2014 Josh Perkins

2014 Josh Perkins
6’2″ Point Guard

8/24/13: Committed to Gonzaga.

LNH Notes: Aggressive, high-level of confidence and attitude on the court. May not mesh well with some programs (don’t really see him as a Minnesota type of guy) as compared to others (UCLA, for example) but would probably enjoy UCLA for example. The “right fit” will be especially important here. Excellent passer who demonstrates skill and creativity; fierce competitor; wants the ball in his hands.
+ Has played high school ball in Colorado and travel team competition with the Colorado Miners
+ Father is the coach of his Colorado Miners 17U team
+ Plans to attend Huntington Prep (W.Va.) for the 2013-14 school year
+ June 2013 rankings: 24, 18, 28 (average 23.3) per ESPN/Scout/Rivals. We believe the average ranking of ~23 is just about right.
+ Has said he will announce his decision on August 25, 2013 and there is much talk of he and Rashad Vaughn going to college together. We wouldn’t bank on either of those two things coming to fruition.
+ LNH has seen in person.

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2014 Sandy Cohen

2014 Sandy Cohen
6’5″ Guard

LNH Notes: Long, slim guard with a versatile skill set. Could help at point guard, but we view him as more of a wing who can handle and pass the ball in college. Defensively he should be able to cover a variety of assignments. Solid player in a lot of areas.
+ Nike EYBL: Played for Wisconsin Playground Elite with Rashad Vaughn
+ June 2013 rankings: 70, 90 , 93 (average = 84.3) per ESPN/Scout/Rivals. We think a borderline top 100 ranking is reasonable.
+ Rose to fame with a big weekend in EYBL, highlighted by a heavily watched Howard Pulley vs Playground Elite game in which Cohen scored a season-high 24 points.
+ LNH has seen in person.

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2014 Tyus Jones

2014 Tyus Jones
6’1 PG

LNH Notes: Gifted passer and all around basketball player who makes everyone around him better. Smart, skilled and tough player. Although he’s received praise for years and is held in extremely high regard, Tyus may prove to be even better than many realize. Exceptional talent. Legit.

+ Nike EYBL: Plays for Howard Pulley.
+ 2013 EYBL regular season: Averaged 22.8 ppg, 62.6% eFG%, 88.8% FT, 56.6 FTRate, 2.8:1 assist to turnover ratio, 2.7 spg.
+ June 2013 rankings: 3, 2, 2 (average = 2.3) per ESPN/Scout/Rivals. 
+ Rose to fame with a big weekend in EYBL, highlighted by a heavily watched Howard Pulley vs Playground Elite game in which Cohen scored a season-high 24 points.
+ Has starred in the USA Basketball program. Expresses strong interest to attend college with USA Basketball teammate and 2014 center Jahlil Okafor.
+ LNH has seen in person.

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6/12/13 – ESPN: Tyus Jones – life of a big time recruit
6/1/13 – Gophers have a recruiting advantage over Duke, others
5/13/13 – Tyus Jones Not Being Very Nice
3/31/13 –Tyus Jones Named 2012-13 Minnesota Gatorade POY 

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2014 J.P. Macura

2014 J.P. Macura
6’5″ Wing

LNH Notes: J.P. is a dangerous threat from outside and has tremendous range on his shot. However, somewhat similar to what we saw with Josh Oglesby (current Iowa guard; Iowa Barnstormers travel team; high school class of 2011), he also uses his size and aggressiveness on offense. Is Macura a “shooter”? Yes. However, J.P. isn’t just a 3-point specialist who stands at the arc waiting to shoot. He’ll get grimy and physical and it’s that aggressiveness combined with shooting skill that we especially like.

+ Travel team: D1 Minnesota
+ High school: Lakeville North (Minn.)
+ June 2013 rankings: NR, 89, 126 per ESPN/Scout/Rivals.
+ LNH has seen in person.

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7/11/13 – LNH: JP Macura Spotlight

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2015 Malachi Richardson

2015 Malachi Richardson
6’6″ Wing

LNH Notes: Skilled wing with great size. Very good outside shooter with ability to improve on the attack. New Jersey kid who can be a star on the court, but is an unselfish player with a priority of helping his team win games. Malachi is a highly talented player, but we also really like what we’ve seen in terms of how he conducts himself on and off the court.

+ Nike EYBL: Played for Team Final alongside Gopher 2014 target Ja’Quan Newton.
+ June 2013 rankings: 11, 19, 19 (average = 16.3) per ESPN/Scout/Rivals. We see him as a legit top 20 talent.
+ LNH has seen in person.

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7/16/13: Inside The Hall: Richardson Shines at Peach Jam
5/28/13: Inside The Hall – Healthy Richardson Putting Up Big Numbers in the EYBL 

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2014 Ja’Quan Newton

2014 Ja’Quan Newton
6’2″ Combo Guard

Committed to Miami (Fla.).

LNH Notes: More of a slashing 2-guard look at this point, but PG / combo in college is likely. Aggressive & talented attacker; outside shooting hasn’t been strong.
+ June 2013 – Teamed with 2014 Reid Travis during NBPA Top 100 camp to win the championship
+ June 2013 rankings: 67, 54, 41 (average = 54) per ESPN/Scout/Rivals. Expect that average to improve moderately.
+ July 2013 – Newton helped Team Final into Nike EYBL Peach Jam final four before losing to CP3.
+ Philly kid; has interest in playing with Isaiah Whitehead in college.
+ LNH has seen in person.

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2014 Nate Mason

2014 Nate Mason
6’0″ Guard

LNH Notes: Combo guard who may do quite well as a point guard in college. Small, but can be tough and assertive. Sometimes looks great, sometimes not so great – certainly a player we could see sneaking up Minnesota’s list of 2014 targets. – 7/19/13
+ Nike EYBL: CP3 in 2013; Southern Stampede in 2012.
+ June 2013 rankings: Not rated.
+ Averaged 12.1 ppg & 3.0 apg in 21.2 mpg during the 2013 EYBL regular season. Approximately one-third of his FGA were 3FGA (20/63 for 31.7%) and he shot a respectable 51.4% eFG, up considerably from 2012 when he shot just 42.3% eFG. Nice 2.7:1 assist:turnover ratio.
+ LNH has seen in person.

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