Big Shots DC Asssault II – Saturday’s Notepad
Brian Akinkugbe might be the most improved player in the DC / Baltimore area.
Watch Game – DC Assault vs Bay Rivers Select 16&U
One thing that is certain , Tre Boykin is going to have a huge summer on the circuit , turning the heads of both recruiters and scouts alike. Boykin , a 6’4″ SG on Assault Gold’s 16&U team , scored on an array of high flying dunks (20pts) in Saturday’s first round game of the Big Shots Take Your Best Shot tournament in Forestville , Maryland. Boykin is a risk taker on the court , the same trait that has prompted head coach Erick Moses to at times sit the talented sophomore from Denver , Colorado , has likewise born witness to some of the summer’s top plays as well. Boykin once scored on a 360 layup that left both his defender and spectators in shock , and recently he nailed the game winning fade away in OT as time expired against Bay Rivers Select. Few players in the country can jump with Boykin and when he is hot , can easily shoot the long ball with the best of them.
Daxter Miles (16pts) and Kameron Williams (17pts) combined for 33pts in Baltimore Elite’s win over VA Assault in the 16&U division. Point guard Ben Grace led Maryland Sure Shots Saturday scoring 17 and 15 respectively while assisting to Troy Spurrier when the 5’9″ guard wasn’t scoring. The two seem to be ideal Division II basketball recruits that know the game and don’t make many mistakes on the hardwood. Olajuwon Lewis (DC Assault White 17&U) spoiled the Sure Shots , when he drove the length of the floor to tie the game at 64 , Assault would eventually win in 2OT.
Tilman Dunbar was on fire for Takeover Black 16’s scoring a game high 24pts in their first round win , but the most interesting game of the day came by way of the Fairfax Stars and the 6th Man Warriors. The Stars led by Mo Alie-Cox , are one of the most underrated teams at the 17&U division , and that only continued as they wore down Byron Mouton’s AAU club. Alie-Cox continues to improve his stock , rated as the #20 overall prospect in 2012 , he defends altering shots on the defensive end and has extended out to an improving catch and shoot ability from 15 feet.
Although the Warriors lost , Brian Akinkugbe showed why he might be the most improved player in the DC area. Akingube (2012) who suited up for Princeton Day last season has improved his entire offensive arsenal , going from a an un-coordinated 6’9″ post who crumbled at the threat of contact , to a confident and coordinated big with a stroke. Though I would need to see more of Akinkugbe (20pts) , I was impressed at his progression.
Recruiting Update – Kervin Remeau , a 6’4″ combo guard noted that he will be attending Nia Prep in NJ next season and is getting heavy interest from both Maryland and Rutgers.