Big Shots: Day One

Adjehi Baru

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.– Saturday was a strong 13 hours in the gym at the Big Shots. Give us three courts, a hospitality room and good players like Adjehi Baru and we're going to make the best of it!

Adjehi Baru, C, Team Loaded: There is no "off" button with this guy. Everything is done at 100 percent. We caught him in a mismatch game and he grabbed 20 rebounds. He was the best player we saw on Saturday. Baru grabs every rebound he should and half of the ones he has no chance at. He goes at such a pace that I'm not sure he could do it for 32 minutes in a college game but I'd like to see him try. Anything near the rim, he's trying to pound it. Offensively he's able to be slow down and see the floor, making himself a good passer. Between his ability to run the floor and Tyler Lewis' mindset to reward him, it's a strong pairing. Lewis feeds him regularly and it's a match set.

Jernard Garreau, PF, N.O. D1 Ambassadors: If you value length, he's your guy. Garreau has work to do on his body and doesn't have the strength to hold his ground or finish with contact. What he has is a desire to chase board, a solid motor and enough upside ala Jeremy Evans (WKU) to be an attractive mid-level guy with a nice ceiling to improve.

Robert Brown, SG, Fla. Assault: The Hokies has a guy with an edge to his game and the speed and separation power to point himself at the rim and the determination and athleticism to get there and make a play. What makes him a fit for Seth Greenberg is his swagger.

Kameron Dunnican, C, SC Ravens: This is a well-built, athletic kid who aces the look test. He'll be a kid the bigger schools peek in on because of the physical tools. If he were to become a producer some may think about going on him but he'll have a strong selection of mids to choose from.

Jackson Simmons, PF, Team Loaded: Lewis (the assist man) and Baru (the blocker/finisher) get much of the ink. Jackson is the lunch pail glue guy of the crew and he was outstanding in an easy win. He'll be the kid in college who maxes out his talents and plays his role exactly how the coach envisions. He caught him get 16 and 10 in a game. Runs the floor, battles for boards and his touch is solid to mid-range.

Dai-Jon Parker, SG, GNB: On this squad, he's got primary ball handler responsibilities. Frankly, we didn't think of him that way until Saturday when he showed some long term potential to make the transition from the SG to the point. Playing with this squad allows him to expand his game at that position which is intriguing. There are definitely points of emphasis to work on like ball value, but he's a smart kid and could be a combo in some situations early in his career.

Jabril Trawick, SG/SF, Team Phenom: Need a guy to break someone down, Trawick is a good option. For starters, he's man-strong. There's a Philly toughness to him and when he decides he's going to the rim, he gets his way or goes to the line. We'll watch him again on Sunday but he made a big impression and created buzz with his game.

Toddrick Gotcher, SG, Seawolves: Like Parker and Nick Faust (also here) he's fresh off an appearance at the King City Classic we cut the world travelers slack in the eval department. Gotcher has a rep as a shooter but his stroke has a hitch in it so he's better as a rhythm guy. He struggled going 5-for-17 but we like his game. He'll be a C-USA, Mountain West type recruit and a good mid-level player.

Shaquille Cleare, C, Houston Defenders: He's a massive force in the lane. He got fouled hard and it brushed it off like the Titanic lost a deck chair, no big deal. His hands are super, he's got the mind of a passer in the post and when he sets a pick, he sets a pick. Line ‘em up, the big boys are going to come hard and strong.

Aaron Harrison, PG, Houston Defenders: They jumped all over a young Ga. Stars team and shredded them behind Aaron's defensive effort. It was one of the top jobs we've seen someone do on that side of the ball. Aaron's intensity filtered into his brother Andrew's game that also got involved. These guys will likely play together because they play off each other well. The squad they roll with is well-coached by their father and an easy team to evaluate because they run plays and the Harrison kids know how to play the game.

Javan Felix, PG, N.O. D1: At the Hoop Jamboree he was just another small guard. With his team, he's the captain of the ship. There's a toughness to him and some think he could be a big school guy. Worst-case scenario is he leads a great mid-major program. He's playing hungry and aggressive.

Theo Pinson, G, Oak Ridge: The state of N.C. is hot and getting deeper with talent. Pinson has every chance to be a special player. He's got the length, versatility and he shot it on Saturday. Coaches were asking about him all day long.

Tough break for Michael Neal. He broke his ankle this week. He missed much of the season with a broken wrist. …

Vols commit Chris Jones is getting adjusted to his new high school teammates by playing with them in this event. It's a feeling out process for him. … Evan Nolte and Jamal Reid present the Southern Kings with two opposite style SF's. Reid is getting better handling the ball and playing on the wing. Nolte is the stroker behind the line and sneak-up-on-you athlete. … One of the hardest player mid-major small forwards we've seen all summer is Trey Dryer of the Ambassadors. He's a true junk yard dog. …

Everett Golson will attempt to play football and hoops for the Heels. He's lightning quick and prevented OT (thanks!) with a game-winning slash. … In 4 years, we'll look back on this class and Jackson Simmons will have maxed out every ounce of basketball ability in his body. … Daniel King of the NY Minutemen is on the mid-major big guy radar. … Sleeper recruit on Houston Defenders: Christian Sanders (2012). One assistant: "He's Bobby Sura." …

Christian Sanders lists Texas A&M, Wichita State and Drake. … Stevie Taylor has offers from Toledo, Ohio, Charlotte, Houston and Richmond with interest from SIU and Minnesota. … Mick Cronin eyeballed Trey Burke (offer) and Terrance Williams. … Cleare lists Baylor, Arizona, Marquette, Texas A&M, Wake Forest, Arkansas and more he couldn't think of. … Devin Coleman likes Temple, LaSalle, St. Joe's, Minnesota and Richmond. All have offered but it's Iowa that is coming the hardest. …

Garreau has UL-Lafayette, Tulane and UT-Chattanooga on him. … Felix said LSU has offered a lot of SEC schools. … Tyquan Roberts has an offer from Western Carolina. … Dunnican holds offers from Georgia Southern, Wofford, College of Charleston and Presbyterian. … Jackson Simmons has offers from Elon, Appalachian State, Charlotte, UNC-Asheville and Duquesne. Clemson, Butler, Davidson, College of Charleston and George Mason are on his list. … Trawick has offers from Drexel, LaSalle, Robert Morris, Delaware with Virginia, VCU and Marshall watching. …

Arizona seems intent on recruiting Cleare and the Harrison twins. … North Carolina tracked Baru and Pinson with interest. … SMU's Matt Doherty was here for one guy: Gotcher. He was the lone school in the gym for him. … Terrence Williams drew Charlotte's Alan Major and UC's Mick Cronin. … Head coaches fro Baru: Virginia Tech, SMU, Charlotte, Alabama. … Recommended Stories

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