Summer Jam Notebook: Doral Moore emerges, plus top performers
There's a top-50 big man emerging in the class of 2015, and we run down the top 15 performers from the Summer Jam.
MEQUON, Wis. -- Not as nationally hyped as some of the other big men in the class of 2015, Doral Moore is looking to prove that he's one of the best big men in the country.
In fact, he's hoping to match up with Diamond Stone -- one of the top 10 juniors -- at some point during the Under Armour/NY2LA Summer Jam.
"So I could show them what I'm made of, you know?" Moore said on Friday afternoon.
The 7-footer from Locust Grove (Ga.) didn't have a scholarship offer heading into the month of July, but his stock has been steadily on the rise since an impressive performance at Peach State last weekend. Moore is very good defensively, blocking shots and controlling the glass, but he also has some good back-to-the-basket ability and can knock down short jumpers.
Ohio State Buckeyes , Kansas Jayhawks , Indiana Hoosiers and Texas Longhorns have all come on strong recently, while Auburn Tigers , Cincinnati Bearcats and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are pursuing as well. Moore is yet to take any visits, but he does want to check out Ohio State and Texas, and perhaps Kansas.
"They know how to use their post players," Moore said of those three schools. "They don't just let them set picks all the time. They put them in the offense."
Glynn Watson adjusts to stiffer competition
It hasn't been an easy transition for Glynn Watson, but he's starting to get the hang of it.
You see, the four-star junior point guard normally plays with the U-16 version of the Illinois Wolves -- but he's been playing up with the 17s during the Summer Jam. After getting off to a slow start, Watson has been playing much better. He pushes the tempo very well, and has good vision with the ball in hands. Watson initiates offense effectively, and his ball-handling ability enables him to get by his defender.
Most of the Big Ten is on him, along with Creighton Bluejays , Xavier Musketeers , Kansas State Wildcats , Kansas, Oregon State Beavers and Cleveland State Vikings . So far, though, only Purdue Boilermakers has offered.
"Great school, good coaching staff," Watson said. "They had a bad year this year so they're trying to get more recruits to build up their team. It's a good school."
He wants to take trips to Michigan State, Minnesota Golden Gophers , Illinois and maybe Indiana.
Myles Turner, 2014, Texas Select: It's impossible to rank him any lower than No. 3 in the country. Potential is through the roof.
Cliff Alexander, 2014, Mac Irvin Fire: Alexander is as physically imposing a big man as you'll find in the class of 2014.
Riley LeChance, 2014, Ray Allen Select: LeChance has a little bit of Kevin Pangos in him. Can handle, shoot, has some flair.
Melo Trimble, 2014, DC Assault: Trimble just doesn't miss shots anymore, and he's getting better at initiating offense for others.
Keita Bates-Diop, 2014, Illinois Wolves: Bates-Diop has faced a variety of individual battles, but he's a matchup nightmare.
Stephen Zimmerman, 2015, Dream Vision: Zimmerman didn't get many touches the past two days, but he's got quite an arsenal.
Jaylen Fisher, 2016, Team Thad: Fisher is absolutely fearless for someone his age. Playing up two age groups, Fisher gets into the lane.
Chris Chiozza, 2014, Team Thad: He just flat-out goes. Chiozza is extremely quick, and gets after it on the defensive end.
Casey Schlatter, 2014, Iowa Barnstormers: Drake Bulldogs has a future Missouri Valley stud in Schlatter, a 6-foot-8 shooting forward.
Darrell Davis, 2014, Michigan Hurricanes: Davis didn't play his best game, but he can play both guard spots and scores.
Paris Bass, 2013, Michigan Warriors: If he can get cleared to go to college in the fall, he can make an impact. 6-foot-7 point forward.
Lamonte Bearden, 2014, Wisconsin Swing Litch: Bearden has the ability to change speed and direction very effectively.
Zach Haney, 2014, Houston Defenders: Given his 6-foot-11 size and perimeter shooting ability, Haney's stock will rise.
Joe Burton , 2014, Houston Defenders: He has played consistently well during the summer, and he continued that in Milwaukee.
Isaiah Whitehead, 2014, Juice All-Stars: Once he gets going offensively, good luck stopping him. Can make so many difficult shots.
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