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June 26, 2014
Nike PG & Bigs Stand Out
Union, NJ - Nike hosted their annual Skills Academy on Wednesday with college and high school players partaking in Point Guard and Big Man Camp with NBA players alongside. Here is a lookout at some of the standouts.
Jalen Adams of Cushing Academy (MA)/Mass Rivals (MA) - Adams did an excellent job of running an offense, getting by defenders with his quickness and either finding the open man when on the drive, or creating his own shot to take. While he isn't always the most efficient player on the court, he is one of the more talented and smarter lead guards. Adams did a great job of creating space in order to knock down shots and use his long wingspan to his advantage - despite being an inch smaller than he needs to be. The No. 27 player in the 2015 class proved to be one of the best lead guards nationally based on how he can put points on the board, directly or indirectly. Still open in the process, he has UConn, Kansas, Louisville, Providence and many more involved.
Levan Alston of Haverford School (PA)/Team Final (PA) - Alston is still working on becoming a true combo guard as his best trait is when he is set. From a set position, Alston can either shoot it from deep or pump fake and get to the basket. While he is slender, the top-100 rising senior is smart with the ball in his hands and does a good job of finishing around defenders. His handle was solid on Wednesday's action as he was able to run the offense a bit, but did it marginally well. After a big spring, he is now one of the hotter names on the market following many new offers. VCU has had him on campus twice in the past 30-day span, but Temple is now in a very strong position to land him following the hiring of Rick Brunson as an assistant coach. Alston's father and Brunson - whose son, Jalen, could follow to Philadelphia - played together in college at Temple.
Jalen Coleman of La Lumiere (IN)/All-Ohio Red (OH) - Coleman continues to establish himself as one of the top scoring guards in the nation. A big-game performer, Coleman continues to improve his handle and can run an offense with ease. The four-star prospect played well off of screens and used them to his advantage by either getting to the basket, shooting the mid-range or setting up for a shot outside the arc. He is a versatile scorer, and continues to play to his strengths without putting himself in a tough position. Still unclear on his recruitment, Michigan State and Michigan seems to be in the best shape for Coleman with Illinois, Indiana, Cincinnati, Notre Dame and others around.
Cheick Diallo of Our Savior New American (NY)/Team Scan (NY) - After nearly earning back to back MVP honors at NBPA Top-100 Camp, Diallo stood tall going against the top big men in campus, and even Sacramento Kings star Demarcus Cousins. Obviously, Diallo has to get stronger and expand his offensive artillery when it comes to shooting the ball. His activeness in the paint on both offense and defense is where Diallo is most comfortable. He blocked a number of shots in scrimmages, and finished at the rim in transition. He can create second and third opportunities on offense because he is such a prolific rebounder with an advance low post game. Diallo - who was most recently offered by Kentucky - will visit this weekend.
Henry Ellenson of Rice Lake (WI)/Playground Warriors (WI) - Ever since having a breakout spring on the EYBL circuit, Ellenson has been the quickest rising big man in the nation. He has surpassed some of the top bigs including Stephen Zimmerman and Daniels Giddens, among others, in the mind of some. Ellenson has a long, wiry frame and moves so well with it. His post moves and ability to score in so many different ways makes him a unique prospect. His motor and consistent effort is what really stands out as he is always active and can stretch the defense with his shooting range. Ellenson has picked up a fair amount of attention as Duke and UCLA recently offered. He will visit Northwestern and Marquette over the weekend.
Ted Kapita of Huntington Prep (WV) - He isn't on the AAU scene, and that has led to him being a surprise. After deciding to transfer from Florida Air Academy (FL) to Huntington Prep (WV) - despite coach Rob Fulford's departure - last week, the spotlight has now followed him. Built similar to Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas, he runs the floor extremely well and finishes extremely hard at the rim. He is active but laid back at times. His defensive rebounding and ability to get up and down makes him a special presence. Kansas, Florida, Georgetown, Texas, South Florida and others are involved with the No. 86 player in the nation.
For the latest in college basketball recruiting, head to TheRecruitScoop.com for the latest details and notes on offers, visits, commitments and more. To contact Alex Kline, you can reach him by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at TheRecruitScoop.