Fab 48: Top performers
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Rising sophomore Marvin Bagley put on a show in front of Roy Williams and John Calipari as pool play got underway at the Fab 48. Some of the better showings came from relatively unknown prospects nationally. Here are the top 10 performances from Thursday.
1. Marvin Bagley -- He's going to be under consideration for the top overall prospect in the class of 2018, and he showed exactly why on Thursday night. With head coaches from Arizona State, California, Kentucky and North Carolina on hand to watch him, the 6-foot-9 forward showed off his very complete overall game. He can score off post-ups, facing up to the basket, and he catches a number of alley-oops from teammates. He's a top-notch rebounder and when he gets a rebound, and he can push the ball up the court himself and make a play.
2. John Petty -- It doesn't take long watching Petty play to think he may be an NBA shooting guard in the future. At 6-foot-5, he's got a pure stroke and he's a great athlete. He, too, was the recipient of a few lobs thrown for him at the rim. Alabama's full staff was on hand to see him and he's also part of the reason Calipari was here.
3. Alani Moore -- Schools are going to be scared to recruit the 5-foot-9 point guard, but they shouldn't be. His lack of height might be his only flaw. He's an elite shooter and a great playmaker. Central Florida, U-Mass and Towson are the main schools involved with him, but others have been in contact.
4. Donovan Mitchell -- In a time where pick-and-pop forwards have a lot of value, it wouldn't be surprising to see Mitchell have quite a few options before all is said and done. He connected on four three-pointers and also knocked down a few more jumpers. He has one of those strokes where you feel like his shot has a chance to go in every time.
5. Jaylen Fornes -- Under the radar nationally, Fornes had quite the showing against Earl Watson Elite. At 6-foot-3, he's capable of playing either guard spot. He's at his best when he's in a scoring role, but he made some really nice reads on pick-and-rolls. Kansas State recently offered. Georgetown, N.C. State, Tennessee and other high-majors are involved.
6. Quinton Jackson -- Teaming up with Fornes in SEBL's backcourt, Jackson played very well, too. An ankle injury slowed him down late, but he literally scored just about whenever he wanted in the first half. Like Fornes, he's a taller guard at 6-foot-4 that can play either spot in the backcourt. LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Iowa State, UCF, Tulsa, Lehigh, Houston and Rutgers have offered. LSU head coach Johnny Jones and an assistant were on hand.
7. Darius Garland -- Speaking of scoring at will, that's what Garland did against the NY Jayhawks. Bagley may be the headliner for We All Can Go, but Garland is fun to watch as well. He's super quick, a crafty finisher, and shoots the cover off the ball.
8. Ethan Thompson -- He's going to be one to watch on the West Coast in the 2017 class. At 6-foot-4, he's a talented scorer and can make plays for others. Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle and an assistant watched him on Thursday.
9. Tyger Campbell -- He hasn't played a high school game yet as a 2019 prospect, but he's already starting to get people excited. He's small, although likely not done growing, and he's a natural playmaker with the ball. He's usually teeing up Bagley for easy buckets.
10. Joe Hampton -- The Penn State commit had a nice outing for DC Premier. He showed off the ability to both step away from the basket and make shots outside, while also being productive around the rim.
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