Major Storylines and Other Thoughts From AAU This Past Week
I will cover three things that happened in AAU this week, featuring the Atlanta Celtics and their new big three, Keyonte George, and an underrated duo.
The Rich Get Richer - Before AAU started people thought Jabari Smith and Matthew Cleveland of the Atlanta Celtics were one of the best duos in the country. Then Cleveland scored 32 points in two straight games (winning both of them) and raised his stock tremendously. The Celtics were already one of the best teams in the region, and this weekend the Celtics got even better by adding JD Davison. To go along with the big three the Celtics have another two really good players in Aaron Reddish and Myles Rice.
Keyonte George - George burst onto the scene this past high school season and has only risen up the rankings since. Playing for Drive Nation, George once again proved he could score from every level. Not only can George score from every level but he can shoot off the catch or the dribble. Also, he gets the big men involved by his willingness to pass. George picked up offers from Arizona and Arkansas.
Team Huncho Backcourt - Team Huncho was impressive going 3 and 1. One of the main reasons they did so well was because of their backcourt of Andrew McConnell (Lanier, Ga) and Jaden Harris (Norcross, Ga). McConnell averaged around 11.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1.3 steals per game, while hitting four threes in one game. Harris averaged 12.3 points, 3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 0.5 steals. Look for this impressive duo to keep improving their stock.
Two Other Thoughts:
Rylan Griffin - Highly ranked junior Rylan Griffin impressed playing for Drive (16u). Griffin averaged 21.5 points, 4 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in two games. To go along with this Griffin played excellent defense.
Sean Pedulla - The world was introduced to Buddy Buckets sharpshooting guard Sean Pedulla after a 31 point explosion against Keyonte George and Drive Nation. Soon after this Pedulla picked up an offer from Minnesota.