Tuesday, July 26, 2011
U16 Super Showcase recap
By John Stovall ESPN Recruiting
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The U16 Super Showcase was one of several tournaments run by AAU basketball during the month of July that made Florida the top destination for college coaches and media members during the late evaluation period of the summer. The 114-team showcase featured many of the country's top rising juniors.
Andrew Wiggins (Toronto, Canada/Vaughan Secondary)
2014, SF, 6-foot-6, 190 pounds
Wiggins is an extremely talented player for a rising sophomore. He is a tremendous athlete who plays well above the rim and had three monster dunks in the championship game. He is a solid shooter to 17 feet, but needs to improve his range. He has the ability to dominate inside 17 feet, is a good slasher and can rebound. Overall, Wiggins is one of the best rising sophomores in North America.
Isaiah Hicks (Oxford, N.C./Body of Christ)
2013, PF, 6-8, 200
He is a long, lanky insider with developing skills, an improving game and good upside. Offensively, his game is almost entirely inside 15 feet, where he can get to the basket and hit the occasional jump shot. Hicks is also a very good rebounder in the paint and a very effective shot-blocker who can make it very difficult for his opponent to score inside.
Allerik Freeman is the No. 39 overall player in the 2013 class.
Allerik Freeman (Charlotte/Olympic)
2013, PG/SG, 6-4, 190
Freeman is a big, scoring lead guard who has a solid handle and a strong body. He is a good athlete who knows how to generate points. He is a good shooter to 22 feet and is very good creating off the dribble. Freeman has had a very good spring and summer and could see himself jump significantly in the rankings. Freeman has also become a national priority for all of the big boys.
Mark Donnal (Whitehouse, Ohio/Anthony Wayne)
2013, PF/C, 6-9, 220
He is a tough insider who can score and rebound. The Michigan commit has really improved in the past year and is moving toward being an impact player by the time he arrives in the Big Ten. Donnal can face up and shoot to 19 feet, but is also effective on the low block and is not afraid to try to dunk on an unsuspecting opponent. Plus, Donnal is a good rebounder in the paint and a solid position rebounder.
Andrew McAuliffe (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North)
2013, C, 6-8, 225
He is a solid post player who gets a lot done in the paint. McAuliffe scores on the block and can step out, face up and hit jumpers to 14 feet. He is also a good rebounder who is not trying to be a wing player. He wants to be post player. Overall, McAuliffe is a solid prospect everyone will be sure to take a look at.
Reggie Cameron (Paterson, N.J./Hudson Catholic)
2013, SF, 6-6, 200
He is a good shooter who can score in bunches. Cameron has range to 20 feet and is very good when his feet are set. He has really worked to change his body in the past year, which has helped him move well without the ball and be one of the rare players who does not need to have the ball in order to be effective or impact the game. Though not as good yet, his game reminds you of a young Reggie Miller. If Cameron continues to improve, he could become a top priority for high-major schools.
Tyler Ennis (Brampton, Canada/Saint Benedict's)
2013, PG, 6-2, 170
He is an impact combo guard who is wired to score. Ennis is a good slasher who finds a way to get in the lane and put the ball in the basket. He has range on his jumper to 20 feet and he can create off the dribble for himself and others. Ennis has a chance to be one of the better guards in the 2013 class.
Rondae Jefferson (Chester, Pa./Chester)
2013, SF, 6-6, 210
He is a jack-of-all-trades-type player and his game reminds you a little of Jalen Rose. He is a lefty who is an excellent creator and good passer with great size to look over the defense at the top of the key. He is a very good rebounder who can clean the glass and then lead the break. Jefferson is also a solid scorer inside 17 feet, but he needs to improve his range and consistency on his shot. However, those are about the only two things missing from his versatile game.
Dakari Johnson (New York/Montverde)
2014, C/PF, 6-10, 240
The big-bodied Johnson is becoming a dominant force. He already has good hands and feet and is now learning how to use them to score in the paint and garner rebounds on a consistent basis. Johnson has recently moved to Florida and will join new coach Kevin Boyle at Montverde Academy. Look for him to have an immediate and significant impact at Montverde.
Matt Thomas (Onalaska, Wis./Onalaska)
2013, SG/PG, 6-3, 170
Thomas is a big-time shooter but is not exclusively a one-dimensional player. He has some moxie and can score some off the dribble also to go along with his range beyond 22 feet. He has the ability to run a team and create for others, but he is best when looking to put the ball in the basket. Thomas is aggressive offensively and is now being followed by a few Big Ten schools. Thomas has talent and skills and is a sleeper no more.
Jack Gibbs (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North)
2013, PG, 5-10, 165
He is a tough, bulldog-type player. There are very few players who give more effort than he does. Gibbs is a solid defender who is pretty good on the ball and a very good scorer. His offensive game features floaters, jumpers to 22 feet and slashes into the paint. Gibbs is a mid-major priority right now and could easily see his interest scratch the high-major level.
Dominic Woodson (Round Rock, Texas/Stony Point)
2013, C, 6-9, 265
Woodson is a big-bodied, strong and raw post player who has a lot of potential. His hands are solid and he knows how to score the ball. He needs to improve his consistency and conditioning but he has solid tools. Woodson hit a couple of jumpers to 15 feet and scored well on the low block. If he continues to improve, look for the Big 12 and many others to come knocking on his door.
In a tightly-played game, CIA Bounce (Toronto) defeated Garner Roads (North Carolina) in the championship, 66-55. Wiggins dominated the game and led CIA Bounce with 28 points. He is a monster talent and perhaps the best 2014 talent in North America. 2014 SG Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Scarborough, Canada/Christian Faith Center) had 15 and Ennis added 10. Hicks had 13 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks for Garner Roads.
John Stovall, a recruiting coordinator, has worked as director of scouting for Prep Spotlight Scouting Service and magazine for 15 years.