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July 15, 2014

Recruiting Notes: 
Reebok Breakout Classic

By: Pat Lawless

GiveNGoBasketball.com Publisher

GNGB went to the Reebok Breakout Classic recently during the first summer live period. Plenty of coaches were on hand and as always at the Breakout Classic a lot of talent was on display. Here are some of the players GNGB talked to about their recruitment.

Jawun Evans ('15 PG/South Carolina Raptors, SC)

Evans had a very impressive showing a the Reebok Breakout Classic. He facilitates very well and creates for himself and others. GNGB caught up with him at the Breakout. 


Texas, Illinois, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, USC and Clemson remain on his list as of now. He explained why these are the schools that remain on his list.


"Those schools have been keeping a good relationship with me and have been in contact with me as much as they can," he said. "Those eight all play the way I like to play on the court as well."


The playing style of each team on his list will be a definite factor on where he commits: "I’m a fast paced player that likes to get up and down the floor.I also like to get my teammates involved."


"I’m looking for a place that will let me play my game and somewhere I can develop while having a great coaching staff," he told GNGB.


Evans believes he will make his decision sometime during the high school season. 

Skal Labissiere ('15 C/M33M, TN.)

Skal Labissiere played well especially considering that he is still recovering from a stress fracture in his back. He stands at 7'0" and is extremely long. He runs the floor very well but, Skal thinks he needs to add some muscle to improve his game.

"I run the floor well and I am pretty skilled. I think I need to get stronger and that’s what I am currently working on. I am just trying to get back to where I was before I got hurt."


He currently holds offers from  Kentucky, Memphis, Tennessee, Georgetown, Ole Miss, Baylor and more. UNLV, UNC and Florida have all expressed interest. Skal talked about what school or schools have been on him the hardest.


"I’d say all these schools are recruiting me hard but, Memphis is recruiting me very hard because I live there," said Labissiere. "At the end of the day all these schools are on me pretty hard."


He has an idea of when he will make his decision: "I plan on making my decision around November or December because I would like to end the process before my high school season starts, so I can focus on that more."


Skal is becoming more of a priority to coaches as his game continues to expand.

Perry Dozier ('15 SG/Upward Stars, SC.)

Dozier was very impressive at the Breakout as he used his ability to get into the lane and finish to his advantage. Many schools are on him and his offers include Ohio State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Indiana and more.

He's enjoyed the process thus far: "It’s been fun so far." 


"I am currently seeing if any other schools would like to jump in before I start narrowing down my schools."


He isn't sure exactly of when he will make his decision but, is eyeing a certain time period.


"I probably will make my decision once the summer winds down and I start to have more time to make certain decisions and map out where I would like to go," he told GNGB.


He has many impressive schools that have offered him and making a decision will be very hard for him because of this. This being the case he knows that he will have to break down certain parts of each school to eventually make a decision.


"I will be basing it off of the feel of the school," said Dozier. "The number one thing for me is the relationship with the coaching staff." 


"I am trying to go to a school where I can be effective the first year I get there and try to get to league once I’m ready to end my college career."

Abdulhakim Ado ('16 C/Georgia Stars, GA.)

Abdulhakim Ado has tremendous upside with his ability to run the floor and athleticism. Many schools are beginning to buy in to the class of 2016 Center. He has enjoyed the recruitment process so far but, is still getting used to it.

"I’m still trying to get used to the whole process but, it’s very exciting and a bit nerve-racking because it’s definitely something new for me," he said. 


He plans on expanding his game as the offers continue to grow: "I’m just trying to get better as the whole process goes on." 


There are very impressive programs that are deeply involved with him: "I have offers from Louisville, Memphis, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and more. Ohio State and Arizona State have expressed interest in me."


As for visits, he plans on going to Memphis this August. Ado is going to continue to rise this summer and into his high school season.

Derryck Thornton ('16 PG/Simply Fundamental, NV)

Thornton proved once again that he is a clear cut high major prospect. He weaved through his opponents with his quickness and tight handle. Kentucky, Michigan, Louisville, Florida, Miami, UConn, Cal, USC, Arizona, Oklahoma and more have offered the Class of 2016 standout.

He's enjoyed how the recruitment process has gone thus far: "It’s going well for me. The coaches are doing a great job with me." 


"There have been a lot of phone calls and texts so a lot has gone on with my recruitment," he said. "It’s picked up a lot more than I thought it would but, I love talking to the coaches and building relationships with them."


On June 15th college coaches were allowed to contact high school players personally for the first time. Thornton describes this experience as a good one but, a bit crazy at the same time.


"I got a lot of calls that day," said Thornton. "One of them even came at midnight and I had practice at six in the morning the following morning, so I wasn't too happy about that one (laughs)."


"Of course, I’m happy now about it because it showed a lot of effort on their part. I got a lot of calls from different schools, so it was cool to build more relationships."


Kentucky recently offered the class of 2016 point guard. He was happy to get an offer from a program like them. 


"It was great to get an offer from Kentucky," he said. "I took a visit down there right after the NBA camp and it was a great experience. I got to play pickup with the guys, which was a lot of fun." 


"I got to talk to all of the players and eventually took a tour around the school and then Coach Cal offered me. They showed me their facilities and Rupp Arena was very nice. It was a good overall experience."


There recently have been talks on him and Tyus Battle, Class of 2016 SG playing for Team Scan (NY), being a package deal. Derryck spoke on that possibility: "I mean it’s not a for sure package deal yet." 


"I've known Tyus for a few years now, so we have a good relationship with each other. I love playing with him because of his attitude he carries on and off the court and his playing ability. If we get to play together I’d love that but, I still have to make the best decision for myself."


A commitment can come from him at anytime but, it all depends on a couple factors.


"I don’t have a specific date on when I will decide," he told GNGB. "It all depends on when I feel comfortable enough with one school to commit to their program."


Derryck Thornton is one of the most intriguing prospects in the country. It will be interesting to see what program he lands with when it's all said and done.

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