Super Showcase Day 3 recap

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- There have been several big-time performances during the Super Showcase, and Day 3 had plenty to offer. The tournament is down to the final four in the Gold Division, where BABC (Boston) takes on Hoop Heaven (New Jersey), and Team Takeover (Washington D.C./Maryland) faces Houston Defenders (Texas). The winners will meet in the championship Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Standout players

Jaren Sina (Lake Hopatcong, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's)
2013, PG, 6-foot, 175 pounds
College: Alabama

He is a solid point guard with a dynamic game. Sina is a lights-out shooter with range well beyond the 3-point line. He is not super quick, but is shifty and knows how to change speed in order to keep his opponent off balance. He is a good passer, makes great decisions and has a very good basketball IQ. Sina, an Alabama commit, should be able to make an immediate impact in the SEC.

Alex Poythress (Clarksville, Tenn./Northeast)
2012, SF, 6-7, 215 pounds

He showed the nation Tuesday night why he's an elite player. In years past, he could dominate the game from 17 feet and in thanks to his NBA body and mental maturity. Now he can make open shots with a good looking stroke, which he displayed on national television, making him that much more dangerous. If the defense has to extend on his shot, it will open the floor and allow him to beat his defender with a low, strong and quick first step, and once he nears the paint, defenders are at his mercy. Schools chasing him right now include Kentucky, Florida, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Memphis , Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Arkansas.

Danuel House (Sugar Land, Texas/Hightower)
2012, SF, 6-6, 180 pounds

House is a super athletic wing whose skills and athletic ability impact the game offensively. He has good size and solid length, and is one of the fastest risers in the 2012 class. He has improved as a shooter and scorer in the past year and is now pretty solid with range to 22 feet (though he can still be a little streaky). He is exceptional in transition and a good finisher who can consistently finish above the rim, often in dramatic fashion. House is a top-30 talent and a top-level recruit.

Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./The Tilton School)
2013, C/PF, 6-10, 215 pounds

Noel is hands down the greatest defensive force in the country. He literally takes away the rim from his opponent and nearly averages a triple-double with points, rebounds and blocks. Noel is the one player who can dominate a game without scoring a single point. He is the best shot-blocker we have seen since Greg Oden. He has improved offensively and is a solid scorer in and around the paint. Noel is a definite top-three talent in the 2013 class.

Surprise players

Marcel White (Lake Wales, Fla./Lake Wales)
2012, SF/PF, 6-6, 200 pounds

He is an ever improving talent who is beginning to come into his own. White is a tough competitor who can rebound and defend inside. He has improved as a scorer and is now a solid shooter to 17 feet. White has become more aggressive and can attack his opponent off the dribble. He is a good athlete who is now a legitimate combo forward. Mid-major and high-major schools are inquiring.

Chance Allen (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins)
2012, PG

The lefty point guard can make open 3s and knock down pull-up jumpers, but he is at his best on the defensive end. He concentrates on keeping the ball out of the lane and guards his position well. He is a competitive player who knows how to run the show and score when his team needs it. Corpus A&M, Houston, Sam Houston and Weber State are on his list for basketball. However, the wide receiver also has football offers from Wyoming, Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Minnesota, Iowa State, Nevada and New Mexico.


• PG James Robinson (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) continues to lead his team and has narrowed his list down to Virginia, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Miami (FL).

Paul Biancardi, who has been a head coach and assistant on NCAA tournament teams, is the national director of basketball recruiting. He is also one the voters for the McDonald's All-American Game and Gatorade Player of the Year. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter. John Stovall, a recruiting coordinator, has worked as director of scouting for Prep Spotlight Scouting Service and magazine for 15 years.