I spent the day watching AAU basketball at Duncanville High School and the Bob Knight Fieldhouse in Duncanville. I was able to catch 5 games. Here is a report on what I saw
Deron Williams Elite- Sayman vs Antoine Carr Select
Deron Williams was coached by former Baylor Bear Matt Sayman. This was a fun game to watch from start to finish. Matt has two twin guards around 5-10 (Terrance and Torrance Cooper) who are lightning fast and they bring havoc to opponents with a 40 minutes of hell approach to utilize their strengths.
Antoine Carr had some good shooters on the wings that made Deron Williams pay when they broke the press. But often, the pressure employed by Sayman resulted in a turnover. DW Elite played hard but fell short by 3 points.
Ryan Bradley a 6-5 forward who is playing in the post for Sayman was very active and showed great touch and feel for the game. He definitely has the look of a college prospect. He scored in the mid range; at the free throw line and lots of tough buckets inside.
Texas Titans vs Dallas Seawolves Elite
This was a great match-up between two big men. 2014 big Elbert Robinson for the Seawolves (#57 247composite) and 2015 big Tyler Davis for the Titans (#38 247composite). Both big men (Robinson is 7-0 325 lbs; Davis 6-10 285 lbs) displayed good hands and feet in the post and were effective in finishing. Robinson allowed Davis to catch the ball where he wanted and this didn't work out well for his team. Davis took advantage to score down the stretch when the game was in balance.
Davis reminds me of Georges Niang of Iowa State in his ability to use his body effectively to shield defenders and score with ease inside 12 feet. Both guys need to tighten up their physiques. Davis has made great strides in this regard in the last year and is a better long term prospect in my view because of it. But both will be high impact big men for the college programs lucky enough to land them.
2014 point guard Alex Robinson (#68 in 247Composite) for the Titans was his normal get to the rim at will self. He didn't show his outside shot in this game (even turning down wide open looks from 3). He also missed some free throws... but his form was good. He competes hard on both ends; shows good court vision and is just impossible to keep out of the paint.
2015 sharp shooter DJ Hogg (#47 in 247Composite) made some 3's and also used his length to rebound well. He looked better than when I saw him at the EYBL. He projects to me as mainly a catch and shoot guy right now. But at 6-7 he can be very effective in that role.
2015 big 6-10 Djery Baptiste is an interesting prospect for the Titans. He is raw but could turn into a defensive force with continued hard work. He possesses a good motor.
2015 guard King McClure (#16 in 247Composite) did not play. Word on the street is that he is a Kansas lean. I wasn't familiar with the Seawolves roster outside of Robinson. It was a competitive game, but the Titans pulled away at the end. Plenty of college coaches in attendance for this one. Paul Mills (Baylor) was front and center. Larry Brown (SMU); Butch Pierre (OSU); Russell Springman (Texas) were some of the other faces I recognized.
Colorado Miners BYC Elite vs Game Tight Elite
2014 elite PG Josh Perkins (#19 247Composite) was a guy that I was able to play some pick up basketball with in April. He was in Dallas with Denver signee and best friend Drick Bernstine to attend the sweet 16 NCAA tourney. I was impressed by Perkins in April due to his court vision; ability to draw contact and understanding of the game. Nothing I witnessed today made me feel different about him. I agree with Jerry Meyer and others that have said his passing is elite. The Miners blew out Game Tight in this one. Josh sees angles and openings that very few see and gets the ball to teammates in places that allow them high quality shot attempts. Some major program is going to be fortunate to have him running the show.
He has a good head on his shoulders and seems like a guy that will be highly receptive to coaching. Paul Mills (Baylor); Mark Few (Gonzaga); Rich Pitino (Minnesota) and Duane Broussard (UCLA) were watching Perkins.
I also caught bits and pieces of the game going on in the next court between the San Antonio Spurs and the Arizona Magic Elite. 2014 6-9 Michael Humphrey (#188 in 247Composite) is a guy that was drawing lots of attention from college coaches and for good reason. He is a versatile big that can hit jumpers and also use either hand to score. I noticed Butch Pierre (OSU) and Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) paying close attention along with a host of others. Humphrey plays quarterback for his high school team which gives you an idea of the type of athlete he is.
MWA Elite vs Dallas Showtyme Elite
MWA Elite is filled with Prime Prep players and Malik Newman. MWA Elite looked to be on their way to an easy win as 2014 PG Emmanuel Mudiay (#3 247Composite); 2015 SG Malik Newman (#1 247Composite) and 2016 SG Terrance Ferguson (#7 247Composite) took turns displaying their talents as MWA built a 40-28 lead.
To say that MWA played with a lack of urgency the rest of the game would be a massive understatement. A combination of great heart from their opponent and bad shot selection by MWA helped make this game exciting down the stretch. 2014 6-7 J.D. Wallace killed MWA on the boards and around the rim. 2015 PG Corinthian Ramsey hit a long 3 for Showtyme at the buzzer to send the game to OT. In the OT, Showtyme put MWA away. It was a big upset and another in a long list of examples that the most talented team does not always win.
Team Texas NIKE vs Pro Skills 17 Elite
Team Texas featured a balanced attack coming from Oklahoma State commit 2015 PG Austin Grandstaff (#44 247Composite); 2015 SG Matt McQuaid (#70 247Composite); 2014 combo guard Keenan Evans and 2014 6-7 TJ Maston. 2015 big Elijah Thomas (#8 247Composite) did not play in this one. Maston was the key down the stretch. He was active on both ends- delivering key buckets and blocks. Grandstaff got them started early with some 3 pointers and drives to the hoop.
Pro Skills 17 Elite kept it close. It was my first look at 6-7 Zach Smith who plays at Plano High. He is a smart, crafty player with nice length. I didn't see him take an outside shot but he stays active on the boards and just seemed to make smart basketball plays all game.