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Under Armor Association Los Angeles

By UAA, 06/01/17, 9:45AM PDT

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The third spring session of the Under Armour Association (UAA) was played at the MAP Sports Facility and there were a number of outstanding performances from a variety of age groups. However, two players (Silvio De Sousa and Scottie Lewis) put together a series of performances that were sprinkled with brilliance.

 

 

Francisco's Finest

 

Silvio De Sousa (Montverde, FL./7IMG Academy)

2018, PF, 6-foot-8, 235 pounds

Team: Florida Vipers

 

Joel's Take: When watching De Sousa his game is all about production. His court demeanor is "icy", as he dominates the game with strength, explosiveness, and physicality. He can snatch rebounds in traffic, fill the lane with a vengeance, and has "double-double" written all over him.

 

Scottie Lewis (Eatontown, NJ/Ranney)

2019, SG, 6-foot-5, 170 pounds

Team: Team Rio

 

Joel's Take: Lewis is easily one of the Top 5 prospects in the outstanding Class of 2019. He is a thoroughbred in transition and keeps would-be defenders at his mercy due to his bounce and dexterity. His jump shot has improved as he swished a number of shots this weekend from all levels. Defensively, his timing was on display as he swatted away a bevy of shots.

 

Burning the nets

 

Miller Kopp (Houston, AZ/ Houston Christian)

2018, PF/WF, 6-foot-6, 215 pounds

Team: Houston Defenders

 

Joel's Take: Kopp is a prolific jump shooter, but he also showed some "pop" in his legs as he threw it down off the bounce in one of his games. He is a high IQ player who moves very well without the ball and showed of his feel with his innate passing.

 

Justin Ahrens (Versailles, OH./Versailles)

2018, WF, 6-foot-5, 180 pounds

Team: C2K Elite

 

Joel's Take: This lefty has long arms and broad shoulders, but he is known for his outside stroke. He sets up his shot well with up-fakes and he always appears to be on balance. In the half court the ball rarely sticks and he always appears to be engaged.

 

 

 

 

Notre Dame-bound

 

Prentiss Hubb (Washington, DC./Gonzaga College Prep)

2018, CG, 6-foot-2, 160 pounds

Team: DC Premier

 

Joel's Take: Hubb is a hard-nosed guard who can play both positions at the next level. The slick lefty always has his head up, navigates the defense and will either attack the rim or drop off a nifty pass. His shot can be streaky, but his mechanics look solid. Winner.

 

Mr. Fundamental

 

Riley Battin (Oak Park, CA./Oak Park)

2018, PF, 6-foot-9, 235 pounds

Team: Earl Watson Elite

 

Joel's Take: Battin baffles opponents with his old school Kevin McKale footwork. Up-and-unders, shot-fakes, and a shooting touch that extends to the 3-point line are part of the package.

 

Beastly Wing-Type

 

Darius Days (Gainesville, FL./The Rock)

2018, WF, 6-foot-6, 225 pounds

Team: Florida Vipers

 

Joel's Take: This kid was a straight "beast" this weekend as he put defenders at his mercy due to his strength, athleticism, and ball skills. This even-keel competitor has a blue collar mentality mixed with explosive bursts to the rim and a soft jump shot that stretches out to 20-feet.

 

Crafty Backcourt

 

Perry Cowan (Chicago, Ill./DePaul College Prep)

2019, CG, 6-foot-4, 180 pounds

Team: Illinois Wolves

 

Joel's Take: Love the upside of Cowan due to his lanky frame (long arms) and innate ball skills. He can handle both guard positions with aplomb. Whether it's creating his own shot off the dribble or utilizing the jump stop on the break before releasing a mid-range dagger, the kid is a baller.

 

Paxon Wojcik (La Porte, IN./La Lumiere)

2019, SG, 6-foot-5, 170 pounds

Team: Illinois Wolves

 

Joel's Take: When describing Wojcik, the first term that comes to mind is "moxie." The crafty left-hander uses a clever handle and a variety of speeds to get his shot off in traffic. Has the savvy to make others around him better although he is a "scorer" by nature.

 

Kawhi Leonard-like

 

Josh Leblanc (Baton Rouge, LA./Madison Prep Academy)

2018, WF/PF, 6-foot-7, 215 pounds

Team: Louisiana Elite

 

Joel's Take: Have to give credit where credit is due--considering my fellow colleague Frank Burlison came up with this comparison. LeBlanc may not have quite the "mits" of Leonard, but his game is similar at the same stage. Relentless competitor at both ends who uses his extraordinary length and explosiveness to assault the rim on the break, snag rebounds, or get into the lanes for steals. Not too mention he knocked in a couple of 3s as well as delivered some nifty drop-off passes.

 

The Next Step

 

Nazreon Reid (Neptune, NJ./Roselle Catholic)

2018, PF, 6-foot-10, 250 pounds

Team: Sports U

 

Joel's Take: Reid is quite the physical specimen as he possesses an NBA frame right now. He can power his way to the rim at anytime and his skill level is impressive (inside-out touch). However, his assertiveness fluctuates and his shot selection is perplexing at times.

 

Polished PGs

 

Jahvon Quinerly (Hackensack, NJ./Hudson Catholic)

2018, PG, 6-foot-1, 165 pounds

Team: Sports U

 

Joel's Take: Quinerly is one of those point guards you just trust. His ball handling is impeccable and he's always under control. Love his ability to snap passes in the open court or hit the timely jump shot. Based on his savvy, skill, and

 

Jordan McCabe (Kaukauna, WI./Kaukauna)

2018, PG, 6-foot, 155 pounds

Team: Wisconsin Playground

 

Joel's Take: McCabe will lull defenders to sleep with his crafty handle and then next thing you know, he has blown by you. He isn't a burner, but he does change speeds very well, can make all the passes both in transition and in the half court set, and he's a gamer. Not too mention he has a smooth 3-point shot. West Virginia-bound.

 

2020 Sensations

 

Jalen Suggs (Minneaplis, MN, Minnehaha Academy)

2020, PG, 6-foot-4, 175 pounds

Team: Grassroots Sizzle

 

Joel's Take: You will be hard-pressed to find a more gifted point guard than Suggs. He has the physical make-up, skill level, and innate passing ability to be the best point guard prospect, regardless of class. He zips passes in the open court ala Lonzo Ball and his jump shot is legit. 

 

Anthony Edwards (Atlanta, GA./Holy Spirit Prep)

2020, CG, 6-foot-5, 195 pounds

Team: Atlanta XPress

 

Joel's Take: Apparently will reclassify to 2020, but not sure why. Physically he is a stud with good length, ideal explosiveness, and a high-level skill package for his age. Great size for the lead guard position and has the ability to affect the game with his scoring (inside-and-out) and playmaking.

 

Nico Mannion (Scottsdale, AZ./ Pinnacle)

2020, PG, 6-foot-1, 165 pounds

Team: Earl Watson Elite

 

Joel's Take: Mannion continues to take his game to another level each time out. His motor always runs hot and he is about winning. Pushes it hard in transition, makes excellent decisions, and has the skill to score at all three levels or drop off the high-level assist. Arguably the best point guard for his class out west.

 

Twin Peaks

 

Makhi Mitchell (District Heights, MD./Bishop McNamara)

2019, PF, 6-foot-8, 235 pounds

 

Makhei Mitchell (District Heights, MD./ Bishop McNamara)

2019, PF, 6-foot-8, 235 pounds

Team: DC Blue Devils

 

Joel's Take: The Mitchell brothers have the physical tools and no nonsense attitude to be High Major recruits. Physical frame, good length, magnetic hands, and nimble feet describe the duo. They impact the game with their interior play (rebounding/finishing) and have the evolving skill to convert out to the elbow.

 

Mr. Motor

 

De'Sean Allen-Eikens (Santa Monica, CA./ Santa Monica)

2018, WF/PF, 6-foot-5, 220 pounds

Team: Earl Watson Elite

 

Joel's Take: "Grinder" is the best way to describe Allen-Eikens. This 4/3 is a match-up problem because of his strength and perimeter skills. He moves well without the ball and has a nose for finding ways to score. May reclassify to 2019 and head the prep school route.

 

KC Run GMC Dynamic Duo

 

Zach Harvey (Topeka, KS./ Hayden Catholic)

2019, SG, 6-foot-4, 170 pounds

 

Joel's Take: Harvey was one of the more impressive guards regardless of class that I saw this weekend. Exceptional ball skills in the open court and has the maneuverability to avoid contact while in traffic. Can score from all three levels and appears to have that killer instinct in him when attacking the defense. 

 

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Mission, KS./ Bishop Miege)

2019, PF, 6-foot-7, 210 pounds

 

Joel's Take: I scouted his father (Lester Earl) many-a-year-ago at the ABCD camps run by Sonny Vaccaro. Where Lester was more of a rim-to-rim finisher, Jeremiah is blessed with more of a fundamentally sound game (plays big and wide on the block) as well as a more vast skill package (inside-out skills).

 

Attack Mode

 

Jahmius Ramsey (Arlington, TX./ Mansfield Summit)

2019, SG, 6-foot-5, 190 pounds

Team: Texas Hardwork

 

Joel's Take: Ramsey is a physically well-built wing-type that put pressure on the defense every time he touched the ball. Strong 1st step where he can finish through contact and has the ability to knock in deep jump shots as well.