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November 4, 2013

Elite 14 features lots of regional talent


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WICHITA FALLS, Texas- The Elite 14 at Hirschi High in Wichita Falls, Texas was a terrific event on Saturday. Featuring top talent from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, the event allowed Rivals.com to get a good look at several players before the high school season tips off. Today, we wrap up our coverage by checking in on players such as five-stars Myles Turner, Emmanuel Mudiay and many more.

News on five-star big men

After seeing 6-foot-10 senior Myles Turner against the nation's elite throughout the summer and in early October at USA Basketball, it was interesting to see him against high school competition. Despite no help from the referees who let defenders clutch and grab him at every opportunity, the No. 6 player in the class of 2014 was thoroughly dominant for Euless (Texas) Trinity. He scored, he rebounded, he blocked shots and he led his teammates vocally. A skill guy who wants to face up, Turner continues to play with more physicality and is showing a bit more of a nasty streak.

Turner reported that his official visit to Ohio State went well but he's yet to schedule any other visits. Oklahoma State's Travis Ford was on hand to watch him with an assistant and there were assistants from Kansas and Texas there to see him as well. Kentucky, Duke and Arizona remain in Turner's final seven.

2015 five-star Tyler Davis of Plano (Texas) West is currently sidelined on two fronts. One, he recently had his knee scoped to clean up some meniscus damage and two, he's currently been ruled ineligible to play varsity basketball as a junior because his transfer to Plano West has been ruled to be for athletic purposes. The 6-foot-9, 265 pounder and his family are appealing the decision with the state while he spends the next 6-8 weeks recovering from his injury. According to Davis he now has offers from Arizona, Baylor, SMU, TCU, Houston, LSU and Purdue and they've all been by to see him.

Mudiay stands out for loaded Prime Prep

Once again, Dallas (Texas) Prime Prep is loaded with talent. Headlining the group is the No. 2 player in the class of 2014, Emmanuel Mudiay. The 6-foot-4 point guard continues to add muscle to his athletic frame and he was able to get to the rim whenever he wanted to.

For the most part, though, the future SMU Mustang looked focused on involving others. Notably, No. 10 in 2016 Terrance Ferguson. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard has deep range on his jumper and is a sky walking athlete. Because his role in the past has been to bomb away from deep Ferguson sometimes settles a little too easily for jumpers. When he decides to attack the rim as well, it's easy to see why he is a big time prospect.

Also solid for Prime was 2014 wing Micah Seaborn, The 6-foot-4 Seaborn is a very good defender and will knock down and open shot. He has visited Sam Houston State officially and plans to see Rider before signing day.

More notables from the Elite 14

Bel Aire (Kan.) Sunrise Christian is the high school basketball equivalent of the United Nations and has players from all over the globe. Leading the way was four-star point guard Lourawls Nairn from the Bahamas. The Michigan State pledge looked in tip top condition and was making plays all over the floor. We've written it before, but Spartan fans will love him for his toughness and playmaking.

Also making some noise were shooting guard Vasilije Pusica and big men Ruben Guerrero and Moataz Hosney. A product of Serbia, Pusica is a deadly jump shooter with some savvy and toughness off the dribble who has offers from San Diego and Colorado State. A product of Spain, Guerrero is a pretty mobile big man who has a great looking jumper for a 6-foot-10 kid. Just arrived from Egypt, Hosney has long arms, good strength and was very active on the glass, scoring around the rim and as a shot blocking presence.

It looks like UTEP stole one from Big 12 schools in combo guard Omega Harris. The product of Putnam City (Okla.) West is seriously explosive off the dribble. He gets to the rim in a hurry and knows how to finish once he's there. Because Harris is so tough to contain off the dribble, defenders have to back off giving him plenty of time to get his jumper off. A three-star prospect, Harris could challenge for the Rivals150 with a big senior year.

A power forward to keep an eye out for from Tulsa (Okla.) Memorial is junior A.J. Cockrell. At 6-foot-7 with long arms, Cockrell is an explosive athlete who soars for dunks and competes from rebounds. His first offer is from South Dakota and he has interest from Tulsa, Southern Illinois and Oral Roberts.

Also in the steal category is 6-foot-3 shooting guard Jeremiah Jefferson. A three-star senior at Dallas (Texas) AAA Academy, Jefferson is an explosive scorer who can get to the rim or create jumpers off the dribble. There's a lot of sizzle in his game -- to the point that his future coaches will probably ask him to tone it down a little -- but there's no question he's a potential impact player and big time get for Weber State.

In the class of 2016, Mustang (Okla.) High big man Austin Meyer definitely has a chance to play his way into the national rankings. While slender, the 6-foot-9 big man is quite agile, quick off the floor and has good skill and instincts. Look for him to emerge as a Big 12 target during his career.

Also on the radar screen for many high major programs is 6-foot-6 sophomore forward Cameron McGriff. The product of South Grand Prairie just outside of Dallas is a deluxe athlete who can play well above the rim. He's working to be a true small forward and has the physical tools to be a four-star prospect if his game can develop a little more. He will get to the rim, rebounds and runs but sometimes plays a little stiff/up and down. Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, SMU, Arkansas, Oklahoma and many more are tracking him closely.

Finally, Trent Internationale outside of Houston has some guards to keep an eye on.A three-star scoring guard, Malik Starkes is a 6-foot-3 senior from Philadelphia. He is a streak shooter who can put the ball on the floor and has a strong frame. His coaches said that Connecticut and Memphis are keeping tabs. Unable to play due to injury, 2015 point guard DaRon Curry is racking up offers and interest. According to the Trent coaches the six-footer has gotten offers from DePaul, UTEP, Drexel, Boston, Florida International and North Texas while schools like Baylor and Texas A&M are monitoring his progress.


Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.



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