World-Herald prep recruiting specialist Mike Sautter spent the weekend in Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta to watch the Adidas Gauntlet Summer Championships, Under Armour Rise and RecruitLook Hoops Atlanta Finale.
Here are notes on all eight Nebraska teams that participated.
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OSA 17U Gauntlet
» Latrell Wrightsell Jr. is likely to benefit the most from a solid weekend. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Omaha Central guard received a scholarship offer from South Dakota State on Thursday and he likely will add more in the coming days.
» Max Polk, Wrightsell’s Omaha Central teammate, is a closer. Sometimes players have that not-afraid-of-the-big-moment gene and Polk has it. When the team needed him most on Saturday, he almost led OSA to a comeback victory with his team down 10 with under 2 minutes to play against a Dallas-Forth Worth- based squad. In less than a minute, Polk made a 3 and had two assists and two rebounds. The comeback ultimately fell short, however.
» When Elkhorn South’s Zach LaFave is on the floor and engaged he affects the game on both ends. He won't always score in double figures, but he is battling for rebounds, diving for lose balls, taking charges and affecting shots. Those are all "plus" plays that help teams win.
Team Factory Gold
» Millard North’s Max Murrell was who the big-name college coaches showed up to see. At six-foot-nine, he flashed with his 3-point shooting, shot-blocking skill and strong finishes at the rim. Murrell received scholarship offers from Nebraska, Stanford, Old Dominion and Northwestern on Monday.
» Bellevue West forward John Shanklin, at 6-8, came back from an injured wrist just in time to show well with multiple double-doubles and, at times, he was the best player on the floor. He showed he is capable of scoring from beyond the 3-point line and finished over both his right and left shoulders. He slashed to the basket for two-handed dunks. He collected rebounds and looked to push the ball ahead on fast breaks.
» Carl Brown's game has matured. The 6-4 Omaha Westside wing is likely to break some 3-point records his senior season. A 40 percent-plus 3-point shooter as a junior, Brown showed he is almost automatic from behind the arc.
» Trey Hebpurn (Bellevue West) doesn’t have the recruiting attention of younger brother Chucky, but Hepburn is one of the best on-ball defenders in Nebraska and his shooting has gotten more consistent this summer.
» The basketball seems to find Bellevue West wing Louis Fidler. He can fill up the stat sheet in a hurry due to his high basketball IQ and ability to run the floor.
OSA 17U National-Franzese
» Spencer Schomers (Creighton Prep) has good length for a college prospect. He showed he is a high-level 3-point shooter and can surprise opponents with athleticism.
» Jack Dotzler (Omaha Roncalli) might be undersized for some college programs, but he makes up for it with a high IQ and competitiveness. He doesn’t back down from any opponent and plays with toughness.
» When Taiden Red (Omaha Roncalli) and Trey Knudsen (Yutan) let it fly from deep, you just get the feeling that it's going in. Red and Knudsen showed just that on Thursday night in a win over Wisconsin United. Knudsen connected on four 3-pointers and led his team with 15 points. While Red was 2 of 4 from deep.
OSA 16U Gauntlet
» Hunter Sallis (Millard North) played what was likely one of the best games of his life on Sunday. He was scoring from all three levels and had a tip block to himself that most would swat out of bounds. As his body matures so will his ability to finish with contact.
» Tucker DeVries moved from Elkhorn South to Waukee (Iowa) prior to his sophomore season. He stuck with OSA for the AAU season and he showed he belongs in the conversation as one of the better prospects to play for a team from Nebraska. A known 3-point shooter, DeVries has improved significantly on the defensive end. In OSA’s first game of the week, he took two charges in the lane in the first 10 minutes.
» It's evident that Omaha Benson wing Denim Johnson has next-level athleticism. He is developing confidence with his shot and when his ball-handling gets better he should make a smooth transition to an elite guard prospect. He's basically unstoppable down low when guarded by players his own size — and often even when guarded by players much taller. He's strong and can simply rise above defenders, seemingly at will.
Team Factory 16U Gold
» Frankie Fidler (Bellevue West) has grown roughly six inches in a little more than a year. At 6-6, he has guard skills with the ball in his hands and now has the length to be a matchup problem for defenders.
» Millard North forward Tyler Sandoval was a lesser-known name in Nebraska basketball circles a year ago. That's about to change. He is a worker on the defensive end and an above average offensive rebounder. At 6-6, he can rebound out of his area on defense and can stretch the floor beyond the 3-point line offensively.
» Omaha Burke wing Greg Brown’s offensive skill set is impressive. He takes and makes deep 3-pointers, can push the pace on the offensive end and has the quickness to leave defenders and score at the basket.
» Bellevue West's Chucky Hepburn is a known commodity regionally and nationally as a point guard. His feel for the game and basketball IQ are obvious. The best part of his game isn’t his scoring or defense, but all the intangibles. He gets teammates involved on the offensive end and has an innate ability as a passer. He makes his teammates better.
OSA 16U National-Porter
» Joey Hylok had a good June for Papillion-La Vista and he showed he has the ability to get to his spotz and score in the lane. The Monarchs have good size, and Hylok should be a strong piece in the backcourt in the winter.
» At 6-5, Papillion-La Vista South wing Graham Cassoutt has good size to defend multiple positions. Offensively he can knock down shots from beyond the 3-point line and has the quickness to get to the basket.
OSA 15U Gauntlet
» What Omaha Westside guard Reggie Thomas lacks in size he makes up for with effort. He has the ability to take an make what normally would be considered wild shots at the rim and he plays with great energy on the defensive end.
» Omaha Central guard Jakson Page is on pace to have a godd high school career as a shooter. He can score in bunches and is an elite shooter from beyond the 3-point line.
» Omaha Creighton Prep post Luke Jungers is an intriguing player. He flashed in June during the summer high school season. As his body matures, he will likely be a solid contributor and a projectable college prospect.
Team Factory 15U Gold
» The one word to describe Papillion-La Vista South wing Daniel Brocaille is energy. He plays hard every possession and isn’t afraid of bigger, taller opponents. He battles for rebounds and has the ability to stretch the defense from beyond the 3-point line.
» PJ Davis should have an impact for Omaha Central in the winter on the offensive end. When he takes a 3-pointer it is likely going in. He has the quickness to get by defenders and score at the rim.
» Jay Dawson (Omaha Central) is a projectable college player. He has good length and is a shot-creator and maker particularly from distance.
Photos: Division I basketball and football recruits in Nebraska for the 2020 class
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