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RecruitLook Hoops Session 2 : Event Preview

By: RecruitLook Hoops Staff

The first and only NCAA Live Period for the Spring is going down this weekend, and we’ll be in Kansas City for the RecruitLook Hoops Session 2 & Open Run. This showcase-style event is sold out and will feature eighty-eight 17u-14u boys teams from 16 different states and Canada. This will be the only time for D1 college coaches to hit the recruiting trails at non-scholastic events before July.

The second-leg of the RecruitLook Hoops League will have teams competing for their seeding position in the Atlanta Finale July 11-14 – this weekend has a lot on the line with seeding and college coaches being allowed in the gym. We should see some competitive games from League Teams and the Open Division.

All participants will be evaluated by RecruitLook Hoops Scouts to earn their invite to the Larry Hughes Elite Camp

Get the event schedule here

College coaches can register here

A quick look at some top players, sleepers, and rising stars headed into the weekend…

Xavier Foster, 2020, C, Pure Prep. Foster is a 5-star player out of Iowa, ranked #24 overall in his class, and has just about every college program in the country checking in on him.

Offers: Kansas, Mizzou, UCLA, USC, Baylor, St. Louis, Iowa, Iowa State and others

Bryce Thompson, 2020, Combo Guard, 6’5”, Oklahoma Run PWP. Ranked #46 overall in 2020 class. Creative with the ball and with his ability to score. Can score in bunches or set up his teammates. Bryce is one of the biggest recruiting targets in 2020 at the guard spot.

Jalen Suggs, 2020, PG, Grassroots Sizzle Suggs. Ranked #10 in the country in his class. Suggs is looked at to be a one-in-done player…he’s that dynamic. Suggs has been electrifying crowds with his windmill and 360 dunks, but it is his athleticism + scoring abilities + passing skills + locked down defense that has him being looked at by about every school in the country.

Offers: Gonzaga, Kansas, Baylor, UNLV, Georgia, Iowa, UCLA, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, and others.

Chet Holmgren, 2021, C, 7’, Grassroots Sizzle Suggs. Ranked #17 in the country in his class.  Started to make some noise last year for his size and ability to block shots and take up space in the paint. Now he’s playing more like a guard – he can handle it and has extended his jumper to 3-pt. His shooting from all over the court is consistent, too.

Offers: Florida, Maryland, Illinois, Marquette, Texas, Purdue and others.

Dayten Holman, 2020, Combo Guard, Oklahoma PWP UAA. Ranked #98 in the country in his class. Holman is strong at attacking the basket and scoring at the rim. His body control as he navigates traffic is impressive for his 6’6” frame.

Offers:  Houston, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Ole Miss and others.

Jonathan Aku, 2020, Center, 7’, Texas Impact 4:13. Ranked #104 overall in the country. The big man from Texas has seen his stock improve over the past several months and for good reason. Always been a rim protector and elite rebounder, and now his offensive arsenal is starting to take off. Offers: Georgetown, LSU, Virginia Tech, TCU, Miami, and others.

Mike Saunders Jr., 2020, PG, G3 Grind. Ranked #97 overall in his class. Coached by his dad, his game is what every coach looks for… that leader on the court. Saunders is always in control and loves to get his teammates involved. He has super-quick hands on defense. 

Offers: DePaul, Georgia State, VCU, Cleveland State, IUPUI, Wright State, Toledo and others.

Ray’Sean Taylor, 2020, G, Gateway IL. Can play PG & SG. Big-time scorer. Broke a 59-year old scoring record at his high school for points in a season. 

Offers: North Florida, UMKC, Southeast Missouri State, SIUE

Aquan Smart, 2020, G, Pure Prep. Long, lanky, and bouncy. Expecting Aquan to blow up this summer after a successful high school season in Chicago. 

Offers: Miami-Ohio and Northern Arizona offers.

AJ Neal, 2021, PG, Showtime Ballers. Ranked #63 overall in the class of 2021. Neal is a fearless guard that has range well beyond the 3-point line. Extremely quick jump shot off the dribble or pass. Sees the floor well and tough when pushing the tempo.

Offers: SMU, K-State, Oklahoma State, Auburn, St. Louis, Western Kentucky, Florida State & others.

Prince Aligbe, 2022, PG, Grassroots Sizzle Suggs. Listed as a PG but plays more position-less style. A freak athlete that can play above the rim and score at all three levels. He can defend all 5 positions with his 6’6” frame. He’ll be ranked nationally when his class is officially ranked.
Offers:  Minnesota, Florida, Maryland, Iowa, Western Kentucky, Illinois.

Rashad Weekly-McDaniels, 2020, PG, SW IL Jets. Big physical guard that can get buckets at all 3 levels. Not afraid of the big moment and plays with confidence. 

Offers: Western Illinois.

Dayvion McKnight, 2020, PG, MATTS Mustangs. Silky-smooth left-handed point guard that is best when pushing the tempo and being aggressive. With his jumper much improved, defenses can cheat back, which opens up his full arsenal of offensive moves. McKnight is a terrific passer, too.
Offers: Kent State, Western Kentucky, Cleveland State and others.

Chris Morgan, 2022, PG, Grassroots Sizzle Weston. The multi-sport standout is the next in line for Coach Sandifer’s Sizzle Nation program. Morgan is starting to get some High Major looks.
Offers: West Virginia University 

Patrick Readye, 2020, PF, SW IL Jets. Physical player down-low that is working on extending his offensive game to the mid-range. Expecting several D2 and LM/MM+ schools to get involved.

Sam Thompson, 2021, PF, Larry Hughes Basketball Academy. Won the MVP in the 15u division from last year’s RecruitLook Hoops League. He’s got MM+ game right now.

Jackson Threadgill, 2020, SG, PSB Elite. One of the best shooters in the event. Offers: Bucknell, James Madison, Charlotte, William & Mary, Appalachian State.

Luke Champion, 2020, Wing, PSB Elite. A 6’7” wing that can post up with a variety of moves or float on the perimeter and drain threes. Offers: Georgia State and Longwood.

JaVeon Tolliver, 2020, G, Wisconsin United. Impressive pulling up off the dribble in the mid-range. Great change of pace ability with hesitation & crossover dribbles. A smaller guard a 6’ but can get his shot off against most defenders with his quickness and elevation. Should be getting D2/LM looks.

A few more notable players…

Jordan Pickett, 2023, G, SW IL Jets. Younger brother of Javon Pickett (Mizzou). His game is already mature. He’ll be on a lot of D1 coaches radar as he gets older. 

Paul Otieno, 2020, F, KC Pacers. Strong post players. Solid defender down low. He’s new to the game but learning. An interesting prospect with his 6’7” frame and his 4.0+ GPA.

Dalton Gayman, 2020, G, KC Pacers. Multi-sport athlete. Will get recruited for Baseball and Basketball

Craig Collier, 2020, G, Arkansas Heat. One of the best shooters from the state of Arkansas.

Danny Cartwright, 2020, F, Arkansas Heat. Springy forward that crashes the glass hard.

Brandon Leach, 2021, G, Wisconsin United. Athletic guard with big upside. 

Jon Schwarte, 2020, C, Pure Prep. A double-double machine. Jon is getting a lot of mid-major looks with his 6’10” frame, and can turn the looks into offers with some solid play this spring and summer.

DeMarcus Sanford Jr., 2021, PG, St. Louis Blazers 16u. Long, athletic, great ball handler. Ranked #28 in the state in his class. 2x Nike Cougar Classic All tournament team.  

Jalen Hampton, 2021, 6’7, F, St. Louis Blazers 16u. Long with major bounce. Averaged 13ppg 8rbs. Should have a breakout season. Named player of the year in his conference. 

Elijah Watson, 2020, 6’7, F, Illinois Young & Reckless. The bouncy wing is a tough matchup with his athleticism, frame, and ability to get to the hoop. He’s tough in the classroom too with a 3.97 GPA.

Jackson Creel, 2020, G, SW IL Jets. He has the grades and game to play IVY League basketball and in-fact, several IVY schools are expected in Kansas City to watch him.

DK Middleton, 2020, 6’3”, PG, Primetime Ballerz. Shifty point guard that likes to get in the paint and score. Good body control to play through contact and finish. Played exceptionally well at our Omaha Session in early April.

Noah Cubit, 2020, 6’9”, PF, Primetime Ballerz. The stopper down in the paint for the Ballerz. One of the better shot blockers we saw at our Omaha Session. His defensive presence alone is worth the look from college coaches.

Preston Aymond, 2020, 6’7”, F, Texas Impact. A nice 3-point specialist that knows how to get his shot off from different offensive sets. Scrappy defender that can guard multiple positions. Has offers from Air Force and UT-Arlington.

Ely Doble, 2020, 6’5”, Small Forward, OSA Crusaders-Franzese. Doble does most his damage from the free throw line extended. A variety of face-up moves to get to the basket or create shots around the paint. Highly efficient scorer in that area. He moves well and can run the floor. Should have lots of D2s looking at him.

Zach Olson, 2020, 6’5”, Small Forward, OSA Crusaders-Franzese. Whereas Doble, Olson’s teammate, likes to work around the paint, Olson likes to do most his damage from on the perimeter. Olson is a great jump shooter that can get his shot on the outside and in the mid-range with his long wingspan. 

Jacob Schockemoehl, 2020, 6’3”, Combo Guard, Pure Prep. Jake has D2 offers and is hearing from D1s that will watch him this spring. A pure shooter with ability to get to his spot in the mid-range and knock it down. Has some spring in him too.

Omar Nur, 2020, 7’, Center, Toronto Basketball Academy. The big from Canada is starting to come into his own. His size alone will get the attention of coaches.

Dario Milojevic, 2020, 6’8”, Forward, Toronto Basketball Academy. Dario is a throwback of sorts. Plays fundamentally sound ball, crafty moves down low, uses the jump hook and bank shot from close. But he also has some bounce.

Ethyn Brown, 2021, 6’1, PG, SW IL Jets Orange. Brown averaged 8pts / 4 assists / 3.5 rebound per game as a sophomore for a good Althoff Catholic High School. 

Shaun Riley, 2021, 6’5”, SF, SW Illinois Jets Orange. Riley is a bouncy forward with nice moves around the basket. Athletic to get out and run & convert in transition. As he extends his game away from the basket, he’ll start to see his game & recruitment take off.

Moory Woods, 2020, 6’4”, Wing, Gateway IL. Long athletic wing that can get to the rim at will. A very solid defender too.

Notable 2019 Unsigned Hoopers

Marcus Masters, 2019, PG, Toronto Basketball Academy.  A super-quick point guard that can fill a stat sheet. Averaged 20ppg / 6rpg / 5apg / 2.5spg in Canada League this past season. Can really shoot it from all over the floor. Tough at making his first move and getting to the rim without wasted dribbles. 

Lual Akot, 2019, 6’6”, SG, Toronto Basketball Academy. Akot has been tearing up the Canadian hoop scene recently. He’s long, athletic and very active on both ends of the floor. He’s got a nice jumper and does a nice job of creating space for himself on his mid-range pull-up. 

Jaylen Jennings, 2019, 6’7”, PF, G3 Grind. Solid scorer from 15’ and in. Does a lot of his damage attacking the glass and doing work in the paint. A college workout program and Jaylen can be a big-time contributor at the next level. He’s tall, long wingspan, good vertical, and plays with toughness. 

Alic Troutman, 2019, 6’7”, Forward, Showtime Ballers. Moves well for his big body and frame. A walking double-double. He’ll hit the glass hard.

Isaiah Turner, 2019, 6’8”, Wing, Showtime Ballers. A 6’8” player that can handle the ball and score it. Currently has 5+ D1 offers.

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2019 Larry Hughes Elite Camp Preview

Press Release

August 2nd, 2019

RecruitLook Hoops will once again host the Larry Hughes Elite Camp on August 10-11, 2019 in St. Louis. This is an invite-only camp that will bring in some of the top high school basketball recruits from across the country. The two-day event will feature a mixture of 60 national recruits in the 2020, 2021, and 2022 recruiting classes – all getting the chance to learn from NBA-veteran and skills trainers.

NBA veteran, Larry Hughes, along with state-champion high school coach, Justin Tatum, will be the lead instructors for the Camp that will take place at Hughes’ brand-new facility.

Hughes has an impressive resume having played thirteen seasons at the highest level of professional basketball in the NBA. He was drafted by the 76ers in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 1998 NBA draft out of Saint Louis University, where he was named Freshman of the Year. Hughes was recognized as a versatile and athletic guard with strong defensive abilities, and was selected to the 2004-2005 All-Defensive 1st Team.

“Larry is passionate about spreading his basketball knowledge to the younger generation, which aligns with our vision and overall goal of RecruitLook Hoops,” says Mike Enright, Founder of RecruitLook. “It’s paramount that we have an influential partner like Larry to assist with the development of the next generation of basketball players.”

This camp will also feature wearable technology that is found in top-notch NBA facilities, including the RSPCT Basketball System to track shots, and the Kinexon’s sports technology cameras to measure player movement. All the data is tracked and logged into a digital locker, which will be shared to college coaches of all levels.

“We founded Larry Hughes Basketball Academy as well as our BTS (Basketball Training System) to develop athletes’ basketball abilities and basketball IQ — as well as their character and life skills,” says Larry Hughes, Founder of LHBA and BTS. “We share the same vision when it comes to assisting youth within the sport of basketball. We’re excited to build leaders on and off the court.”

The Larry Hughes Elite Camp provides athletes with an opportunity to showcase their skills against elite competition, while also learning more about the game of basketball and life-skills from special guests. In addition to the drill work and skills sessions the campers will receive, the camp will focus on teaching valuable lessons off the court.

The camp is not open to the public, only family members of the campers. Media requests need to be submitted to info@recruitlook.com.

Get the preview of Campers attending…

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