While attending all seven major tournaments (Boo Williams, Las Vegas Easter Classic, Capitol Invitational, Las Vegas Spring Showcase, Pump N Run Vegas Classic, Kingwood Classic and Spiece Run N Slam), Rivals.com saw the majority of top talent around the country.
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Louisiana native Tasmin Mitchell continued to hold down the top spot in the rankings, while Florida small forward Keith Brumbaugh moved up to No. 2 after a strong showing at the Kingwood. Shooting guard Louis Williams led his Georgia Stars team to the Kingwood and Boo Williams championships and made the leap to No. 3. Power forwards Richard Hendrix and Tyler Hansbrough round out the top five.
Several players came out of nowhere to land spots among the nation's top prospects. Other players, who already had national reputations, used the month of April to solidify their spots as five-star prospects.
Five prospects who staked their claim among the nation’s elite
Mario Chalmers came out with a bang in Las Vegas during the Pump N Run tournament. The Alaskan guard had a great weekend in Sin City, proving he is one of the best scoring points, if not the best, in the nation. In Houston, he also proved he can defend.
Shooting guard Bobby Frasor established himself as one of the deadliest scorers in the country at the Kingwood Classic. High major schools followed his every move in Texas and immediately increased their recruitment of the Illinois standout. He’s as clutch as they get and his shooting form is near perfect.
Michigan native Eric Devendorf didn’t get the ink he deserved after shining in Houston, but his play at the Spiece Run N Slam was truly amazing. He got our vote as the top player at the Indiana event, displayed great athleticism and scored at will.
After watching prototype small forward Chad Millard at four straight tournaments, we moved him up in our rankings. With great penetration skills and wonderful touch on his jumper, he has all the tools on the offensive end of the floor.
Motor City shooting guard Chris Douglas-Roberts has been impressive with a smoothness to his game and the ability to score from anywhere on the floor. He has enough handle to break a defense down and prefers penetrating to the basket instead of shooting long jumpers.
Players who emerged on the scene and impressed
Courtney Fells took the Von Wafer approach at the Kingwood Classic. Like the current Florida State guard, Fells was a virtual unknown prior to the world’s largest AAU Tournament, but he quickly made his presence felt with an opening night game of 30 points, including seven treys.
Washington natives and Friends of Hoop teammates Micah Downs and Jon Brockman used the Boo Williams tournament to propel their names onto the Rivals150 list. Downs is a sweet shooting guard with a huge upside. Brockman is a brute force within five feet of the basket.
Texas big man Kevin Rogers used the Boo Williams tournament to establish himself as an elite power forward in the class of 2005. With a solid low post game and a nice frame, he has little trouble getting position on the block and finishing.
Arkansas big forward Michael Washington displayed nice size and athleticism in the early AAU season, catching the attenntion of several high majors. He has the ability to play with his back to the basket but can also knock down the outside jumper.
May will see a break in basketball action until the end of the month, when the Tournament of Champions (May 28-30) in Chapel Hill, N.C., and the Memorial Day Classic (May 29-31) in New Orleans kick off the official summer season. Rivals.com will be in attendance at both events providing complete tournament coverage.
But the busiest time of the year will be June and July, when Rivals.com will attend more than 20 national events.