Super 16 Showcase recap
HARTFORD — The fourth annual Super 16 Showcase welcomed a variety of top AAU programs from the Northeast and attracted more than 75 NCAA coaches on Wednesday, including over a dozen from Division I schools.
(Middletown, Conn./St. Thomas More)
2012, C, 6-10
When he’s determined to dominate the paint there is simply no stopping him, as was the case on Wednesday. Playing in front of an enthusiastic hometown crowd, Drummond looked to finish with authority every time he caught the ball within six feet of the rim, and he was equally dominant inside the paint on the defensive end with his shot-blocking prowess. He continues to prove he has the ability to take the ball off the defensive glass and start the break and in general played a highly efficient and fairly inspired inside-out game.
Kamari Murphy (Brooklyn/IMG Academy)
2012, PF, 6-9
Murphy’s motor was running at full capacity as he gave a strong performance. He was active defensively, getting all over the court to block shots or make deflections. In addition, he was absolutely explosive when he was loose in the open floor, getting his head above rim to finish with several highlight-reel dunks. His face-up skills also came out in spurts but he separated himself with his mobility and athleticism.
Jimmy Hall (Jersey City, N.J./St. Anthony)
2012, PF, 6-8
He has a good feel for the game and is the type of post prospect who should be even better at the next level when playing in a structured environment. His length is the foundation of his game and he maximizes it by keeping his hands high to score and rebound over the top of the competition before they are able to elevate. Combine that with a developing shooting touch on the perimeter, and he’s got a steady dose of mid-major suitors.
Austin Tilghman (Middletown, Del./St. Andrew’s)
2014, PG, 6-1
His build and style recalls flashes of former Pittsburgh PG Levance Fields as Tilghman has the same wide, strong body and plays with similar power. He’s a mismatch in the backcourt, especially for kids his own age. He plays in straight lines with his dribble, knows how to make use of every inch of his frame and flourishes in the open floor. He’s as tough as they come and makes enough shots to keep defenders honest, but if he ever takes that aspect of his game to the next level, his stock would take an immediate jump.
Players to watch
Jared Terrell (Weymouth, Mass./New Hampton)
2014, SG, 6-3
Best known as a physically-mature, straight-line driver, Terrell showed some new elements of his game. He established his pull-up jumper as a weapon and displayed the confidence to use it down the stretch of a tough game. He also slid over to the point and played with the ball in his hands on an exclusive basis. Although he’s a scorer by nature, Terrell looked plenty comfortable running the show.
Garland Owens (Rockville, Md./Magruder)
2012, SF, 6-5
One of the best pure athletes in attendance, Owens played above the pack in the open floor, getting up to the top of the box to catch a series of lobs. His elite athleticism gives him the ability to make momentum-shifting plays at any time, and although he flourishes in the open floor, he projects as someone who could blossom into a one- or two-dribble, half-court slasher.
Jarred Reuter (Rochester, Mass./St. Mark’s)
2014, PF, 6-8
He’s a wide body who knows how to make his frame work for him. People bounce off him inside the lane and he sets the tone physically on both ends of the floor. His hands are super soft, allowing him to make tough catches in traffic and he excels at creating space. He already has a little jump-hook over his left shoulder and is equally capable of facing up to bounce once or twice.
Cavon Baker (Jamaica, N.Y./Thomas A. Edison)
2012, G, 6-1
Baker is a perfect example of why college coaches need the April evaluation period back. He had a very strong spring, and despite multiple meeting reports stating just that, college coaches didn’t get to see it themselves. Now, eight days into the July period, he’s finally starting to get the praise he deserves. He can handle to attack, shoot with a solid stroke and play either guard position.
Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, Mass./St. Andrew’s)
2012, PF, 6-7
With the search for qualified post prospects in full swing, Kuakumensah had his best showing of the summer in front of a handful of coaches. He was tremendous on the defensive end of the floor, showing the size and strength to defend the post along with some deceptive athleticism and pinpoint timing blocking shots from the weak side of the floor. Offensively, he finishes well in congestion and can face to score from 12 feet and in.
• Daniel Dingle (Bronx/St. Raymond’s) and his older brother/coach, Dana Dingle, both spoke highly of the job that Temple has done with his recruitment. The Owls have been courtside every time Dingle has taken the court this summer and Wednesday was no exception. They were joined by Boston College, West Virginia and Cincinnati.
• Jesse Chuku (Great Britain/Kimball Union) and Darren Payen (Milford, Conn./Hamden Hall) are two under-the-radar, athletic, frontcourt players who locked up in an impressive, individual battle during the afternoon.
• Kedar Edwards (Brooklyn/West Oaks) had South Carolina and Manhattan on his tail and reported offers from both schools.
• Wagner continues to make Eric Fanning (Trenton, N.J./Perkiomen) a top priority. Both coach Danny Hurley and brother/assistant Bob Hurley were front and center for his games.
• Kris Dunn (New London, Conn./New London) continues to attract new suitors by the day, but no one is working harder than Providence. Associate coach Andre LaFleur was in attendance as the Friars have been represented at all of Dunn’s games this month.
• Jeanlee Baez (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) made a quality first impression. A long 6-6 forward in the Class of 2014, he’s a skilled high-post player with bouncy springs around the rim.
Adam Finkelstein has been a coach or scout at the high school, college and pro levels. He was an assistant coach in Division I by the age of 24 and also worked as a scout for Marty Blake, the NBA’s director of scouting.