AAU Nationals finals recap

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The summer recruiting period is over and a champion has been crowned. All Ohio Red was the surprise winner of the U17 AAU National Championship after defeating Memphis YOMCA, 60-48.

Standout players

Elijah Macon (Columbus, Ohio/Huntington Prep)
2012, PF/C, 6-foot-9, 230 pounds

Macon is athletic and quick with improving post skills and has stepped up his game in the final week of the summer as he led All Ohio Red to the championship. He likes to face his defender and drive to the goal and is a decent shooter to 17 feet. Macon is a good rebounder and a very good talent, who will be reportedly transferring to Huntington Prep (W.Va.) for his final scholastic season. Look for many high-major programs to line up for his services.

Jarnell Stokes (Memphis, Tenn./Oak Hill)
2012, PF, 6-8, 240 pounds

As has been previously chronicled, Stokes was at it again on Monday. He was a beast in the paint versus CP3 in the AAU Nationals semifinal. He can score in the paint, hit 15-footers and is a top-notch prospect.

Surprise players

Landry Nnoko (Montverde, Fla./Montverde Academy)
2012, C, 6-11, 220 pounds

He may be a bit of a sleeper, but he is waking up fast. Big men are always at a premium, and Nnoko will be highly sought after by mid-majors and better programs. He is a little raw but he has very good tools. He is a long, solid athlete and solid shot-blocker who can score some on the low block. He also has developing skills and can hit the occasional 15-footer. In a year that has more than few big men, Nnoko is an up-and-comer everyone should pay attention to.

Devon Scott (Columbus, Ohio/Northland)
2012, PF, 6-7, 225 pounds
College: Cincinnati

He is a pure post player who knows his strengths. He is a block-to-block player who is a great rebounder and inside scorer. Scott is improving skill-wise and has a solid right-handed jump hook in the paint. The Cincinnati commit came to life in the final with 17 points and 12 rebounds versus Memphis YOMCA.

Underclassman to watch

Jimmie Taylor (Greensboro, Ala./Greensboro)
2013, C, 6-11, 210 pounds

He is a long, lean and lefty post player who is very raw with huge upside. He is already a solid shot-blocker but needs to add weight to hold his ground inside. Taylor is also a solid rebounder within his area but is not strong enough to move people around in the paint. Offensively, he has a nice touch and can shoot to 15 feet. As Taylor fills out, his stock should improve in the 2013 class.


• In the first semifinal, All Ohio Red defeated Alabama Challenge, 72-68. Macon led All Ohio with 18 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, and Michigan State commit PF Kenny Kaminski added 16. Mississippi State commit Craig Sword led Challenge with 25.

• The second semifinal saw Memphis YOMCA outscore CP3 All-Stars, 51-48. Stokes led YOMCA with 18 points and seven rebounds. CP3 scoring machine SG Rodney Purvis led the way with 27 in a losing effort.

John Stovall, a recruiting coordinator, has worked as director of scouting for Prep Spotlight Scouting Service and magazine for 15 years.