Las Vegas Evaluations: Day One

There were numerous Arizona prospects in action on Wednesday night. Read on to see how players such as Stephen Zimmerman, Chance Comanche, and more performed.

LAS VEGAS - The first day of the Las Vegas tournaments kicked off and there were numerous Arizona prospects in attendance.


Stephen Zimmerman: With Ivan Rabb at USA basketball, the opposition's attention was mostly on containing Zimmerman, but he still finished with 17 points.

He had some impressive moments in the post, especially on one play in which he had a hook shot that looked like something you would see out of a NBA post.

When Zimmerman is in the paint taking those shots, he is one of the best players in the country. It's when he steps out and settles for jumpers that he struggles and the quicker he learns that, the better his game will be.

Chance Comanche: When watching Comanche, the good and bad are evident right away.

He showed his athleticism with a dunk off an inbounds play and blocked a few shots as well. Offensively, Comanche scored the majority of his points off the glass, but did have a post move or two.

The biggest weakness Comanche has right now is in his build. He needs to put on about 30 pounds, but you do have to wonder if his body can handle it. At this point, Comanche probably can't contribute right away, but there is plenty of talent there.


M.J. Cage: Cage was extremely impressive on Wednesday and a big part of that is because he makes everything look so easy.

Whether it was hitting the glass or scoring in the post, Cage had a stretch in which he basically got whatever he wanted.

At one point, a coach from the Big East turned around and started asking people who Cage was because he was clearly the best player on the floor and he had never seen him before.


Troy Brown: His jump shot may not have been falling, but this is as easy of an evaluation as it gets.

He is a long point guard that gives the opposition major fits because he is able to get in the lane offensively and defensively.

Brown made numerous impressive passes and ran the show with ease. If you put him in the 2015 class, you would be hard pressed to find a better point guard prospect than Brown.

DeAndre Ayton: Ayton was the best prospect that we saw on Wednesday. He is already strong enough to contribute in college and he is probably skilled enough as well.

In fact, one discussion we heard in the gym centered around where he would go if he entered this past year's draft.

While that may be a little extreme, you get the point. Ayton is only going to get better and that's a scary thought for the teams that don't land him.

Markus Howard: Listed as a point guard, we have the feeling that Howard will wind up being a more effective shooting guard.

He has good range and a quick release, but he took some bad shots on Wednesday and sometimes struggled to play within the offense at times.

He has some work to do, but he continues to progress and there is a chance that he eventually becomes good enough to play at Arizona.

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