LAS VEGAS- Talent was spread all over the Las Vegas area playing in several different tournaments, but no player stood taller than 6-foot point guard Joe Jackson.
Joe Jackson (Memphis Magic)- Jackson put together a string of high-scoring games on the final day of the adidas Super 64, leading his team to a championship. As a point guard, Jackson has improved as a distributor, but his bread is buttered by his ability to score tough points. With a blazing burst to the basket going either direction, Jackson gets to the bucket with the best of them. But more than just his athleticism and scoring touch, it is competitive fire that makes him special. Not many players can cover half the court in three seconds and hit a running 30-footer to put a game into overtime with a composed confidence like Jackson did to take down DC Assault in the semifinals.
Adonis Thomas (2011 Memphis Magic)- Although Thomas is a role player for the Magic, he is an elite small forward prospect in his own right. His jumper continues to improve, and he will likely have his choice of school before his recruitment comes to an end. An elite defender with a big time body, Thomas has the skill package and the intangibles that would make a college coach drool.
Chris Crawford (Memphis Magic)- The 6-foot-4 shooting guard played his way into being a high major recruit in Las Vegas. A pure shooter with sneaky athleticism, Crawford hit big shots after big shots and played a strong overall game. He was definitely the x-factor for the Memphis squad.
Daryl Traynham (DC Assault)- Speaking of playing himself into a high major recruit, Traynham was exceptional in his team's tough loss to the Magic. Traynham came off the bench and immediately swung the game in DC Assaults favor. He scored a game high 29 points and disrupted Jackson's rhythm on the offensive end. Traynham was a nightmare for opposing point guards throughout his time in Vegas, also giving Trevor Releford and Gary Franklin fits with his pressure defense.
Joshua Hairston (DC Assault)- Hairston produced points for his squad with quick moves in the post and face-up jumpers from outside. He is turning into a confident inside/outside scoring threat who should be able to translate the majority of those points to the college level at Duke.
Jeremiah Davis (2011 Indiana Elite)- Davis played well when we watched him on the final day of action. He made play after play in his team's tough win over the D-Harris all stars in the 16-under semifinals at the adidas Super 64. Capable of making both positive and negative plays at a high rate, Davis kept his negative plays to a minimum while creating scoring opportunities for his squad.
Algie Key (2011 Southern Kings)- Key doesn't get the attention that his higher profile teammates receive, but he is developing into a high level playmaker on both ends of the court. He defends and rebounds at a high level and is an impressive ball handler and passer in the open court.
Amile Jefferson (2012 Team Philly)- The future is bright for this thin 6-foot-6 forward. Similar to a Quincy Miller, Jefferson has impressive ball skills for a player his length.
Team Detroit beat D-One Sports in the open division of the Reebok tournament behind 16 points from Trey Zeigler.