Dayton-Flyers

Dayshon Smith’s Flying High To Dayton

Dayshon Smith, a New York native is coming off the board with a recent commitment to the Dayton Flyers. Coming off a big summer evaluation period, Smith saw his recruitment soar to new heights, receiving offers from URI, Illinois, Providence, and Penn St. just to name a few.

Smith is a smooth and silky guard that’s known to put up big numbers and also known as a facilitator. Smith is looking to lead the Putnam Science Mustangs to a National Prep Championship.

“I enjoyed the visit a lot, I felt Dayton was the best choice,” Smith told HDM.
Smith truly believed that it’s where you fit in and not what’s written across the front of the jersey. “It didn’t matter about the big name.”

Dayton’s recruitment doesn’t stop here. With the addition of Smith, the Flyers have also added a recruiter.

“I’m going to recruit Kendall Pollard to come join me and Kyle Davis,” said Smith. “I want to thank God, My family friends, coaches, Rice High School and PSA.”

Smith mentioned to HDM during a preseason workout that his focus is on winning a National Prep Championship this year. With his recruitment out of the way, Smith can now focus on bringing home the Title to PSA

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Memphis Lands Kuran Iverson (NBA Potential)

Coach Josh Pastner and the University of Memphis picked up a verbal commitment from 6’8 wing player Kuran Iverson. According to what Kuran confirmed with us in a phone interview he was sold on this decision during his recent visit to Memphis but still needed time to make a final decision.

“Last week sometime, but I didn’t want to go forward till I came home and had that mom and son talk’” said Iverson about mulling over his decision. “Once she gave her blessing I was good mentally with it.”

The last prep player from the New England region that Pastner landed is now playing in the NBA (Will Barton, Brewster Academy). Kuran is coach Pastners fourth top 100 prospect added to a stellar Tigers 2013 recruiting class

Kuran Iverson is 6’8 lean wing player, with a great skillset, and all the tools to be great. Iverson was written off by many media outlets in the past 2 years, before bursting back onto the scene this past spring/summer on the AAU circuit.

Iversons AAU Coach Andre Harrison states that he is happy Kuran made his own choice.

“The Best part of the visit was how nice the city of Memphis was,” said Coach Harrison. “Most of all how he got along with the team.”

Since being ranked as high as Top 10 in his class during his freshmen campaign, it was almost a sure thing; Iverson would put his stamp on the rankings as the top player in his class. After being hammered by injuries, and often seen taking plays off, Iverson began to fade as a promising prospect.

Iverson, heard the critics and used their criticism as motivation entering his senior year at Fishburne (Va.) Military School. Iverson starred at Northwest Catholic for three seasons before deciding a transfer move to the Virginia Prep School.

Iverson chose the Tigers over Billy Donovans Florida Gators. Kuran is also the cousin of former NBA MVP Allen Iverson.

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2012 HOF Spring Classic: Recap

Another Great AAU event this spring is in the books. The 2012 Basketbull Hall of Fame Spring Classic was home to some of the best talent in the country. The NE Playaz, CT Select and TMT all came away with the crown in the high school division.

In the 15u championship game we saw TMT (CT) come away with the crown scoring a 79-67 victory over CBC. CBC is considered the top 15u AAU team in Connecticut but on this day the boys of TMT got the best of them.

 

NY Lightning was clearly the best team in the 16u bracket, as they dominated through the field of play on their way to a championship wins over CT Select. The combination of Kahari Beaufort (St. Raymond’s NY) and Khadeen Carrington (Bishop Loughlin NY) proved to be too much for the competition. If Carrington wasn’t giving us highlight reel dunks the Beaufort was making defenders pay for not playing him close. Both players hold a handful of high major offers and are continuing their winning streak in California this upcoming weekend.

 

The NE Playaz as a program captured their 3rd championship of the spring and 2nd overall in New England. Before going on to win the HOF Spring Classic, the Playaz had to overcome a close overtime win against a good Jersey Elite team. The NE Playaz grabbed an 84-63 victory over a tough CT Select team that will continue to cause problems for opponents on the AAU circuit. The score doesn’t tell the whole story about this battle so we will.

 

There were 5 lead changes early on in the game until the 2nd half where the Playaz held a consistent 9 point lead and then opened the game up in the last 5 minutes of play. These two teams have met before but this game was different because a lot of skill and smart coaching was on display. Both coaches paced the sidelines the whole game having seen a player leave the game with a bloody nose and another one down on the floor with a nasty blow to the head. There was no foul play just two teams going after it and knowing that this was the championship game.

 

For CT Select the sharp shooting skills of Bryan Jones continued to keep his team in the game. But when NE Playaz have backcourt options of Adrian Oliveira (Brimmer May), Cane Broome (East Hartford), Isaiah Lewis (Christ The King) and Aaron Calixte (Stoughton) the game comes easy for the bigs. This best part about watching this team is how everyone knows and accepts their role.

 

Oliveira and Broome played the role of facilitators and knocked down the open jumper when the opportunity came. The combination of Calixte and Lewis repeatedly attacked for 2 points or draw a foul. The frontline of Karem Kanter (MacDuffie), John Powell (Brimmer May) and Mohamed Bah (Lee Academy) were just too big. All 3 players dominated the game on the glass, while Powell and Kanter have soft touches around the rim Bah played every possession with aggression and passion. Playaz travel to Chicago this upcoming weekend to continue their winning ways


Kuran Iverson “The Future”

He needs no introduction we call him “The Future” Kuran Iverson North West Catholic High School (CT) a prototype NBA prospect, long listed now as 6’10 as he grew two inches taller as well as his new show size which is now a size 15 but was a 13 at the beginning of the summer.   Athletic, guard skills like he should be 5’10 all this bottled into a high school Jr, one can say that Kuran knows what the top feels like and as well as the bottom.

 Kuran burst onto the scene in 2009 and took not only New England by the storm but the entire country as well, so much that ESPN Senior writer Dave Telep and staff  ranked him the #2 player in the 2013 class, and also drew comparisons to a former NBA All-Star in Antoine Walker.

Fast forward to today 2011 two years later Kuran is ranked respectfully at #30, some ask why ?  if he still displays the same game that he did two years ago, he has grown to 6’10, he is still athletic, he still is the same Kuran we all grew to love.   But one question is left unanswered does he play hard consistently.

Hey Kuran, we are going to jump right into it, what happened this year, as far as you playing during the AAU circuit consistently, as well as you being invited to the Lebron James skills academy, the Nike top 100, and The NBA Top 100 camp.  All these camps are invite only camps reserved for the best in the country why didn’t you attend.

 “I hurt my achilles in March the camps were all in June,  I couldn’t run or jump, I wanted to attend all prestigious events to show and prove that I’m still one of the best players in my class.” 

What do you say to those who question your work ethic, and your drive to play hard every possession?

I didn’t know my work ethic was in question, I workout 5 days a week, on all aspects of my game.  And continue to improve on all weaknesses of my game.  I just let my game do the talking, players play and coaches coach I do my part and leave the rest up to the critics lol. 

Do the rankings bother you at all, most of all do the rankings make you want to work harder because you have dropped ?

“No its just a number at the end of the day, I was taught at a young age to always strive to be #1. I try not to get caught up with that stuff cause one day they say you’re a pro and when you have a bad game they say you don’t work hard, lol its to confusing.”

You are part of the Long Island Lighting AAU program correct ?  What has been the best part of being with that program?

“Being around experienced coaches, who played at a high level and most of all people who care about kids.”

What schools are you considering that are actively recruiting you? Do you have a list ?

“Yes I have a list In no order Villanova, UConn, UK, Texas, Florida, and Louisville.”

Do you have a timeframe you think you would commit to a school?  What are the factors that will be most important in your eventual college decision?

 “At the end of the high school season I will sit down with my parents and coaches and choose a school that will prepare me for the next level academically and athletically.” 

 -MY PRO COMPARISON:  Kevin Durant

-FAVORITE TV SHOW:  Scooby-Doo

-GAME DAY MUSIC:  French Montana, Vado, Meek Mills

-THREE PEOPLE I’D LIKE TO MEET:  Lebron, Kevin Durant, Carmelo

-MY PHONE:  Blackberry

-MY FAVORITE MOVIE:  Blue Hill Ave

-FAVORITE NBA TEAM:  Miami Heat

-FAVORITE ATHLETE:  KD

-FAVORITE VIDEO GAME:  NBA 2k I’m a beast

– Finish the sentence: You would never know but I know how to ______________ Draw !

Thanks Kuran

“Thank you for having me, I’m loving the site.”