KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Final news, notes and evals from the Knoxvegas Tourney in Knoxville last weekend, where 2013 Jacksonville (Fla.) Parker guard Solomon Poole took home MVP honors.
Solomon Poole seems to be fitting in quite nicely with his new gig on the Atlanta Celtics, taking home our MVP honors.
Poole has joined the Atlanta Celtics and looked fantastic over the weekend, staying in control at the point guard position while making his usual array of shots and drives to the basket. The 6-foot-1 guard has an excellent first step that he used to blow by defenders all weekend and if someone should back off just enough, Poole has a quick release and deadly accuracy. The only flaw for Poole this weekend was that he could not get his team past the semifinal game as they dropped a tough decision to Team United. Poole holds close to 20 offers and said over the weekend he is not close to narrowing down his list and plans to make some visits in the next three months before making a decision next spring.
Meeks had a nice weekend around the basket showcasing his passing touch and ability to step out and knock down short jumpers. One the questions regarding Meeks is how he handles himself inside and over the weekend he moved people around using his size and finished extremely well. Meeks does not have a leader right now but is hearing from North Carolina State, Georgetown and Florida among others. The 6-foot-8 power forward does not have any visits lined up but hopes to have things narrowed down by the end of the summer and then make a decision in the fall.
Powell could have potentially been the MVP of the weekend had he won his semifinal game against Southern Stampede. Overall though, there were few players who were better this weekend than Powell, who posted 28 points in his final game. The 6-foot-0 guard did a little bit of everything showing off great range, getting into the lane, showing great body control and finishing at the rim. Powell is currently receiving interest from Cincinnati, Maryland, Memphis, UCLA and has offers from Virginia Tech and Murray State.
If there is another player that plays as hard as Rimmer does in AAU season, I would like to see him. The 6-foot-9 forward throws his body all over the floor, takes charges and is physical in the paint. When you add in his high skill level, it is easy to see why he is one of the more coveted big men in the 2013 class. Rimmer currently has a top four of (in no order) Miami, Stanford, Tennessee and Penn State and hopes to line up visits over the next few months.
Nate Mason, Jr.
The 2014 point guard was excellent on Sunday, leading his team to the championship over Team United. Mason has excellent ball handling skills that he combines with a quick release to get off shots over taller defenders. The 6-foot-1 guard is also strong at taking the ball to the basket and finishing with either hand.
The 6-foot-7 Givens was dynamic around the rim defensively Saturday afternoon, rejecting any shot that was within his range. Blessed with great length and a very high motor, Givens is extremely quick off the floor and displayed a nice touch on the offensive end of the floor from 10 feet in. Five schools currently stand out to Givens as he listed Arizona, Florida, LSU, Virginia and Georgia.
Mohammad is looking more and more like a high-major prospect after his performance both offensively and defensively over the weekend.
Mohammad was definitely the guy that improved his stock the most this past weekend going from a mid-major talent to a potential high-major recruit with his performance. The 6-foot-9 prospect is raw only in the sense that he is still new to the game but he runs the floor extremely well and finishes offensively with either hand. Defensively, he can be a game changer with his athletic ability and aggressive play as he came from nowhere several times to block shots that were outside of his area. Coastal Carolina has an inside track on Mohammad early but they will likely have to fend off the big boys as a lot of coaches will get their first look at him this coming weekend.
– Another potential big man to keep an eye on is Faith Baptist’s Fallou Ndoye. The 6-foot-9 power forward is a fantastic athlete that is still developing on the offensive end but does a solid job defensively by blocking shots and rebounding. Ndoye is currently hearing from Florida Atlantic, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati and Memphis.
– Kennedy Charter’s B.J. Gladden has reclassified to the 2014 class and displayed a solid mid-range game all weekend. Gladden uses his size extremely well and has great strength around the rim along with the quickness to make a dribble or two for an easy layup.
– Diminutive scorer Terrell Rodgers said he is reclassifiying to the 2013 class and will likely head to South Kent Prep School next season. We are still working to confirm that but the 5-foot-7 scoring point guard can get hot in a hurry and light up the scoreboard. Rodgers' father played at George Washington for Mike Jarvis and schools such as VCU, Florida Atlantic and UNC-Greensboro were all showing interest last summer.
– One of the more impressive point guards from the weekend was 2013's Markus Terry. The 6-foot-0 guard is garnering attention from Furman, North Florida and Murray State. Jacksonville has already offered Terry but more should be coming as he is solid with the ball in his hands, can knock down shots and get to the rim.
– Josh Filmore flashed excellent quickness and a scoring mentality playing for Florida Q6. The 5-foot-11 guard has a great first step and can knock down the open three on a consistent basis. Filmore is currently getting attention from Florida Atlantic, Stetson, North Florida and Florida Gold Coast.
– Dwayne Bacon already holds an offer from Florida State and based on his play this past weekend, it does not appear that will be his only one. The 2015 prospect is already 6-foot-6 and has an explosive first step and can knock down the outside shot with consistency. He will certainly be a player to watch over the next few years.