SUWANEE, Ga. -- The second recruiting period kicked off on
Wednesday night and top travel programs from all over the country flocked to The
Finals for the Under Armour Association. For both college coaches and
spectators, it was standing room only at the majority of the games as five-star
prospects such as Jaylen Brown and Diamond Stone showed off
BIG GAME FOR BROWN, BUT WATSON WINS GAME
Five-star small forward Jaylen Brown was a late arrival for Game
Elite's battle with the Illinois Wolves, but it didn't stop from showing
everybody in the gym why he's among the highest rated players in the country. A
little slow out of the gate, Brown eventually got into rhythm later in the first
half by using his strength and athleticism to bully his way into scoring at the
rim. On a few occasions, Brown rocked the rims for some of the more impressive
dunks of the night.
Brown's big night wasn't enough for Game Elite to take down the Illinois Wolves.
At the end of the second overtime, it was four-star point guard
Glynn Watson connecting on a step-back jumper from about 17 feet at the buzzer to
break the tie. Although on the small side at 5-foot-11 and somewhere in the
neighborhood of 160 pounds, Watson makes great decisions with the ball in his
hands and is more than capable scorer when needed.
Watson says Maryland, Marquette, Penn State,
Iowa, Creighton and Nebraska have extended
scholarship offers. He recently took visits to Creighton and Nebraska, and plans
to see Maryland at some point next month.
DORAL VERSUS DIAMOND
When you see the Young Legends matched up with the Atlanta Xpress, the first
thought that goes through one's mind is a matchup between highly rated post
players Diamond Stone and Doral Moore. The two teams squared
off on Wednesday at The Finals, but the two top big men didn't spend much time
matched up on each other, but each had strong showings on the opening night.
Stone, the sixth-ranked player in the 2015 Rivals150, is back in the metro
Atlanta area for the second-straight weekend and he picked up right where he
left off last weekend playing at a high level. For being such a large human
being, Stone possesses great agility and strong array of post moves that make
him such a tough matchup for opposing post players. If teams start doubling down
on him in the post, he generally stays under control and finds open teammates
spotting up on the perimeter. Overall, it was another strong showing for the
For Moore, it's been an up and down travel season. On Wednesday night, it was
more up. When he's engaged in the game, Moore causes so many problems for other
teams trying to score because he's such a force in the paint altering shots.
He's prototypical rim protector. In the win over Young Legends, Moore did more
than just protect the paint. He showed more progress on the offensive end by
hitting a contested face-up jumper out of the post along with shaking loose on
another post-up for an emphatic dunk over a defender. It was a good start to the
second July recruiting period for Moore.
MORE NEWS AND NOTES
Romello White had a productive night Stackhouse Elite in a loss to We R 1. The
6-foot-7 power forward works hard on the boards and is a tough finisher around
the rim. Tennessee recently joined George Mason and Georgia on
the offer list for White.
Brown wasn't the only elite athlete in the gym on Wednesday night. Derrick Jones also put on a show with some electrifying dunks in a win over
Stackhouse Elite. Kevin Ollie and Tom Crean were among the
head coaches in attendance to see him.
Danjel Purifoy looks to have improved his jumper in recent months. Looking much
more confident, the four-star small forward knocked down several mid-range
jumpers and looked comfortable doing so. If he begins to make shots on a more
consistent basis, he'll be a tough matchup for opponents.