Some of the top talent in the region converged on Richmond, Virginia this past weekend to take part in the Big Shots Virginia Memorial Day Weekend event.
Caleb Martin helped lead his team to the division championship.
Over the course of the two-day tournament there were players who stood out across different age groups as the respective AAU teams in attendance battled for the right to be crowned champions of their division. Without further ado, let’s get right into this past weekend's top performers.
Caleb Martin, Mocksville (N.C.) Davie- The NC State commitment was named MVP of the 17U Orange Gold Division as he helped lead Team Loaded NC to the division championship at VCU's Siegel Center on Sunday. Martin finished the weekend averaging 14.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per contest. He also had one of the more impressive blocks I saw over the entire weekend in the semifinals as he tracked down a member of Squires Richmond on a fast break and found his head near the backboard as he elevated to block the layup attempt out of bounds.
Devin Robinson, Christchurch (Va.) Christchurch School- Carrying over his impressive showing from the Southern Jamfest earlier in the month, the small forward ranked in the top 100 of the class of 2014 showed why he is regarded so highly with another strong performance over the holiday weekend. Robinson, averaging 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, led his Squires Richmond team to the semifinals of the tournament where they fell to eventual champion Team Loaded NC, 50-49 in what was one of the more exciting games of the weekend.
Isaac Fleming, Fort Washington (Md.) National Christian Academy- The 6-foot-3 point guard for Team Loaded VA showed the ability to score the basketball in a variety of ways at Big Shots Richmond as he averaged 12.5 points per contest for the runner up in the Gold division. Fleming caught fire in the semifinals finishing with a game-high 20 points displaying an effective jump shot when the defense sagged off of him as well as the ability to put the ball on the floor to make plays attacking the basket. He fits the mold of a player who will take whatever you give him on the offensive end. High majors are starting to take notice of Fleming’s game.
Jonathan Williams, Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict's- It is starting to look more and more like VCU landed an absolute steal in Williams. The last time I watched him play at the National High School Invitational he showed the ability to be a great defender both on and off the ball as well as the ability to get into the lane and create his own opportunities on the offensive end. This past weekend those same qualities were on display but he also showed off a jump shot that proved to be just as effective. In the semifinals, against Squires Richmond, Williams took over in the second half and helped lead his team to victory leading all scorers with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Down the stretch it seemed he was hitting big jumper after big jumper to close out the win for Team Loaded NC.
Deshawn Freeman, Battleboro (N.C) Rocky Mount Prep- While it appears that the 2013 prospect will be heading to a junior college this fall he had one of the best stat lines of the weekend finishing with 19 points, 19 rebounds and 9 blocks in the opener for the North Carolina Red Storm. Over the course of the tournament, Freeman averaged 16.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game. He should be a name to keep an eye on down the road as he determines which junior college would suit him best; the bigger name JUCO programs in Florida are after him hard.
VCU looks to be getting a good one in Jonathan Williams.
Sabastian Townes, Norfolk (Va.) Norfolk Collegiate- Townes led his Boo Williams team to the 16U Gold division championship and earned MVP honors in the process averaging 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game on the weekend. Townes showed off soft hands and solid footwork around the basket which let him showcase his playmaking abilities for him and teammates. He also used his body well to establish position in the paint on defenders to give him the best opportunity to score. Right now, Townes is not hearing from any colleges but with continued performances like the one he put on this past weekend that should change.
Peter Agba, Roanoke (Va.) North Cross- The 6-foot-5 PF/C dominated the glass averaging 17.3 rebounds per game, including a 32-rebound performance where Agba grabbed 15 offensive boards. Agba showed the ability to do more than just rebound the basketball as he also averaged 8.3 points and 1.7 blocks per game helping his East Coast Fusion team advance to the semifinals before they were knocked off by Boo Williams.
Kareem Brewton, Snellville (Ga.) Shiloh- Brewton led the Gold division runner-up, Southern Stampede 16U, in scoring throughout the tournament averaging 13.5 points per game. In every game but the championship, where Boo Williams’ defense really suffocated what Southern Stampede could do on offense, Brewton was far and away the team’s best option on that end of the floor.
Papa N’diaye, Winston-Salem (N.C.) Quality Education Academy- Standing 6 feet 9 at only 15 years of age, Papa N’diaye sticks out on a basketball court for Team Loaded Sherod. N’diaye is able to run the floor very well and has soft hands so that he is able to be an active receiver on the offensive end for his teammates. N’diaye finished the weekend averaging 7.3 points per game while leading those competing in his age group in rebounds and blocks, averaging 9.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game respectively. He will be a name to remember going forward in the 2016 class.
Randy Miller, Baltimore (Md.) Mount Saint Joseph's- Miller set the tone on offense for Team Takeover Butler the entire weekend averaging 16.0 points per game, which was good enough for third in his division, at Big Shots Richmond. Miller did a solid job of getting into the lane to create his own shot on offense. Miller scored in double figures in every contest played in Richmond this past weekend with a single game high of 23 points for Team Takeover Butler.
Recruiting Quick Hitters
- Devin Robinson has received interest from Kansas, Texas and Indiana recently. At this point in time, Robinson has not scheduled any visits and characterizes himself as "wide open" in the process. When asked as to when he thought he would narrow things down Robinson replied, "I'm just out here playing basketball right now, I will probably get into it sometime closer to September."
- Markell Lodge (Creedmore, NC/Christian Faith Center Academy) recently picked up offers from St. Joseph's and Austin Peay. He also has been hearing from Florida State, Saint Louis and George Mason a lot. At this time he is high on Florida State and feels that an offer should be coming soon. He plans on taking an official visit to Oklahoma State, who has also offered Lodge, soon.
- JaQuel Richmond (High Point, NC/Wesleyan Christian) has narrowed things down to his top five of Tennessee, NC State, Oklahoma State, Florida State and Texas A&M. Right now he is hearing more from Texas A&M the most with Oklahoma State, Florida State and Tennessee not far behind. Richmond plans on taking all of his official visits but had no schedule for those at this time.
- Isaac Fleming has been told that he will be receiving offers from Penn State and UTEP in July. Right now, he holds offers from Radford, Saint Francis and Fairfield but is expecting that many of the high majors will be coming with offers this summer.
- Malik Gray (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry Collegiate - Class of 2015) holds offers from Radford, George Mason, Hampton and Norfolk State and has been receiving interest from Michigan, UVA, Drexel and Quinnipiac.