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Naz Reid Asserts Himself at UA Championships
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (2:34 PM CT, Sun July 17, 2016)
2018 PF Nazreon Reid looked great on Saturday at UA.
2018 PF Nazreon Reid looked great on Saturday at UA.
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

Future150 GM / Senior National Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball.

Cartersville, GA (Future150) -- Saturday was championship day at the 2016 Under Armour Finals, and three teams saw their dreams realized by the end of the day. KC Run GMC won the 15U division, Sports U brought home hardware in 16U & We R1 brought a title back to the Northeast in the 17U division. Below are our standouts from the day of action.

Naz Reid, 2018 PF, Sports U: 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.

Eric Ayala, 2018 G, We R1: The 6'3" Delaware native continues to see his stock rise, and his big week at the Under Armour Finals was the icing on the cake of a huge AAU season. In the 17U final, he scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds, showing off his ever-improving offensive game. As his jump shot continues to improve, his stock will rise accordingly.

Jeremiah Robinson, 2019 PF, KC Run GMC: The 6'8" power forward was an absolute monster in the 15U final, recording a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. He has finesse on the low block, knows how to score both inside and out, and has excellent passing skills for a big man as well. His stock is definitely on the rise after this past week.

Moses Brown, 2018 C, New Heights: The 7-footer has seen his stock take off all AAU season, and this week showed continued improvement on both ends of the floor. While he has a long way to go, he shows flashes of just how good he can become as a future college center, and his performance yesterday in the Rookie Sophomore Challenge was enough to get him an offer from Sean Miller and the University of Arizona.

Ira Lee, 2017 PF, Earl Watson Elite: I'm not sure there's a player in the 17U division in Atlanta that played harder or looked like he had more fun than the 6'8" big man. He rebounds absolutely everything in his area, got to the foul line often and loved finishing plays with huge dunks. He's going to be an absolutely valuable energy guy at the next level, and one that brings a lot of skill to the table as well.

Precious Achiuwa, 2019 SF, New Heights: The 6'7" New Yorker is another prospect who had a gigantic week at the finals. In the 15U title game, although he couldn't get his team the win, he did everything in his power, finishing with 18 points and seven rebounds. It was his third double-double of the week, cemeting his status as one of the elite prospects nationally in his class.

Joe Jones, 2018 PF, Team Rio: One of the most impressive big men at the event in terms of overall improvement had to be the Buffalo, New York native. A 6'8" true post, he showed good footwork and hands in the low block, and finished extremely well around the rim with the left hand. Right now, his stock is soaring.


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