The summer has been a productive one for a lot of players in our coverage areas. Offers, rankings, and interest have all increased from May to July for many of these players. Some were already building momentum from the high school season, others unexpectedly peaked at the right time and are now the topic of discussion on recruiting boards around the country.
Anthony Cowan Jr. (Courtesy of Under Armour)
There is always a fear that players who sign letters of intent before their junior summer will lose motivation and coast sensing that the pressure to perform is moot. Anthony Cowan Jr. did just the opposite. After leading his team in points and assists in the Adidas Gauntlet Series, Cowan switched circuits to face different competition at the Under Armour All-America Camp where he averaged 22.7 points, 8.7 assists and 3 steals per game. He followed up with an equally impressive performance at the Adidas All-American Camp where he averaged 17 points and 4 assists. Mark Turgeon should be all smiles at College Park as Cowan Jr. has improved tremendously over the summer.
Chris Lykes is headed into his junior campaign with a head of steam. He was a large part of the Team Takeover's success this summer, helping them make a final four appearance in the Peach Jam. He also led his Gonzaga summer league team to the championship against Dematha before having to miss the final game to participate in the EYBL. He impressed at the Metro 60 Challenge as well as Victor Olapdio and Ty Lawson's All American camp. Expect him to continue his ascendancy up the ranks of point guards in his class.
Alani Moore (Courtesy of Kelly Kline/Under Armour)
Alani Moore had a marvelous Under Armour Association finishing 4th in scoring, 1st in three pointers, and 1st in steals in the 17u bracket. He carried his team to a final four in Atlanta and has proven that he is a consistent scorer but can also get his teammates involved. His stock took a meteoric rise after this summer and expect colleges to take notice.
Markelle Fultz (Courtesy of Kelly Kline/Under Armour)
Markelle Fultz's new found stardom is well deserved and he proved that with his first performance in Under Armour's Association. He averaged 19 points in the finals and made honor roll for his stellar play in the circuit. His ESPN top 25 ranking is well deserved and so are the number of offers that he has racked up over the summer.
Trevon Duval (Courtesy of Kelly Kline/Under Armour)
Trevon Duval has had arguably the best spring and summer of any player in Hardwood Insiders' coverage area. Duval averaged 18.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game during the Under Armour Association regular season in which he led WE-R1 to the top overall seed going into the UA Association Finals. Duval was selected as an All-Star at the NBPA Top 100 camp in addition to being selected to participate in the prestigious SC30 Select Camp.
Since April Duval has picked up offers from Arizona, UCLA and Kansas just to name a few. Duval is currently rated the 2nd best point guard in 2017 by ESPN and is ranked 13th overall.
Omari Spellman committed before AAU season even started and that may have reduced any pressure he was feeling because he dominated the Nike EYBL circuit. The PSA Cardinals' big man nearly averaged a double-double during the EYBL regular season at 13.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
Spellman participated in the NBPA Top 100 Camp and continued to impress. He averaged 15 points per game during the camp, which was good for 7th overall. At the conclusion of the week long camp Spellman was named to the All-Star Team. Spellman is currently rated by ESPN as the 4th best power forward in 2016 and the 16th overall prospect.
Omari Spellman (Courtesy of Jon Lopez/Nike)
Rawle Alkins (Courtesy of Adidas)
Rawle Alkins has been nothing short of spectacular all spring and summer. Alkins is currently rated as the 5th best shooting guard in 2017 by ESPN but he has made a great case that he should be atop the list. Ranked 22nd overall, Alkins has gone from high major prospect to can't miss prospect as he has received offers from the likes of Kentucky and North Carolina since AAU season started.
Alkins earned those offers by averaging 23.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in the Adidas Gauntlet as he led the NY Rens to the Gauntlet Championship. In between Gauntlet events Alkins helped the US Select Team go undefeated in Treviso, Italy. Most recently Alkins put on a show in his home state at the Adidas All-American Camp where he averaged 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
Alkins is now trying to help the NY Rens close out the circuit with another championship at the Adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada before he heads to Los Angeles for the Adidas Global Nations Camp.