Jul 26, 2011

Orlando Day 4 Recap

Adolphus Washington has been unstoppable
during his last AAU trip of his career with All-Ohio Purple
On Monday in Orlando CPHR was able to take in some 17u Super Showcase games as well as some 16u AAU National Championships games............ Pictures 

  • All-Ohio Red 17u- Facing the SYF Players (IN), a team that is arguably the nation's most talented, AOR came out of the gates (for the second time in a row) with some fire, but this time they were not able to hold on for the win. SYF's fantastic point guard Adonis Filer scored over the outstretched arms of Red PF Devon Scott (Columbus Northland) at the buzzer to give the Players a two point victory. SYF also was headlined by the play of consensus top ten recruit PF/C Mitch McGary (Brewster Academy) who finished a few plays with emphatic dunks. Red's star PF Elijah Macon (Huntington Prep)showed out again; this time in front of head college coaches from West Virginia, Ohio State, Duke, Kentucky, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Indiana, Florida, North Carolina, and more. The role play of guards Jordan Potts (Columbus Northland PG) and Myles Davis (Lakewood St. Edwards SG) kept AOR in the game offensively. Davis in particular is someone that has really seen his stock rise in this event; a fierce competitor who relentlessly attacks the rim and defends with maximum effort Davis is going to be priority recruit for every Midwestern mid-major school. Davis currently claims offers from Penn State and Akron, with Rider, Eastern Kentucky, and Indiana State among schools showing interest. Potts has offers from James Madison and Bethune Cookman with interest coming from Florida Atlantic, UNC Greensboro, Western Kentucky, and Radford. Macon has always been considered a West Virginia lean, even though he has decommitted from them, and is currently considering the Mountaineers as well as Ohio State, Cincinnati, and several others. Red was later eliminated in the first round of Gold bracket play by Atlanta Express.
  • Queen City Prophets 17u- Finished their pool play with a loss today to the Rising Stars as QCP could not get their offense clicking and that led to frustration. Turnovers and poor transition defense made the margin lopsided and the Prophets could never get back in it. The lone bright spot in the game was the play of the three 2013 prospects that played up at the 17u level. Austin Grimes (Aiken SG/SF) was sensational, see interview below, by scoring 20 points and dominating his man off of the bounce. Trent Donald (Winton Woods PF) and Joe Cossins (Anderson PF) also made contributions for QCP.
  • Josh Davenport caught the eye of several
    college coaches today with King James.
    All-Ohio Purple 17u- Another game, another dominant performance from the Diesel as Adolphus Washington (Taft C) had another monster game down low. Facing a Maine Nation team that put everything on the line, and put together an unbelievable shooting performance, AOP held on for a 6 point win. To complement Washington, PG Orlando Berry Jr (Taft), PG Josh Lemons (LaSalle), SG Jalean Lowe (Taft), and SF Jermaine Freeman (Taft) had just enough offensive firepower to will their way past Maine's top AAU team. AOP finishes their pool with a 3-0 record and looks like a team that could make noise in bracket play. 
  • King James Shooting Stars 16u- Still adapting to each other as teammates this KJ team has a lot of work to do, but one things is for sure they are very talented. In a win today CPHR was impressed with the slashing abilities of wings Josh Davenport (Moeller) and Maurice O'Field (Cleveland Heights); both of whom have the skill to get to the rack at will. Davenport is more of a fluid and smooth penetrator who can take off with room while O'Field is a bulldozer with major league leaping ability. Speaking of athletes Michigan's top ranked prospect PF Jackson Lamb (Bedford) caught an alley-oop well above the rim for a two hand finish over the top of a defender to set the pace early for King James. SF Mark Alstork (Thurgood Marshall) also contributed for King James with his shooting and defensive energy. 

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