Fort Wayne, Ind.--Robert Vaden went off Friday night at the Spiece Fieldhouse. He hit for 33 points in his opening performance at the Spiece Run 'N Slam AAU basketball tournament.
2004 Checklist Robert Vaden, SG, Spiece Top Prospects: We didn't set out to watch Vaden on Friday night, but at some point he had everyone captivated. He had 19 points in the first half and finished with 33 for the game as his team dusted Afflalo and the Compton Magic. He hit five 3s Friday night.
Ty Rogers, PG, Kentucky All-Stars: He's a mid-major special. In fact, he's already got five serious mid-major offers. Rogers is fearless, creative and attacks. The guy has great medium-range on his jumper and is unselfish and patient.
Alex Thompson, PF, Martin Bros.: The 6-8 power forward needs to get stronger for Big Ten competition but skill shouldn't be a problem. Thompson likes to face up and step out some. He's not only comfortable shooting the ball but he was successful as well.
A Closer Look
Vaden made four threes in a row in the first half against the Compton Magic. Speaking of the Magic, guard Arron Afflalo had 17 in the loss but Vaden had him down 19-3 at the half in the scoring column. Martin Bros. has a nice pair of mid-major talents in Trent Meachum (PG) and Jimmie Binnie (small forward).
Saturday should be interesting when Vaden takes the court against The Family, a team blessed with three gifted perimeter players. McDonald's votes could get cast as a result of this one. Kentucky All-Stars forward Lonnell Dewalt was super. The guy has unbelievably long arms and rebounds with energy.
Carl Swanagan, the big center on the Indian Heat, did not play Friday night as a result of a coach's decision. Wisconsin DTA's Dupree Fletcher has offers from Wisconsin-Green Bay and Ohio State. Valparaiso, Memphis and Louisville are also on his list. Trent Meachum lists Kansas State, Northern Illinois and Indiana State as some schools that are recruiting him. N.C. State called on him as well.
Robert Vaden to us that he's open in regards to college. It would appear that his commitment to Purdue will get tested some. He said that he's looking at other schools but didn't want to name programs saying only he would like to anyone who called.
Ty Rogers is going to be a big-time mid-major recruit and his deal will come down to a serious recruiting war. He has offers from Western Kentucky, Murray State, Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee Tech and Middle Tennessee State. Illinois Wolves forward Vincent Humphrey has offers from Wisconsin-Green Bay, Southern Illinois and Northern Illinois. He is also hearing from Dayton and Loyola.
We hear Alexander Kaun made an unofficial to Florida State on Thursday. We also hear that he will check out Florida's campus late next week. Sources have told us that Georgia head coach Dennis Felton has apparently made some headway with big Dwight Howard. Kentucky is entertaining Mohamed Abukar on an official visit this weekend and Florida is next the following weekend. Robert Rothbart, a native of Serbia, will visit Missouri next weekend on an official trip.