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Stock Up: 2015 Center Edition
by Brian Flinn, Future150 (5:50 PM CT, Mon April 7, 2014)
PSU bound center Mike Watkins is bound for a big AAU season.
PSU bound center Mike Watkins is bound for a big AAU season.
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Nashville, TN (Future150) -- With high school seasons over across the country, AAU season has kicked off. Over the next few weeks Future150 will be taking a closer look at some players who appear to be peaking at the right time and are seemingly poised for big springs. Today we are taking a look at the center group. Some of these players may be familiar names, while others are just beginning to take off.

George Papagiannis, Westown School (PA): Papagiannis just completed his first season in the states and it is clear that he will be in the running for top center in the class of 2015. He is very mobile for a 7-footer, has soft hands, and is skilled in the post. His first year playing AAU might be his last, but it also has a chance to be a special one.

Collin Goss, St. Stephen-St. Agnus (DC): Goss made himself into a known commodity this winter and is now looking to break into the high-major category. He has good size and can shoot from the high post consistently. Playing with a loaded Team Takeover group should only help to boost his stock both in the spring and this summer.

Mike Watkins, Math, Civics & Sciences (PA): The Penn State commit is one of the better shot blockers that Future150 has seen in the class of 2015. Committing to the Nittany Lions early has helped to keep him off the national radar, but playing with a talented Team Philly squad should make him a well-known name in recruiting circles.

Doral Moore Jr., Luella (GA): Moore saw his stock take off last summer thanks to his rapid improvement and he has carried that momentum throughout this year as well. This AAU season he will look to cement himself as one of the top big men in his class as he continues to get courted by a majority of the elite programs in the nation.

Ernest Aflakpui, Archbishop Carroll (PA): Aflakpui is a big and active body that excels on the defensive end and is a great rebounder. He will get plenty of looks this AAU season thanks to playing with an absolutely loaded We-R-1 program. Look for him to take off a bit and ultimately land at a high-major program.

Nick Marshall, Lexington High (TN): The 6-foot-11 center has burst onto the scene this spring with Team Thad. He is a game-changing presence on the defensive side of the ball with his shot-blocking ability. He runs the floor extremely well for a big man and rebounds at a high rate as well. Look for his recruitment to explode this spring and summer on the AAU circuit. Currently, he holds offers from the likes of UMass and Georgia, with Florida and Kansas being the most recent schools to get involved.

Chance Comanche, View Park Prep (CA): Comanche has seen his recruitment take off a little bit already, visiting N.C. State earlier this year and picking up a UCLA offer recently. He could see it really take off in his first season with Earl Watson Elite this year, though. He will be counted on to anchor the defense on a stacked squad and should see his profile be boosted considerably.

Tyler Davis, Plano West (TX): After having to sit out the high school season, Davis is chomping at the bit to go out and prove he is still one of the best centers in his class. He had a big AAU season last year and is looking to have another standout campaign this year.  With good hands and a massive frame, Davis will be one of the most sought after centers in the country.


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