AAU Orlando Showcase

After a weeklong showcase, teams wrapped up what was a very entertaining week for the upcoming recruits of the 2014 class. Starting on July 23, 16 and under, 17 and under, and the Gold Super Showcase were all underway. Located in Orlando, Florida these college hopefuls were ready to take on the task ahead, with the hundreds of college coaches analyzing these players every moves. With the summer coming to a close in a short time, this was a huge showcase for recruits to display their talents or improvements over the summer. Four teams that made the Semifinals were the Howard Pulley Panthers, Each 1 Teach 1, Boo Williams, and Team Final, and they had some highly touted recruits on their teams. One of those recruits, 6 foot 1, Tyus Jones out of Apple Valley, Minnesota is regarded as a point guard of the future, the No. 2 recruit and top point guard in the upcoming class of 2014. He displayed his playmaking abilities, calm demeanor on the court, and possessed a great scoring touch for his Howard Pulley Panthers. He showcased an excellent passing attack and court vision. Schools on hand that had their eye on him were Duke, Baylor, Michigan State, and Kentucky, just to name a few. He declined to give information about his recruitment and reaffirmed his desire to take visits early in the fall. 

    Another highly recruited player, who already captured the Nike EYBL Championship earlier this month, Joel Berry a 6 foot floor general from Lake Highland, Florida, showed his toughness and grittiness after leading his Each 1 Teach 1 squad to a convincing win against the Houston Hoops, which was a nationally televised game. Throughout the tournament, Berry was moving down coaches’ and scouts’ lists due to his lack of playmaking abilities.  But this could have been just a couple of bad games for the young recruit, where he could be waiting to surprise everyone when he heads up to Chapel Hill to play for coach Roy Williams. 

    College coaches were looking for those players that could put the ball in the basket and some really stood out that were already committed. Guys such as five-star small forward Justin Jackson committed to North Carolina, four-star combo guard D’Angelo Russell committed to Ohio State, and four-star wing Grayson Allen committed to Duke, impressed the scouts and coach’s on hand. But these coaches needed unsigned recruits for their own teams, to come join their respected teams and two names that stood out were 6 foot 6 Kelly Oubre and 6 foot 5 Devin Booker. Oubre out of Richmond, Texas showed his three point shot with a very nice touch with range and a very quick release. Coaches were also surprised by his aggressive slashing and athleticism around the basket while finishing at the rim. A long list of schools had a close eye on this sharpshooter, including Kentucky, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas. 

    Booker out of Moss Point, Mississippi showed great ball handling skills, with great balance and jukes around the rim. Coaches had an eyebrow raised saying “He looked to play in attack mode on every possession”. These are qualities college coaches are looking for, especially for a kid his size. He showed a tendency to score baskets for his team when they needed it most, knocking down deep jumpers off the dribble, while finding ways to weave through the defense for acrobatic type finishes around the rim. He is considering a long list of schools, and was being highly evaluated by Michigan, Michigan State, Florida, and Kentucky in multiple games in Orlando. 

    After coming to a close Monday, many recruits stood out to coaches and we could expect a great year of college basketball to come.