Under Armour Association: Duval proves he's top point guard in 2017
FISHERS, Ind. – On the final day of April's second live recruiting period, five-star junior Trevon Duval reminded everybody that he's the top point guard in the class of 2017 as he closed down the Under Armour Association's Indianapolis stop in style.
Just in case anybody forgot, Trevon Duval served notice that he's still the top point guard in the class of 2017.
The 6-foot-2, five-star point guard, who ranks No. 5 overall in the junior class, closed out the Under Armour Association's Indianapolis stop in style, going for 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a We-R1 win.
As explosive as they come off the dribble (see the tweet below), Duval gets into the lane at will and he's cut down on the turnovers. He's moving the ball up the floor with the pass, reading pick-and-rolls better and being more choosy and effective with his pull-up jumpers.
Holding offers from Maryland, Villanova, Kansas, Arizona, St. John's, Oklahoma, UCLA, Oregon, Baylor, Miami and many more, Duval still plans to take his time and go through the process. For now, there are no plans to cut his list.
COLEMAN-LANDS COMING ON
One of the more pleasant finds at the UA Association was the development of point guard Isaiah Coleman-Lands.
A junior playing with the Illinois Wolves, Coleman-Lands has shown tremendous development over the last year. He keeps his team in control, he plays very good on-the-ball defense and he's able to keep defenders honest with the jump shot.
The Wolves ended the session with a loss to a strong Canada Elite team. Four-star guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker was terrific making shots, handing out assists and controlling the game, and is playing at a much higher level than his current No. 91 ranking.
But that doesn't change that things are still on the upswing for Coleman-Lands. Among those who have now offered are Saint Louis, East Carolina, Creighton and Loyola (Chicago) while New Mexico (head coach Noodles Neal plus two assistants watched on Sunday) and Pittsburgh are watching very closely and could be close to offering.
CLASS OF 2019 DUO OF LEWIS, ANTOINE IMPRESSES
A theme has developed this spring: The class of 2019 has been impressive. As much as any spring in recent years, freshman stars have been playing up an age group or two and making significant impacts at the 16 and 17U level. Team Rio 16U's squad is made up almost entirely of 2019 prospects playing up and it is easy to identify guards Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis as prospects with huge potential.
They each stand around 6-foot-4 and are teammates at Ranney School in New Jersey but bring different qualities to the floor. Antoine is a skilled, smooth operating wing who can shoot from deep, attack off the dribble and make plays for those around him. Developing as a shooter, Lewis is a monster athlete who plays above the rim as well as any player in the country.
St. John's head coach Chris Mullin was watching closely with two assistants on Sunday and the Red Storm has already offered. Seton Hall has also offered the duo while Rutgers, Villanova and Connecticut are others in constant contact.
"We feel pretty comfortable playing out there," Antoine told Rivals.com. "We are getting used to how physical the older players are and we are learning to fight back and play with physicality of our own."
FINAL UA NOTES
He didn't finish with his best effort from deep, but four-star shooting guard Ty-Shon Alexander has proven to be one of the best three point shooters on the Under Armour Circuit. Alexander remains a strong pickup for Creighton.
It's pretty surprising that 6-foot-6 sophomore wing Damezi Anderson of the Indy Hoosiers 16U squad doesn't have any scholarship offers. A high-riser who can also shoot a bit from deep, Anderson looks like at least a four-star prospect and the South Bend (Ind.) Riley product should start adding offers soon. He did list interest from Indiana, Purdue and Michigan State. He finished the session with an impressive 29-point, 11-rebound effort.
A sleeper to keep an eye on at the mid- to upper-mid-major level is Team Thad shooting guard Dedric Boyd. Pushing 6-foot-4 with plus athleticism, he's offensively aggressive and had a terrific outing in Indy. He is comfortable getting to the rim and keeps defenders honest with streak shooting.
Currently ranked No. 40 in the class of 2018, Louisiana Elite forward Josh LeBlanc is playing with astonishing efficiency. The 6-foot-7 forward is making 82.6 percent (38-of-46 shooting) from the floor after two sessions. He is starting to look more like a power forward with athleticism around the hoop than a true wing but he's certainly making the most of his touches while averaging 10.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
One more 2019 player to keep an eye on is Chol Marial. Looking to be a legit 7-foot-2, Marial is playing up on the 17U level for the Connecticut Basketball Club and he's looking comfortable. He moves surprisingly well for a kid that young and big, has touch to the free throw line and plays with a bit of an edge on each side of the floor.
Finally, Rivals150 forward Melo Eggleston made a switch from Team Belief on the Adidas circuit to Baltimore United in the Under Armour Association and it looks to agree with him. Against We-R1, Eggleston was aggressive on offense, did a nice job on the glass and mixed things up. At 6-foot-7, he has size to play both inside and out, and he's been impressive in stretches. Eggleston picked up a recent offer from Memphis and Wake Forest looks to be quite active in his recruitment.