Harry Giles

Despite averaging just 3.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 11.5 minutes, Duke freshman forward Harry Giles will enter the NBA Draft and plans to stay in it, the school announced on Tuesday. The 6-foot-10 Giles had knee surgery before the season began, which prevented him from playing in the Blue Devils’ first 11 games and slowed his… Continue reading “Harry Giles enters NBA draft”

Harry Giles Peach Jam 2015

As in past years when I’ve covered the EYBL, I’m always impressed by the format and organization – it’s a fantastic chance to scout many of the top recruits in a single location. This year the big draws were Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum, the #1 and #2 players in the 2016 class respectively. I didn’t get a chance to catch as many games as I wanted (this is always the case) but nonetheless, here are my notes from the 2015 event. Where applicable, I’m also including my actual ratings for players – as most people are aware, I am not a big fan of rankings, but rather I focus on ratings, and that means ratings beyond just ‘five stars’ or ‘three stars’. I’ll be posting much more about my rating system this week. For now, just know that ‘high major’, ‘mid major’ and ‘low major’ are the breakouts of Division I, and that I consider a player who is a ‘HM/5’ to be almost a lock for the NBA and the scale goes down from there. So players who are three or four year players at a high major school and may be NBA players tend to fall into the HM/4 or even HM/3 range. I also don’t consider every school in the ACC or SEC to be equal and I don’t consider every player on a high major roster to be HM rated players. As recent examples, I had Kyrie Irving rated as HM/5, Anthony Davis rated as HM/5 and James Michael McAdoo rated as HM/4, because I was less sure McAdoo was a pro prospect. Schools like Duke, Kentucky and UNC are generally only looking for HM/3, HM/4 or HM/5 level players. Some additional notes are: I never rate a player publicly unless I’ve seen him a minimum of 3 times; I rate players based on their actual age as well. I pay ZERO attention to who has offered a player.

Harry Giles (PF/C, 6’10”, 2016) CP3 All-Stars – Even though I’ve seen Giles many times over the years I haven’t written much publicly because he never needed the exposure. But Giles has become one of the best high school players I’ve ever seen. He’s fluid and quick with elite athleticism and size. Even as a freshman, he had a pro level slashing move and finish hook, but now he’s expanded that first step so it’s extremely difficult for big men to stay in front of him. His handle is more like a small forward and he has elite timing. It’s no secret he’s considered an NBA lottery pick. Areas for improvement might be continuing to add strength for the pro game and free throw consistency, but it should be noted how much work Giles has done after his injury to improve on his already solid skill set. Rating: HM/5.

Jayson Tatum (SF, 6’9, 2016) St. Louis Eagles – Tatum is explosive and has a light bounce and handles from the SF spot at an elite level. Shot elevates and releases in a flash and even though he can show incredibly dexterity getting to the bucket, it’s going to be off the charts once as he continues to add strength. Another player who is likely one-and-done, he and Giles are the only two players I see as locks for the NBA at this point in the 2016 class. Rating: HM/5

Travis Atson (SG, 6’5, 2016) PSA Cardinals – Atson is a dynamic playmaker from the wing who looks like he could play from the SG or SF spot effectively. Quick, active player who has excellent passing vision from the wing and good look-ahead passing. Can finish above the rim, shoot, and get himself to the line. Tough player who looks like he is mentally and physically ready for college.

Jordan Ford (PG, 6′, 2016) Oakland Soldiers – Elite speed guard, deadly end-to-end scorer who can and does blow by people. he can run the point but is so effective at getting inside or getting open for shots that he should be considered a score-first PG. Deadly floater and finisher.

Ira Lee (F, 6’9″, 2017) Oakland Soldiers – above the rim, active athlete and has a nice running floater that is hard to stop at his size. Plays facing the basket and probably should be considered a 3/4 type player depending on the size of the opposition. Excellent bounce and timing.

Cyril Langevine (C, 6’8″, 2016) NJ Playaz – still a bit raw but a lot to like in a post player with good strength already and a frame that looks like he will be a beast once he gets to college. Decent shot blocker but his timing needs a bit of work. Good hands.

Charles O’ Bannon (SG, 6’5″, 2017) Las Vegas Prospects – O’Bannon is a high level scoring guard who is a bucket getter, and in multiple ways. A solid scoring option no matter whether he’s in the half court or transition, has excellent pull up on the move, can easily create his own shot. Squares up well and is consistent even from mid range. Problem for defenses and is the type of player who can drive opposing coaches crazy even with good defense.

Lonnie Walker (SG, 6’5″, 2017) Team Final – Walker is a solid, big time scoring guard with high major size and ability. He can score both slashing to the basket and with the deep shot, and he can finish in traffic with his agility. As a 2017 player, I expect him to be a significant pick up for a high major school.

Samuel Japhet-Mathias (C, 6’11”, 2017) PSA Cardinals – Pure center with soft hands and big space-eating physique. Physically imposing and makes it very tough to score in the paint with his size. A half court style big man with potential.

Marques Bolden (C, 6’11, 2016) Pure center with decent poise and polish in the paint. Good hands and has a very good up-and-under move to finish. Does pass out of the double team when it comes but made multiple turnovers when doing so. Half court style player. Does box out very well. He is a solid big man at the Division I level but I will have to watch him a lot more to see if he’s worthy of the high rankings that have been given him – I just didn’t see enough during this tournament to accurately judge.

Paul Washington II (F, 6’7″, 2017) Team Penny – athletic forward who can be dominant around the rim at times with his explosiveness. Bigger, slower post players have trouble staying in front of him because of his athleticism, but he’s not really a pure post player at all.

Grant Williams (PF, 6’8″, 2016) CP3 – Williams is a guy I’ve written about before and I love the physical presence he brings to the game. He is a big player – about 250 lbs – but has bounce, nimbleness and shot blocking that allows him to play either at the 4 or 5 spot. His shot blocking is excellent and he has that coveted timing that translates to every level – he gets putback buckets by the handful and is one of the key guys that can clean up when a team’s shots aren’t falling from the perimeter. Not ready to make an assessment on Williams but he’s definitely a Division I big man.

Andrew Jones (SG, 6’4″, 2016) Pro Skills Elite – scorer who is a high motor, high octane wing and can run some point but is really effective as a passer or scorer from the wing. Made a lot of nice plays on the offensive end but was very effective and disruptive in the defensive passing lanes.

Alterique Gilbert (PG, 6’1″, 2016) CP3 – Gilbert is an excellent, poised guard with a deft handle and a true PG who runs the offense, I like where he is always looking to go with the pass and doesn’t over dribble. However, even with all of that, what really impressed me about Gilbert was his defense – he has elite lateral quickness on defense and he uses it.

Vaughn Covington (PG, 6′, 2016) Team Final – vocal point guard who is a gamer, gets into opponents’ heads and can drop big time deep shots. Has a toughness about him.

Derrick Funderburk (F, 6’9″, 2016) King James Shooting Stars – Thin but incredibly agile forward with great length. Really a prospect that should be watched – has a good handle from the PF spot and elite athleticism/size. Funderburk is committed to Ohio State and he’s going to be a big time get for them.

Lamar Stevens (PF, 6’7″, 2016) Team Final – Stevens is a physical, powerful and athletic post player who was a major factor in his team’s win over Harry Giles and CP3 during pool play. To be blunt, Stevens matched up defensively very well with Giles because he is one of the few players I’ve seen with the athleticism and size to deal with him. However, as good as Stevens looked against CP3, he was not a factor later in the day and I do wonder if he was dealing with fatigue. Stevens’ performances are exactly why I never rate guys until I’ve seen enough. I will definitely watch him multiple times this season, as his first performance looked incredible.

Henry Baddley (SF, 6’5″, 2016) King James Shooting Stars – I really love Baddley’s game because he’s a beast from the perimeter – did show an ability to drop the deep shot but he’s a physical bruiser who attacks from the wing with power.

Jordan Tucker (SF, 6’8″, 2017) NY Lightning – has a textbook jumper, and at 6’8″ his high release is extremely difficult to guard. Moves well without the ball but at least when I saw him in this tournament he seemed to struggle with consistency and wasn’t creating his own shot as much as moving to the open wing off of curls.

Carlos Johnson (G/F, 6’5″, 2016) Oakland Soldiers – power guard who bangs hard and is a bruiser at the rim. Goes up for putbacks or dunks and tries to two-hand slam everything he can. Versatile and strong.

Markus Howard (PG, 5’11”, 2017) Las Vegas Prospects – Howard fits the mold of the type of PG who rarely makes bad plays, but then as the game progresses, starts burning the defense with his deep shot and consistency. The type of guard who doesn’t miss transition layups and you can’t leave open on the perimeter.

Dylan Painter (C, 6’9″, 2016) Team Final – I had the opposite experience watching Painter as I did with his teammate Lamar Stevens. Where Stevens looked great in his early game but faded in the second, Painter struggled against CP3 but looked like a monster in his second game on the same day. Showed excellent rebounding timing and shot blocking, and one thing he did in every game I saw him was a a consistent two-hand tomahawk on the move or catch.

Elijah Pemberton (SG, 6’4″, 2016) NY Lightning – Good scorer and finisher and not the type of player to leave open on the perimeter – active on both ends and worked hard; at times when I watched the Lightning they seemed to go through periods of scoring difficulty and Pemberton was the only player who consistently attacked; can also create his own shot.

Schnider Herard (C, 6’10”, 2016) Proskills Elite – Excellent strength, size and awareness in the post. Looks like he could blow up with a good big man coach; can be sometimes taken out of the play and is a half court type center, but definitely not a big stiff and has great post size.

Michael Diggins (SF, 6’6″, 2016) Las Vegas Prospects – Diggins is slender and has eye-popping bounce and a fluid slashing ability. Needs to add strength but as he does I would expect him to rocket up in the ratings and he’s definitely the type of impact athlete for college.

Jayden Hardaway (G, 6′, 2017) Team Penny – excellent scorer and is the type of player who knows how to get his points within the team offense – kind of a silent killer, never looks like he’s forcing shots but will have 20+ points at the end of the game. Nice quick release on the move as well.

Nazeer Bostick (SG, 6’4″, 2016) Team Final – very fluid slashing wing with size and really knows how to play off of the ball in the backcourt. Collegiate size at the off guard spot and scoring.

Marcus Shockley is the creator, along with a band of talented (but possibly misguided) misfits, of BasketballElite.com, the Southeast Summer Showcase and has scouted and written about basketball for longer than any person should openly admit. You can follow his rantings on sports, life and acceptable flavors of ice cream on Twitter @m_shockley

PJ Dozier upward star basketball

Harry Giles (PF, 6’9″, 2016) and PJ Dozier (CG, 6’4″, 2015) are two of the top basketball recruits in the nation, with Dozier holding offers from North Carolina, Kansas (among many others) and Giles holding offers from Duke, UNC, Kentucky, Georgetown and pretty much everyone else.

But the recruiting world hasn’t seen them in a while; both had serious injuries that have kept them off of the court for some time. That will change this weekend, as both are participating in the Phenom Hoops Challenge with their respective AAU teams in Greensboro, NC.

While it’s just their first time back in uniform, with such sought-after recruits, there is a lot of interest in how their recovery has gone thus far and how they look on the court.

For fans of Kentucky, Duke, UNC, Kansas or any of the other far-flung schools that are actively recruiting the two players (among several other high profile recruits), many of the games on the final day of the event (Sunday) will be broadcast online at NetCastSports.com.

Full schedule of the day’s broadcast coming soon, and we’ll have more information about the broadcast times – the games being broadcast on Sunday are several of the playoff games for the 17U teams at the tournament, so the final matchups won’t be set until the teams finish pool play. But we’ll work to keep everyone updated. You can also follow @NetCastSports on Twitter for more updates.

Tickets for the sold-out rematch between Greensboro Day and Wesleyan will be impossible to come by, but you can still see the game. NetCast Sports Network will be broadcasting the game online at this link.

This game will feature several future collegiate players as well as some of the top basketball prospects in the nation, including Christian Hairston (SF, 6’7, ’13) of Greensboro Day who has signed with Furman and his teammate Reggie Dillard (SG, 6’3, ’13) who has signed with Presbyterian.

Greensboro Day has several other solid collegiate recruits such as Reed Lucas (SG, 6’4, 2013) which helped them remain undefeated until last week’s loss to Shannon Hale-led Christ School.

Theo Pinson Wesleyan

Wesleyan has guard JaQuel Richmond (PG, 6’1, ’14) who has offers from Indiana and Ohio State, Theo Pinson (SG/SF, 6’6, ’14) who has offers from North Carolina and Duke, Donovan Gilmore (SF/PF, 6’7, ’14) who has offers from several schools including College of Charleston, Trey Mitchell (SF, 6’7, 2013), a VMI commit and one of the top freshman in the nation, Harry Giles (SF, 6’8′, ’16) who has interest from Duke, UNC, NC State and Wake Forest.

Watch the game at this link, game time is 7 PM ET on February 5.

NetCast Sports broadcasts multiple games during the high school and AAU season, and while monthly subscribers will automatically have access to the game, NCSN has made available ‘day passes’ at a discounted price of $1.99.

So with the Class of 2012 moving on to their next phases of life and basketball, the world of basketball scouting and recruiting pushes relentlessly on, and that means the Class of 2013 is now front and center, the class of 2014 is moving into the prime time on deck and the classes of 2015 and 2016 are being scoured for the next wave of recruits.

Here’s our first ever Summer Short List, some of the players who are poised to become well known recruits over the next couple of years. While this is by no means all of the players colleges will want to track, these are just a few names that people should write down and pay attention to.

Isaac Copeland (PF, 6’9″, 2014) – Miller School, VA. Copeland reclassed this year to 2014 but is young and the reclassing, in his case, will probably serve him well. He needs to get stronger but Copeland has big bounce, elite length and will be a big time prospect.

Shelton Mitchell (PG, 6’3″, 2014) – Cuthbertson HS (Waxhaw, NC) Mitchell already has a ton of offers, and it’s warranted. Mitchell’s poise and ability to score the ball led his high school team all the way to the NC state championship game. While he team came up short, it cannot be overlooked that he was the primary force behind his team’s run while only a sophomore. In other words, don’t be surprised to see Mitchell end up in an all-star game on national television by the time he’s a senior.

Malik Massey (PG, 6’1″, 2015) – Vance HS (Charlotte, NC) Massey has the athleticism and smooth game that shows he has a high ceiling. Massey is currently one of the top players in his class for the state of NC and may end up being the top ranked guard.

Trevor Anderson (PG, 6’1″, 2015) – Kennedy Charter HS (Charlotte, NC) – Anderson holds an offer from Cal-Poly and is a point guard with a very high ceiling. Extremely good in a high octane transition game, he is fast enough to play at the elite level, has a great handle in traffic and is deadly with the look-ahead pass. A true point.

Marcus Derrickson (PF, 6’7″, 2015) – Paul VI HS (Frederickson, VA) Derrickson already holds a bevy of offers, including Georgetown, Indiana and NC State, and no doubt is a prospect poised to be one of the top players in his class and a candidate for the top accolades and all-star games. An agile, big bodied big forward, he already has better footwork than some collegiate players.

Diamond Stone (C, 6’10”, 2015) Dominican HS (Whitefish Bay, WI) Long and solidly built, Stone has great hands and body control to play in the post. A big time shot blocker, he will no doubt continue to add muscle, but with his deft hands and timing he will be a force on both ends of the floor in the paint.

V.J. King (SG, 6’5″, 2016) – undecided HS (Cleveland, OH) – King relocated to Ohio and will play there next season. He has a fluid game and is a prospect who should be able to find himself the target of several high major colleges and with continued work, may be able to play beyond college.

Darryck Thornton, Jr. (PG, 5’11”, 2016) Sierra Canyon HS (Chatsworth, CA) Thornton is a quick dribbling guard with an elite quickness and a solid ability to score the ball. Despite being undersized, he already has offers from New Mexico and USC.

Daryl Myers (PG, 5’7″, 2016) Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, VA) Myers will be returning to Oak Hill this season and brings with him a flashy, shifty game that reminds of Brandon Jennings. Myers is undersized but his talent is evident and he is poised to be one of the top guards in the class.

Harry Giles (SF, 6’7″, 2016) Wesleyan (High Point, NC) Giles already has high major interest and a mixtape following. While Giles will need to get stronger, the reality is that he has a fundamental understanding of the game that mixtapes won’t capture. He does things well that high school seniors haven’t learned, like entering the ball to the post.

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