and Jarnell Stokes (Memphis/Oak Hill) said that 2013 C Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./The Tilton School) was the most difficult matchup for them on the spring/summer circuit. They agreed that his shot-blocking ability makes it hard to score inside. They went on to say that he can also make you change your shot and really think before you shoot.

Paul Biancardi, who has been a head coach and assistant on NCAA tournament teams, is the national director of basketball recruiting. He is also one the voters for the McDonald's All-American Game and Gatorade Player of the Year. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter. Mike LaPlante contributed to this piece.