Elite 8 in the Desert: Day One

WildcatAuthority.com was in attendance for the first day of the Elite Eight in the Desert. There were a handful of Arizona prospects in action and we have the breakdown.

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Saturday was the opening day of the Elite 8 in the Desert and while there were not a ton of Arizona prospects, there were still a few in action.

  • Eric Cooper: When watching Cooper, you can still see that he is recovering from injury. He simply does not have a lot of lift and has a tough time getting up in the air when driving into the lane.

    Cooper played extended minutes on a Belmont Shore team that had much less talent than it is used to, as Grant Jerrett was not in action this weekend.

    He had a few nice moves into the lane and was able to find a man, but the team was unable to convert. Cooper also hit a few jumpers and you can tell that he has potential. At this point, the biggest concern is whether or not Cooper will get his athleticism back.

    If he does, there is a good chance that he will improve in all facets of his game. If not, Cooper will continue to be a point guard that is able to run an offense effectively and make solid decisions throughout the game.

  • Jeremiah April: The Glendale (Ariz.) Joy Christian product is going to play with Compton Magic Black for the rest of the summer and will likely get more attention because of it.

    We had the opportunity to see him for the first time on Saturday and there is definitely potential there. April still needs to get stronger and be a bit more aggressive, but he uses his size well and has no problem staying in the post.

    April did not score a lot of points, but he knows exactly what his strengths are, as he went right to the post and shot two jumpers in a row.

    It would have been nice to see April go towards the basket instead of away from it, but there is plenty of time for him to work on it.

    We can definitely see April being a high major prospect and at this point, he is certainly one to keep an eye on.

  • Rosco Allen: We saw Allen play once and he had a solid game. Allen ran the floor well and was paired up with forward Ben Carter, who a lot of people have started comparing due to the fact they go to the same school and Carter has come on as of late.

    Both players are different and both have their positives and negatives. Allen ran the floor very well when we saw him, drawing the defense in a few times and dishing it out.

    The level of competition was not the greatest, as the game was against Belmont without Jerrett, but that still does not take away from the fact that Allen had a solid game.

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