For St. John’s recruiting staff, the Under Armour Finals were the place to be. Two local/ New Jersey squads, Team Rio and Sports U, played for the 16 and under championship, with Sports U winning by three points late.
For Team Rio
Bryan Antoine scored 16 points per game. he hit that mark on 49% shooting - 4/11 from 3pt and 17/23 from the free throw line, where he drew the fifth-highest number of fouls in the four games. He also grabbed eight rebounds per game, 12th in per game average in the four sessions. Antoine also added two blocks per game.
Last week, he did this:
John Calipari has an eye on Antoine. Other high level coaches are watching Antoine and his backcourt mate in AAU and at the Ranney School, Scottie Lewis.
Scottie Lewis scored 15 points per game on 53% shooting (3/6 from beyond the arc) and 5 rebounds per game. He chipped in three assists per game plus two blocks per and four turnovers per game.
At 6-foot-6 with very long arms and elite athleticism, Lewis has all the physical tools you could want in a wing long term. Now however he is taking his game to a whole different level with how his skill is developing....
One thing that has really stood out is Lewis’ improved ability to knockdown shots. He is looking much better and much more confident shooting from the outside, and that has led to a lot more production. By making those shots, it opened up more opportunities to drive, which made Lewis nearly impossible to guard on Thursday.
For Sports U
For Sports U, Luther Muhammad scored 11 points per game with three rebounds, two assists and two steals per contest. He shot 43% from the field and 4/11 on threes; 37% of his shots came outside the arc. He did draw 21 free throws (a free throw rate of 70%, around what Malik Ellison did impressively last season).
Just a few weeks after getting back on the court after an injury, Muhammad is back to his usual ways. He was playing tough on-ball defense, slashing the lane, and finishing around the rim well on offense. Maryland, Ohio State, and Oregon State are the latest schools to show interest in Muhammad, and his list looks poised to expand over the last half of the summer.
Jahvon Quinerly was tenth in assists per game with four per contest. The leader had 6.7 assists per game. Quinerly added 2.2 steals per game and three rebounds per contest - and he scored fifteen points per game on 38% shooting. Quinerly also had four turnovers per game and just over two steals per game. And he shot 92% at the line, especially when it counted in the final. Quinerly now has a Vanderbilt offer and an Ohio State offer.
A chunk of his points came during a crucial stretch when SportsU broke open a double-digit lead. Reid outdid Louis King's putback dunk with a full-extended, one-handed slam in traffic to put SportsU up by seven. Reid would score on the next two possessions, first with a spin move to the basket and then off a pick-and-roll with Jahvon Quinerly.
"He definitely came up big," Quinerly said. "Fresh off an injury, I didn't expect him to play that well, but I'm proud of him."
The 6'10" power forward has been knocked for his lack of consistency over the past two years, but on Saturday afternoon in the 16U title game against Team Rio, he put it all together. He scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and at one point in the 2nd half, he scored 11 straight points for Sports U, including a beautiful baseline spin-move, a one-handed puback slam, and a 3-pointer. It was a glimpse of everything he can become if he works hard enough to become consistent.
In the 2016 group, center Moses Brown earned an offer from Arizona as the seven footer reportedly showed overall improvement.
In the 2015 group for NY’s New Heights AAU squad, Precious Achiuwa scored 18 points per game on 60% shooting (all but four of his 45 shots were inside the arc), adding 10 rebounds per game, three blocks per game, two steals and an assist. Those stats show athleticism like this:
He caught three alley-oops during the morning matchup with KC Run GMC, including a one-handed dunk over a defender in the first half.
Yes, Precious Achiuwa is God`sGift’s brother.
On KC Run GMC - Bol Bol
Meanwhile, top 2018 forward Bol Bol, the son of Manute Bol (friend of head coach Chris Mullin) is a 6’11” dynamo in the class of 2018 - and he has an offer from St. John’s. So far, he hasn’t been concentrating on his recruitment while he plays for KC Pump N’ Run; but when asked about schools recruiting him hardest at the Under Armour Finals, he mentioned Kansas, Notre Dame, USC and Wake Forest. Has he cooled on St. John’s or has St. John’s cooled on Bol Bol?
Bol scored 18 points (5/8 from beyond the arc on his infrequent threes), nine rebounds and three blocks per game at the UAA Finals in the 16 and under group.
Hasahn French earned a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech...