Over the Memorial Day Weekend, I had the pleasure of attending Under Armour’s grassroots AAU event held at House of Sports in Ardsley New York. Several high-major talent was on display throughout the weekend and many players impressed as we approach the apex of the AAU season.
With these being the last days of the UAA regular season, the players played with a lot of intensity as a bid to the UAA Finals Championship Bracket in Atlanta was on the line. You can see the final standings here.
This is Part 2 of a series that recapped the weekend’s events. You can view the marquee players evaluated here in Part 1. What follows below are some observations on some of the more under-looked prospects at the event.
Disclaimer: Many of these evaluations are based on a small sample showing. Plus, I did not get to see every player I had wished to see. These are just a few of the players that caught my eye.
Here then, are some undervalued players who looked good over the weekend.
Spencer Littleson 1 Nation 2016 6’5” guard (Rochester Adams High School)
Simply put, Littleson (pictured above) is a player. While not overly athletic, he plays the game the right way and can stroke it with the best of them. He has an offer from St. Joe’s, but this competitor should be getting more looks as the summer heats up.
Jarvis Johnson Carolina Wolves 2016 5’9” guard (Lakewood)
Johnson gets overshadowed playing with Wolves’ teammate Seventh Woods, but this diminutive guard plays with a lot of heart. He hustles and takes tremendous pride in his defense. Johnson is as pesky a defender you will see.
Nigel Stewart DC Blue Devils 2016 6’4” guard (Gonzaga High School)
Stewart is an excellent athlete and he is very active on the basketball court. He loves taking it to the hole and also has fine jump shot, too.
Christian Juzang Earl Watson Elite 2016 6’3” guard (Viewpoint)
We know that Tommy Amaker has an eye for under-the-radar talent at Harvard, and Juzang will be his next project. This point guard defines steady and has one sweet stroke to work with. He could be a star in the Ivy League.
Jaylen McKay Indy Hoosiers 2016 6’0” guard (Lawrence North)
Playing alongside Joey Brunk for the Indy Hoosiers is the under-appreciated McKay. He is good at setting up his teammates and is a good pace setter, as he found Brunk on the low block numerous times. McKay has great speed and uses it great in separation.
Herbert McGee Louisiana Elite 2016 6’3” guard (Riverside Academy)
McGee is what you would describe as a tenacious point guard. He is a psychical guard who is not afraid of contact. McGee should only get better in time, as he hones all his natural abilities.
Wayde Sims Louisiana Elite 2016 6’6” forward (LSU Laboratory School)
There is something about the way Sims glides to the hoop that catches your eyes. This strong, powerful forward has a high motor and should easily get high-major looks.
Adrian Moore Louisiana Elite 2016 6’4” guard (North Little Rock High School West Campus)
Coming off an impressive 2014-15 season at North Little Rock High School, Moore is seeing his stock dramatically rise. He did his part in Under Armour’s event this weekend, as he showed off his fantastic leaping ability. Moore almost leaped over a defender for a jam on Sunday that would have brought the house down. According to 247sports.com, he has offers from Arkansas and Baylor.
William Lloyd Louisiana Elite 2016 6’5” forward (Madison Preparatory Academy)
Lloyd is another great athlete on the Louisiana Elite team. He has a nice burst to the hoop and his athleticism is ahead of his skills at the moment.
Nathaniel Pierre-Louis SportsU 2017 6’3” guard (St. Benedict’s)
Playing for the prestigious St. Benedict’s (New Jersey) program, you will soon know the name Nathaniel Pierre-Louis, as the 2017 recruit is just starting to emerge on the national scene. Blessed with great vision, Pierre-Louis makes great adjustments going to the hoop. Expect him to blow up this summer and be one of 2017’s hottest names.
Demond Wilkins SYF Players 2016 6’4” guard (Merrillville)
Wilkins is quite the athlete, as he is also a star quarterback for Merrillville. If he wanted to concentrate on hoops, Wilkins would make for a good wing at the next level, as he does posses a sweet stroke from the perimeter.
Maurice Williams We R1 2016 6’5” forward (Life Center)
Playing alongside Quade Green, Trevon Duval and Sede Keita on We R1, Williams will naturally be overshadowed and that’s a shame. He has a high motor, plays with a lot of energy and brings it on defense. Williams will at least be a mid-major prospect, but could be in for bigger and better things on the next level.
Nysier Brooks We R1 2016 6’9 Center (Life Center)
When you see Brooks up close, he definitely resembles Draymond Green in his appearance and he kind of patterns his game after him (not that he is at the level yet). He is rugged, long and bulky. Brooks is a tad raw, but according to 247sports.com, he does have offers from Seton Hall, Cincinnati and South Carolina