LAS VEGAS - After spending the first day of Vegas week at the Super 64, it was time to move on to the Fab 48 on Friday. Taking place on the beautiful campus of Bishop Gorman High School, the Fab 48 featured plenty of star power as guys like Anthony Wroten, DeAndre Daniels, Josiah Turner and several others got loose in front of a throng of college coaches.
Anthony Wroten, PG, Seattle Rotary Select- Simply put, we didn't see anybody in the gym playing at a higher level than the tall lefty point from the Emerald City. Playing with some extra bounce in his step and focus, Wroten did a little bit of everything. He was knocking down his jumper from deep (even with his tendency to fade away which flattens his shot), beating guys off the dribble with ease and making some ridiculous passes. When focused like this, he's certainly got a wow factor to his game and brings a combination of size, athleticism and skill to the table that few guys can match. Very positive day for a kid who has had lots of expectations put on him since he was a middle schooler.
DeAndre Daniels, SF, Belmont Shore- Because of his 6-foot-8 size and ability to score on bigger players, Daniels is extra valuable and able to play the three or the four. Long term, though, he's a small forward with excellent size, good athleticism and a dangerous jumper. Went for 30 in a big afternoon effort against Team Detroit.
Amir Garrett, SF, Belmont Shore- A year ago, Garrett played almost like an undersized four man. Now, the 6-foot-5 wing is a dangerous small forward who could be on his way to becoming a two guard. He's super athletic, quick to the rim, has improved his handle and can make some jumpers. Defensively, he's one of the best in the class because of his superior lateral quickness.
Grant Jerrett, PF, Belmont Shore- Because of his high shoulders and long arms, the 2012 big man is able to play bigger than his 6-foot-8 size. Tremendously skilled around the bucket, he's got touch, footwork and a great motor. He doesn't always get good touches in the post, but he makes the most of them.
D'Von Campbell, PG, Brandon Bass Elite- The slight point guard is winning over fans and has emerged as a target of high majors in the market for a floor general from the class of 2011. He's very quick, delivers the ball to teammates in scoring position and he can get his offense as well. Had 25 on an assortment of drives, pull-ups and floaters.
Oakland Soldiers starting five- Josiah Turner, Nick Johnson, Jabari Brown, Kyle Wiltjer and Brandon Ashley combine to make up possibly the most talented starting unit in grassroots basketball. Friday afternoon, they teamed up to slaughter a Mac Irvin Fire squad that had been talking some trash before tipoff but put up next to zero resistance in a 40 point romp for the Soldiers. Turner got things going early by getting to the rim and hitting some pull-up jumpers. Johnson kicked in with some jumpers and transition finishes while Brown did his thing from the outside and Ashley and Wiltjer combined to clean up in the paint or facing up from the three point line.
Hikeem Stewart, SG, Friends of Hoop- It doesn't seem like there are enough people talking about the talented off guard from Seattle. A scorer by nature, he easily creates opportunities for himself off the dribble and is a dangerous sniper from deep. He's making a major push for inclusion in the Rivals150 for the class of 2011 the next time it gets updated.
Jarrod Uthoff, PF/SF, Iowa Barnstormers- A skilled combo forward who just committed to Wisconsin, the 6-foot-8 Uthoff made a very good first impression. He's lean, but can handle, is an excellent passer and can shoot the ball. He's a great fit for Bo Ryan's swing offense and will be in the next rankings discussion.
Maurice Harkless, SF, New York Panthers- Now, this is the Harkless that we were told about by our New York area contacts. Looking the part of a high level prospect, the 6-foot-7 wing did a little bit of everything. He handled the ball, got others involved, made some shots and got to the rim. His mentor/adviser Nate Blue listed Maryland, Florida, St. John's, Arizona, Miami, Memphis, Cincinnati, Seton Hall, Virginia, Florida State and Connecticut as schools that are involved.
Jernard Jarreau and Ricardo Gathers, PF, New Orleans Elite/D1 Ambassadors- Talk about two totally opposing styles and body types. In Jarreau, you've got one of the skinniest big men (around 6-foot-9 and maybe 180 pounds soaking wet) in the class of 2011 and a guy that can face up to shoot, runs the floor and is a long term "upside" guy. Then you have 2012's Gathers who continues to show that he's a power-broker in the lane who is relentless at the rim and has a body that is built for playing for big money on Sunday afternoons in the Fall. Though they differ greatly in style, each shows their own type of upside and long term potential.
Eric Copes, PF, Team Philly- George Washington has landed themselves a guy that many high major coaches in attendance were wishing they could have recruited. A physical interior guy with length, he chases rebounds in and out of his area, is sneaky athletic and plays with a lot of energy. Offensively, he's a bit raw but has good hands and relatively soft touch on the interior. But make no mistake about it, it's his willingness to play physical in the lane that makes him such a valuable score for GW.
More notes from Friday
Cezar Guerrero has really come a long way with his game in the past year. He's always been speedy, but he's learned to control that speed and is making much better decisions. He's an offensive minded guy, but he gets others involved and is one of the best pull-up jump shooters in the country. Belmont Shore plays high octane ball and he's able to keep them running. Big man Daniel Green of the Dallas Mustangs Blue is an interesting guy to monitor from the class of 2011. He's starting to figure things out on the offensive end, is still growing into his 6-foot-9 frame and looks to have a pretty good motor. Josh Oglesby of the Iowa Barnstormers has one of the best looking shooting strokes in the class of 2011. He's got good size at near 6-foot-5 and can handle the ball a bit. He mentioned Arizona State, Boston College, Northwestern, Illinois, Minnesota and Northern Iowa as the schools doing the most work with him. He's still very young, but keep an eye out for 2014 wing Craig Victor who will attend St. Augustine in New Orleans. A long and lean small forward with excellent size, he moves fluidly, can shoot with range and has some game off the dribble. At St. Augustine, Victor will be a teammate of Sydie London a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from the class of 2012. A wing who can shoot it from deep or attack off of the dribble, London is just one of those guys who is wired to score and we've got a feeling that we'll be hearing a lot more about him and many of the other New Orleans Elite/D1 Ambassador kids down the road.
We weren't able to focus on the intense matchup between Team Odom and Play Hard Play Smart, but we were able to see enough to notice a couple of guys. For Team Odom, 2013 shooting guard Isaac Hamilton looks like a young wing with length, a pretty jumper and the ability to get buckets whenever he needs to. He's joined by a couple of 2011 guys who we hadn't seen in a while that are going to be a package deal for college in 6-foot-5 power wing Darius Nelson and rangy, but very athletic 6-foot-7 wing Ramon Eaton. Nelson loves to use his big frame and is a clever scorer off the dribble and from deep while Eaton does his damage near the rim, in transition and with the occasional jumper. For Play Hard Play Smart, 6-foot-5 wing and recent San Francisco pledge Charles Standifer is a solid, physical wing while 2013 guards Dakarai Allen and D'Erryl Williams (who both team up with Nelson and Eaton at Sheldon high school in Sacramento) show potential and look to be division one prospects. Finally, Terry Porter Elite features two guys that we are going to have to learn more about in 6-foot-7 forward Jameel McKay from Milwaukee (Wis.) Pulaski and 6-foot-4 wing Martell Collins from Milwaukee's Vincent High, both from the class of 2011. McKay is a long and bouncy guy who makes things happen from 15 feet and in while Collins is a hard charging wing who is very tough to stop on the baseline. Both guys look to be very solid (at the very least) mid major prospects and we'll try to catch them again before leaving Vegas.