I was going to post earlier today but was too lazy to type. So the dead period is finally over and the influx of AAU and recruiting news has increased.
I'm only going to focus on the local talent Arnaud Adala Moto, Jerami Grant, Isaiah Miles, and Jamel Artis.
Arnaud Adala Moto:
Facing an active zone, Takeover turned to rising senior wing Arnaud Adala Moto during the first half. Athletic and strong, the 6-foot-5 wing came up big, as he scored 18 first-half points in a variety of ways. He drove to the rim, finished jumpers out to the three-point line, all while playing active defense. Already ranked No. 117 in the 2012 Rivals150, the three-star wing is positioning himself for a move up the ranking.
After Adala Moto provided the scoring punch in the first half, it was Jerami Grant who took over offensively in the second half. Often operating out of the high post as a four-man, the 6-foot-7 four-star prospect delivered some passes, attacked the rim and finished with explosiveness when he got there while dominating second half scoring and helping Takeover to a tough win.
Isaiah Miles, PF/SF, Baltimore Elite- A combo forward who can really score, it will be a surprise if the 6-foot-7 rising senior's recruitment doesn't heat up come July. Miles was draining three-pointers, hitting soft floaters in the lane and more than holding his own on the glass. He's good enough that BCS schools will take a look but he has the appearance of a guy who could be an instant contributor for good A-10 and CAA squads.
Headed into the event we were curious to see what Jamel Artis of Baltimore Elite was all about. The 6-foot-5 wing is strong, can handle the ball a bit and is an outstanding passer. We'll be monitoring him more down the road, but Artis looks to have some high major potential with a little smoothing out of the edges of his game.
Rivals had an article the day before mentioning Artis:
Is Jamel Artis a sleeper?
One of the teams that we haven't gotten quite as good a look at so far is Carlton Carrington's Baltimore Elite group. Because of that, they will get a long look this weekend, and one of the players that we'll be watching the closest is wing Jamel Artis. A lanky and athletic 6-foot-5 senior-to-be, Artis has looked pretty versatile in the flashes that we have been able to see of him and he appears to be a fine ball handler and passer for his size. More recently, there's been a lot of buzz coming from the Baltimore area about his development and more and more people are talking about him as a legitimate high major prospect.
Rivals doesn't have too much info on Artis but ESPN has some analysis on him:
Artis is a very good athlete that excels on the break by running the outside lane or by defensive rebounding and starting the break with a bust out dribble. His length allows him to be a good finisher when he slashes to the basket in the half court set. Artis is a good passer as well when he draws a second defender. He is also a good enough athlete to defend both wing positions as well.
Artis must add strength and extend his shooting range to the long two point areas and behind the arc to take his offense game to the next level.
Artis is a long athletic wing that can get to the rim with slashes in transition as well as in the half court set. He is a good ball handler, rebounder and multiple position defender as well. He must get stronger and extend his shooting range but has very good upside.
I also want to include a player I have been hearing about recently: Danuel House
This kid looks absolutely legit. And he looks like Lebron's younger brother. And he plays like Lebron's younger brother.
Danuel has very good athletic ability and is a monster in transition. House has a decent handle and prefers to go right. He is solid at slashing to the basket where he can finish above the rim. When he is in attack mode he is very effective.His offensive game is best when he is moving forward. Danuel uses his athletic ability to his advantage defensively. He plays the passing lanes well and uses his length to glean steals.
He needs to improve his jump shot. It is effective to 19 feet but he needs to improve his consistency and range on his shot. He needs to improve a little as an on the ball defender but the tools are there to be very good.
Danuel is a high flying, super-athletic combo wing. He can play small forward or shooting guard and is a monster in transition and can finish above the rim against almost anyone. He has greatly improved over his junior season and has a chance to be a player that impacts the rankings.
His Rivals page has around 20 schools offering him including TAMU.
Oh yeah and then there is his highlight reel:
Danuel House Breakout Weekend Highlights - HardwoodElite.com (via HardwoodEliteDotCom)
Yes I know rsoshp1 beat me to a Fanpost. Also, there seems to be an uptick on the number of useless Fanposts. You know who you people are.