Super Showcase Day 2 recap
Jerami Grant's continued improvement, Jaylen Brantley's game-winner stand out
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- As we head into the quarterfinals at the AAU Super Showcase, there were exciting finishes and plenty of action from Day 2 worth mentioning. None was more exciting than BABC's win at the buzzer over a tough SYF team thanks to Jaylen Brantley's (Springfield, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson) game-winner.
Jerami Grant (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha)
2012, SF, 6-foot-6, 190 pounds
The son of former NBA player Harvey Grant has always had big potential and now he's becoming a more productive scorer and defender. Grant now has the confidence to be isolated at the elbow and take his man one-on-one as a set call. He covers tremendous ground defensively and rebounds well thanks to his long frame. As his game continues to evolve, his recruitment will become more intense. Maryland, Syracuse, NC State and many others are interested.
2013, PG, 5-10, 150
He is an accurate shooter who makes big shots behind the arc with confidence and poise. He knocked down jumpers all game long, but none bigger than the game-winning shot with 2.6 seconds from half court for BABC to advance. His list of schools is growing as Louisville, Virginia, Rhode Island and Richmond among others have pulled the trigger.
Martavious Newby (Memphis/Booker T. Washington)
2012, SG, 6-4, 180
He may not have a true position on the perimeter but Newby plays with fire and is as competitive as they come. Offensively, he pushes the ball with speed and will get to the rack and score or hit an open teammate. Defensively, he keeps his man out of the lane and rebounds. He is starting to garner high-major and mid-major interest.
Nerlens Noel vs. Mitch McGary
They did not cover each other, as both coaches wanted to utilize each big coming from the weak side and to stay out of foul trouble, but they did meet in transition, in the paint and at the rim frequently throughout the game.
Noel continued to be the major difference for BABC by blocking shots and making his opponents think twice before shooting. Noel, from Everett, Mass., blocked McGary at the rim a few times but McGary kept coming back for more. McGary from, Chesterton, Ind., scored by running the floor and putting in his usual transition baskets. There were even times he would bring it to the body of the shot-blocker to nullify his length and jumping to score inside. In the half-court set, Noel got his share of blocks and McGary made some short jumpers facing the basket.
One possession summed up how close the game and matchup were. McGary brought it hard to the rim but Noel made the block. McGary got his own rebound and used his mobility to get around Noel and score on his second effort.
Jordan Barham (Cleveland/University School)
2012, SG/SF, 6-4
He is a slasher without a lot of wasted motion who finishes at and above the rim. Barham loves to drive to his left and has the tendencies of a typical driver who doesn't shoot it well. He is a big part of his team's success and the offense goes through him. An excellent student, many mid-majors and Ivy League schools are recruiting him.
Patrick Holloway (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI)
2012, SG, 6-1, 160
The unsung hero of Team Takeover, Holloway continues to hit timely 3-pointers and midrange jumpers with great confidence. He is the great equalizer anytime he is on the floor. He sometimes gets overlooked with the many stars around him but he's a tough kid who makes big shots, plays with poise and doesn't rattle in the moment. George Mason, George Washington, Delaware, St. Joseph's and Towson are after him.
Terrell Rogers (Fort Mill, S.C./Indian Land)
2012, PG, 5-8
He comes from good stock as dad Shawnta Rogers was a fantastic point guard at George Washington in the '90s. Terrell can certainly run his team and navigate pick-and-rolls, and he understands not to drive too deep into the trees. A very tough and cerebral point guard who distributes and scores when he is open. He may be small in size but he is big in heart.
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.
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