Posted by Jeff Borzello
HAMPTON, Va. – Although he was giving up around 65 pounds to DaJuan Coleman, Willie Cauley showed flashes as to why he’s one of the nation’s fastest-rising big men in the country.
Cauley has trouble with Coleman’s strength and size, but he was able to give Coleman problems with his length and athleticism defensively. Cauley runs the floor well and can finish at the rim, and is also solid on the offensive glass.
“I played well, but there are some things I can improve,” Cauley said. “I had some problems with how strong he is.”
In terms of recruiting, the 6-foot-11 center from Olathe Northwest (Kan.) said he is hearing from the entire Big 12, as well as Florida, Alabama and Georgia.
Bridgewater anchors Hoops frontline
With three five-star guards on the roster, the perimeter group for Houston Hoops garners most of the attention.
However, people will start looking down low in the next couple of years, as 6-foot-6 forward Brian Bridgewater has the makings of a high-major prospect. The Episcopal (La.) product has a very strong body and can run the floor with the best of them. He can finish effectively despite being undersized.
“I love playing with great guards,” Bridgewater said. “It’s a great thing; I just go with it.”
The 2013 prospect as an early list, claiming offers from Baylor, Oklahoma State and LSU, with interest coming from Kentucky and North Carolina.
Jaylen Brantley lights it up despite small stature
Don’t let the 5-foot-9 size fool you – Jaylen Brantley can flat-out play.
Surrounded by highly-touted prospects across then BABC roster, Brantley still manages to make a name for himself on the AAU circuit. The Wilbraham & Monson (Mass.) guard scored 33 points against a talented CIA Bounce group at the Boo Williams EYBL last weekend.
He is a very good 3-point shooter, but he can also get to the rim, as evidenced by his 15-of-18 performance from the free-throw line against CIA.
Brantley, a 2013 prospect, claims offers from Pittsburgh and Boston College, as well as interest from Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Maryland and Providence.