Philadelphia, PA - The annual Reebok Breakout Challenge - among other events - kicked off the first week of the July Live Period. With a stacked roster full of established names and breakout candidates, many started off the camp on a strong note. Here's a look at the standouts.
2016 guard JaQuori McLaughlin of Peninsula (WA) is known as a scoring guard but facilitated the offense on the court. He did a fairly good job of it, too, as he found open lanes, made good decisions to either give up the ball or score it and played with poise. The former Oregon State is a well-rounded combo guard and threat to do a little of everything. After re-opening his recruitment following the firing of Craig Robinson, the three-star guard is being pursued extremely hard by Boise State, Washington State, Washington, Memphis and the Beavers - all of whom have offered.
2015 center Jean Marc Christ Koumadje of Montverde Academy (FL) rarely played, if ever, during the high school season. During the April Live Period, it was clear why he wasn't as he was a bit uncoordinated and could move limitedly. What a world of difference a few months can make. Now playing with the Showtime Ballers (FL) in AAU, his game has developed rapidly. It may be the effect of being in a camp where play is less structured but his strong suits are being shown off. He runs the floor extremely well, has made acrobatic finishes around the rim and has stood his ground - despite his lack of strength - at the rim. This is why the influx of offers have come through. After his first game he received offers from UConn and Tennessee. UCLA, Pepperdine and Washington also recently offered the up and coming 7-foot-5 big man.
2016 power forward Abdulhakim Ado of Hamilton Heights Christian (TN) made a jump from being unknown to the No. 17 player in the rising junior class. That is for good reason as Ado brings energy to the court. He has good post moves and can finish around the basket, but his offense isn't even the best asset to his game. A shot blocker by nature, his aggressive nature and quick reaction time make him a special breed. At times he tried to pull the ball out of the post. It did not work but he is trying to expand his game and the rapid improvement and development is showing off. The locals have offered, thus far, in Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Memphis, but that doesn't validate how good he is and will be going forward.
2015 small forward Ahmad Gilbert of Constitution (PA) has his best days ahead of him. Long and lanky, "J.R." did a great job of creating space, utilizing shot selection in his mid-range and outside game and being patient with his shot. As he was invited to the camp days before it began, the sleeper proved to be worth the invitation. Still extremely skinny and not developed physically, his upside is high. As he is maturing more, Gilbert will likely end up in the Atlantic-10 where a school can sculpt him for four years and have themselves an all-conference player. Rhode Island, Hofstra and Quinnipiac had him on campus in late June. Most schools in the Atlantic-10 have inquired about him, but his performance at Reebok and Peach Jam could result in a stock boost by July's end.
2015 forward Marquez Letcher-Ellis of Montverde Academy (FL) plays hard and will be rewarded for that because he has the skill to go with it. A bruising combo forward who is somewhat skilled, his best traits are his active approach on defense, aggressive nature when running the floor and attacking the basket, as well as his athleticism and versatility. As he will spend his final year on a national stage, this could lead to Letcher-Ellis gaining major respect around the nation. An ideal system player at the next level, he is already known by colleges and has earned offers from UNLV, Virginia Tech, DePaul, Georgia, Boston, USC, UNC-Wlmington and others.
2016 guard Jagan Mosely of St. Anthony (NJ) constantly plays hard, uses his toughness to his edge and plays his role as a combo guard that possesses a wide variety of skill. Between his wingspan, build, IQ and development, Mosely is on the radar of many high-major programs. Miami, Rutgers and Oklahoma have reached out but his lone offer comes from Boston - where his brother, Cheddi, is a rising freshman.
2015 power forward Christian Romine of Mahomet Seymour (IL) is coming off injury, but looked phenomenal in the post. With a well built body, Romine plays hard and plays the right way for an interior player. He finishes at the rim, alters shots, rebounds and is blue collar. With his stock in the mid-major ranks for now, Romine has a shot at going mid-major plus or slightly higher.
2015 small forward Andrew Robinson of Putnam Science (CT) turned down many mid-to-low major offers in order to take a postgrad year. For now, it appears to be a good move based on his size and skill set. He can really score the ball and has a big frame for a wing prospect. Robinson will be another mid-major plus recruit who will draw phone calls from BCS level programs.
2015 guard Dwayne Bacon of Oak Hill Academy (VA) is setting himself in position as a serious candidate for the McDonald's All-American game. As one of many lethal scoring guards, Bacon continued where he left off at NBPA Top-100 camp. He continues to find different ways to score, expand his range and constantly creates off the dribble. Bacon - who has yet to cut his long college list down - is essentially the Isaiah Whitehead of the 2015 class.
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