LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- On Saturday, the AAU Nationals featured a championship game in the U16 division and the U17 division was narrowed down to eight teams. Here is a look at who stood out.
(Memphis, Tenn./Booker T. Washington)
2012, SG, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds
The physically imposing Newby has been one of the most consistent players and pleasant surprises on the circuit this summer. He answers the bell and brings a high level of energy each time he takes the floor. He is built for an up-tempo game and is an outstanding finisher on the break. Although he may impact a game as a defensive juggernaut, he showed the ability to go on some mini offensive runs.
Jameel Warney (Roselle, N.J./Roselle Catholic)
2012, PF, 6-7, 190 pounds
The 6-7 power forward has put himself in position to be recruited by a slew of good programs on different levels. Size-wise, he's the prototypical Atlantic 10- or Conference USA-undersized power forward who wears his opponent down with his motor and commitment to staying on the glass. One of the unique aspects of Warney's evaluation is that he's comfortable with who he is and doesn't stray out of character. He works around the rim and in the paint and sticks to his plan.
Jarvis Haywood (Charlotte, N.C./E.E. Waddell)
2012, SG, 6-4, 175 pounds
The Charlotte Nets beat a lot of good teams at the AAU Nationals and Haywood provided a ton of points. He's worked on his body and is a more athletic player than he was six months ago. He's the primary scorer on his squad who operates midrange to the rim and mid-majors will line up to get him.
Players to watch
John Egbunu (Durham, N.C./Mt. Zion Christian)
2013, C, 6-11, 225 pounds
Egbunu is a developing young post player who could be an intriguing prospect. The Nigeria native has good feet and agility, but his defense is ahead of his offense. Size and athleticism alone will warrant a high-major look and if he develops on the block offensively, look out!
Trayvon Reed (Montgomery, Ala./Carver)
2014, C, 6-10, 205 pounds
The Alabama import has as much upside as any prospect in America. He is a long, tall, developing athlete who is already a very good shot-blocker. He can take away the rim defensively, he just needs more strength and girth to hold his ground in the paint. Reed is very raw offensively but he oozes potential and talent. He is pretty much limited to scoring within five feet of the basket at the moment, but as his skills improve and he gets bigger the sky is the limit on where he will end up as a player.
Terry Tarpey (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep)
2012, SF, 6-5, 185 pounds
College: William & Mary
Tarpey helped lead his team to one of the biggest upsets of the day in a win over a loaded Texas Pro. He has a high basketball IQ and knows how to play. He can beat you in a lot of areas; shoots it from 3, gets it to the basket and is a good passer. He will be a solid midlevel prospect who will make William & Mary very happy.
• One of the toughest players on the circuit is PG/SG Myles Hamilton (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward). The 6-3, 185-pounder is the heart and soul of All Ohio Red. Hamilton is a bulldog who defends, rebounds and hustles. Myles scores mostly in transition, but he garners his playing time because of the other things he brings. He is becoming a priority for many of the mid-major schools in the Midwest.
• The U16 championship was won by the Boston-based BABC club, as it defeated Team Takeover (Washington, D.C) 30-29 in a defense-dominated game. PG Rene Castro (Milton, Mass./Beaver Country Day) led BABC with nine points and C/PF Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./The Tilton School) contributed six points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. SG Josh Hart (Washington, D.C./Sidwell Friends) led Takeover with nine.
• DeAndre Bembry (Charlotte, N.C./St. Patrick) is a 2013 small forward whose recruitment will begin at the midlevel and go from there. He played last season at Rocky River HS in Charlotte, but his family is moving and he'll finish out his high school career at famed St. Patrick in New Jersey.
• Warney indicated the strongest reviews on his game have come from Stony Brook, Drexel, Manhattan and Rider and they want him badly. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery jumped on the bandwagon by day's end after Warney did a number on All-Iowa Attack's front line.
• Marcus Hunt (Riverdale, Ga./N. Clayton) has a long list of schools including Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Memphis, Alabama, Texas, Missouri, Pittsburgh and a handful of others. After Saturday's game, we asked him about fall visits and he indicated interest in seeing Florida, Memphis and Alabama and didn't know where the other two trips would be.
Dave Telep is the senior basketball recruiting analyst for ESPN.com. His college basketball scouting service is used by more than 225 colleges and numerous NBA teams. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter. Paul Biancardi, Mike LaPlante and John Stovall contributed to this piece.