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June 4, 2012

Reebok Philly Showdown Recap

On Sunday, The Recruit Scoop on Rivals took in the action at Philadelphia University as the Reebok Showdown Series was present with a number of talented AAU teams in action. With the Richmond Squires, Team Final, We-R1, Sports U, Team Philly and more squads present, the event was loaded with tons of talented prospects in the class of 2013, 2014, 2015 and, even, 2016.

2013 6-foot-7 forward Tyler Roberson of Roselle Catholic/New Jersey Roadrunners - When the No. 34 junior in the Rivals150 is aggressive, he shows off why he is an elite player. Roberson runs the floor well and has a great jumper to go along with great moves on the wing and tremendous handle for a 3-man. As he is constantly playing in the post, it doesn't always help his game as his post moves and ability to finish down low are still areas he needs to work on. Roberson had a good weekend though, as his Roadrunners won the U17 event and he picked up an offer from UConn. While Roberson has no plans of narrowing down his list, taking visits or anything of that matter yet, his goal is to just have the strongest summer possible. Villanova, Rutgers, Syracuse, South Carolina, Cincinnati, Kansas, Alabama, Louisville and others remain heavily involved for the 4-star prospect.

2015 5-foot-11 point guard Lamarr Kimble of Neumann Goretti/Team Final - Despite being a bit undersized, Kimble has a big body and makes smart decisions with and without the ball in his hands. He is an excellent distributor with a strong IQ and can score it at times. Another top Neumann Goretti guard, Kimble needs to work on setting guys up as he doesn't always pass the rock to the ideal player. His game has a long way to go but he could be an important player down the road. While it's early, a number of schools have began to keep track of him. Syracuse, Villanova, La Salle and Wisconsin have already checked in on him and he visited Providence in middle school.

2013 6-foot-3 guard Ahmad Thomas of George Washington/Richmond Squires - The talented guard for the Squires is a legitimate mid-major guard who is starting to see higher level conferences get a sense of his name. Over the weekend - while in Philadelphia - he took an unofficial visit to Drexel. Thomas plans on visiting High Point and Presbyterian sometime this week. With only one offer coming from Presbyterian, the rising senior has to have a big summer in order to build off of the interest that Northern Arizona, High Point, La Salle, Boston, Appalachian State, Towson, Quinnipiac and St. Joseph's are also showing him. Could he wind up becoming a legitimate CAA player?

2014 6-foot-7 wing Devin Robinson of Christchurch/Richmond Squires - Robinson is the talk of the basketball realm as college coaches from all over the east coast know who he is and continue to evaluate his game. The long and lanky wing, who can play various positions on the court, also took an unofficial visit to Drexel over the weekend with his teammates. A potential high-major player who is running up a level with the U17 team this spring and summer, Robinson has one offer from Boston, thus far. He has a vast amount of looks, as well, from Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, UNC-Greensboro, James Madison, Radford, Rider, Richmond, Binghamton, St. Joseph's, Towson, Appalachian State, Holy Cross, UMass and Penn State. By the end of the summer, Robinson could have high-major written all over him.

2013 6-foot-6 wing Jared Nickens of St. Patrick/Sports U - While VCU leads for Nickens, his play on the court continues to get better. With a long and lanky frame, he can shoot the ball with range and consistency. His three-point shot has gotten him plenty of acclaim, but he must get stronger and be more aggressive on the offensive side in order to drive it to the hole. He loves VCU because of, "Shaka Smart, their coaching staff, the campus, downtown Richmond," and their move to the Atlantic Ten doesn't hurt one bit, either. He is also considering a number of other schools, but hopes to visit Georgetown, Xavier, UMass and Drexel sometime this summer. While VCU leads for his services, don't look for a college decision to come until the fall at the earliest.


2016 5-foot-9 point guard Asante Gist of the New Jersey Roadrunners - The major surprise of the tournament was an eighth grader starting, and playing extremely well, for the U17 Roadrunners squad that won the championship. As he shared the point with seasoned veteran Hakim Saintil , Gist was extremely flashy with tremendous handle, a defensive presence, an ability to shoot and slash, and great IQ which led to some strong passes to his teammates. Although he may lack height and experience at this level, Gist is a smart guard who has some muscle despite his smaller frame. While he is totally focused on developing his game, Gist has not decided which high school he will attend for his freshman year. The talented guard - who may be the best incoming freshman in the state of New Jersey - is flying under the radar because he is not playing U14 like most eighth graders. When he plays his freshman year of basketball, wherever that may be, Asante Gist could be the most ready of them all for high school hoops.

2015 6-foot-8 power forward Tim Delaney of Pittman/Team Final - As most young players with great size try to be something they are not, Tim Delaney has embraced playing in the post and takes pride in his post moves. Along with that, he has a developing jumper that can extend out to a mid-range game. His niche is inside where his size makes him tough to stop on the U15 circuit. While he isn't the most versatile or athletic player yet, Delaney may not end up being a wing. If he ends up reaching his projected height of 6-foot-11, he could make an excellent center. UCLA, Rutgers, Georgetown and Indiana have already expressed interest. As his dream schools - Duke and Indiana - have had a number of similar players in the past and present, it wouldn't be shocking to see the New Jersey native playing for the Blue Devils or Hoosiers in a few years with the talent that he has already established down low.


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