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July 18, 2012
Under Armour Summer Jam Day One
MILWAUKEE, WI - On Day One of the Under Armour Summer Jam tournament presented by NY2LA Sports, a large field of talent was established as hundreds of college coaches came to see some of the top talent in the nation. Here's a recruiting rundown of the top performers from Wednesdays action.
Looney Battles Mudiay In Front Of Calipari
As Kentucky head coach John Calipari was expected to watch the Harrison twins tonight, which he did, the reigning national champion made a surprise appearance for one heck of a matchup in the class of 2014. Kevon Looney - the No. 11 rising junior in the Rivals100 - and Emmanuel Mudiay - the No. 6 rising junior in the Rivals100 - matched up with dozens of college coaches in attendance. As Tennessee, Texas, Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma, SMU, Indiana, DePaul and many more watching, they performed well and drew quite the buzz. Mudiay, the Texas Select point guard, is being looked at by Kentucky, Kansas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Arizona, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma State and a variety of others. Looney, the Milwaukee Running Rebels small forward, is drawing looks from Wisconsin, Marquette, Tennessee, Georgetown, Cincinnati, Michigan, Michigan State, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Stanford, Missouri and others. While the first matchup did not live up to the hype and intensity due to jet-lag and first day jitters, these two should make major moves in the coming days at Summer Jam.
Martins & Morgan Impress With Matta Looking On
Ohio State head coach Thad Matta had his targets spotted for the night. Oddly enough, Matta was looking at Cody Martin , Caleb Martin and Dwayne Morgan , all of whom showed off their versatility and playmaking ability tonight in wins. The Martin Twins - 2014 small forwards from Team Loaded ranked in the Rivals100 - played well in front of SMU, Nebraska, Seton Hall, George Mason, TCU, Villanova, South Carolina's Frank Martin, Clemson, Georgetown's John Thompson, Cincinnati's Mick Cronin and many more. As they consider themselves to be a package deal in college, the run and gun style twins hold offers from NC State, Virginia Tech and Miami. As shocking as that may sound, they hold a plethora of interest from North Carolina, Indiana, Kansas, Virginia, Louisville, Tennessee, Harvard, VCU, Clemson, South Carolina, Ohio State, Georgetown, Georgia Tech and Georgia. While they have only visited NC State thus far, the Davie County (NC) products are considering their options as many more offers are expected to come in following the July Live Period. As most have known about the Martins since last summer, 2014 UA BMore's Finest small forward Dwayne Morgan has emerged out of nowhere and onto the national scene; now ranked the No. 15 in the Rivals100. In a sloppy win, Morgan played UNLV's Dave Rice, Seton Hall's Kevin Willard, Maryland, Temple and more. Morgan, who is being recruited by the likes of Georgetown, South Florida, LSU, Miami, Missouri, Ohio State, Maryland, Tennessee, NC State, UNLV, North Carolina, Seton Hall and many more, is wide open at this point but would be very interested to see how serious powerhouses like North Carolina and Kentucky become in regards to scholarships. As his best ball is far ahead of him, look for the very talented Morgan to only get better.
Peters Continues His July Breakout
2013 DC Assault point guard Roddy Peters entered the month of July with offers from Temple, Tennessee and Rutgers. That then followed with a huge performance at the Reebok Breakout Challenge, which accumulated in new offers from Maryland, Georgetown, Memphis, Illinois and UCLA. Peters is a rare breed of big, quick guards who can push the ball up the court in transition with accurate passes. As his recruitment continues to expand with new offers in the month of July, he may end up staying home when all is said and done. This is because of his recent offer from Maryland and his relationship with recently reclassified Maryland pledge Damonte Dodd , who is making a strong push for his friend, Peters, to play for Mark Turgeon's squad. Dodd - who is now a member of the class of 2013 and playing summer ball with DC Assault - is making the push by recruiting the Harrison Twins and Peters as a perennial powerhouse four-man class in the ACC. Never the less, Peters is completely undecided. The No. 100 player in the Rivals150 caught the attention of Baylor, Texas and others eying from the stands tonight. There is no doubt that his big month is far from over.
Richards Elevating Mid-Major Status To High-Major
If anyone has benefited from an extra year of high school, it's 2013 small forward Kamall Richards of WE-R1. The Pennsylvania native, who spent his senior year at St. Benedict's (NJ), had sufficient college offers but wanted to elevate his stock. Richards has done so as CAA and Atlantic Ten schools are all over him with high-major schools right around the corner. The talented, college-ready forward will either prep at St. Thomas More (CT) or the St. Benedict's postgrad team. With tons of high-majors calling and close to offering, Richards lists official offers from Mississippi State, Iowa State, Hofstra, Nebraska, Delaware, Fordham, Rhode Island, Duquesne, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Temple, James Madison, St. Joseph's, Xavier and Drexel. While a few schools are recruiting him extremely hard, including Xavier head coach Chris Mack who watched his game Wednesday night and recently offered, Richards is looking to cut his list down after the Live Period. As he hopes to take his five official visits in August, and ultimately make a college decision before summers end, look for the strong wing to put an end to his recruitment soon.
Under Armour Summer Jam Recruiting Tidbits - Day One
2014 guard Shaqquan Aaron came to Milwaukee with LAX Hoops and did not disappoint. Currently home-schooled, the No. 28 player in the Rivals100 is not sure where he will attend his junior year of high school at. Never the less, the versatile and talented California native holds offers from UConn, Syracuse, UNLV and most of the PAC-12, including UCLA and Arizona. Prior to the July Live Period, Aaron took an unofficial visit to Washington. He has also been on the Arizona campus twice, as well as to UCLA once. The rising junior told Rivals.com that UNLV, Arizona, UConn and Washington were pursuing him the hardest.
George Mason head coach Paul Hewitt is making a strong push for 2014 small forward Markell Lodge of Team Loaded. While the CAA school is the only one to offer him, Lodge holds strong interest from Notre Dame, Wake Forest, NC State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and even some from North Carolina. The rising junior has been on the George Mason campus and the Colonials are continuing their push as Hewitt was in the front row for the Team Loaded U16 game.
For more coverage of the Under Armour Summer Jam presented by NY2LA Sports, continue to check out The Recruit Scoop on Rivals.