The Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) will be playing the Howard Pulley Panthers (Minn.) tonight on ESPNU at 7 p.m., as part of the AAU 11th Grade Gold Super Showcase in Orlando.
The Minneapolis-based Howard Pulley club holds some of the nation's top talent in the Class of 2014, including point guard Tyus Jones (No. 3 overall in ESPN 100), power forward Reid Travis (No. 40 in ESPN 100) and point guard Jarvis Johnson (No. 55 in ESPN Super 60). That should make for an interesting matchup against some of the BABC's top stars, including St. Andrew's (R.I.) forward Bonzie Colson, Central Catholic guard Tyler Nelson, and last season's ESPN Boston Mr. Basketball, Malik James.
In an entry today on RecruitingNation, senior analyst Paul Biancardi highlighted Jones, Travis, Colson and Mann as players to watch in the Super Showcase. To read the full article, CLICK HERE (Insider only)
PF Bonzie Colson Jr. (New Bedford, Mass./St. Andrew’s)
Unranked in the ESPN 100
AAU team: BABC
Colson is an undersized 4-man who overcomes his height with a ridiculous 6-foot-11 wingspan. He effectively uses those long arms to do work in the paint, on the glass, blocking shots and finishing offensive put-backs. Colson is a garbage guy and glue guy and one of the most consistent players in the 2014 class when it comes to effort and rebounding. He can also guard the low post thanks to his wingspan and frame. When you combine all of those factors, it’s easy to see why his stock is rising this summer.
PG Tyus Jones (Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley)
No. 3 in the ESPN 100
AAU team: Howard Pulley
It’s easy to see why Jones is the nation’s No. 1 point guard, as his playmaking makes the game easy for his teammates. His vision and passing are extraordinary and his pinpoint passes usually result in an assist. He has a lot of Chris Paul in his game because he can beat you either with his scoring or with the pass. Much of Jones’ scoring comes from his floater and 3-point shot, and he also executes the pick-and-roll at a high level. He understands how to attack and create separation or stop behind the arc and shoot the 3.
SG/SF Terance Mann (Lowell, Mass./Tilton School)
No. 41 in the ESPN 60
AAU team: BABC
At 6-5 and 175 pounds, Mann has the ideal body to play the 3 and the size, length and athleticism to cover ground on the defensive end. As for his offensive tools, he does everything well but makes his living attacking the rim. He has a good basketball IQ for a young prospect, and playing for a battle-tested program like BABC strengthens his chances of reaching his full potential.
PF Reid Travis (Minneapolis/De La Salle)
No. 40 in the ESPN 100
AU team: Howard Pulley
This power forward loves contact and thrives on playing through it. He’s a dangerous offensive player for two reasons: He can score in the low post with his strength and physicality and he can make post moves to get buckets in the paint. Reid is crafty with the ball in his hands operating in the midrange area, whether it’s hitting the elbow jumper or driving to the cup with bodies draped all over him. With his bruising style of play, you can expect to see him frequent the foul line and make his mark on the glass.