UA Finals: Reid has impact
SUWANEE, Ga. -- One of the most attended games by the college coaches at the Under Armour Finals in the Suwannee Sports Academy was a late morning 15U game between Sports U and Canada Elite.
Although Nazreon Reid only scored two points, the athletic big man definitely impacted the game. The 6-foot-9, 222-pounder is a good area rebounder, blocks shots and has good anticipation on defense. Reid runs the floor like a guard, handled the ball some in transition and showed nice form on his three-point attempt from the top of the key. Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, N.C. State, Seton Hall and St. John's have all made early offers to Reid.
Jahvon Quinerly is the on-the-floor leader for Sports U. The team's temperament seems to match his own. Quinnerly did a good job of keeping his teammates under control with his poise and steady play. He can play at different speeds and shows potential as a shooter.
Louis King is a player that is easy to overlook due to the deep talent on Sports U and Muhammad's unselfishness. He found the open man off of his drives and made crisp passes. Muhammad's jumper wasn't falling, but he was able to get past his man to score on shots just inside the free throw line or deeper into the paint. At the defensive end, he knows how to use his athleticism to create havoc, coming up with three steals.
Louis King already has terrific size for the wing position, but plays the role of a power forward for Sports U. King moves well, gets after it on defense and is an active rebounder. Syracuse has already offered and, with his high upside, we expect more offers to come King's way soon.
Pugh attracts attention
The WeR1 17U team is loaded with talent. Whether it's their elite back court tandem of Trevon Duval and Quade Green or the frontcourt size and power of Sedee Keita and Nysier Brooks. Thursday, 6-foot-7 small forward Kodye Pugh caught our attention by how hard he plays and his ability to defend multiple positions on the court.
A true student-athlete, Pugh is attracting attention from Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Northwestern and Vanderbilt along with George Washington, Temple, Georgetown. He recently received an offer from Florida.
"That's an amazing offer for me," Pugh said. "That just tells me that I'm putting in work and finally getting recognized from all my hard work and dedication." Pugh played last season at Boys Latin in Baltimore but has transferred to Blair Academy (NJ) and reclassified to 2017.
Russ Wood is a basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com and Inside the Gators. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.