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June 8, 2009

USA 16-U trials: Cook shines at the point

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- The action picked up during the second day of the 16-Under USA National Team trials with a competitive scrimmage. Class of 2011 point guard Quinn Cook led his team to wins in all four quarters.

Quinn Cook (2011)- Outside of Anthony Wroten Jr. who cannot compete with the team in Argentina due to school, Cook has established himself as the top point guard at the trials. A dangerous shooter from behind the arc, Cook also navigated ball screen situations with precision, scoring in the midrange with a nifty floater while also finding shooters.

Anthony Wroten Jr. (2011)- The power guard didn't participate in the evening scrimmage, but he had an outstanding showing in the morning session. Wroten is a high level passers with extraordinary court vision. He is very left handed and his jump shot needs work, but what Wroten does well, he does especially well.

L.J. Rose (2012)- His body is still developing, but Rose has a special feel for passing the ball from the point guard position. He hasn't been a threat to score during the trials, but he has done a nice job setting up scorers.

Bradley Beal (2011)- Beal has clearly established himself as the top shooting guard at the trials. He has ultimate confidence in his jump shot and has also displayed the ability to get to the rim and finish.

Adonis Thomas (2011)- Simply an electric athlete, Thomas is by a large margin the top perimeter defender at the trials. Offensively, he is a terror as a finisher on the fast break and has the ability change directions on the dribble and slash into the lane. If he develops a consistent jumper, he will be an elite small forward prospect.

Kevin Ware (2011)- When Ware has wanted to get into the lane, he has gotten into the lane. He is not an outside shooting threat at this point in his development, but he has an explosive first step either direction and utilizes hesitation moves to penetrate off ball screens. In the lane, he can score with a promising floater and is an exceptional passer in tight quarters.

James McAdoo (2011)- McAdoo, the No. 1 ranked power forward in the 2011 class, has Johnny O'Bryant breathing down his neck for that top spot. Fairly quiet during the first three practice sessions, McAdoo came alive during the evening scrimmage. He repeatedly got to the free throw line on physical drives to the basket and rebounded well.

Tony Parker (2012)- Parker has progressively gotten better during the trials. In the scrimmage he finished with authority with both his right and left hand.

Angelo Chol (2011)- The lefty big man who is originally from Sudan stood out in the scrimmage session. He runs the floor well, blocks shots and scores effectively with a left hand jump hook.

Johnny O'Bryant (2011) and Andre Drummond (2012)- Both post prospects have maintained the highest level of play amongst the big men. O'Bryant is a relentless competitor who loves to score off spin moves and has a feel for passing the ball. Drummond's length and foot speed make him a unique prospect who makes plays outside his area.

Recruiting news

James McAdoo will visit North Carolina this summer and is contemplating also visiting Duke. He said that North Carolina, Florida and UCLA are his top three schools, and that Kentucky and Kansas have recently gotten into the mix.

Anthony Wroten Jr. said his school list changes daily, but he is intrigued with playing in the Big East and being close to his cousin Nate Robinson, who plays for the New York Knicks. He did list Syracuse, St. John's and Seton Hall as schools of interest and refuted the speculation that Washington is the leader for his services.

Angelo Chol is favoring Washington, who has offered him. He is also looking at Connecticut.

Miscellaneous Info

Andre Drummond will attend Oakdale (Conn.) St. Thomas Moore as a reclassified sophomore next year.

Tony Parker said he is transferring to Rockville (Md.) Montrose Christian.

Mike Gilchrist and Marquis Teague could not participate in the trials due to conflicts with school.

Anthony Wroten Jr., Angelo Chol and Perry Ellis participated in the trials over the weekend but will not be able to travel to Argentina. Wroten-school, Cho-unresolved issues with his citizenship, Ellis-prior commitments.

This 16-U National squad must finish third or higher out of eight teams in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in order to qualify for the first ever 17U World Games in Germany next summer.


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