16U Recruiting Notebook: Jones and Bragg are Stock Risers

2013 UA Pitt Jam Fest
Kelly Kline | Under Armour
Aside from winning the tournament, the main goal for many of the teams and players participating in Pitt Jam Fest this weekend is to increase their exposure to coaches from every level of collegiate basketball.

Some of these players come in with highly-touted offers, others come looking to be discovered for the first time. With that in mind, here a few of the players who have either reaffirmed their place among the next crop of collegiate stars and some others who will become more familiar to the basketball world over the coming months of the AAU basketball season.

Gary McCrae (6-5/Randolph Clay HS/2015)
A good shooter from most areas of the court who also possesses above average court vision are two of the reasons the Atlanta Xpress 16U advanced to the semifinals. The power forward from Cuthbert, Ga. has received letters of interest from several Division I schools including Notre Dame, Auburn, Tennessee and Georgia Tech.

Terrence Phillips (6-0/Oak Hill Academy/2015)
The ability to make things happen on both ends of the court and his quick step are signs that this member of the class of 2015 is ready to start receiving serious recruiting interest. Phillips, scored 14 points in the Atlanta Xpress’ second-round win and tallied 13 in their fourth-round game to further cement his inclusion as one of the top potential members of the Class of 2015. To date Phillips has received letters expressing interest from several mid to major Division I schools.

Doral Moore Jr. (6-11/Luella HS/2015)
While still a raw talent, his game continues to improve every day. He defends well and his ability to throw down dunks at the right time seems to always change the momentum for the Atlanta Xpress. In fact, the 6-foot-11 sophomore’s thunderous dunk in his team’s third-round win over DC Assault grabbed the attention of coaches from Penn State, Rutgers, Ole Miss and UMBC. As he continues to get stronger, and his offensive skills improve, Moore will garner serious attention over his final two seasons at Luella High School.

Develle Phillips (6-8/Bowie/2015)
The sophomore forward was a standout performer last summer at Hoop Group Team Camp and his continued improvement up until today has helped put the Bowie High School product squarely on the map as is evident by the interest coaches from Ole Miss expressed about him during and after DC Assualt’s second-round win over Team Philly.

Leroy Butts (6-7/Bishop O’Connell/2015)
Butts showcased his ability to shoot from almost any spot on the floor and his poise and maturity continue to impress coaches from major Division I schools. While Rivals.com currently is reporting only an offer from Cincinnati, schools which had previously expressed only a medium interest in Butts, Virginia, Maryland and Georgetown, all had coaches at the Pitt Jam Fest site hosting DC Assault.

Derrick Jones, Jr. (6-7/Arch Bishop Carroll/2015)
Jones, who played a key role in We R 1 (De.) capturing the 16U Championship at the Pitt Jam Fest, continued to showcase his growing skill set. The athletic sophomore played solid defense, rebounded well on both ends of the floor, and on numerous occassions threw down rim-rattling dunks that punctuated We R 1 victories.
Prior to the Jam Fest Jones was named a Class AAA Second Team All-State selection by Pennsylvania Sports Writers and earlier this year Penn State expressed interest in recruiting him.
In addition to Penn State, Jones is being courted by Rutgers and St. Joe’s, and after his play this weekend, you can now add Cincinnati to that list.

Mitch Keating (6-1/Heritage/2016)
Possessing a seemingly well-developed outside shot, he dropped three quick 3-pointers during Brookwood Bounce Elite’s (Can.) third-round loss to The City, the member of the Class of 2016 is clearly developing on track as a player who may receive serious interest in the coming months.

Carlton Bragg (6-9/Villa Angela-St. Joseph/2015)
Bragg exploded on the scene during Hoop Group Elite Camp the previous summer, and since then the previously unknown power forward has received offers from Missouri and Ohio State along with interest from Indiana and Illinois. After his performance at the Pitt Jam Fest you can add Big Ten schools Iowa and Penn State to the list of major Division I schools which now have Bragg on their radar.

Eric Paschall (6-7/Dobbs Ferry/2014)
Paschall, a small forward from Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. seemed to remove himself early from the recruiting process when he verbally declared to Fordham University on April 4. Although sounding confident in his decision, Paschall still noted that offers continue to come despite the verbal commitment. Two of those schools which have made offers, Penn State and Radford, had coaches in the gym during Paschall’s second and third round games.

Tim Delany (6-8/Pitman/2015)
Prior to the Pitt Jam Fest the 6-foot-8 center from southern New Jersey had received interest and an offer from only Oregon State. Now, the quiet but effective big man can count offers and interest from St. Joe’s Villanova, La Salle, Penn State and Rutgers in addition to that expressed by the Beavers. —@pfebbraro

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