Mustang Madness has always been known for it’s crazy atmosphere and the 2015 edition brought on the level of excitement that was to be expected. Trailing by two points with a few seconds to go Andrien White took the inbounds pass, raced down the floor, and hit a deep three pointer. An unsigned senior, White’s play at this loaded Mustang Madness will certainly give him a chance to improve his looks from potential colleges.
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While recruiting analysts are just getting their feet wet with the class of 2018, there are a few players who have already set themselves out ahead of the pack. Owning ideal size for his position and a consistent level of productivity, Shae Mitchell has set himself apart from the vast majority of swingmen in the class.
Standing 6-foot-7, Mitchell has the size to play the center position at the high school, but a game that resembles that of a shooting guard. He is an explosive athlete who makes his presence felt on both ends of the hardwood. Offensively, he is deadly attacking the rim and can finish above the defense once he gets there. On the defensive side, Mitchell’s size and length allow him to put a lot of pressure on the ball and block more shots than you usually see out of a perimeter player. With skills like this, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he’s already being recruited by a number of big-time programs.
“Nebraska, Purdue, Xavier, Indiana, Stanford, Drake, and Creighton are all showing interest,” Mitchell’s AAU coach Carlos Williams of We All Can Go All-Stars told us. “He’s already visited Indiana.”
Keep checking CityLeagueHoops for updates on Shae, as we will be making the venture up to Minnesota to see him as the season goes on.
In today’s age in which many elite players are known well before their high school careers, it’s rare that you find a guy who is clearly a high major talent seemingly fly under the radar. Jamie Lewis is one of those guys.
Yet to play a game at Westlake High School due to a knee injury, Lewis showed that he could hold his own with many of the nation’s best at the Fab Frosh Camp at John Lucas ISMC. Standing 6-foot-3, he owns the size to play either guard slot, but is clearly best suited with the ball in his hands. He is elite creating his own shot, pulls up at the drop of a dime, and can finish creatively with either hand at the rack. While the scoring point guard hasn’t received a ton of media attention, college coaches are well aware of Jamie Lewis.
“Missouri just offered and Jamie’s AAU coach told me that Cal offered,” his father Ryan told CityLeagueHoops. “Virginia, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Georgia, and Memphis are showing interest.”
Keep checking CityLeagueHoops for more updates on Jamie as the season goes on.
Jaylen Brown has established himself as the top wing in the class of 2015 and while we were in Atlanta, we were able to see how. Training with Desmond Eastmond, Brown went through a series of drills that showcased his blend of strength, skill, and athleticism. Taking his pupil through a unique series of exercises, you were able to see the type of work that it has taken for Brown to rise to the top of the 2015 rankings.
The best player left on the board in the senior class, Brown has narrowed his college choices to Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan, and North Carolina.
Most players standing 5-foot-6 aren’t serious threats on the hardwood, much less serious college prospects. However, there seem to be a few exceptions to the rule every year. In the class of 2017, Chris Lykes is one of those guys.
With no shortage of flair or toughness, Lykes has shown that he can hold his own against some of the nation’s top lead guards. He plays for one of DC’s best high schools (Gonzaga) and best teams in the EYBL (Team Takeover), so he’s given himself plenty of opportunities to gain exposure. He is dynamic in the open floor, able to change speeds at the drop of a dime and find the open man. Lykes can keep the defense honest with his ability to shoot it from beyond the arc and is developing creative finishes at the rim amongst taller opponents. He uses his grit to lock up on the defensive end, too. These aforementioned attributes were enough to earn him an invite to the CP3 Elite Point Guard Camp, making him one of only three sophomores invited.
Lykes already owns offers from Richmond, Hofstra, and Old Dominion. Expect plenty to follow as he continues to grow, both physically and with his game.
Donovan Mitchell has long been known for his explosive bounce, but many don’t realize that he has some serious game to go along with it. Over the last year, he has been showing everyone that he is not just an above the rim player, which is why legendary coach Rick Pitino made it a priority to lock him up so early.
Through more of a natural scorer, Mitchell has shown the ability to serve as a secondary ball handler for spurts. He has solid court vision, has shown the ability to consistently knock down threes from the corner, and will always finish through traffic. The NYC product has the toughness and attitude that coaches love to see out of a guard, and it shows on the defensive end. Mitchell uses his combination of strength, wingspan, and athleticism to straight up put the clamps on guys at either guard slot. Many people still question his size and ability to run the show at the next level, but Donovan Mitchell is simply a basketball player who gets it done every time that he steps on the floor.
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While players are being recruited earlier and earlier, it’s still a bit rare that you find a player who owns SEC offers before even stepping foot in a high school class room. Colleges will often times show interest or low D1 programs will throw a scholarship out that early, but not schools in the SEC. Ethan Henderson is the exception to that rule.
Claiming offers from Arkansas and LSU this summer, it was easy to see why programs were so intrigued with the freshman. He has super length, is a bouncy athlete, and has shown the potential of being an elite shot-blocker. Showing range out to 17 feet, Henderson has a lot of potential as a shooter and already capable of finishing above the rim. While he will still definitely need to get stronger, he has all of the makings of a high major prospect down the road.
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Dwayne Bacon has been putting up numbers for a while. On the AAU circuit, he did it with the Showtime Ballers, putting up 20-plus in virtually every game for the last three years. At the high school level, he posted ridiculous numbers in the scoring column for McKeel Academy and IMG Academy in Florida. Now a senior, Bacon has taken things to a bigger stage at national power Oak Hill Academy.
At the Marshall County Hoop Fest, Bacon brought his full package of scoring abilities to the table. He hit countless deep jumpers, was a monster in transition, and defended multiple positions on the floor. There was never a time throughout the weekend that you forgot that the Showtime Ballers AAU star was on the floor because he constantly kept going at the defense and then let them know about it. Bacon’s elite ability to convert at the rim and much improved outside shot should allow him to contribute immediately at Florida State.
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Ever since he was a freshman in high school, Daniel Giddens has simply been a man amongst boys. Standing 6-foot-10 and weighing 240 pounds, he has the size of many big men who are starting in the league right now. Making the move to Oak Hill Academy for his senior season, he is reminding people of the serious potential that he owns.
In the two games that we saw in Kentucky, Giddens owned the paint. Defensively, he used his massive frame and wingspan to provide a physical presence on the interior, both on the ball and as a helpside defender. The Georgia native rebounded his area well, walled up against opposing bigs, and established himself as a shot-blocking presence. Offensively, Giddens was devastating as a catch/finish type guy, looking to rip the rim off every time he got it within five feet. While his post game is still a work in progress, the Ohio State recruit has shown flashes of a developing jump hook and appears to be making strides in the right direction at Oak Hill.
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