Julys 2012 Stock Risers
The July live period has come to an end and after twenty days of basketball in front of college coaches some prospects have managed to send their stock shooting upwards.
As we predicted before the start of the month, the majority of the stock risers have fallen into one of three categories: big men; face-up fours; and shooters. Meanwhile, a pair of rising seniors has managed to distinguish themselves among the best in the nation.
Top 100 Bound
Zach Auguste, Mass Rivals – He had a steady dose of high-major interest and offers heading into the period, but given his performance on the west coast in the second half of the month, he looks poised to challenge for a spot in the national top 100.
Jake Layman, BABC – Layman’s upside was no secret to New England fans heading into the summer and after starring at the Peach Jam and AAU Super Showcase he not only looks poised for a spot in the top 100 but has also emerged as a priority for some upper echelon high-major programs.
Ed Lawrence, Canterbury – Size is coveted any year, but this year it’s going at an especially high premium, and that’s why his performances at Hoop Mountain, Elite 75, and the Academic All-American Camp sent his stock soaring upwards.
Cedric Kuakumensah, Mass Rivals – There are few guys who can impact a game without scoring a point but Kuakumensah proved himself to be one of them. He was an absolute beast inside all month long, controlling the game on the defensive end as well as the glass.
Joe Glynn, Middlesex Magic – An undersized, but athletic, big man with a terrific motor, Glynn accumulated a steady division II following as the month went on and even got a couple of looks from division I schools along the way, leading the Magic in scoring and rebounding through Orlando.
Jesse Chuku, Metro Boston – He now appears fully recovered after missing his entire senior season and was noticeably more productive this summer than when making his initial return in the spring. Schools from a variety of division I conferences were quick to take notice.
John Papale, New England Playaz – He emerged as the primary offensive weapon for the Playaz and punctuated his successful month with his final performance in Los Angeles, earning the praise of the national media and adding to his already lengthy list of scholarship offers.
Liam Langaas, MB Nation – Once considered strictly a division III prospect, he created a scholarship level buzz at Hoop Mountain and kept his stock rising through AAU Nationals where he brought his game to another level altogether.
Ryan Jann, Boston Warriors – Another guy who hadn’t made much of a name for himself before the month began, Jann was steady for the Warriors through the first half of the period and then brought his game to another level at nationals, drilling nine threes in his first two games.
Timajh Parker-Rivera, Connecticut Basketball Club – He skipped the Adidas Invitational for an opportunity to go to Reebok Breakout Camp but ultimately did his best work running side by side with Drummond and Dunn. His motor is his calling card but his improved skill set is noticeable as well.
Tevin Falzon, Metro Boston – You could see signs leading up to the month that Falzon was ready to produce and he followed through on that potential, utilizing his inside-out skills and improved conditioning to score his first division I offer.
Billy McDonald, Aim High – There’s a solid buzz about McDonald now as he has coaches intrigued because of his combination of size, skill, and athleticism. He can shoot the three or rise up to dunk on you and showed increasing production throughout the month.
Connor Mahoney, Middlesex Magic – He was a late entry into the Elite 75 and took full advantage of the opportunity, proving himself to be fully recuperated from his previous injury and fully capable of matching up against opposing four-men. His performance in Orlando was icing on the cake.
Alex Furness, MB Nation – Furness has been known as an intriguing prospect for quite some time but turned potential into production on a consistent basis this summer. His length is unmatched in the backcourt and his productivity went equally far this month en route to his first D1 offer.
Rohan Brown, Connecticut Select – He began the month with one division II offer and leaves with a handful of division I offers. No one turned more heads to start the month as Brown was phenomenal at Hoop Group Elite Camp and equally good at Elite 75 and the Hall of Fame National Invitational.
Tyler Huffman, Aim High – Not the type to catch your eye at first glance, Huffman had a consistently productive month playing for an Aim High team that traveled to all parts of the country. He’s a shot-maker who has evolved into a true point and has his prospectus on the rise as a result.