Double Pump Spring Classic: Top Seniors
Seniors go to war in the final tourney of April.
Kicking off SLAMonline’s AAU coverage out West, we decided to shoot out to David and Dana Pump’s Double Pump Spring Classic in Las Vegas. The twin brothers founded the Double Pump AAU program, an adidas flagship team that has placed squads from a half dozen states under its umbrella. With alumni such as Gilbert Arenas, Trevor Ariza, Jrue Holiday, James Harden, Nick Young and more, it’s easy to see how Double Pump Elite has established itself as one of the legendary grassroots programs on the left coast.
As part of the Pump’s Best Buy Tournament Series, the Double Pump Spring Classic was home to just about every Pac-12 and West Coast team that one could dream of in the final weekend of the April evaluation period. Two teams that fell under the Pump lineage—Double Pump Elite and Lakeshow Pump N Run—went on to battle in the finals. While the hella stacked Pump N Run Elite ultimately won the 17U chip in OT, much love goes out to coach Joe Fuca and Lakeshow Pump N Run for nearly pulling off the major upset against their more heralded counterparts.
Here’s a look at some of the top seniors who did their thing at the Double Pump Spring Classic:
Mamadou N’Diaye, 7-6, C, Double Pump Elite
The biggest story of the tournament (both literally and figuratively) was the 7-6 N’Diaye. Already a YouTube sensation with over 3.5 million views, he was known among many in the basketball community just for his sheer size. Fast forward six months and he has the game to back it up, helping Double Pump Elite to the 17U title.
Still very much a work in progress, N’Diaye has made some major strides in his game. He’s much better running the floor, looks to dunk everything he gets in the paint, and is a roadblock in a 2-3 zone defensively. He’s shown that he can finish with either hand from time to time and has even shown flashes of a jump hook, making it easy to see why so many college coaches were debating how they would use a player of his stature if he were to land in their program. Look for the Senegalese giant to be one of the bigger intrigues of the high school basketball season, with college coaches and basketball fans alike coming out to see whether N’Diaye is the truth. After this weekend, I can certainly put my stamp of approval on that.
Daniel Muepo, 6-6, PF, Double Pump Elite
The top unsigned senior that the event had to offer was also one of the more explosive athletes, punishing the rim at any chance possible. When he wasn’t dunking on opposing defenders, he showed off a reliable J out to mid-range to keep defenders honest. Muepo didn’t show us much in terms of a handle, but he should have no problem landing a mid-major scholarship after his stellar play this weekend.
Casey Oliverson, 6-8, PF, Utah Pump N Run
Another unsigned senior who was still looking to find a home for college, Oliverson was an animal on the glass and punished defenders with his wicked screens. He even shocked everyone with his bounce by putting a defender on a poster. He simply brings all of the intangibles that you look for in a bruising big man. Look for Casey to land at a mid-major school out West when it’s all said and done.
Matt Mareno, 6-5, SF, Lakeshow Pump N Run
Mareno drew his fair share of buzz from both onlookers and college coaches alike with his surprising athleticism, though he also has the game to match. The versatile swingman was crucial in leading his squad to the championship against a far more talented Double Pump Elite team via his ability to get buckets both in transition and slashing to the rim. While he’s still on the board, I definitely see Mareno putting in work at a mid-major program out West.
Marcus Jackson, 6-4, SG/PG, Double Pump Elite
A lanky combo guard, Jackson had college coaches talking all weekend. Having grown a few inches to a legit 6-4, he showed off the versatility to both play and defend either guard spot, regardless of size. The intensity that he showed on the hardwood only added to things, so Mr. Jackson should expect his offer his to grow for real.