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Under Armour UAAIII - Los Angeles

By Joel Francisco - ESPN, 05/31/16, 10:45AM PDT


Under Armour


Los Angeles

Here are our observations UAAIII event at the Map in Garden Grove.

Filling it up

Jermarl Baker (Eastvale, Calif./Roosevelt)

2017, SG, 6-foot-3, 165 pounds

The Cal commit continues to take his game to new heights. The wiry scoring guard can set the table for his teammates from time to time due to his improved playmaking skills, but it's his uncanny shooting touch from the parking lot that warranted that Pac-12 offer.

Iziah James (Greenville, SC./Legacy Charter)

2017, SG, 6-foot, 180 pounds

James has a quick trigger and he can put points up in a hurry. The stocky combo-guard uses hsi strength, active hands, and assertiveness to impact the game at both ends, but it's his shooting that sets him apart.

Chauncey Billups-esque

Paul Scruggs (Indianapolis, Ind./Southport)

2017, PG, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds

Most, if not all scouting services label Scruggs as a 2-guard, but after evaluating him in person there is no question that he is a point guard. The broad-shouldered and long armed Mr. Scruggs has some Chauncey Billups (former Detroit Piston) to his game as well as Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics).

4-Man with touch

Nazreon Reid (Roselle, NJ./Roselle Catholic)

2018, PF, 6-foot-10, 225 pounds

Reid plays in spurts but this 4-man with pteradactyl-type length and budding face-up skills is a "Monster Drink" gulp away from dominating his foes on the block as well as on the perimeter. Has some Carlton Bragg (Kansas) to him

Contained Trevon Duval??

Juhwan Harris-Dyson (Los Angeles/Heritage Christian)

2017, WF, 6-foot-5, 190 pounds

When it comes to playing at a relentless pace at both ends there are few prospects in the west that can match that of Harris-Dyson. The quintessential glue-type did an outstanding job of keeping Duval in front of him in Earl Watson Elite's victory over a Duval-led WER1 squad. To go along with his defensive prowess, Harris-Dyson is one of the better finishers and slashing drivers around. 

Best Motor

Ira Lee (Napa, Calif./Prolific Prep)

2017, PF, 6-foot-7, 220 pounds

Lee is an undersized 4-man but his energy at both ends is uncanny. He finishes with either hand, rebounds in traffic, and can lead the break on occasion as well. Due to his versatility he can guard multiple positions as well.

Best Passer (Perimeter player)

Isaiah Washington (Bronx, NY./St. Raymond)

2017, PG, 6-foot-1, 160 pounds

Along with Spencer Freedman, Washington may have been the best of the facilitating point guard types. He is a pass-first point guard who has tremendous vision as he set up Division 1 teammates Sidney Wilson and Keith Williams with a number of opportunities to score. His 2-handed chest passes are a thing a beauty and he plays at a great pace.

Jalek Felton (Mullins, SC./Mullins)

2017, SG, 6-foot-5, 180 pounds

The North Carolina-bound Felton possesses that prototypical wing-type frame with broad shoulders, long arms, and he can get to the rim in a hurry. However, it's his competitiveness and innate passing ability that separate him from most high-level shooting guards.

Best Passer (Bigs)

Raiquan Gray (Fort Lauderdale, Flor./Dillard)

2017, PF, 6-foot-8, 230 pounds

Gray fits the mold of a blue-collar big who can bang inside with the best. He has the ability to do this, but it's his passing ability that catches your eye right off the bat. He has the ability to lead the break and drop off a nifty pass. However, it's in the half court set where he sets up teammates, snapping passes in every direction right on the money.

Best middle game

Damari Milstead (Hayward, Calif./Moreau Catholic)

2017, PG, 6-foot-2, 165 pounds

Milstead is not a burner and he will not dazzle defenders with a circus-like handle, but he will consistently impact the game with his scoring prowess. He is the new-age lead guard that can get buckets--especially in the paint area (master of the floater/runner)--but he can also set up teammates with the pass as well. Look for him to continue to mature as he is still just 16 years old.

Most Dynamic

Trevon Duval (Dallas, Tex./Advanced Prep International)

2017, PG, 6-foot-2, 175 pounds

Duval is in the running for No. 1 point guard prospect in the country. His burst in transition is a sight to see and his handle against pressure may remind some of Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers). His jump shot needs seasoning as well as his ability to impact the game without the ball in his hands, but he is a 5-Star talent.

Sound and Savvy

Spencer Freedman (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei)

2018, PG, 6-foot-1, 160 pounds

Freedman will not "wow" you with speed and quickness, but he'll impress you with his feel for the game, deceptive crossover, and impeccable passing. The lefty has a sound handle, never gets sped up, and he can knock in deep 3s consistently.

Best of the 2019s

Decorian "DJ" Jeffries (Olive Branch,MS./Olive Branch)

2019, PF, 6-foot-7, 215 pounds

In terms of skill at his size, Jeffries may be get the early nod for No. 1 player in the Class of 2019. This gazelle sprints up and down affecting the game in a variety of ways due to his athleticism, shooting touch, and passing acumen.

Bryan Antoine (Tinton Falls, NJ./Ranney)

2019, CG, 6-foot-5, 160 pounds

Antoine is a multi-positional prospect who has exceptional quickness, slick ball-handling skills, and high-level explosiveness. His skill set is more well-rounded than teammate Scottie Lewis at this stage and he may evolve into a Russell Westbrook-type if he continues to improve.

Scottie Lewis (Tinton Falls, NJ./Ranney)

2019, SG, 6-foot-5, 160 pounds

Arguably the most explosive prospect at Under Armour (LA) was Mr. Lewis. He put together a number of sequences that would leave NBA guys shaking their heads. His burst and bounce in transition is electrifying and he impacts the game at both ends with his energy and active hands.

Joey Baker (Fayetteville, NC./Trinity Christian)

2019, 6-foot-7, 220 pounds

Baker is lengthy 4-man with very good length and his athleticism is impressive as well. He can score inside-and-out and his shooting touch is smooth. Finishing in transition with a bang-out is common place as well.

UAA III notebook

One of the more promising shooting guards in So-Cal is 6-foot-3 Wayne Arnold (Compton, Calif./Dominguez). The 2018 prospect gets great lift on his shot and his release is smooth. Once he gets stronger to finish through contact and improve his ball skills against pressure, his stock will continue to rise.

Javonte Smart, a 6-foot-4 point guard out of Baton Rouge, La./Scotlandville, controls the game with his size and IQ. He has the ability to look over the defense, facilitates at a high level, and can score when the time calls for it.

Riley Battin (Oakpark, Calif./Oakpark) struggled at times against the length and athleticism at this event. However, due to his high IQ, he impacted the game with his passing acumen and perimeter scoring touch.

There are not too many prospects out west regardless of class that possess the upside of 6-foot-8+ Miles Norris (San Diego/Mater Dei). The rangy wing is light on his feet, runs fluidly in transition, and is very bouncy. He needs to be more physical inside finishing and rebounding and his shooting touch needs to continue to smoothen out to reach his potential.

When it comes shooting, there were few players that could match 6-foot-6 Drew Peterson (Libertyville,IL./Libertyville). The 2018 prospect has the look of a future Missouri Valley Conference impact player.

One of the biggest sleepers of the event was rangy 6-foot-4 junior Elijah Clarance (Hagerstown,MD./ Goretti). He needs to clean up his decision making in the open court, but the lanky lefty can stroke jump shots or slash his way to the rim due to his explosiveness.