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2017 Travel Team Jamboree – 17U: Rpt II

By Rick Staudt, 04/04/17, 7:00PM CDT

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We continue our recap of this past weekend’s Travel Team Jamboree put on by Source Hoops and the Hoop Exchange.

Nike South Beach 17U

Landers Nolley: A 6’6 wing out of Langston Hughes in Atlanta, we saw Nolley in the fall at the NSB Workout at American Airlines Arena in Miami.  We thought then that he had the talent to be a top fifty player in the 2018 Class and his performance this past weekend only enforced that notion.  Nolley showed excellent range on his reliable jumper well past the arc, handled the ball well against pressure and got to the rim, and made contributions on the defensive end with more steals and blocks than one would expect from a wing.  Nolley is a high-level athlete and will get a lot of attention playing in the EYBL.

Andreas Fuller: Another wing with length and athleticism, the 6’5 Fuller from St. Pete Admiral Farragut has a well-rounded game.  He’s a good passer and ball handler than can run the point in a pinch.  Fuller shoots the ball well from beyond the arc but is just as proficient at putting the ball on the floor, getting to the basket, and scoring in traffic.  He’ll rebound the ball and burst out of the pack to start the transition game if given the opportunity.  Fuller also can defend multiple positions on the perimeter.  He wore a knee brace this past weekend but it didn’t seem to negatively impact his play at either end of the court.

Serrel Smith: It wasn’t the best scoring performance by Smith that we’ve seen but the 6’1 guard out of St. Pete HS left a positive impression by doing other things to help his team.  He contributed offensive rebounds, solid ball-handling against the press, and an ability to get teammates the ball in scoring position.  Smith will have an excellent chance to showcase an ability to play both on and off the ball with NSB this coming season and that should give his recruiting stock a well-deserved boost.

Florida Sons 17U

Daniel Love: A 6’2 junior from Orlando Dr. Phillips, Love did a solid job of coming off the bench, getting the team re-focused, and restoring order to a chaotic game.  He may not impress with his athleticism (though he’s better than average in that department), but he will take and make good shots, take care of the basketball, and find ways to get his teammates involved.  Love anticipates well on the defensive end and gets a fair share of tips and loose balls. 

Brandon Hart: A solid body and speed with the ball caught our attention from the 6’2 guard from Victory Rock Prep in Bradenton.  He had success when getting into the lane and later on displayed a reliable three point shot.  Hart also proved to be a willing post passer as he continually looked to get the ball inside.  His strength and lateral quickness allows him to be a very good on-ball defender.

Ibrahim Diallo: Listed as 7’0 and a SOPHOMORE, Diallo has a lot of room to improve but his size and strong frame can’t be taught.  He struggled the first game we watched but the second game of the day was much better for him.  Diallo scored better inside, got to rebounds in traffic and moved fluidly up and down the court.  If he is indeed that young and learns to play with more aggression, Diallo will be a problem for opponents.

South Florida Kings 17U

Rodwens Albert: A 6’1 guard out of Delray Beach Atlantic, Albert showed the crowd why he was voted first-team All Palm Beach County the Palm Beach Post and the Sun-Sentinel.  He’s a crafty scorer with a knack for getting into the lane and getting to the line.  Albert also shoots the ball well from beyond the arc.  While not a traditional “pass first” point guard, Albert is solid with the basketball and will get others involved.  He’s also very active on the defensive end and has a knack for getting to 50/50 balls and turning them into points.

Tampa Titans 17U

Darius Hopkins: A 6’0 junior out of Seffner Christian, he showed the cupboard isn’t bare at SC after losing so many seniors to graduation from this year’s final four team.  He did a good job on penetrating the defense with the ball and generally reacted well once the defense collapsed on him.  Hopkins has some speed and likes to push the pace.  His shot looks okay but didn’t go in with much consistency in the game we watched. 

Matt Simpson: When we watched the 5’11 Plant City junior in the playoffs against a quicker and more athletic Tampa Bay Tech, he looked a bit overwhelmed.  Fast forward to this past weekend, he seemed more comfortable playing off the ball.  Simpson shot the ball well off the catch and when he did put the ball on the floor he finished pretty well at the basket. 

Heart and Hustle 17U

Makhi Reeves: Though the junior is maybe 5’10, Reeves is quite fast, pushes the pace and gets the ball where it needs to go.  Right now, he’s a better penetrator and scorer at the basket than shooter from deep but he continues to improve in that area.  To his credit, he knocked down a game-winning mid-range jumper off the dribble to win a game in sudden death OT. 

Kamani Doughtery: Playing up on the 17s, the 6’5 sophomore out of Lake Minneola also spent time playing with the 16s this past weekend.  He was quite impressive playing against the older competition as he made shots out on the perimeter, completed “and one” plays off the drive, ran the floor swiftly in transition and was more than willing and capable defender.