by Andre Barthwell, Kyle Bogenshutz, and Josh Newkirk
Day Two Standouts
SG – Darius Austin – Southwest Illinois Jets 16U
Darius Austin was part of the first game GBW had it’s eye on Saturday morning and the shooting guard had his eyes squarely focused on the rim, finishing nearly everything he put up. Austin, at 6-5, has the size to effectively get into the lane and finish while also being able to rebound with the bigs down low. Austin was also able to show off his perimeter game, knocking down numerous mid-range and long range jumpers as Michigan assistant Lavall Jordan looked on.
SG – Peyton Allen – Southwest Illinois Jets 16U
Peyton Allen was the most impressive performer we observed Saturday. Allen hit wide open three’s, contested threes, and step-back three’s from the other side of the Hoosier state. At 6-4, Allen has above average athleticism and has no problem getting into the lane. For Michigan fans the comparison is SG Matt Vogrich but with more versatility to his game. Allen was seen diving on the floor for loose balls and showing a killer instinct when the Jets needed to hit a few shots. Lavall Jordan was in attendance for a couple stand out performances from Peyton that make him look like a perfect fit for John Beilein’s system.
PG - Darrell Davis - R.E.A.C.H. 16U
The 2014 prospect might remind Michigan fans of Manny Harris. His style of play resembles the former Wolverine guard because he can create with his dribble at will. He plays point guard and looks to pass first, which is a unique quality in the AAU setting… especially from a player so young. In addition he has a great motor and can score on his own also. Davis netted 14 points in his team’s blowout victory, 11 coming in the second half. While he is not a “shooter,” he can knock down open jumpers. But his dibble drive ability is what sets him apart. He will be given space on the perimeter because of it and he is always a threat to score. His biggest knock right now is his size. Davis has a slender frame, but he still has years to build size. The 6-2 Detroit Frederick Douglass standout could see his stock rise in the coming months.
G – Drake Harris – Meanstreets 16U
The Grand Rapids native showcased his typical performance. He impressed with his athleticism, speed, passing and threw in a few dunks along the way. Harris is on a loaded team, so he doesn’t necessarily look to score. When he does it’s within the flow of the game. As a team, Meanstreets likes to run a lot. That makes Harris their ultimate weapon on the fast break. Whether he is leading the charge, looking for a open cutter in the lane, or finishing with a thunderous dunk, Harris excels in the open court. He is definitely a player that thrives in the AAU circuit. We wouldn’t label him a shooter, but a legit scorer. Harris is a streaky shooter from the outside, but will drain more than his fair share if opponents just give him the shot. He also made some nice passes in transition. He didn’t lack fanfare either, as Michigan assistant Lavall Jordan in the stands among others.
PG – Darreon Reddick – Southwest Illinois Jets 16U
Reddick is a big 6-3 point guard who continues to evolve into his position. Darreon is a big bodied guard who takes smaller guards in the post and abuses them. He is starting to distribute the ball to teammates better and has a better overall understanding how to run a team. When they need him to score he can get done from deep, mid-range and he absorbs contact well to score at the cup. His most appealing attribute is he likes to compete and he gets after it on both sides of the floor. Against a team that could not match the talent on his team, he helped finish them off. I would like to see him play against higher level teams just to see him raise his game to the next stage.
SF – Keita Bates-Diop – Illinois Wolves 16U
Bates-Diop had a slow start earlier in the day but in his second game he had things going very well. He appears at this stage to project as a long small forward in college thanks to his perimeter skill set. He has the ability to drive to the basket to score to his left or right side, plus he can put in the basket from deep. It is his ability to do all of those things despite being so long that has coaches salivating. He has a knack for grabbing rebounds outside of his area and blocking shots inside as well as on the perimeter. Moving forward he wants to be more of a force scoring down on the block. That should come as he adds more size, strength and aggressiveness establishing and holding position down low.
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine.com in the coming days for interviews and highlights of every prospect mentioned.
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