Top Performers at AAU Super Showcase
ORLANDO, FL -- The AAU Super Showcase was held July 20-24 and featured many of the nation's top prospects and programs. Among the best in the 17U Gold Division were players from Georgia, Ohio, New England, Wisconsin and Africa:
A dominate 6-foot-8 forward, Hammonds displayed the ability to attack defenses both from the perimeter and inside the paint. This smooth south-paw has a well-built frame coupled with a pro-style game. Hammonds showcased a knack for the putting the ball in the basket, taking opponents off-the-dribble as well as finishing with his back-to-the-basket. The Norcross (GA) star is a sought-after recruit who's sure to make an instant impact for the college of his choice come fall 2017.
Wesson is a big-boded center and an Ohio State commit. The 6-foot-10 prospect was agile on his feet and showed soft hands throughout the event. A Westerville South (OH) standout ran the floor incredibly well while catching passes in traffic and laying it in with either hand. Defensively, Wesson stood his ground around the rim, blocking an array of shots and altering even more. He's a mature big man who's game is undoubtedly next-level ready.
A well-built athlete, Brown followed-up an AAU Nationals Championship with a prime performance at the Super Showcase. He showed a willingness to pass the ball and a great shooting-touch extending to out to the three-point line. Brown, a new addition at the Tilton School (NH), was accustom to outrunning opposing big men down the floor. He's a fundamentally sound front-court prospect who proved capable of effectively protecting the rim on the defensive end.
Poole is a dynamic offensive threat with a myriad of tricks up his sleeve. He's a sizeable combo-guard, standing in at 6-foot-5, who's excellent at attacking defenders off-the-dribble. Poole, a Michigan commit, showcased a crafty handle and a prolific jumper. The La Lumiere (IN) playmaker created scoring opportunities for himself and teammates. Poole carried himself well on the defensive end, pressuring opposing ball-handlers and forcing ill-advised passes.
The lone underclassmen on this list, Mariol stood above the competition with an enormous 7-foot-2 frame. He's a native of South Sudan and has certainly made a name for himself since moving to the states. Mariol's entering only his sophomore year at Cheshire Academy (CT) and is surely bound to grow into his currently thin build. Mariol's superior length and excellent eye for the ball resulted in a plethora of rebounds on both ends of the floor.