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Recruits to watch at KYDA Invitational

The KYDA Invitational will bring some of top individual and team talent in AAU basketball to Riverfront Sports in Scranton Saturday and Sunday.

Jalen Duren, a 6-foot-10 center from Philadelphia, who plays at Montverde Academy in Florida, highlights the list. Duren is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 recruit from the Class of 2022 by ESPN.

Duren plays for Team Final PA. His ESPN recruiting profile highlights Alabama, Georgetown, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Michigan and Penn State as schools that have made offers.

Using ESPN rankings as a guide, here are 10 Players to Watch this weekend:

ESPN RankNameAAU TeamNotable
  2Jalen DurenTeam Final PA6-10 center from Philadelphia
  8Jarace WalkerTeam Thrill6-8 power forward from Florida where he plays at IMG Academy and has already received a long list of major offers
13Simeon WilcherNew York RensOthers on this list are ranked in Class of 2022. He is the only one listed for rank among Class of 2023. The 6-3 shooting guard is from Roselle Catholic (N.J.).
24Dereck LivelyTeam Final PAThe 7-1, 215-pound center plays at Westtown High, a non-PIAA school in Chester
31Kyle FilipowskiNew York Rens6-9 power forward from New York City
38Justice WilliamsTeam Final PALike Duren, the 6-3 shooting guard is a Montverde Academy (Fla.) player from Philadelphia. His list of major offers includes many of the nation’s most prestigious programs
48Roddy GayleNew York Rens6-4 small forward from Niagara Falls, N.Y. is committed to Ohio State University
54J.J. Starling(NY) City Rocks6-3 point guard from Baldwinsville, N.Y. plays at La Lumiere School, a prep school in Indiana. Has offer to play at home in college at Syracuse
87Noah BatchelorTeam Thrill6-5 small forward from Maryland plays at IMG Academy in Florida
98Cam WhitmoreTeam Melo6-6 small forward from Maryland is a rising prospect since having the early part of high school career curtailed by injuries

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