Travel Series Superlatives: Best Rebounder & Most Under-Recruited
As wrap up the travel basketball season and head into the high school season, we look back on the 2020 LakePoint Travel Series. With the whole season crammed into a matter of weeks, it was a hectic, but very fun ride with a lot of good basketball and noteworthy performances to look back on.
Dan McDonald: Ian Schieffelin, Team Curry
Again, there are so many good options for this topic, but I’m going with the recent Clemson commit Ian Schieffelin. I have no idea what his rebounding totals were for Team Curry in the LakePoint LIVE Showcase II, but what I do know is it felt like every time there was some traffic for rebound he came down with it. He’s really strong physically, has strong hands, and he’s really good at using his body to shield off opponents. He does it on both ends of the court. That’s exactly why I think he can help Brad Brownell’s Tigers early on in his career at the next level.
Carter Wilson: (Tie) Cole Middleton, Sniper Elite & DeAndre Smart, AC Georgia & Savannah Select
These two guys may not be the biggest, but they are both so relentless on the glass that I could not leave either one out. Recent Cleveland State commit Cole Middleton has built a lot of his reputation on his toughness and rebounding ability. He showed all of that and more at LakePoint in August & September. If theres a 50/50 rebound, you can bet that he's going to be the one coming down with it. DeAndre Smart has a lot of the same qualities as a rebounder. What he lacks in height, he makes up for in strength, motor, and want. During the Labor Day Classic, he had some huge rebounding outputs, notably on the offensive side, that led to a lot of high point totals as well.
Dan McDonald: (Tie) Jax Bouknight, Atlanta Timberwolves & Devin McGlockton, Sniper Elite
The Atlanta Timberwolves received an invite to Battle For Georgia based on their performance at LakePoint LIVE Showcase II and advanced to the semifinals at Battle For Georgia. A huge part of what made them such a good team was Jax Bouknight. He’s a really talented scorer who routinely went over 30 points in games at the Champions Center. What I liked most about him beyond his ability to score was his competitiveness when matched up with recent Georgia Tech commit Miles Kelly. He wanted that matchup and did a pretty good job on him. It’s beyond insane to me how he only has one Division 2 offer and nothing else. Sniper Elite's Devin McGlockton was a nightmare at the Labor Day Classic. He did it all on both ends, protected the rim, rebounded, knocked down shots, played with toughness. With his play on the football field, there has been some hesitation among basketball programs to offer. However, the trend is picking up with Youngstown State & Lipscomb offering this week.
Carter Wilson: (Tie) Travis Harper, Team Georgia Magic (Pictured) & Mannie Harris, AC Georgia
It's pretty crazy to think that a kid as talented as Travis Harper is to still have such a high ceiling. But he is. He's collected a handful of low major and Division II offers over the course of the travel season, but I still feel like he's under-recruited. A six-foot-six scoring wing who has all of the tools in his bag on the offensive side has everything that a program would want to have on that side of the ball. And with further room to develop, he could be extremely productive over the course of four years at the next level. On the other side, I know people may think how Mannie Harris is under-recruited with all of the offers that he's collected over the past few months. I'll put my response bluntly: he's a high major guard. I think there will be a lot of curiosity among high majors traveling down to Mitchell County to get a look at him during the season.