GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- The college coaches are no longer able to come
out, but the players can still play. This weekend, many of the nation's top
players have come out west to compete in the Adidas Nations program. The gym was
hot and the play was a little ragged at times on opening night, but there are a
lot of impressive prospects on the floor. Five-star power forward Chase Jeter will announce his decision on Monday night and talked about what he's
thinking after having a nice night on the floor.
Jeter ready for
Five-star center Chase Jeter's decision is imminent. In fact, the
6-foot-10 product of Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman is just a few days away from
announcing whether he will attend Arizona, Duke, UCLA
The No. 8 player in the class of 2015, Jeter will announce his college choice on
Monday night during ESPNU's coverage of the Nations finals. Friday night, he
went for 13 points and eight rebounds as his 2015 US Howard team knocked off a
squad from Canada.
Jeter continues to develop as a back to
the basket scorer. He made jump hooks and ran the floor Friday, but all anybody really wanted to discuss with
him, though, is his upcoming
"I'm pretty excited and it's been a fun process," said Jeter. "I've given myself
enough time to see my schools."
Before he makes his decision, Jeter feels like he has business to handle at
"I want to show how I'm one of the top players," said Jeter. "Every time I step
on the floor I want to be known as somebody who plays hard, gets rebounds and
In the past, Jeter has listed Duke as a leader and the Blue Devils have had
considerable buzz in his recruitment. Jeter acknowledged his previous statements
but also said that as he has gotten closer to making his choice he has thought
more about potentially going to school closer to home.
According to Jeter, he made his final decision around a week ago and he plans to
contact his future coach before the announcement so they should know before he
announces on television.
More Friday night notes
It was pretty clear that five-star small forward Jaylen Brown was looking to get his offense on Friday night. The No. 3 player in the class of 2015, Brown was almost a little too eager early. In the second half, he cut down on his dribbling and made quick, decisive and powerful moves to the basket. Because he is so strong he is often able to rebound his own misses and stick them in. Brown was the leading score for Friday night's session bullying his way to 19 points.
A week ago at the Fab 48, rising sophomore combo guard Renathan Ona Embo caught our attention. 6-foot-2 with long arms and very good quickness, Ona Embo is a dribble driver who is thinking offense. If he can't get to the rim, he has no reservation letting shots fly from deep. Given that he is still very young, he needs some seasoning but he showed plenty of potential playing for Team Africa. He scored a team high 18 points, but he also managed to squeeze off a session-high 21 shots during a loss to 2016 US Lillard.
He hasn't gotten as much attention as some of the other players in attendance, but Rivals150 power forward Shawntrez Davis was making noise Friday. Mostly, Davis was finishing with dunks, running the floor and playing with energy. He has started to add some needed strength and looks like a legit high major big man.
One of the players that Rivals.com is most interested in getting a good look at in Garden Grove is Canadian point guard Jalen Poyser. He looks like he has good size, he is a lean athlete who can get to the rim and he looks like he plays with good feel. Friday night's initial look was a good one.
Rising junior forward Mario Kegler is a strong kid. A bit of a combination forward, Kegler had a good thing rolling when he would catch near the three point line and make strong drives to the rim. His body is built for contact and if he doesn't finish he gets to the free throw line.
Currently the highest-ranked point guard in the class of 2016, Dennis Smith got off to a pretty good start on Friday night. He picked his spots offensively but when he decided to attack the paint he got there and made things happen. If he didn't score, he found open teammates for easy baskets.