Connor Vanover is 7’1 with a JUMPER – Class of 2018

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Connor Vanover is not like most 15 year olds (he just turned 15 in late June). The rising freshman is over seven feet tall and he hasn’t started high school yet. Besides being extremely tall, Vanover is unique because he has an amazingly smooth stroke with range on his jumper that extends to the three point line. Most young big men struggle with body control and often miss shots around the rim, but the seven footer from Arkansas is consistent from midrange and beyond.

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It’s hard to see a young player with this much potential and not get excited, some are even comparing the youngster to NBA star Dirk Nowitzki. While comparisons are fun, they can create unrealistic expectations. Having said that, it’s hard to not see a hint of Dirk when Connor is shooting fadeaway jumpers over defenders. Screen shot 2014-07-12 at 3.14.23 AM

Connor Vanover had a great showing at the 2014 John Lucas International Middle School Combine in Houston this Spring. Playing against some of the top middle schoolers in the country the Little Rock native showed great touch around the rim finishing over and around opponents in the lane. His improvement over the last two years was evident almost immediately as Vanover made huge strides with his mobility and his back to the basket game. Already known for his feathery jumper, Connor did not disappoint as he connected on high percentage of mid range and three point shots throughout the camp.

While Vanover is an amazing prospect there is still work to be done. There is room for improvement in the paint as the Arkansas Wings big man doesn’t have a go to post move yet. In some games Connor starts off shooting deep jumpers, where it may be more beneficial to start inside and work his way out. However, these are components of his game that can be worked on and improved. His talent is undeniable and you can’t teach a kid to be 7 feet tall. The most important thing to remember is that young big men normally develop late. With this in mind, Connor Vanover is WAY ahead of the curve and MiddleSchoolHoops expects to hear his name many more times over the next couple years.

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Bryan Sanders NASTY CROSSOVER at Nationals

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Bryan Sanders is a rising 8th grader for Team Florida who put this crazy crossover on his defender at AAU Nationals in Memphis, Tennessee. Sanders is a big time prospect in the Class of 2019 with great ball handling, good size and strength, and a dependable jumper. Sanders runs a team very well and scores the ball when he needs to. His size and ability to handle the ball make him very hard for many 2019 guards to stop on the offensive end. Stay tuned for more from Bryan Sanders and Team Florida on MiddleSchoolHoops.com

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Jahmir Young Buzzer Beater at AAU Nationals

Jahmir Young hit this buzzer beater to lead Team Takeover past the Memphis War Eagles in Elite 8 action at the 2014 AAU 7th Grade Nationals in Memphis. Young came up big and gave Takeover a shot at eventual second place finishers City Stars in the Final Four. Jahmir had a very good showing at Nationals, but this moment will never be forgotten.

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CP3 All Stars vs City Stars 2014 AAU National Championship

The CP3 All Stars captured their second straight AAU National Championship and here’s a look at some of the top plays from the game. CP3 got off to a fast start against City Stars with Chaz Gwyn scoring 8 first quarter points, connecting on two threes. Class of 2020 prospect Dillon Depina helped to keep his West Coast team in the game adding 11 first half points showing a smooth mid range jumper. There was a lack of scoring until the fourth quarter when things really heated up. Jaden McClanahan caught fire and hit 4 fourth quarter threes, but the CP3 All Stars weathered the storm and got the 53-48 victory. Stay tuned for much more from AAU Nationals on MiddleSchoolHoops.com

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CP3 vs City Stars – Stat Breakdown

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Stats don’t tell the whole story, but sometimes they help make things black and white, so here are the stats from today’s AAU National Championship Game.

 

Leading Scorers – Jaden McClanahan    23 points
                                     Dillon Depina           16 points
                                     Max Farthing           14 points

Most Assists – Jovon McClanahan      9 assists
                             Mike Green                 3 assists  
                             Keyshaun Langley      3 assists

Leading Rebounders – Mike Green                   8 rebounds
                                               Max Farthing                7 rebounds
                                               Jordan Wilmore           7 rebounds
                                               Jaden McClanahan         6 rebounds

Scoring by Quarter
CP3 All Stars –   17    6     9     21   =   53
City Stars –          6     11    6    25   =   48

CP3 didn’t win every quarter but they were leading at the start of every quarter
17-6 First Quarter
23-17 Second Quarter
32-23 Third Quarter
53-48 End of Game

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Max Farthing – 14 PTS, 6-9 FGs, 7 rebs, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks 2-2 FTs, 2 TOs
Mike Green – 11 PTS, 3-6 FGs, 1-3 3FGs, 8 rebs, 3 assists, 2 steals, 3 TOs, 4-4 FTs
Chaz Gwyn – 11 PTS, 4-13 FGs, 3-8 3FGs, 4 rebs, 3 steals, 2 TOs
Keyshaun Langley – 9 PTS, 3-7 FGs, 1-3 3FGs, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-2 FTs, 1 TO
Chris Hinton – 6 PTS, 3-4 FGs, 6 rebs, 2 assists, 1 steal, 0-2 FTs, 1 TO
Jalen Matthews – 2 PTS, 1-1 FG, 2 rebounds, 1 block
Kobe Langley – 0 PTS, 0-4 FGs, 2 rebs, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 TO 21 – 2 PTS, 1-1 FGs, 2 rebs

City Stars
Jaden McClanahan – 23 PTS, 9-21 FGs, 6 rebs, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 TO
Dillon Depina – 16 PTS, 6-10 FGs, 0-1 3FGs, 4 rebs, 2 steals, 4-6 FTs, 2 TOs
Jovon McClanahan – 7 PTS, 1-8 FGs, 0-2 3FGs, 5 rebs, 9 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 5-8 FTs, 1 TO
Jordan Wilmore – 2 PTS, 0-2 FGs, 7 rebs, 3 steals, 2-4 FTs, 1 TO
EJ Jackson – 0 PTS, 0-12 FGs, 0-8 3 FGs, 3 rebs, 2 assists, 0-2 FTs, 4 TOs
Eric Olofson – 0 PTs, 0-1 FGs, 3 rebounds
Winston Ekpo – 0 PTs, 0-0 FGs, 1 rebound

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CP3 Wins Back to Back AAU National Championships

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The CP3 All Stars 2019 squad won their second straight AAU National Championship when they defeated the City Stars 53-48 in a game that came down to the last minute. After weathering a furious 4th quarter comeback the celebration commenced. Winning a national championship is difficult enough, but repeating is almost impossible. When you factor in the loss of a Top 10 player in the country (Wendell Moore did not play in the tournament due to injury) and having to defeat All Ohio Red in the semifinals, it shows just how tough the road to their 2nd straight title really was. Congrats to CP3 Rising Stars. Video coming soon!

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Nwuba Kenneth Beluchukwu throws down at Fab Frosh

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Nwuba Kenneth Beluchukwu made a splash at the 2014 Fab Frosh Camp in Atlanta, Georgia last weekend. Beluchukwu put down three big dunks on Day 1 of the camp and didn’t look back. The big man from the Class of 2018 had a good first game at the camp and continued to dunk his way through the camp. The 6’9 big man is currently living in Mississippi and plays his AAU ball with MBA Hoops. Stay tuned for much more from Beluchukwu and Fab Frosh Camp on MiddleSchoolHoops.com

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Jaelen House – A Star is Born at AAU Nationals

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Jaelen House dropped 29 points on We All Can Go at AAU Nationals in front of a packed house in Memphis and a star was born. The Class of 2019 prospect led the I-10 Celtics to a pool play victory over WACG and made a name for himself on the national scene. The son of former NBA player Eddie House, Jaelen showed off more than just deep three point shooting and ball handling. The young guard exhibited his Basketball IQ on several plays, purposely drawing fouls on WACG defenders and methodically breaking down the defense.

Jaelen has collected accolades on his side of the country, but after his performance in front of a standing room only crowd in Memphis fans were buzzing about House. The pressure will be on I-10 and the west coast guard when they face national power All Ohio Red in pool play this afternoon. It will be interesting to see how he plays after such an emotional win the night before. No matter what happens today, no one can take away what has to be considered the game of the tournament so far…that game belongs to Jaelen House.

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Balsa Koprivica runs the court and dunks at Nationals

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Balsa Koprivica is a 6’9 prospect from the Class of 2019, and he is widely considered a top 10 player in the country. Playing at 7th Grade AAU Nationals with Team Florida, Balsa has shown a soft touch around the rim, the ability to run the floor, and he has even shown a nice mid range jumper. While many only see his height, it’s the combination of size and skill that makes Balsa so deadly. Stay tuned for much more from Balsa and AAU Nationals on MiddleSchoolHoops.com

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Montez Mathis deserves your attention – Class of 2018

Montez Mathis is one of the most underrated players in the Class of 2018. Chances are you haven’t heard of Montez or seen videos of him online. But the 6’4 B More Elite star deserves to be mentioned as one of the top prospects in the Class of 2018. Mathis finishes above the rim, knocks down threes off the dribble, and has the ability to lock up opposing players on the defensive end. Here’s a quick look at Montez from the MSHTV Instagram page. Stay tuned for much more from Montez on MiddleSchoolHoops.com

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