Future150 Midwest Analyst. Covering Midwest high school basketball.
Orlando, FL (Future150) --
The final day of AAU Nationals was not as eventful as the rest with only four games on the docket and no college coaches around. Still the players came out with a purpose, some knowing this would be the last time that they would be on the AAU circuit before they head off to college. Here are a few players who stood out on the final day:
Tahj Shamsid-Deen, 2013 SG, Southern Stampede: Tahj was a major factor in his team’s elite 8 game against team NLP. Without his ability to put the ball in the hoop this game could have gotten ugly. TSD had 15 at the half and didn’t slow down in the second, hitting numerous threes and getting to the rim whenever he wanted.
Evan Boudreaux, 2015 PF, Team NLP: Boudreaux gave us another look into how good he is and how good he can be when truly healthy. He scored in the post using a solid hook shot as well as grabbed a bunch of rebounds. He also showed his ability to step out and hit the three again and was the main reason NLP made their way to National Championship game.
Riley Criswell, 2013 SF, Atlanta All-Stars: He is a versatile forward who can score and rebound. He can shoot the ball well and stretch opposing defenses. Against the NC Red Storm he kept his team in the game with his scoring ability and was a major reason the All-Stars had a chance to win at the end.
Deshawn Freeman, 2013 PF, NC Red Storm: Deshawn Freeman was impressive on the final day of his AAU career, playing with a ton of energy and grabbing seemingly every rebound. He also showed the ability to attack the rim off the dribble as well as score in the paint. When the Storm needed a basket, it was Freeman who delivered.
Gregory Alexander, 2013 SG, Boo Williams – Woods: Alexander had one of the biggest weeks in Orlando as evidenced by his third appearance in the daily recap. While he is limited outside of his ability to shoot it, there is no doubting that he is one of the top shooters in the class of 2013.
Bobby Portis, 2013 PF, Portis is one of the top big men in the country and proved that on Monday in the AAU National championship game. He controlled the paint against Team NLP and held them to just 29 points in 32 minutes. In addition, Portis showed an improved offensive game, hitting 18-footers and scoring in the post.
Future150 All Tournament Team
PG- Sam Singer, 2013, Gold Coast
SG- Gregory Alexander, 2013, Boo Williams- Woods
SF- Deonte Burton, 2013, TP Elite
PF- Julius Randle, 2013, Texas Titans
C- Paschal Chukwu, 2014, CBC
G- Aaron Harrison, 2013, Houston Defenders
G- Joel Berry, 2014, E1T1
PF- Derrick Griffin, 2013, Houston Defenders
C- Bobby Portis, 2013 Arkansas Wings