After winning a state title, Elijah Brown eyes another one next season, a year in which Mater Dei…
Las Vegas: Day One
Donald Muepo, PF, Double Pump Elite: Going up against a team without a ton of size, Muepo had some dominant moments on Friday night. At about 6-foot-6, Muepo is an undersized four-man who has no shortage of strength and athleticism. No one wanted to get in his way in the open court, which led to Muepo taking the ball up the floor and attacking the basket. The unsigned senior should get some extra looks after this weekend. Elijah Brown, SG, Double Pump Elite: A smooth shooting lefty, Brown can knock them down from both midrange and three, and had some success from both areas on Friday. He's becoming better at creating his own shot off the dribble and he'll have the opportunity to diversify his game a little more when he becomes a key player for Mater Dei next season. Marcus Jackson, SG, Double Pump Elite: A scorer for his Pacific Hills team, Jackson was pretty unselfish on Friday night, spreading the ball around to his teammates. He has a good looking crossover, which he uses to get by his defender and will either pull up from midrange or attack the basket. Jackson is known as a shooter but there's been some real progress in the other areas of his game over the past several months. Brandon Randolph, PG, Double Pump Elite: Randolph did a little bit of everything on Friday night, and while the three-point shot wasn't falling, he did have nice back to back floaters and also mixed in a pull-up midrange jumper. A strong scoring point guard, Randolph can get buckets when he wants to but did play unselfish basketball, looking for teammates as well. Mamadou Ndiaye, C, Double Pimp Elite: At 7-foot-5, Ndiaye actually gets up and down the court pretty well and when he gets the ball around the basket, forget it, because it's a pretty easy two points. You worry about the durability of a kid that tall on the next level, but Ndiaye moves better than you would expect and attacks the rim when he gets the ball close to the basket. Jalen Moore, SF, Utah Pump N'Run: An early commit to Utah State, Moore is a year young for his class and you can tell, as he's quite skinny and doesn't have the look of a rising senior. That said, Moore is a talented player and can handle it in the open court and knock down the open three. He plays smart basketball and is consistently makes the right pass to his teammates. He needs to get stronger but this is a good one for Utah State. Mufi Hunt, PF, X-Factor Utah: A long four-man with an athletic frame, Hunt plays hard, rebounds it very well and uses his body and athleticism in the paint. When he got the ball down low, he would make a move to the basket and if there was an opening he would go up, and if not would smartly kick it back out to a teammate. The fact that he's so committed to rebounding and competitive is a good sign. If he grows a couple inches he should garner plenty of attention but he'll be recruited regardless. Tyler Burch, SG, Pump N'Run 2015 Elite: The young wing can really shoot it from deep but he also has a good frame and isn't afraid to put the ball on the floor. There's a long way to go over the next few years, but coaches love shooters and Burch is definitely that. * Double Pump Elite guard Austin Pope had some nice moments in the open court, getting to the basket and also showing a pull-up jumper. * After driving across Las Vegas to see 2015 Hoop Sessions duo Brodricks Jones and Chance Comanche, it turned out the other team didn't show up, so the squad just practiced instead. Jones and Comanche are amongst the top prospects in their class out west. Donald Muepo holds an offer from Cal State Northridge and is hearing from Cal Poly and Sam Houston State, amogst others. Elijah Brown has picked up interest from Oregon, Colorado and Arizona. UNLV and Arizona State were in the gym to watch Brodricks Jones and Chance Comanche. Utah State watched its 2013 commit, Jalen Moore.
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