The first AAU live period in nearly two years took place this past weekend at venues spread out all over the country. Our Pro Insight team blanketed our coverage from coast-to-coast, including Adidas 3SSB, which was held at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex, just outside of Birmingham, Alabama.
The event was filled with well-known four and five-star prospects, but for the majority of this article, we’re focusing on the class of 2022 through 2024 “non-household names” that were either unranked entering the weekend or, in our opinion, under-valued due to limited exposure throughout the global pandemic. We’re also including two standout 2025 prospects who we project will become household names sooner rather than later.
In the latest edition of ‘P.I. Pulse’, we cover a number of unsigned prospects that caught our eye in Alabama, organized alphabetically by class:
Jamarques Lawrence | Guard | NY Jayhawks
The Roselle Catholic (NJ) combo guard was a straight-up flame-thrower throughout the entire weekend. Not only could he seemingly not miss from deep, he was a major overall catalyst in his team’s 5-1 showing in Birmingham. Standing at 6’3, Lawrence displayed the ability to play comfortably both on or off the ball and while he wasn’t tossing in 23-footers, he did a nice job finding teammates with an array of smart entry passes, kick-outs and drop-offs once the defense ran him off the line or collapsed on him. There’s always value in high IQ players that can put the ball in the basket, so it’s no wonder high majors are beginning to take notice of Lawrence’s abilities.
Latest offers: Virginia Tech, Quinnipiac, Wichita State, Fordham, California, St. Bonaventure, UMBC
Ven-Allen Lubin | Forward | Southeast Elite
With Southeast Elite teammate Ernest Udeh, Jr. absent this weekend due to illness, Lubin took full advantage of the spotlight for Southeast Elite. Displaying his electric athleticism, Lubin thrived in transition and finished everything around the basket with authority. His strength and length made it easy for him to finish through tough defense. However, our staff knew he possessed those traits before this weekend. What we were most impressed by from the 4.0 GPA student was his new-found touch and shooting ability, which had previously been improvement areas for Lubin. Throughout the weekend, he showed off a variety of mid-post and face-up jumpers, and even knocked down a couple threes. Combine an improved skillset with his elite defensive and transition ability, and it’s no surprise he has picked up multiple Power 5 offers in recent days.
Latest offers: Georgia, Auburn, Miss. State, Pitt, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, West Virginia
Honorable Mentions: D’Ante Bass (Atlanta Celtics), Fats Billups (Team Loaded VA), Ryan Dunn (NY Jayhawks), Elijah Saunders (Compton Magic), Enkhiin-Od Michael Sharavjamts (Midwest Basketball Club)
Gabe Cupps | Guard | Midwest Basketball Club
Like many, our first exposure to Gabe Cupps was watching him go shot-for-shot with LeBron on Instagram in 2019. Two years later and the viral video has subsequently propelled his following to over 360,000. We didn’t put much thought into him as a prospect until seeing him live in Alabama and let us just say — he put everyone in the gym on notice. Cupps is much more than just a shooter with 25-foot range. He’s as tough and competitive as they come, a fundamentally-sound combo guard with a tight handle, quick processing speed and sharp court vision. Though smaller in stature compared to some opponents, he makes up for it by working his tail off on D, maximizing his athletic ability and playing angles to cut off penetration. We feel confident writing this in ink: Cupps will no longer be unranked by the end of the summer.
Latest offers: Indiana, Kansas State, Clemson, Cincinnati, Dayton, Ohio State
Tyler Harris | Wing | Dream Vision
Quite simply, Tyler Harris is a name that deserves more attention. He spent the weekend playing with Dream Vision 16s and didn’t produce gaudy numbers, but had plenty of incredibly intriguing flashes offering a glimpse of what he can become as a player. Off the top, at 6’7, he brings very good positional size on the wing. He’s a superb athlete with excellent body control, a functional handle and secondary playmaking upside due to his smart, swift decision making. He’s currently flying under the radar mostly due to limited exposure throughout COVID, but that won’t be the case for long.
Latest offers: UTEP, Cal Poly, Eastern Washington
Honorable Mentions: Truman Claytor (Team Loaded NC), Khali Horton (Wildcat Select), London Johnson (Game Elite)