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7th AAU Nationals Bracket Play Recap
by Derek Piper, Future150 (8:20 PM CT, Tue July 8, 2014)
7th AAU Nationals Bracket-Weems, Okoro, Jackson.
7th AAU Nationals Bracket-Weems, Okoro, Jackson.
Derek Piper
Derek Piper:

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Memphis, TN (Future150) -- Jr.Future150 was on the scene during the start of bracket play on Day 4. We got a look at some of the top ranked players in the 2019 class, in addition to some rising stars. Here's a look at the standouts from Thursday.

Romeo Weems – (2019 SF - The Family) Weems was one of the top standouts of Day Four with his ability to drive to the basket and finish at the rim. The Detroit (MI) native is an athletic swingman, who is extremely hard to contain on the offensive end. Weems has high-end potential with his length and ability to penetrate. He also contributes on the glass. If Weems can develop a consistent mid-range game, he will surely be a high-major talent.

Demetriess Champion – (2019 SG – The Family) Pairing up with Weems in the backcourt, Champion added another aspect of offensive production with his long-range shooting. During one stretch, he splashed three straight triples. Champion had one of the purest strokes in the tournament. Like Weems, if he can add a mid-range jumper to his game, Champion will be another Detroit product to keep an eye on in the coming years.

Kyle Sturdivant – (2019 SG – Memphis War Eagles) Sturdivant is a big-bodied guard, who is highly skilled at driving to the hoop and finishing through contact. He is a big-time matchup problem on the offensive end with his size and ability to handle the ball. Sturdivant has great instincts on both sides of the ball. He is an active defender, who anticipates the pass and starts the break the other way. The Memphis area is stacked with talent in the 2019 class, and Sturdivant has one of the brightest futures in the group.

E.J. Jackson – (2019 PG – The City Stars) No point guard has been more impressive than Jackson this week. He is a dynamic talent with a nasty crossover and supreme handles. All it takes is one blink, and he’s by you and finishing at the rim. Jackson is a game-changer with his skill set. Give him too much space, and he’ll make you pay with a jumper. Simply put, he’s nearly impossible to stop on the offensive end. Jackson is also a tough on-ball defender. His ceiling is extremely high.

Jovon McClanahan – (2019 PG – The City Stars) Much like Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright, Jackson and McClanahan are a lethal combo in the backcourt. McClanahan has great handles, and he showed an ability to always make the right play in the offense. He has a pure stroke from the outside, and he has an impressive mid-range game. A pair of guards like Jackson and McClanahan come at a premium, and they proved to be too much for We All Can Go and top-ranked point guard Tyger Campbell.

Dejourn Cook - (2019 SF - Metro Flyers) Cook was one the players that was relatively unknown on the circuit, but after his perfomance this week, that is no more. He is really bouncy and loves scoring off the dribble in transition. He made a living in the paint by rebounding the ball and scoring on put-backs. His skill level is high, and as his game evolves, he will become one the top players in the class.

Marquise Walker – (2019 PG – Meanstreets) Walker is another point guard who takes his team’s play to another level when he’s on the floor. He has a high basketball IQ, great handles, and the ability to get to the rim whenever he chooses. Walker also has a good looking stroke from the outside. Facilitators like Walker are always in high demand, and he has a chance to be one of the top playmakers in the class.

Francis Chibuike-Okoro – (2019 C – We All Can Go) Chibuike-Okoro is a raw talent but he has one of the highest ceilings of players at this level. At 6’10”, 200 pounds, he has rare length and athleticism this early in the game. The Nigeria product alters shots in the paint, rebounds at a high level, and he can get out in transition. Chibuike-Okoro showed flashes of scoring production down low, but he needs to be able to finish more consistently. If he can do that and add more moves to his arsenal, he will be one of the premier big men in the country.

Tyger Campbell – (2019 PG – We All Can Go) It wasn’t his best showing this week, but there’s no denying Campbell’s talent at the point guard position. There isn’t a hole in his game on the offensive end. Campbell has elite handles, a high basketball IQ and a smooth jumper. He can also take anyone off the dribble and finish at the hoop, or find an open teammate. He has everything that coaches look for in a playmaker at the position. Other players out-performed him this week, but he’s still one of the best players in the class.

Deontay Long - (2019 PF - Milwaukee Spartans) When you think about the prototype power forward in the game of basketball, Long's picture is there. He is a force on the block area not only offensively, but defensively as well. He was one of the best low-post players we saw all week - playing his role and helping his team win. He is a great rebounder on both ends and he runs the floor well, which is what you want to see when evaluating the position. Tons of upside to his game.

James Green II – (2019 SG – CP3) Green is one of the most polished shooting guards in the class, with an ability to score at all three levels of the floor. His stroke is extremely pure, and he knows how to create off the bounce. Green can hit from beyond the arc, and he also has a strong pull-up game. It is rare to find players as sound as Green at this level, with basketball smarts far beyond his years.

Kobe Langley – (2019 SG – CP3) Langley is the No. 2 shooting guard in the 2019 class, and he showed why that is the case on Thursday. He has a great stroke from the outside, and can find ways to score in the half court and in transition. Langley is a skilled ball handler, and he can take you off the dribble and get to the rim. He has a great feel for the game, and his on-ball defense is off the charts at this stage.

Chris Hinton – (2019 PF – CP3) Hinton is a flat-out beast in the paint. He cleans up on the glass and finishes through contact with relative ease. While he isn’t as tall as other post players in the class, Hinton uses his physicality to out-muscle his opponents. He also has good footwork down low. Hinton is a glue guy who enables his guards to play at a high level, thanks to his presence near the rim.


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