The National Prep School Invitational, which takes place the end of January every year, is a favorite of mine. What might be the best prep tournament of the year, Dave Maron and George Fisher of Netscouts put together a top-of-the-line event, showcasing talent from all over the globe. I already outlined to you, what might have been, the biggest breakout of the event in Egyptian forward, Anas Osama; thus below you will find some of the other prospects that made a name for themselves during their time in Providence.
Dusan Perovic – 6’8 Power Forward – South Kent School – Montenegro 2014
Having last seen Perovic at the National Prep Invitational in November, the senior forward continued to put up solid numbers across the board. With a slightly filled out frame, the South Kent big man is an instant producer from 15-feet and in. Whether it is with a baby hook off of either block, a face-up jumper from the elbow, or put backs on the offensive glass, Perovic is a steady contributor in the paint. With the constant need for size and skill out of the frontcourt, the Montenegrin import did a nice job of adding some prestige to his name. He should make for a nice mid-major target in the 2014 crop come the spring signing period and be heavily pursued by those in need of a skilled and consistent scorer around the tin.
CJ Vaughan – 6’2 Shooting Guard – Notre Dame Prep – Oswego, Illinois 2014
Right along with the desperate need for height, there is always a necessity for spot up shooters on the perimeter. Playing alongside a solid backcourt at Notre Dame, including the likes of Jarvis Garrett and Dexter Miles, Vaughan made a name for himself with his spot up abilities from behind the arc. In three games at Rhode Island College, the Illinois native averaged four three’s per game and was always a threat to bury the deep one on his opponents. With a sturdier, thicker frame, the Notre Dame Prep wing tends to take what is given to him and can even put the ball on the floor every now and again. The senior shooter is already qualified and his recruitment remains pretty wide open. With his father, one time Pitt star and former assistant at UConn, Clive Vaughan handling his recruitment, the younger Vaughan plans on setting up visits upon the completion of his prep season and is hearing from the likes of Seton Hall, Cal State Northridge, Florida International, and Minnesota.
Aubrey Dawkins – 6’4 Shooting Guard – New Hampton Prep – Palo Alto, California 2014
The son of another coach, Aubrey Dawkins was a giant standout and breakout performer over the weekend in Providence. Sporting a quality physique and playmaking abilities at the tin, the one question mark surrounding the North Carolina native has always been in his shot making from behind the arc. The son of Stanford head coach, Johnny Dawkins, the younger Dawkins erased all questions surrounding his long range attempt and in his final outing in Rhode Island, hit on four 3’s and at one time, had scored 28 of his squad’s 52 points. The senior is a well-rounded individual with a high end intellect, both on and off the floor, and brings an added wealth to the APR structure that frightens so many college coaches surrounding a program’s cumulative GPA. The New Hampton Prep senior currently holds eight low and mid-major offers, though has recently been in touch with Boston College and VCU. Dawkins seems like a definite mid-major plus recruit, at the very least, and would really excel in an appropriate system in a conference like the Atlantic 10 next year.
Jamar Ergas – 6’4 Scoring Guard – 22ft Academy – Scarborough, Ontario 2015
Not too often do you have a breakout performer that is clearly a high-major prospect. However, Jamar Ergas comes to light with his recent play at the NPSI, compromised with the fact that he has been out of touch from the national spotlight over the past few years. The Canadian wing burst onto the scene entering his freshman year of play competing with Ro Russell’s, Grassroots Canada bunch. Ergas was an early high riser with bounce and athleticism beyond his years. Now seeing the more experience 22ft Academy product, the Ontario native has done an excellent job of becoming a facilitator in the lane. Instead of attempting to force the shot in traffic, Ergas does an excellent job of finding others off the bounce in distributing and creating for others. Defensively, the 6’4 junior has the quick feet, motor, and body to defend different spots on the floor. He is still a relatively unknown junior, though with more outings like those that he had in Providence, and greater eyes placed on him, Ergas should be one heavily tracked wing in the 2015 class come the spring and summer time by the high-majors.
Daquon Ervin – 5’11 Point Guard – Northfield Mount Hermon – Brooklyn, New York 2015
Northfield Mount Hermon is your Ivy League squad of prep basketball. Coach Carroll continues to provide the neighboring Ivy League programs with solid prospects that bring it both on and off the hardwood. However, his program is no slouch for continuity and success as NMH won the illustrious NEPSAC last season. With two years of successful experience under his belt, it seems the timing was right for Daquon Ervin to burst out onto the scene in Providence. The 5’11 point guard, sporting a burly yet compact frame, scored 25 and 24 points on repetitive outings over the weekend and is worthy of greater looks in the not-so-distant future. Used to doing most of his work off the deck, the New York native displayed a confident long-range jumper and the ability to hit off of the pull from 15-feet. He is a nuisance just as well on the defensive end in which the junior guard averaged over four steals per game at the NPSI. With offers from the likes of Brown and Columbia at the very moment, Ervin is a fine mid-major recruit in 2015, who brings it with the books, and has the bulldog in him on the floor that makes you want to bet on him any time the competitive juices get going.
Terance Mann – 6’5 Swingman – Tilton School – Lowell, Massachusetts 2015
Again, not very often you can label a high-major prospect as a breakout performer, but Terance Mann looked like a man possessed during his one outing in Providence over the weekend. After ESPN released a refurbished top-60 ranking of the junior prospects without Mann’s name anywhere to be found, it seemed like the Tilton School wing took it personal on his NMH opponents at Rhode Island College. The Massachusetts native was electrifying in his giant win, pacing his squad with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals. He was an efficient 8-of-13 from the field, and whenever his squad needed a big play to keep the momentum going in their favor, he supplied it with rather ease. Mann plays with a presence about him on the floor and never gets sped up. He is best on the attack and has some added bounce out in transition. With offers on the table already from the likes of Florida State, Georgetown, VCU Boston College, and Florida, along with his newest one from Creighton, it seems that talented and athletic wing is the next big time prospect to come from the Tilton School and compete with the ultra-successful BABC bunch on the Nike grassroots circuit.