Reebok: Day Two Report

Shaqquan Aaron

PHILADELPHIA — Day two at the Reebok Breakout Classic featured a full slate of games for coaches and scouts to digest. An ACC-bound wing stole the show in one contest, and some other seniors proved themselves worthy of attention as well.

Louisville commitment Shaqquan Aaron — and yes, we have to consider him an ACC pledge now given that the Cardinals will make their conference debut when he's a freshman — shot the lights out during his first outing of the day and turned in another strong performance during the evening. The slender wing has made an impressive transformation in recent months, taking fewer quick jump shots and instead making plays for himself and others off the dribble. He still likes to fire away from long-range, and his chicken wing form remains suspicious, but when he takes good shots he nevertheless tends to knock them down. Combined with his slinky athleticism and advanced ball skills, he's a big-time pledge for the defending champs.

Another committed player who competed very well was Jared Nickens, the slender shooter headed to Maryland. Albeit very much lacking the strength he'll need for the next level, Nickens is a natural jump shooter with excellent form, including ideal arch and backspin. He loves to spot up from deep but also is a capable medium-range shooter and possesses sufficient quickness for the high-major level. He has the look of a multiple-year starter for the Terrapins as they prepare to enter the Big Ten.

Skinny 6-1 SG/PG Jeremiah Jefferson at Dallas (Texas) Triple A appears to be a solid mid-major or better prospect. He's quick off the dribble and effectively pulls up anywhere from 12-18 feet for jump shots. He also gets into the paint and dishes to open teammates, though he does struggle to finish inside versus shotblockers. He's definitely one to watch for the right level of school.

Just how good is Dominic Magee? That isn't a rhetorical question. Magee clearly has significant attributes in his favor: He features a quick first step, nice body control in traffic, a tricky southpaw advantage for finishing, long arms and above-average court vision. What we hope to observe more frequently is a consistent jump shot, as he missed most of his attempts on Thursday, and a pure point guard mentality. Right now he best slots as a combo, which is fine for someone 6-3, but as a point guard he'd bring excellent height to his position as well. We believe he can defend the position, he need only he can run the show and intertwine scoring with distribution.

Elijah Stewart is another West Coast prospect with existing admirers who may attract even more. There's nothing overwhelming about him, he simply makes plays when he has opportunities and typically doesn't force the action. He also impressed with quick feet defensively, made a couple nice passes on the break and appears to have the frame to add significant muscle in college.

Makinde London crept into our pre-July national top-100, and that appears to have been a sound decision. The versatile, long-armed athlete brings great utility to the hardwood, getting steals, rebounds, transition buckets, steals and blocks. He also hits an occasional sidespin three-pointer. He appears to be more comfortable in a fullcourt setting than in pronounced halfcourt structure, but at 6-8 he has the size, quickness and length potentially to defend either wing or power forward.

Reviews emanating from Western sources pertaining to Michael Humphrey tend to be mixed, but in Philly he has been outstanding. He compensates for fair quickness, leap and flexibility with tremendous scrap, high shoulders and surprising skill. He hustles on both backboards and compiled 10 rebounds in out Thursday outing, a significant accomplishment in a camp setting. He also scored on putbacks and confident jump hooks with either hand, hitting one lefty hook from six feet. His high shoulders enable him to play with the ball high at all times and serve as another tool by which he can have success against superior athletes. The question now is whether he can take this level of play home with him and align various eyeballs in his corner. Clearly, high-major interest is taking off, however, and that's most important of all.

Staying within Pac-12 range, Josh Martin also put together eye-catching moments on day two. He's a very strong and physical power forward who uses good straight-up leaping ability to dunk in traffic. He's particularly fond of performing reverse dunks from a standing position. He also hustles on the boards and, though limited by lacking height (6-7) and length, makes up for some offensive limitations with progressing face-up shooting ability.

Some major players covet lanky wing Derrick Jones. This slinky, skinny southpaw boasts top-shelf quickness and length, which he utilizes to attack the rim and offensive backboard. He covers the floor with long strides and slow down with a polished step-through that catches retreating defenders off-balance. Meanwhile, he knocks in open jumpers to 21 feet and possesses an advanced spin move as well. With strength and improved dribbling, he'll further blossom on the national scene.

Stephen Thompson presently lacks high-major burst, but he accomplishes productive things on the court thanks to his in-between game and floor awareness. Better athletes can trouble the very slender point guard, yet Thompson manages to succeed with runners, floaters and open three-point shooting. His strength and lateral quickness ideally will improve as he gets stronger and develops naturally with age, because he already carries an impressive complement of skills.

London said he has offers from Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, VCU, Tennessee Tech and Tulsa, with Arkansas and Georgia Tech also showing interest. He still hasn't decided on a high school for next season but said he favors Huntington Prep, Findley Prep and Prime Prep (noting that he said this prior to today's qualification news about 2013 signees failing to make the grade).

As for Stewart, he said he has no offers and hopes to impress here and with Fast Break in Las Vegas toward the end of the month. He said he has interest from Utah State, Arizona State, Pepperdine and Long Beach State.

Derrick Jones claims big-time offers, including from Kentucky, Syracuse, Villanova, Penn State, Cincinnati, Seton Hall, St. Joe's and Rutgers.

The coaching turnout thin over the course of the afternoon, but Mark Turgeon, Fran Dunphy, Mike Brey, Tom Crean, James Johnson all were among the head coaches in attendance. Crean cast a very watchful eye at blue-chip forward Devin Robinson.

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