Monday, July 4, 2011

July AAU Circuit-Thoughts and Predictions, Volume 2

The state of Indiana is full of young talent. The AAU circuit is a great opportunity to see how the sophomores-to-be have improved since their first year of high school basketball, as well as give us a first look at this years incoming freshman class. Here are a few "young guns" that I would recommend keeping an eye on this month.

Jeremie Tyler: 6'1'' Point Guard, Indianapolis Tech H.S. (2014)
AAU: Indiana Elite-Kendrick
I had a chance to see Tyler play with Tech a couple of weeks ago at the Indy Summer Tournament and came away impressed with his improvement. He is a raw athlete who has a very nice shooting stroke and can also cause defenses problems as a slasher or off the dribble. He will need to get in the weight room to bulk up quite a bit, but don't be surprised if he picks up an offer or two before the end of the month. I know that Xavier has been involved.

Tyler Wideman: 6'8'' Power Forward, Lake Central H.S. (2014)
AAU: Meanstreets
College coaches have, and will continue to fall in love with the young guys physical make-up. He is a strong, wide, body that also posses a great set of hands for such a young player. I expect him to garner some more national attention after a few big tournaments coming up. I am sure that Purdue, who has offered, is hoping they can land an early commitment from Wideman.

Bryant McIntosh: 6'2'' Point Guard, Greensburg H.S. (2014)
AAU: Eric Gordon All-Stars
As the rumors swirl about his transfer from New Castle to Greensburg, this kid just continues to improve on the court. He has had some early interest from Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, and Old Dominion. Bryant has been working hard on his strength and conditioning over the last month and I think he is poised to have a break out July. Don't be surprised to see an offer or two roll in soon.

Chandler White: 6'2'' Shooting Guard, Fort Wayne Carroll H.S. (2015)
AAU: Indiana Elite Jazz
I have heard that White may attend Fort Wayne Northrop H.S. along with the Scott brothers, however I am not sure how valid that rumor is. What I do know is that this kid can flat out play. He is a big time scorer who could average 20 points this season as a freshman in my opinion. Interest will start to pour in as he has a big month of July.

K.J. Walton: 6'2'' Shooting Guard, Brownsburg H.S. (2015)
AAU: Spiece Indy Heat 2015
Walton is one of the top 2015 prospects in the state. He handles the ball well and can score going to the basket or shooting from the outside. I suspect that some serious interest will pick up early this month.

Watching the younger guys make a name for themselves is always one of the best parts of the AAU circuit, but can also be one of the toughest to predict as to who will have break out summers. These kid's bodies are still developing, as are their skills. I expect big things from these 5 prospects this summer, and I am sure there will be many more names that burst onto the scene in the coming weeks.

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