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May, 2019

GASO & Gauntlet Recap

(By: RevolutionHoops Staff)

Dallas - Ft. Worth, TX-

The first NCAA LIVE Recruiting period came and went this past weekend. Our staff was able to get eyes on and follow some of the teams from Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. Here's a breakdown on some of the prospects who stood out from both the TexasHoops GASO and Adidas Gold Gauntlet. 

Dominique Clifford 6'4" G (2020)
The Vanguard HS (CO)/Colorado Miners 17U Gold
Wowed a lot of on-lookers with his athleticism and highlight reel dunks. A long athletic guard who rose and picked up a couple of bodies by finishing with force at the rim. Good handles and also showed a perimeter shot beyond the 3-pt line, to go with his attacking off the dribble. Was active on the defensive end and saw him interrupt the passing lanes multiple times with his length. 

Luke O'brien 6'7" SF (2020/Colorado Commit)
Columbine HS (CO)/Colorado Miners 17U gold

Had modest stats, but showed flashes of his athleticism, fluidity, and high basketball IQ. Good looking jump shot, gets out in transition, and is a dual threat whether it be shooting from the perimeter, or he could be seen using his long, strong frame to attack his defender off the dribble. Is not shy about making the extra pass. At times, appeared to be a little passive. The CU staff was was in attendance watching his performance. 

Isaac Ondekane 6'8" F/C (2020)
Mullen HS (CO)/Colorado Miners 17U Gold

Just eye-balling it, but the big man probably tips the scales at 230+ lbs, and we might be low-balling, but his frame is wide and solid. Even more surprising for his size, he is a quick leaper, and showed that he had no problem in getting up and down the floor, and finishing above the rim. Very nimble, and when he gets full steam ahead, is too much of a load to stop. Used his body to create space down low and did show he could come out free throw line extended to face up as well. A very intriguing prospect because of his size. 

John Grigsby 6'9" F (2020)
Monarch HS (CO)/Colorado Roughriders
Played both inside and out. Decent footwork down low, was very productive on cleaning the glass, but showed his range multiple times by connecting on pick and pops with jumpers from 16-18 feet, and even stretched the floor more by connecting beyond the arc from the corners. Good motor that kept him actively going up and down the court. 

Jackson Ruai 6'4" G/SF (2019)
Ampitheater HS (AZ)/Arizona Dynasty Elite
Athletic guard/wing combo, who was tough to stop when using his athleticism and quickness to get to the rim. Good first step and and used his length to help him score when attacking off the dribble. Defensively, had several deflections and steals during the weekends action. For a guard/wing, was constantly rebounding. An improved outside game make him an intriguing un-signed senior. 

Deraje Agbaosi F 6'7" (2020)
Eldorado HS (NM)/New Mexico Force
One of the most consistent and better performers we saw all weekend, impacted every game the Force played in. Above average athlete with good handles, who has a D1 frame already, and rocked the rim on several occasions as he had no issues in finishing strong. Was a magnet for rebounds, on both ends and thrived in getting out in transition. His ball-handling was a mis-match for most opposing bigs who guarded him. Most of his offensive output was from within the paint and around the hoop. Increasing his range and ability to face-up will only cement him more as a D1 prospect. 

Derek Aeilts G 6'5" (2020)
La Cueva HS (NM)/New Mexico Force

Lit the nets up all weekend, and separated himself quickly as one of the top shooters at the GASO. Combined with good height, there wasn't a spot on the floor that he couldn't hit from. Plays smart, doesn't force the issue, was seen always working to get open, and didn't solely rely on the outside shot to score. Used his above average handles to take defenders off the dribble and attack. When he drew contact, was nearly automatic at the free throw line. 

Toon Gatkek C 6'9" (2020)
Caprock HS (TX)/New Mexico Force

An intriguing low post prospect who oozes potential and showed signs that his overall game can improve quickly. A wingspan that is either near or past 7'0", his length causes problems on the defensive end, and many times he crashed the offensive boards to get tip in's and garbage buckets all because he worked and got himself into good position around the hoop. As the weekend progressed, he showed he can face up and hit a 10-12 foot jumper, only adding to his arsenal. With a very thin frame, gaining weight and muscle will be needed. More physical strength would open the flood gates for more college interests. 

Joel Scott SF 6'7" (2019)
Lewis-Palmer HS (CO)/Billups Elite

Our first time seeing Scott, you see the bloodlines, and honestly are wondering why he's still unsigned. A legit 6'7", and his strong frame immediately pass the eye ball test. As he took the floor, he only confirmed more that he was a baller. Scored inside and out. A jumper that was consistently accurate, and showed deep range against top competition in the Gauntlet. Above average handles, and with good athleticism, had no problem taking defenders off the bounce. With his strong build, also held his own hitting the boards. In transition was always running his lanes and had no problems in catching and shooting.

Ronnie DeGray III F 6'7" (2019)
Woodstock Academy Prep (CT) by Chaparral HS (CO)/Billups Elite

Another prospect who already has a D1 frame. Plenty of girth and weight so that he can bang inside and down low, but quickly showed that he can play on the wing if needed. Because of his size, was a tough match-up in the paint, even for taller players, and when in close, finished more times than not. Did not have an issue playing wing extended and showed basketball savvy as there were certain match-ups he exploited by bringing defenders out and using his quickness and ball handling ability to get by them. 

Kobe Sanders PG 6'1" (2020)
Chaparral HS (CO)/Billups Elite 

A point guard who is a true floor general. Ran a smooth offense whether it was streaking down the court in transition or setting up a half-court set. Several times defenders backed off, and he made them pay with deadly shooting from beyond the arc. Good quickness that let him attack, and he played within the flow of the game, took what the defense gave him. Routinely looked for open teammates, plays with his head up to make the next pass, but did not have any issues in scoring when he had the chance.