July 17, 2014

UAA Finals: Stone impresses in Atlanta

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SUWANEE, Ga. -- The second recruiting period kicked off on Wednesday night and top travel programs from all over the country flocked to The Finals for the Under Armour Association. For both college coaches and spectators, it was standing room only at the majority of the games as five-star prospects such as Jaylen Brown and Diamond Stone showed off their talents.


Five-star small forward Jaylen Brown was a late arrival for Game Elite's battle with the Illinois Wolves, but it didn't stop from showing everybody in the gym why he's among the highest rated players in the country. A little slow out of the gate, Brown eventually got into rhythm later in the first half by using his strength and athleticism to bully his way into scoring at the rim. On a few occasions, Brown rocked the rims for some of the more impressive dunks of the night.

Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and UCLA generate the most buzz around Brown's recruitment, and each school had a coach on hand to see him on Wednesday night with Mark Fox being the head coach in that group. Kansas head coach Bill Self was also in attendance.

Brown's big night wasn't enough for Game Elite to take down the Illinois Wolves. At the end of the second overtime, it was four-star point guard Glynn Watson connecting on a step-back jumper from about 17 feet at the buzzer to break the tie. Although on the small side at 5-foot-11 and somewhere in the neighborhood of 160 pounds, Watson makes great decisions with the ball in his hands and is more than capable scorer when needed.

Watson says Maryland, Marquette, Penn State, Iowa, Creighton and Nebraska have extended scholarship offers. He recently took visits to Creighton and Nebraska, and plans to see Maryland at some point next month.


When you see the Young Legends matched up with the Atlanta Xpress, the first thought that goes through one's mind is a matchup between highly rated post players Diamond Stone and Doral Moore. The two teams squared off on Wednesday at The Finals, but the two top big men didn't spend much time matched up on each other, but each had strong showings on the opening night.

Stone, the sixth-ranked player in the 2015 Rivals150, is back in the metro Atlanta area for the second-straight weekend and he picked up right where he left off last weekend playing at a high level. For being such a large human being, Stone possesses great agility and strong array of post moves that make him such a tough matchup for opposing post players. If teams start doubling down on him in the post, he generally stays under control and finds open teammates spotting up on the perimeter. Overall, it was another strong showing for the five-star prospect.

For Moore, it's been an up and down travel season. On Wednesday night, it was more up. When he's engaged in the game, Moore causes so many problems for other teams trying to score because he's such a force in the paint altering shots. He's prototypical rim protector. In the win over Young Legends, Moore did more than just protect the paint. He showed more progress on the offensive end by hitting a contested face-up jumper out of the post along with shaking loose on another post-up for an emphatic dunk over a defender. It was a good start to the second July recruiting period for Moore.


Romello White had a productive night Stackhouse Elite in a loss to We R 1. The 6-foot-7 power forward works hard on the boards and is a tough finisher around the rim. Tennessee recently joined George Mason and Georgia on the offer list for White.

Jaylen Brown wasn't the only elite athlete in the gym on Wednesday night. Derrick Jones also put on a show with some electrifying dunks in a win over Stackhouse Elite. Kevin Ollie and Tom Crean were among the head coaches in attendance to see him.

Danjel Purifoy looks to have improved his jumper in recent months. Looking much more confident, the four-star small forward knocked down several mid-range jumpers and looked comfortable doing so. If he begins to make shots on a more consistent basis, he'll be a tough matchup for opponents.


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