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The Reebok Breakout Classic continued into its second day on Thursday morning, with the second set of games of the star-studded event. The two courts at Philly U hosted more than 100 Division I college coaches yet again to check out the action.
Here’s a recruiting notebook from the afternoon’s action featuring a mix of 2015, 2016 and 2017 prospects:
P.J. Dozier (2015/SG/Spring Valley, S.C.)
Long heralded as an elite 2015 recruit, PJ Dozier was forced to sit out his entire junior season due to a torn ACL. That did not slow down his recruitment, as he named offers from Ohio State, North Carolina, Georgetown, Indiana, Kansas, South Carolina, and Clemson, among others.
Dozier still has not toured any campuses, but has taken in games at local schools like UNC, Clemson, South Carolina, and NC State. He does plan on getting onto some more college campuses soon.
“I don’t have any planned on the calendar right now,” he said. “But I’m pretty sure after the Summer dies down that I’ll sit down and figure out where I’m headed.”
Dozier has played very well in three games at Philly U so far this week, displaying an ability to run the offense, get his own shot, and still use his 6-foot-7 frame to bang inside for offensive rebounds. He is displaying this multi-faceted game all while still recovering from the knee injury that caused him to miss so much time.
“I’m still getting there. I’ve got a little ways to go. It feels a lot better,” he said. “I don’t know exactly how it feels to have two good knees. I had a torn ACL, I was playing on it for about five years. I’m just trying to get a feel for it.”
Although all of the campuses he has been on so far have been relatively local for the South Carolina native, Dozier expressed a willingness to go away if the right school is not in his vicinity.
“It doesn’t really matter. Just try to go wherever the best fit for me is,” he said. “If it’s to stay home or to go far away, I’ll do so.”
Corey Sanders (2015/PG/Kathleen, Fla.)
Known as a top 2015 point guard (ESPN ranks him third in class at the position), Sanders has lived up to that reputation so far this week. He has run his team’s offense very effectively, consistently setting up teammates like Dwayne Bacon and Jean Marc Koumadje for open looks.
Sanders named offers from UNLV, Wake Forest, USF, UCF (where he was once committed to attend), DePaul, USC, and Texas A&M, and said he is hearing most from Wake Forest, Texas A&M, Murray State, and Wichita State, although the Shockers have yet to extend an offer.
He has still not taken any visits since decommitting from UCF, but is going to be taking some trips soon.
“After I take my ACT and my SAT coming up, I’m gonna start planning my visits,” he said.
Sanders and Bacon playing together is a familiar sight for many, as they also play together on the AAU circuit for the Florida-based Showtime Ballers. With how well they play together, one could certainly envision them continuing that connection at the next level.
“That would be great playing with each other in college, ‘cause we feed off each other,” Sanders explained. “We know how each other play. I get him open, he gets me open. That would be a good look for us in college.”
This was not just speculation on Sanders’ part, as he also mentioned that a package deal is something he has discussed with his AAU teammate.
“We’ve talked about it, but we want to wait for the right situation,” he said. “We don’t want to go somewhere where one of us is playing and one of us is not. We’re just trying to discuss ands see what would be the best thing to do.”
Coming into the Live Periods with the national recognition that many players are still seeking, Sanders still sees this month as an important opportunity to show off his multi-faceted game in front of the litany of coaches that will see him play in the next few weeks.
“I’m just trying to show the coaches that I can play all-around,” he said. “Show them I’ve got an all-around game. Get my teammates open, score for myself, play defense, high motor. Just show everything that I can do.” –Ari Rosenfeld
Admiral Schofield (2015/SF/Zion Benton Township, Ill.)
A 6-5 wing from outside of Chicago, Schofield’s stock is definitely on the rise right now. He currently holds offers from 2 schools not too far from his suburban Chicago home in Wisconsin-Green Bay and Wisconsin-Milwaukee, but is getting interest from number of schools, including some high-majors.
“Drake’s been talking to me, along with St. John’s, Indiana and Minnesota. It’s picking up a little bit. Right now I have Valparaiso out here to see me,” he said.
Schofield sees some similarities in all the schools recruiting him right now, especially the schools in the Midwest.
“Their crowds are unbelievable. They care about academics. Their coaches develop players very well to the best of their abilities. And they compete in their conferences,” he said. “That’s what I’m looking for in schools and that’s what I’m seeing in the schools recruiting me right now.”
Schofield feels that his versatility is his biggest strength on the court right now, along with his competitiveness. The combination of these two traits mean that he isn’t afraid to go up against anyone on the court.
“I’m a type of player that likes to compete. If you want to put me against the biggest guy, I’ll go against the biggest guy. I just want to play basketball,” he said. “I’m just very versatile. I feel like I’m quick enough, strong enough, can jump high enough. I can play any position on the floor.” –Varun Kumar
Sean Lloyd (2015/SG/Imhotep)
Lloyd, formerly of Imhotep, won’t decide for another 2-3 weeks where he will attend prep school. He will pick from IMG Academy, Fishburne Academy, Hargrave Military School, and The Phelps School and he knows exactly what he wants to get out of his final year before college.
“I just want to get prepared from college,” he said. “I want to be able create my own shot.”
Lloyd has an offer from Drexel and has been visiting Drexel quite a bit. He also happens to be friends with incoming Dragons freshman Rashann London.
The 6-4 Lloyd also has offers from Delaware, Bowling Green, Western Kentucky, Robert Morris, Quinnipiac and Monmouth.
Lloyd has gotten interest recently from some high majors from all over the country- Minnesota, West Virginia, USC and Marquette. Lloyd is in the midst of a very crucial time in his own recruitment, and he understands that other players are in the same position.
“Camp is going well for me, but there’s just a lot of selfishness going on, so its hard to play the game,” he said. –Varun Kumar
C.J. Keyser (2015/SG/Bel Air, Md.)
An intriguing prospect with plenty of local interest, Keyser’s stock has been increasingly rising since the first live period in April when he showcased his talents in Pittsburgh with his DMV Elite Team at the Pitt Jam Fest.
After a decent showing in Wednesday’s set of games as well as the first set on Thursday, Keyser attempted to block a shot in the afternoon session and spilled to the ground with in pain.
“I blocked a shot and when I came down I bounced and then fell again and twisted my ankle,” Keyser said.
Keyser would sit out the rest of the afternoon session but said he’d be back for the evening game.
With hundreds of college coaches watching and many players’ futures yet to be decided, missing time with an injury can be a huge blow during the live period. Keyser was staying positive after the game and was confident that he’d be able to return to form in the evening set.
“When it first hits you it feels like the worst thing in the world and you think you’re not going to be able to play in front of everybody,” he said. “After a while it’s fine, it goes away. We play a lot of games everyday.”
With a growing list of suitors, the 6-foot-4 guard recently took visits to Providence and Rhode Island, where he picked up an offer from the Rams. According to VerbalCommits, Keyser has 14 offers including St. Joseph’s, La Salle, Drexel, Towson and Rhode Island.
He is planning on visiting Rutgers soon, though the Scarlet Knights have yet to send an offer his way.
“I just want to go to a place where it’s a family atmosphere, a place where I know I can go to develop as a player and a person,” Keyser said. “I just want to play, I want to play basketball.” –Jeff Neiburg
Vance Jackson (2016,SG/SF, St. John Bosco, Ca)
Jackson had to travel a ways just to arrive at Philadelphia University this week. He plays for St. John Bosco in California a team coming off a great 2013-2014 campaign. They won the division 2 state championship in California a feat Jackson hopes to achieve again.
“I work hard on my game everyday for three hours so I can get better,” Jackson said.
Jackson holds offers from many colleges out West including USC, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Gonzaga, UNLV.
He also made visits to many schools that have been recruiting him.
“I went to UConn to watch the basketball game, I went to USC, and I went to a game at Arizona State,” Jackson said. “I like the vibe at all the schools it seemed like family”
Vance also keeps his mind open when talking about his recruiting and what school he ultimately chooses he says he is open to adjusting to any school.
As a 6-8 rising junior, Jackson already has a list of accomplishments including a state title. He is a combo guard/forward who appears to be comfortable playing on the inside or outside. –David Hassinger
–JaQuori McLaughlin has become a very popular name in the Northwest for the 2016 class. Since reopening his recruitment from Oregon State, McLaughlin has received offers from Boise State, Washington State, Washington, and Memphis along with that from the Beavers, and also claimed interest from Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Gonzaga, Oregon, Colorado, and Virginia.
The Washington native also mentioned Washington, Washington State, Boise State, and Gonzaga as the schools coming after him the hardest right now.
McLaughlin made himself available again in May after the firing of Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson.
“The whole reason why I committed there was the coaching staff,” he explained. “And once they got fired I thought I should reopen my recruitment.”
The slender 6-2 guard described himself as a “true point guard,” and said he is hoping to get some offers from more schools outside of his local area. He knows exactly what he needs to do for the rest of the month in order to do so.
McLaughlin said he is “trying to be stronger, more explosive, and be smarter with the ball.”
–Jawun Evans (2015/PG/Kimball, Tx.) is down to eight schools right now–Clemson, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, USC, Illinois, Texas and Cincinnati.
“Those eight have been on my the strongest. I have a good relationship with all the coaches,” he said.
The Greenville, S.C. native sees himself as a pure point guard at the next level, but is more than willing to take the game over with his scoring ability if he has to.
“That’s a part of my game.” He added, “If I see everyone else doing nothing, it’s my job as the point guard to take the game over.”
Evans has shown the ability to use his athleticism to his advantage, playing strong defense and attacking the rim and wi
–Sam Ibiezugbe is a 6-11 big man from Connecticut who plays extremely tough on the inside. His offense game involves him playing primarily underneath the rim. Sam did not say exactly which schools he holds offers from, but says he does have some offers. According to Verbal Commits he holds an offer from Monmouth. Ibiezugbe is instead focused on improving his game and becoming a better player.
“I just wanna work hard and get better and develop myself as a player,” Ibiezugbe said.
Ibiezugbe plays for the Masters School in Connecticut and wants to use Reebok Breakout as a stepping stool for taking his game to the next level.
“I just like to focus on my game but if my coach was here he would be able to give you more information about that,” said Ibiezugbe. “I had a great team down here, I’m just trying to make myself a team player”