ATLANTA -- Under Armour's senior basketball manager Ted Gladue put on a great event as the Atlanta Grind Session, held at Marist High School, provided a great opportunity to evaluate some outstanding players in a unique setting that focused on skill development.
Conner Frankamp (Wichita, Kan./North)
2013, PG/SG, 6-foot, 165 pounds
Frankamp, who was the most impressive player on the day, has an advanced skill level and a great feel for the game. The Kansas commitment’s size and true position has been a concern for some evaluators, but there are no reservations here. He handled the ball versus pressure, made good decisions and showed an excellent command utilizing the ball screen. His ability to shoot the basketball with consistency and range had the gym buzzing during the scrimmage periods. Look for a significant bump in the rankings if he is able to continue playing at this level during the summer.
Rondae Jefferson (Chester, Pa./Chester)
2013, SF, 6-6, 210 pounds
Jefferson is an impressive specimen who showed his diverse talents and why we have at No. 23 in the ESPN 100. He excelled during the skill-development sessions and played the role of facilitator during the scrimmages. His size and athleticism make for a difficult matchup for most opponents. Although the left-hander still scores most of his points off the bounce by attacking the rim, he needs to become a more consistent shooter from the perimeter and seems to be developing more confidence in his ability to shoot behind the arc off the catch.
Trayvon Reed (Snellville, Ga./Shiloh)
2014, C, 7-0, 210 pounds
Reed still suffers from the dreaded “potential over production” tag, but he possesses the physical and mental attributes of a potential elite player. Although he obviously needs strength and a more aggressive demeanor, he shows glimpses of what he has the chance to become with continued work and development. If/when the light does come on, Reed will be one of the dominant posts in the 2014 class.