Las Vegas Tournament Day Three Evaluations

We had an opportunity to see some new Arizona prospects on Friday. Read on to see how they did and more.

LAS VEGAS - Friday was full of action at the Las Vegas tournaments and it allowed us to see plenty of Arizona prospects.


Craig Victor: Victor was not really needed much on Friday, as his team was superior to the opposition. Still, he played hard and found openings in yet another zone to get open dunks. Victor did not shoot well, but also didn't take a lot of jumpers, because he simply did not need to. We continue to say this, but Victor deserves credit for the improvement in his motor from last year.

Stanley Johnson: Johnson did not have a consistent game, but he showed flashes of what makes him so special. On one play, he made his man fall with a cross over, looked at him, and then nailed the jumper. He also had a few dunks in transition and handled the point for a good amount of time. Even when Johnson does not play his best, he finds ways to effect the game.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright: PJC was aggressive from the start and his man had real trouble guarding him at times. He was able to get fouled after beating his defender and converted numerous opportunities. Jackson-Cartwright's strength may not be in his scoring ability, but it is better than people would think and will continue to improve as he gets stronger.

Trey Kell: When we saw Kell at the Lebron Skills Academy, he wasn't very impressive. However, in front of a ton of coaches on Friday, he displayed a variety of skills. Kell is a strong shooter and that is a big reason why there are so many coaches recruiting him. However, he was also able to get to the basket consistently and defended well. Kell reminds us a lot of Josh Shipp, which we don't consider to be a bad thing.

Michael Humphrey: Humphrey is an interesting prospect for a few reasons. He is a good athlete and can block shots along with running the court well. However, he wanted no part of the post and seemed to give up quickly if he could not establish position, choosing instead to look for a jumper. While Humphrey is a good shooter, you would like to see him be more polished on offense and you do wonder how much of that you can teach. Judging by how his recruitment has picked up, it seems coaches think they can teach it just fine.


Ivan Rabb: Rabb may have been the best player on the court on Friday. His ball-handling ability keeps improving to the point where he actually brought the ball up the court after a few rebounds. Now obviously he is not a point guard, but it just displays the areas he keeps improving in. Rabb is also a better athlete than he may first appear to be and at this point it is clear why he is considered to be one of the best players in the class.

Bennie Boatwright: Friday brought a better effort from Boatwright, who played harder and was more successful on offense. The game we watched him in was close near the end and he hit a three from about a foot behind the arc to seal the deal. Boatwright can definitely shoot and guys like him will be recruited at a high level because of it. Once he picks up the other parts of his game, his recruitment will pick up more steam as well.

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