Las Vegas Fab 48 Day Four: Evaluations was once again in attendance for the Las Vegas Fab 48. Read in for evaluations of Eric Cooper Jr., Brodricks Jones, and more.

LAS VEGAS - Many Arizona prospects will not be playing on Sunday, but it was not for lack of effort. Read on for the evaluations of numerous Arizona players that the coaches saw on Saturday.


Eric Cooper Jr.: This was the best I've ever seen Cooper look. He's definitely in better shape than last summer along with being noticeably quicker and stronger.

Cooper still has problems staying in front of quick guards, but the further along he comes from his knee injury, the better he figures to get.

Offensively, Cooper showed a very nice stroke and can really help himself if he develops into a knockdown shooter, which he's certainly capable of. He's never going to be dynamic at penetrating, but he's a more than capable passer and uses his size to find open cutters.

In short, Cooper has improved dramatically, but still has much room for improvement.

Emmanuel Mudiay: Mudiay is a phenomenal talent. He has the penetration ability of an above-average point guard combined with elite scoring skills and instincts.

Mudiay's combination of shooting and precision ball-handling allows him to get wherever he wants on the court. Although he is a tremendous shooter, Mudiay looks to attack the hoop first and converts more times than not.

Mudiay is also a willing passer and threw a few pin point passes that hit his teammates in the hands before landing out of bounds. He paced himself defensively, which is understandable considering his teammates rely on him to score or facilitate on nearly every possession.

Mudiay has few flaws in his offensive game and is maybe the smoothest player in the tournament.


Brodricks Jones: It's scary to think how good Jones will be in a few years. Already a legit 6-foot-9 or 6-foot-10, he still looks very young, indicating he's probably not done growing.

Jones moves with a fluidity that is uncommon for someone his size and age. He also seems to be well-versed in the fundamentals of the game, keeping the ball high on offensive rebounds, going straight up, and rarely leaving his feet to block shots unless the shooter is already in the air.

Chance Comanche: It was much of the same from Comanche. He patrolled the lane and made it nearly impossible for the opposing team to convert interior shots when he was around the hoop.

A few times an opposing player seemed to have an open driving lane, but pulled up for a contested jumper because of Comanche's presence.


Cheick Diallo: Diallo is a coach's dream. He brings unrivaled tenacity, rebounding and shot blocking, yet stays away from the mistakes that plague most young players.

Offensively, he shows surprisingly solid footwork for a player with little experience. A couple times Diallo caught the ball and faked inside and spun around, which allowed him to get past his defender for a layup.

It's worth repeating, although he is new to basketball, Diallo has an incredible feel for the game.

Chris McCullough: McCullough played a little better Saturday. He showed more effort on the glass and made a few nice power moves that were noticeably absent on Friday.

Talent is not a problem with McCullough; his intensity level is, though. Too often he roamed the perimeter despite bring guarded by smaller players. McCullough has the talent, but is still learning how to use it.

Kendall Small: There's a lot to like in Small. He pushes the ball effectively at every opportunity, can beat his man off the dribble using a variety of moves, and fairly physical for being undersized.

Opponents must respect his shot, which makes it even easier for him to penetrate.

Stephen Thompson Jr.: There are not many flaws in Thompson's game. He's a solid ball handler, shooter and is able to get his shot off with a variety of head fakes and hesitation moves. Thompson appears to have a strong understanding of the game despite his age.

The main concern with Thompson is his weight, as he is very skinny. The encouraging news is he seems to be a hard worker and has great bloodlines because his father played in the NBA.


Derryck Thornton: Thornton struggled somewhat Saturday. He was the focus of the opposing team's defense and had a tough time dealing with their physicality.

Strength is the biggest deficiency in Thornton's game, but that isn't a big concern because he hasn't even played a high school game yet. Maybe the most impressive aspect of his game is that he can finish layups and floaters with either hand.

Thornton's passing ability is unreal, as he threw a three-quarter court length bounce pass that split two defenders and landed in his teammate's lap for an easy layup.

Even though it wasn't his best game, Thornton played tight defense and rarely, if ever, was beaten off the dribble. He seems to take pride in his defense, which is a very encouraging sign.

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