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The HoopGroup Summer Classic: Thursday Recap
by Brian Flinn, Future150 (9:49 PM CT, Sat July 20, 2013)
Mustapha Heron is one of the best guards in the country.
Mustapha Heron is one of the best guards in the country.
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Philadelphia, PA (Future150) -- On the final day of The HoopGroup Summer Classic there were a few big time players that stood out while they attempted to lead their teams to yet another championship. While a bunch ultimately came up short, a select few proved that not only were they division one prospects, but ultimate competitors as well:

Rashann London, 2014 PG, Team Philly: London attacked the rim in the first game of the morning and hit big shot after big shot in his team’s win. He is a true point guard who plays with a steady game and rarely makes mistakes. Mid-major programs would be wise to track London through the rest of July.

Chancellor Ellis, 2015 SG, Team Scan: Ellis showed off his elite shooting stroke yet again on Thursday, punishing defenses from long range. Chance also showed that he is more explosive than he was a year ago and rebounded the ball well for his position.  Look for more schools to get involved with the young wing soon.

Tomas Murphy, 2017 SF, Mass Rivals: Murphy showed off his skill set again Thursday, displaying his versatility. He attacked from the high post and created for both himself and his teammates. He rebounded the ball at a high rate and even hit a couple of three pointers. It’s amazing how skilled he is at a young age.

Unique McLean, 2017 SG, Team Scan: McLane is originally a member of the 2016 class but is young for his grade so he made the decision to join the 2017 class. The wing is already extremely gifted athletically as his game vs Team Philly turned into a highlight reel of dunks. He is shooting the ball better than he was at this point last year and has an incredibly high ceiling.

Jared Terrell, 2014 SG, Expressions Elite: Terrell again proved why he is a high major priority. Physically he is already built for the college game and he can shoot it from deep. Terrell has expanded his game to become more of a ball handler and facilitator and so far it looks to have paid off. While the transition to elite combo guard hasn’t been fully made yet, Terrell is tantalizingly close, look for his stock to rise after this live period.

Mike Auger, 2014 PF, Mass Rivals: Auger proved yesterday how valuable he will be to a program at the division one level next year. Auger is a scrappy forward who does the little things in order to help his team to win. He doesn’t need the ball to score and can attack off of the dribble. In addition, he seems incredibly coachable. Auger would be a value pickup for many programs.

Dimitri Floras, 2014 PG, Expressions Elite: What Auger is to frontcourt players, Floras is to the backcourt. Dimitri is an extension of his coach on the floor and rarely makes mistakes.  He has good speed and great vision. He brings a toughness to the floor and is a natural leader. His ability to hit the three keeps defenses honest and allows him to penetrate and kick to open shooters.

Sean O’Brien, 2014 CG, Jersey Shore Warriors: O’Brien is one of the more interesting players in the Northeast. A lot of programs are sleeping on the guard who is a playmaker. He can score the rock and like his Jersey Shore teammates, he rarely makes mistakes and looks to make the extra pass. He is another guy who is going to bring value to a program.

Temple Gibbs, 2016 SG, NY Panthers: The younger brother of Ashton and Sterling Gibbs, Temple looks like he could have a chance of being just as good as them. A talented scorer, Gibbs is a threat to put points on the board as soon as he crosses half court. He has a decent jumper and finds his way to the rim. Right now, he is only 6-foot-1 and may need to work on his point guard skills in the event he doesn’t grow; but there’s no doubting he can score the rock.

Mustapha Heron, 2016 PG, New England Playaz: Heron came into the event with a big reputation after playing at the USA U16 trials earlier this summer; and he didn’t disappoint. At 6-foot-5, Heron knows how to get his teammates involved early and often. Heron can also score the ball, posting smaller defenders up down low and blowing by bigger defenders.

Tremont Waters, 2017 PG, Team Scan: Waters may stand at just 5-foot-8 but he plays much bigger than that. He is a lightning fast point guard who leads his team with ease. His passing ability is fantastic and he uses his speed to get to the rim and either finish or kick to open players. Time will tell if Waters will grow more, but right now he projects as a high-major point guard.

Mike Watkins, 2015 C, Team Philly: Watkins has turned in a productive summer so far and this week has been no different. The big man blocks and alters shots regularly and has great timing. He is also a monster on the glass and believes every rebound is his. The Penn State commit’s offense is coming around too, as he showed off a couple of post moves on the block on Thursday.


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