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Gilbert proves worthy of higher ranking

HOUSTON - On the final day of the Houston stop of Nike's Elite Youth Basketball, four-star point guard Alterique Gilbert showed that he's been a bit undervalued. Meanwhile, 2017's Gary Trent Jr. capped off a terrific weekend.
Gilbert elevates his game
When the class of 2016 Rivals150 was updated after the high school season, Rivals.com received some calls from people concerned that Alterique Gilbert had been ranked a bit too low at No. 77. As it turns out, those who thought he should have been a bit higher were absolutely right.
Playing for Team CP3 in the EYBL, the 6-footer from Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove has been outstanding while leading his team to a league-best 11-1 record. During Sunday's final game of the Houston session he was as solid as ever in leading CP3 to a win over King James.
Confident and under control, Gilbert scored 21 points, handed out 10 assists and grabbed four rebounds in a fast-paced 98-85 win. A previous concern with Gilbert had been that he appeared to have relatively average quickness but he has added another gear. On top of that, he changes speeds well and makes great decisions with the ball.
In short, Gilbert is a leader and as if he is well on his way to being a very good college point guard.
Gilbert recently took an official visit to Connecticut and said that he connected with Kevin Ollie's message of hard work overcoming adversity. However, Gilbert said that he's not quite ready to make a decision and he wants to be sure that he sees his other four finalists Louisville, Illinois, Syracuse and Texas.
Trent has monster weekend
It was inevitable, at some point four-star shooting guard Gary Trent Jr. was going to have a merely mortal effort during the Houston session. He scored a combined 109 points while shooting 18-for-30 from behind the three-point line during the first three games of the weekend. Trent scored 13 points in his last outing as his Howard Pulley team fell to the Playaz Basketball Club 60-56.
Even in his "off" game, Trent showed an awful lot.
The No. 45 player in the class of 2017, Trent has improved tremendously with his shot selection. Make no mistake, the well built 6-foot-4 shooting is going to let the shots fly at a healthy clip. But he's not rushing things, is making sure he is on balance and using his strength to take defenders down to the post and get easy buckets at the hoop.
Trent can thank his father, Gary Sr., for that post game. The former "Shaq of the MAC" was a powerful, athletic and clever post player during his time at Ohio University and throughout his NBA career.
The younger Trent says that he currently holds offers from Minnesota, Ohio State, Michigan State, Alabama, Providence and Texas Tech. He said that Duke has been in recent contact with his summer coaches and that Kentucky made its way to watch him during April's live evaluation period.
For the first three games of the weekend, MoKan Elite star wing Michael PorterClick Class of 2017 power forward Theo JohnClick Before heading out of town, Rivals.com made one last trip by the 16U division to watch Marvin BagleyClick His King James team fell to CP3 and four-star shooting guard Jarron CumberlandClick Class of 2016's No. 2 player, Harry GilesClick Sunday news and notesHere to view this Link., finished strong on Sunday. After a combined 28 rebounds and 52 points during two games on Saturday, he finished his weekend with a 21-point, eight-rebound effort. At one point Giles crossed over a defender with a dribble and then stepped back to swish a three. On the next trip he didn't fall into the same trap that so many young big men do and instead of jacking another jumper, he hit his defender with a hesitation dribble and drove right to the rim. He's simply every bit as good as advertised.Here to view this Link. didn't have his best shooting morning, going 9-of-24 from the field while scoring 24 points and grabbing four rebounds. However, he's impressed since joining up with the King James squad and is starting to see some pretty serious recruiting attention. Cumberland listed offers from PurdueClick Class of 2016's No. 2 player, Harry GilesClick Sunday news and notesHere to view this Link., finished strong on Sunday. After a combined 28 rebounds and 52 points during two games on Saturday, he finished his weekend with a 21-point, eight-rebound effort. At one point Giles crossed over a defender with a dribble and then stepped back to swish a three. On the next trip he didn't fall into the same trap that so many young big men do and instead of jacking another jumper, he hit his defender with a hesitation dribble and drove right to the rim. He's simply every bit as good as advertised.Here to view this Link., XavierClick Class of 2016's No. 2 player, Harry GilesClick Sunday news and notesHere to view this Link., finished strong on Sunday. After a combined 28 rebounds and 52 points during two games on Saturday, he finished his weekend with a 21-point, eight-rebound effort. At one point Giles crossed over a defender with a dribble and then stepped back to swish a three. On the next trip he didn't fall into the same trap that so many young big men do and instead of jacking another jumper, he hit his defender with a hesitation dribble and drove right to the rim. He's simply every bit as good as advertised.Here to view this Link., Butler, CincinnatiClick Class of 2016's No. 2 player, Harry GilesClick Sunday news and notesHere to view this Link., finished strong on Sunday. After a combined 28 rebounds and 52 points during two games on Saturday, he finished his weekend with a 21-point, eight-rebound effort. At one point Giles crossed over a defender with a dribble and then stepped back to swish a three. On the next trip he didn't fall into the same trap that so many young big men do and instead of jacking another jumper, he hit his defender with a hesitation dribble and drove right to the rim. He's simply every bit as good as advertised.Here to view this Link. and Florida StateClick Class of 2016's No. 2 player, Harry GilesClick Sunday news and notesHere to view this Link., finished strong on Sunday. After a combined 28 rebounds and 52 points during two games on Saturday, he finished his weekend with a 21-point, eight-rebound effort. At one point Giles crossed over a defender with a dribble and then stepped back to swish a three. On the next trip he didn't fall into the same trap that so many young big men do and instead of jacking another jumper, he hit his defender with a hesitation dribble and drove right to the rim. He's simply every bit as good as advertised.Here to view this Link.. Recently he's added interest from MichiganClick Class of 2016's No. 2 player, Harry GilesClick Sunday news and notesHere to view this Link., finished strong on Sunday. After a combined 28 rebounds and 52 points during two games on Saturday, he finished his weekend with a 21-point, eight-rebound effort. At one point Giles crossed over a defender with a dribble and then stepped back to swish a three. On the next trip he didn't fall into the same trap that so many young big men do and instead of jacking another jumper, he hit his defender with a hesitation dribble and drove right to the rim. He's simply every bit as good as advertised.Here to view this Link., Texas, IndianaClick Class of 2016's No. 2 player, Harry GilesClick Sunday news and notesHere to view this Link., finished strong on Sunday. After a combined 28 rebounds and 52 points during two games on Saturday, he finished his weekend with a 21-point, eight-rebound effort. At one point Giles crossed over a defender with a dribble and then stepped back to swish a three. On the next trip he didn't fall into the same trap that so many young big men do and instead of jacking another jumper, he hit his defender with a hesitation dribble and drove right to the rim. He's simply every bit as good as advertised.Here to view this Link. and NevadaClick Class of 2016's No. 2 player, Harry GilesClick Sunday news and notesHere to view this Link., finished strong on Sunday. After a combined 28 rebounds and 52 points during two games on Saturday, he finished his weekend with a 21-point, eight-rebound effort. At one point Giles crossed over a defender with a dribble and then stepped back to swish a three. On the next trip he didn't fall into the same trap that so many young big men do and instead of jacking another jumper, he hit his defender with a hesitation dribble and drove right to the rim. He's simply every bit as good as advertised.Here to view this Link..Here to view this Link. and We All Can Go in the title game against Athlete's First. The class of 2018's top player didn't disappoint at all. The lefty is a big-time athlete but it's his skill level that stands out. His passing is well above average and he seems way too comfortable with step-back jumpers from 15-20 feet for a 6-foot-10 high school freshman. Bagley is easily one of the top five prospects in high school, regardless of class.Here to view this Link. looks more and more like his college basketball will be played at the high-major level. The 6-foot-8 big man for Howard Pulley has a nice frame with strong shoulders and long arms, is a good athlete and is starting to show nice touch on jump hooks. He's adding patience in the post and always does a solid job on the glass.Here to view this Link. was out with a back injury. With Porter out, 2017 point guard Trae YoungClick Class of 2017 power forward Theo JohnClick Before heading out of town, Rivals.com made one last trip by the 16U division to watch Marvin BagleyClick His King James team fell to CP3 and four-star shooting guard Jarron CumberlandClick Class of 2016's No. 2 player, Harry GilesClick Sunday news and notesHere to view this Link., finished strong on Sunday. After a combined 28 rebounds and 52 points during two games on Saturday, he finished his weekend with a 21-point, eight-rebound effort. At one point Giles crossed over a defender with a dribble and then stepped back to swish a three. On the next trip he didn't fall into the same trap that so many young big men do and instead of jacking another jumper, he hit his defender with a hesitation dribble and drove right to the rim. He's simply every bit as good as advertised.Here to view this Link. didn't have his best shooting morning, going 9-of-24 from the field while scoring 24 points and grabbing four rebounds. However, he's impressed since joining up with the King James squad and is starting to see some pretty serious recruiting attention. Cumberland listed offers from PurdueClick Class of 2016's No. 2 player, Harry GilesClick Sunday news and notesHere to view this Link., finished strong on Sunday. After a combined 28 rebounds and 52 points during two games on Saturday, he finished his weekend with a 21-point, eight-rebound effort. At one point Giles crossed over a defender with a dribble and then stepped back to swish a three. On the next trip he didn't fall into the same trap that so many young big men do and instead of jacking another jumper, he hit his defender with a hesitation dribble and drove right to the rim. He's simply every bit as good as advertised.Here to view this Link., XavierClick Class of 2016's No. 2 player, Harry GilesClick Sunday news and notesHere to view this Link., finished strong on Sunday. After a combined 28 rebounds and 52 points during two games on Saturday, he finished his weekend with a 21-point, eight-rebound effort. At one point Giles crossed over a defender with a dribble and then stepped back to swish a three. On the next trip he didn't fall into the same trap that so many young big men do and instead of jacking another jumper, he hit his defender with a hesitation dribble and drove right to the rim. He's simply every bit as good as advertised.Here to view this Link., Butler, CincinnatiClick Class of 2016's No. 2 player, Harry GilesClick Sunday news and notesHere to view this Link., finished strong on Sunday. After a combined 28 rebounds and 52 points during two games on Saturday, he finished his weekend with a 21-point, eight-rebound effort. At one point Giles crossed over a defender with a dribble and then stepped back to swish a three. On the next trip he didn't fall into the same trap that so many young big men do and instead of jacking another jumper, he hit his defender with a hesitation dribble and drove right to the rim. He's simply every bit as good as advertised.Here to view this Link. and Florida StateClick Class of 2016's No. 2 player, Harry GilesClick Sunday news and notesHere to view this Link., finished strong on Sunday. After a combined 28 rebounds and 52 points during two games on Saturday, he finished his weekend with a 21-point, eight-rebound effort. At one point Giles crossed over a defender with a dribble and then stepped back to swish a three. On the next trip he didn't fall into the same trap that so many young big men do and instead of jacking another jumper, he hit his defender with a hesitation dribble and drove right to the rim. He's simply every bit as good as advertised.Here to view this Link.. Recently he's added interest from MichiganClick Class of 2016's No. 2 player, Harry GilesClick Sunday news and notesHere to view this Link., finished strong on Sunday. After a combined 28 rebounds and 52 points during two games on Saturday, he finished his weekend with a 21-point, eight-rebound effort. At one point Giles crossed over a defender with a dribble and then stepped back to swish a three. On the next trip he didn't fall into the same trap that so many young big men do and instead of jacking another jumper, he hit his defender with a hesitation dribble and drove right to the rim. He's simply every bit as good as advertised.Here to view this Link., Texas, IndianaClick Class of 2016's No. 2 player, Harry GilesClick Sunday news and notesHere to view this Link., finished strong on Sunday. After a combined 28 rebounds and 52 points during two games on Saturday, he finished his weekend with a 21-point, eight-rebound effort. At one point Giles crossed over a defender with a dribble and then stepped back to swish a three. On the next trip he didn't fall into the same trap that so many young big men do and instead of jacking another jumper, he hit his defender with a hesitation dribble and drove right to the rim. He's simply every bit as good as advertised.Here to view this Link. and NevadaClick Class of 2016's No. 2 player, Harry GilesClick Sunday news and notesHere to view this Link., finished strong on Sunday. After a combined 28 rebounds and 52 points during two games on Saturday, he finished his weekend with a 21-point, eight-rebound effort. At one point Giles crossed over a defender with a dribble and then stepped back to swish a three. On the next trip he didn't fall into the same trap that so many young big men do and instead of jacking another jumper, he hit his defender with a hesitation dribble and drove right to the rim. He's simply every bit as good as advertised.Here to view this Link..Here to view this Link. and We All Can Go in the title game against Athlete's First. The class of 2018's top player didn't disappoint at all. The lefty is a big-time athlete but it's his skill level that stands out. His passing is well above average and he seems way too comfortable with step-back jumpers from 15-20 feet for a 6-foot-10 high school freshman. Bagley is easily one of the top five prospects in high school, regardless of class.Here to view this Link. looks more and more like his college basketball will be played at the high-major level. The 6-foot-8 big man for Howard Pulley has a nice frame with strong shoulders and long arms, is a good athlete and is starting to show nice touch on jump hooks. He's adding patience in the post and always does a solid job on the glass.Here to view this Link. carried the offensive load with his three-point shooting and ability to set up teammates when defenders sold out to prevent his deep shooting.
If you appreciate guys that play with toughness then 2016 Rivals150 shooting guard Jagan MoselyClick On Saturday, Team Penny wing T.J. MossClick On Sunday, Porter - the No. 2 player in the class of 2017 - made a go of it and was able to contribute nine points and four rebounds in limited action. His return helped but the biggest lift came from 2016 guard Dainan Swoope. The 6-footer hit several timely jump shots and made the most important play of the game when he lost a defender with a backdoor cut, took a pass and scored at the rim with fewer than four seconds left in overtime to give MoKan a two-point win over Team Final.Here to view this Link. looked pretty good playing up an age group in the 16U division of the EYBL partnered Big Cup event. On Sunday, the 6-foot-4 freshman at Memphis (Tenn.) East was playing with Team Penny's 15U squad and went to work in the title game against Oklahoma-based Impact Basketball. Moss bombed deep jumpers on the fast break and the half-court sets, and played with great energy and athleticism. He's all arms and legs right now, but his natural instincts involve being aggressive on both ends of the floor. After getting multiple looks at Moss during the weekend, he looks like a prospect that will pop up plenty down the road.Here to view this Link. is your man. Each time the Playaz Basketball Club takes the court you can count on Mosely playing tough defense, chasing down loose balls and scoring on tough conversions around the rim. He was the man for the Playaz in the win over Howard Pulley with 21 points, five rebounds and a pair of steals.
The No. 53 player in the class of 2017, shooting guard Lonnie WalkerClick Keep an eye on Playaz big man Taurean Thompson. The class of 2016 post player is really starting to fill out his 6-foot-9 frame and he's getting a little more productive each time out. He's not a guy who can be a primary low post scoring option just yet, but he's turning into a rugged big man who boosts his stock a little more each time out.Here to view this Link. found his groove in Houston. A very good shooter from deep with length and good athleticism, he's turned into a prime scoring option for Philadelphia-based Team Final. He had 21 in a heartbreaking overtime loss to MoKan Elite on Sunday. Walker said that his only offer is from VillanovaClick Keep an eye on Playaz big man Taurean Thompson. The class of 2016 post player is really starting to fill out his 6-foot-9 frame and he's getting a little more productive each time out. He's not a guy who can be a primary low post scoring option just yet, but he's turning into a rugged big man who boosts his stock a little more each time out.Here to view this Link. and he listed interest from TempleClick Keep an eye on Playaz big man Taurean Thompson. The class of 2016 post player is really starting to fill out his 6-foot-9 frame and he's getting a little more productive each time out. He's not a guy who can be a primary low post scoring option just yet, but he's turning into a rugged big man who boosts his stock a little more each time out.Here to view this Link., MarylandClick Keep an eye on Playaz big man Taurean Thompson. The class of 2016 post player is really starting to fill out his 6-foot-9 frame and he's getting a little more productive each time out. He's not a guy who can be a primary low post scoring option just yet, but he's turning into a rugged big man who boosts his stock a little more each time out.Here to view this Link., West VirginiaClick Keep an eye on Playaz big man Taurean Thompson. The class of 2016 post player is really starting to fill out his 6-foot-9 frame and he's getting a little more productive each time out. He's not a guy who can be a primary low post scoring option just yet, but he's turning into a rugged big man who boosts his stock a little more each time out.Here to view this Link., RutgersClick Keep an eye on Playaz big man Taurean Thompson. The class of 2016 post player is really starting to fill out his 6-foot-9 frame and he's getting a little more productive each time out. He's not a guy who can be a primary low post scoring option just yet, but he's turning into a rugged big man who boosts his stock a little more each time out.Here to view this Link. and Penn StateClick Keep an eye on Playaz big man Taurean Thompson. The class of 2016 post player is really starting to fill out his 6-foot-9 frame and he's getting a little more productive each time out. He's not a guy who can be a primary low post scoring option just yet, but he's turning into a rugged big man who boosts his stock a little more each time out.Here to view this Link..
Two class of 2017 members of Athlete's First's 16U squad caught our attention - 6-foot combo guard Elijah LandrumClick Walker's teammate on Team Final, 6-foot-4 point guard Tony Carr, had a tough day shooting, going just 4-of-19. However the class of 2016 four-star prospect made several nice passes and clutch defensive plays. Carr listed offers from Maryland, Georgetown, Indiana, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Xavier, SMU, Temple, La Salle, Rhode Island and Penn State.Here to view this Link. and 6-foot-4 wing Marvin JohnsonClick Walker's teammate on Team Final, 6-foot-4 point guard Tony Carr, had a tough day shooting, going just 4-of-19. However the class of 2016 four-star prospect made several nice passes and clutch defensive plays. Carr listed offers from Maryland, Georgetown, Indiana, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Xavier, SMU, Temple, La Salle, Rhode Island and Penn State.Here to view this Link.. An explosive athlete, Landrum attacks the rim relentlessly off the dribble and really forces the issue in transition. His shot doesn't look bad either and he's a tough kid. Johnson is a lengthy wing who like Landrum gets to the rim and plays with plus athleticism.
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