The Hoops Report contains a comprehensive scouting report on scholarship worthy players in the US and Canada. Our primary focus are athletes in the Midwest but we do scour the country in the summer identifying top talent. N.D. Kendrick attends such events as: NBPA Top 100 Camp, CP3 Camp, Lebron James Skills Academy, Kevin Durant Skills Academy, Nike Elite 100 along with the top Summer AAU events and Fall exposure events. During the high school season we see over 150 games in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Illinois.
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Indianapolis, IN — During the first summer “live period” we spent time scouting some of the top prospects that the adidas circuit has to offer. The Circle City hosted the five day event that showcased several of the top players nationally.
In the first live period of the Summer session, low major coaches as well as mid to high major coaches put on their team colors and posted close enough to the court to be noticed by a potential recruit. Coaches such as Larry Brown, Billy Donovan, Tom Crean, Tom Izzo, Bruce Weber, Brad Stevens, Rick Pitino, Bob Huggins, Steve Alford, Josh Pastner, Matt Painter, Roy Williams and many other high profile head men.
The following are player evaluations from several top performers from the event.
Top Performer of the Day
Matt Thomas (Wisconsin Playmakers 16s) – One of the better shooters in the 2013 class, the Iowa State commit put on a shooting clinic against the Atlanta Xpress. In a win, Thomas led all scorers with 27 points (9 triples). Not only is he a marksman from long distance, he can also rebound the ball well for a guard as well as push the break and make wise decisions.
Top Performer of the Day
Derek Griffin (Houston Defenders 17s) – The Texas A&M football commit was the star amongst stars on Friday. Despite not putting up jaw-dropping numbers, Griffin was the definitely the most noticeable player. He had at least 5 highlight film dunks and raised his hand for an alley-oop on just about every possession. He may not every play a minute of college basketball but if he did ever decide to lace up his sneakers on the hardwood, he would be one of the more exciting forward prospects to play in some time. He is a shot blocking, rebound snagging specialist. He does not understand what he can do on the court and is offensive package is limited to lobs and putbacks. Despite his limited offensive arsenal, the kid is an amazing watch.
T.J. Haws, Nick Emery and Eric Mika (Utah Reign) – Just had to go with this trio because they play like they are one. T.J. Haws has a little flash and flare to his game and is great ball handler that can shoot from distance but focuses on driving to the hoop. Emery is lethal from anywhere in the gym. He is not limited to being a catch and shoot player, he can take you off the bounce. Mika may be on the verge of becoming a household name (More on Mika below). They all three will be making noise at BYU in a few years. Read more
Aaron Harrison (Houston Defenders 17s) – Often overshadowed by his brother Andrew, Aaron put on a shooting clinic on day one. He made three straight triples early on to set the tone and to essentially prove that he was the best shooter in the gym. Harrison finished with an easy 24 points to lead all scorers. He is strong and quick. He understands how to play. He can score in a variety of ways, from three-point land, driving to the basket and finishing with either hand, posting up a smaller defender or getting to the free throw line by creating contact. If Aaron tightens up his scoring moves and adds a mid-range dribble pull up, he will be that much more dangerous of an option Read more
Mequon, WI – We made our way up North to check out the Under Armour Summer Jam this past week and the talent level did not disappoint. Loads of talented athletes from coast to coast looked to showcase their abilities in front of college coaches for the second time this summer.
John Calipari, Bob Huggins, Tom Crean, Thad Matta, David Rice, Tim Miles, John Beilein, Bill Self, Buzz Williams, John Thompson III, Steve Alford, Phil Martelli, Bruiser Flint, Steve Donahue, Frank Martin, Matt Painter, Bill Carmody, Steve Alford, Fran McCaffrey, Oliver Purnell, Bo Ryan, Fred Hoiberg and several other college coaches traveled to Wisconsin to show face in front of recruits.
Over the next few days we will provide detailed player evaluations on some of the top players in the tournament. Part I is as follows: Read more
Indianapolis, IN — This past week we spent time scouting some of the top prospects that the adidas circuit has to offer. The Circle City hosted the five day event that showcased several of the top players nationally.
In the first live period of the Summer session, low major coaches as well as mid to high major coaches put on their team colors and posted close enough to the court to be noticed by a potential recruit. Coaches such as Larry Brown, Billy Donovan, Tom Crean, Tom Izzo, Bruce Weber, Brad Stevens, Rick Pitino, Bob Huggins, Steve Alford, Josh Pastner, Matt Painter, Roy Williams and many other high profile head men. Read more
Category: AAU Circuit
Tags: Billy Donovan
, Bob Huggins
, Brad Stevens
, Bruce Weber
, Josh Pastner
, Matt Painter
, Rick Pitino
, Roy Williams
, Sedrick Barefield
, Steve Alford
, Tim Quarterman
, Tom Crean
, Tom Izzo
Bloomington, IN – This weekend we traveled to a town that is rich with basketball history to take a final look at some of the top talent in the Midwest. In the past the adidas May Classic was held on the campus of Indiana University, but this year the AMC was spread about several towns that made viewing some what of a challenge. Despite the travel time to venues, we were able to get a nice feel for the talent present.