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Spring Blooms in Virginia Beach
The 2015 spring evaluation period kicked off across the country and possibly no region featured the type of talent that “circuited” the 7- Cites of Virginia. The LOC Hoops report was there and here’s some of our thoughts relating to the talent-laden Battle of the Best – Virginia Beach:
Florida Versatile Bigs Shine Brightest
Collin Smith (2016 PF/C 6’10” – The Bolles (FL) School; Team Jax Elite, HC Will Jones) and Bamaba Ndiaye (2016 SF/PF 6’10” – The Rock (FL) School; Showtime Balllers 2016/ HC Diana Neal). Both of these 6’10 juniors showed impressive versatility during their play at the Battle of the Best – VA Beach, although it came from two different positions, despite their similarity in size and stature. Smith, a long and broad shoulder post, was most effective around the basket. He showed the ability to execute the high-low post game with teammate Jonathan Dewane (2016 PF 6’8” – The Bolles School). Also, worth noting was Smith’s ability to run the floor, willingly at times. The upside seems to come in his ability to shoot from the perimeter, which at this stage is further along than most dominant low-post players. Ndiaya, while also possessing the height of a low-post prospect, brings a much different skill-set with his frame. Extremely mobile and an outstanding rim-runner, Ndiaya affects the transition game unlike most big prospects. He also has good lateral quickness and when combined with his length makes him a possible elite level perimeter defender. He plays hard on both ends and with a high motor. We expect many inquires this summer for this Baller.
Deas Poised For Breakout Summer
While many of NYC’s most notorious guards have been in the sub-6’4” range, Isiah Deas (2016 CG 6’6”- Thomas Jefferson Campus (NY) HS; Born Ready Elite/HC Hasani Stewart) may be ushering in the New-Age Era of NYC playmaking guards. Deas brings tremendous size to the guard position and a willingness to share the “Rock”. Those two things combined will make him a target among most Division 1 programs, but his ability to consistently make outside jump shots will secure his position among those who compete for championships.
Tarheel State Duo Best At the Beach
During a weekend in which team coaches are looking to establish a team identity and players are looking to establish their own identity, the two can often find themselves in two totally different directions. This was not the case for the Charlotte Nets – Anthony Morrow Elite team based out of Charlotte, NC. A lot has to due with the fact that several members of the Nets are high school teammates. The most important are Jaylen McManus (2016 SF 6’6” – North Meckenberg (NC) HS; Charlotte Nets – Anthony Morrow Elite/ Kerry Stargent and Davion Mintz (2016 PG 6’4” - North Meckenberg HS; Charlotte Nets – Anthony Morrow Elite/ Kerry Stargent. McManus is a long and bounce-fill forward with stylist body control and quickness for his size. Mintz has outstanding size and is a supreme play-maker. The two are also sharing in their attention from college coaches as both list Charleston, Marshall, UNC-Greensboro, Georgia Southern, UNC-Wilmington, Radford and Wofford as programs vying for the services of both. Mintz also noted that additional interest is being shown from East Carolina.
Daquan Lilly (2015 SF 6’6” – Knightdale (NC) HS; UBA (Blue)/ HC Deius Evans) caught the attention of several Division I programs in attendance at the Battle of the Beach – VA Beach. Lilly is a physically gifted wing who attacks the basket and is an outstanding on-ball defender. We don’t expect Lilly to remain unsigned following his showing in Virginia.
Look What We Found……….
Whether it be a young John Wall, a young Demarcus Cousins or a younger Seventh Woods, Lineage of Champions tournaments have become the staple for identifying young talent. This tournament produced Blake Hinson (2019 SG 6’6” – Team Hinson-Showtime Ballers 2018). It maybe premature to mention the young Hinson in the same array of words with the current and potential future NBA stars, but the 6’6” Hinson is just too good not to applaud. If he needs a road map to Division I wishes and beyond, he need only look to big brother Evan. The elder Hinson, while himself a standout basketball player, has already made an oral pledge to the University of Miami (Fla.) as a wide receiver. Blake’s future may include competitive play on the gridiron and hardwood. Only time will tell.
News and Notes: Jalen Cameron (2017 6’4” CG – West Florence (SC) HS shows all the makings of a future High – Major guard. He shows great poise and has a high ceiling from the guard spot. Two-Sport standout Terrell Toliver (2016 6’3”SG – Heritage (VA) HS was one of the more explosive athletes at the Battle of the Best – VA Beach. Toliver will have plenty offers in football and basketball. The Richmond-based Squires Club program has lots of talent from the freshman class to the junior class headlined by Marvin Cannon (2016 6’5” Wing – Highland Springs (VA) HS and Charles Williams (2016 6’4” SG – Millwood (VA).
WILLIAMS EXCITED ABOUT HIS RETURN … AND SO SHOULD YOU!
Glen Mayo (@G_Mayo850)
College scouts and coaches have become familiar with Herman Williams (@HoopinIs_aHabit) over the past two years. The 2016 combo guard used his athleticism and high motor to land him-self on several local and national rankings boards. Currently, Williams is rated the 21st best prospect in the latest LOC Hoops (Regional) Report rankings for the class of 2016.
For an athlete coming from a rural town in the Panhandle of Florida, like Marianna, you face the challenge of being under recruited. Herman is very knowledgeable of this and has taken advantage of opportunities along his way like Exposure Showcases and camps. Joining a very strong Under Armor AAU program - Team Breakdown, has also help exponentially.
Williams got off to a quick start his junior year averaging 27 points per game, 7 rebounds per game, and 3 assist per game. After only five games into the season, Herman suffered a season ending Meniscus tear in his left knee. When we asked Herman the toughest part about hearing the news he stated, “Not being able to help my team win, and my recruitment was just starting to take off.” Williams told us he is taking this injury one day at a time and is EXCITED about his return.
With the start of AAU play being the most likely date for his return, several different programs have been in full force recruiting mode. However, Herman made it clear that he had all intentions in playing with his Family at Team Breakdown. We asked him what his plans were for the spring/summer he responded, “Get bigger, stronger, faster, and kill everything.”
Currently Herman holds offers from the following:
• Mississippi State
• Murray State
• Louisiana Lafayette
Herman was recognized as a Top 20 All Star at our Fall Panhandle Exposure Showcase in Marianna, Florida. Check out some highlights of Williams:
Battle of the Best Atlanta Schedule
Tournament Rules can be found under documents on the schedule page
Battle of the Best Virginia Beach Schedule
Tournament Rules can be found under documents on the schedule page
IceBreaker Day 2 Recap
Lineage of Champions hosted its annual Icebreaker Invitational in Augusta, GA this weekend. Some of the top AAU teams from all over the Southeast chose to start their travel season off here at the IceBreaker. This event features several of the Top 100 players in the country, and also some less known prospects hungry for exposure.
Read Full Story - http://mylineageofchampions.com/icebreaker-day-2-recap
Travel Team Jamboree / Media Day Recap
Written by Glen Mayo (G_mayo850)
Lakeland, FL was host to the Travel Team Jamboree / Media Day. #TTJ2015 was hosted by Source Hoops and Hoop Exchange, and featured some of the top travel teams throughout the state of Florida. We were very impressed with the outstanding job they did with the organization, competition, and the amount of media outlets present.
AAU team roster as you may well know is forever and always changing each season. This weekend at the Travel Team Jamboree teams got a chance to see how their guys would gel and compete against other talented programs throughout the state of Florida.
We have broken this Recap into two parts, the first being names and evaluations on the Top Performers in the 17u and 16u age groups. The second being some guys we felt were very effective, efficient, and emerged as a promising Division 1 prospect. We focused most of our attention into the 17 and 16u age groups, but we mentioned a few talented 15u kids at the bottom.
Top Performers 17U
Dewan Huell – Team Breakdown 17U – The 6’10 power forward of Miami Norland High School played at a high level each game on Saturday. Huell is very skilled for his size and can dominate a game on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. He was very effective in the low post with an array of back-to-basket moves. We have known about his great athleticism for the past couple years, but this weekend he showed a much improved mid range jump shot as well.
Jonathan Isaacs – E1T1 Elite 17U - The 6’8 SF from the International School of Broward was expected to play at a high level coming into this event and that’s exactly what he did. He was able to get to the rim at will, and knocked down his open jumpers. His athleticism seems a little better each time we watch him. He is currently unsigned and hearing from multiple high major programs.
Gorjak Gak – Florida Sons 17U – Gak had a very productive weekend at the #TTJ2015. The 6’9 power forward controlled the paint each and every game. He did a good job of changing shots around the rim and rebounding the ball. He is a true big that has solid low post moves, but gets most of points from running the floor and off rebounds. We are excited to watch his skill set continue to develop and catch up with his athleticism.
Eric Hester – Team Breakdown 17U– High major recruit from Oldsmar Christian Prep played at a high level all day. He stays in attack mode and is wired to score. He is at his best when he isn’t settling, and is taking his man to rack. When he gets to the rim he finishes with the best of them, as he was able to get an AND 1 dunk on more than one occasion. Hester has a great feel for the game and he is a fierce competitor as well.
Kevin Knox – E1T1 Elite 17U– At 6’6, the sophomore of Tampa Catholic High School has what some scouts consider to be the prototypical body frame of a future NBA All Star. He has all the tools to make this dream a reality as well. We were impressed with his ability to rise over defenders and knock down perimeter shots with consistency. Knox is a very athletic as well, and is capable of making a highlight every time down the floor.
16U Top Performers
Chaundee Brown – Southeast Elite (FL) 16u – The high motor guard from Dr Phillips High School simply lives in attack mode. He is very effective off the dribble either finishing at the rim or knocking down a pull up jumper. He is very strong for a young guard, and is able to play multiple guards spots. Brown is a very competitive player that doesn’t like to lose, and plays wity great passion.
Jacorian Calloway – Showtime Hoops 16u –The 6’4 sophomore guard of Mosley High School used this Jamboree to show everyone that he has been putting in a ton of work on his game, and #NOIS. The lefty, shot the ball from the perimeter as well as anyone this weekend, and showed a nice mid range pull up as well. He was at his best when attacking the rim in transition as he showcased his athleticism with some rim rocking dunks that got the crowd excited.
Nick Bonitto – Team M.O.A.M. 16u – The 6’5 freshman used both his strength and athleticism to his advantage all weekend. He does an excellent job of finishing around the rim and through contact. He is capable of knocking down perimeter shots, but is most effective at facing up and attacking from the high post. Nick is a true competitor and simply out-works and out-plays his opponents.
Tyler Polley – E1T1 Elite 16u – At 6’7 the small forward from Sagemont High School has the combination of size and speed that causes all kinds of matchup problems for opposing teams. We were impressed with his ability to face up and make the right play with ball. Polley is a great passing big man, and plays hard all the time. His ability to finish tough plays around the rim and knock down an outside jumper makes it very tough for a coach to take him off the floor.
Anthony Polite – Florida Vipers 16u – Polite has the perfect combination of size, strength, speed, handle, and IQ to play multiple guard positions at a high level. The 6’4 left handed shooter from St Andrews School is one of the most consistent shooters in the entire state. We were impressed his aggressive nature when attacking the rim as he is looking to finish over defenders. He has a very solid handle and understanding of the game.
Promising D1 Prospects
Tony Bradley – E1T1 Elite 17u
Parker Davis – Showtime Hoops 17u
Alex Keel – Florida Vipers 17u
Mayan Kiir – Florida Sons 17u
Thomas Dziagwa – Florida Sons 17u
Cameron Enzor – Showtime Hoops 17u
Khadim Gueye – Florida Sons 17u
Terrel Turner – South East Elite 16u
David Nickelberry – Showtime Hoops 16u
Stacey Beckton – Showtime Hoops 16u
Zach Scott – Florida Vipers 16u
Latravian Glover – Florida Vipers 16u
Wyatt Wilkes – SouthEast Elite 16u
Emanuel Lambright – Impact Elite 16u
Medut Akec – Florida Sons 15u
Nassir Little – Showtime Hoops 15u
2015 Icebreaker Invitational
The best teams in the Southeast start the AAU season off at the Icebreaker Invitational in Augusta, Georgia every year before they hit the road for the spring evaluation period.
In our twelfth year of running the Icebreaker, we are the most excited about the 2015 event. We have a great facility, great teams, big-time media and a national platform to offer.
This year’s Icebreaker also has a reason to compete. All four semi-final teams receive a bid to our super pools to all of our NCAA Certified events (Southern Exposure , Peach State and the Battle of the Best events).
Battle of the Best Atlanta
April 10-12, 2015
Lineage of champions will offer travel teams several options for the spring evaluation period in 2015, The Battle of the Best National exposure Showcase (Atlanta) will be one of the best options.
Grassroots basketball teams will take over the Atlanta ,Georgia area on April 10-12 to participate in the Battle of the Best National Exposure Showcase (Atlanta) tournament. This is a NCAA certified event for college coaches and they will sure to be on hand for the event, armed with scholarships.
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