AAU Nationals: Day Three Rundown

Andre Drummond

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – You had to be there to understand the impact Andre Drummond had on the AAU Nationals. On Wednesday, he rocked the place and created some of the summer's most exciting buzz.

Kendrick Perry, PG, E1T1 16s: There's a reason this 2010er is playing with the younger group. Actually, there are two reasons. He's only 16 years old and a guy by the name of Rivers is the point guard on the older team. Perry is one of those mid-level finds. Prior to Wednesday, nobody was recruiting him with any intensity and few even considered him a player. Injured at the start of last season, he's about to hit his stride. He went for 18 in a good morning matchup with Patrick Lucas-Perry. A crowd gathered at his afternoon game when he wasn't as impressive. However, in overtime, he drove right and lifted the game-winning floater over the defense.

Keegan Hyland, SG, MBR: The crowd is slowly gathering for this young man with interest coming from the America East and extending into the A-10. Under the radar no more, Hyland is a mid-major scorer with range and confidence on his jump shot. He's a priority mid-level recruit.

Charles Hankerson, Wing, Gold Coast: Impressive again in Orlando. His jump shot is dripping with confidence and he's putting Gold Coast, a good team, on his back and keeping them alive. Strong, competitive and the son of a former player, he's making an impression here.

Willy Kouassi, C, Breakdown: Thought was 2011 at Reebok but now seeing he may be a rising senior. Either way, he's getting things done. Was impacting games as a rebounder at both ends. Blocked a slew of shots and played big.

Shabazz Napier, PG, Metro Boston: Like this guy. Sounds like he's been reclassed and will be a rising junior. On the court, there's much to like. Confident handler, makes sound decisions and he can get by his man. Down in Orlando he demonstrated accuracy and range with his jumper. Tracking as a high-major prospect.

Andre Drummond, C, CBC: If Drummond's into impersonations then his imitation of Amare Stoudemire is spot on. On Wednesday, he provided us with one of the summer's significant highlights, especially for a big guy. The soon to be 16 year old put on a show against Gold Coast. Everything was above the rim, used both hands and left an entire gym speechless. Honestly, he looked like a young Stoudemire.

Drummond played a year of high school basketball. However, he's going to repeat his sophomore season and place himself with his peers in the Class of 2012. What does that mean? Dominance. This is one of the bright stars in high school basketball and a guy who has ability at both ends. If Wednesday was an indication, we've got a new name to add to the list of growing young talent in this country.

Patrick Lucas-Perry scored 18 for Team Legion in a setback. Quick and has the ability to knock down the three. … Saw some potential mid-level posts in John Harris of MBE Elite. Also liked Dennis Clifford of Bay State Magic. Clifford is going to put himself into the Class of 2011 and will wind up on the mid level. … Name of the day: Indiana Faithfull. Seriously, he's a Division I player and a big point guard who should receive America East attention. …

Damontre Harris was offered by Maryland and Wake Forest this week. … Stacey Poole said Clemson and South Carolina were on him the hardest with Florida, Kentucky, Indiana and UConn giving him looks. ...

Kendrick Perry has Stetson and Youngstown State showing early interest. By day's end, Drake, William & Mary, Wright State, Princeton, Northeastern and others had checked in on him. … Keegan Hyland has offers from Holy Cross, Vermont and Fordham. Rhode Island, LaSalle and St. Bonaventure are looking hard. … Drummond will transfer to St. Thomas More next season. He feels like the entire Big East is on him. Jim Calhoun and Pat Sellers have UConn in great shape and head coaches Fred Hill, Bob Huggins, Jim Boeheim and Derek Kellogg have worked him. …

The full Vermont staff was there for Keegan Hyland as well as Northeastern head man Bill Coen. … Tom Izzo's presence at Patrick Lucas-Perry's game has everyone on edge. Spartans seem to be team to beat. … Shabazz Napier's crowd included Kellogg and St. John's Norm Roberts plus assistants from Villanova, UConn, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Rutgers and Virginia. …

Tobias Harris drew a full staff from Syracuse plus head coaches from Tennessee, Memphis, Louisiana Tech, Rutgers and St. John's. Assistants from Kentucky, UConn, Notre Dame and Clemson joined the party. ...

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