Recruiting Roundtable

If were picking who would be taking the last shot? Who will be the last guy to sign in the class of 2011? Who is the top shooter? Find out inside.

1. If you had to draw up a play at the end of the game for someone in the class who would it be?

Austin Rivers, a future Blue Devils, is the guy that immediately comes to mind. Rivers has a killer instinct and hates to lose as much as anyone in this class. Not to mention he has the most advanced ball skills, is among the best shooters and can create space to get off his own shot with ease. (ED)

While I think the best shooter in the class is Oregon pledge Jabari Brown, if I have one shot there is no doubt I want Austin Rivers taking it. No kid in the class has the combination of scoring ability and competitiveness quite like Rivers does. On top of it all Rivers has seemingly been bred to take the big shot. Growing up as the son of an NBA coach and with a very talented older brother to harass him, Rivers knows pressure, and taking a shot to win a game is nothing to him. No doubt I would want the ball in Rivers' hands with the game on the line. (BS)

2. Who will be the last player in the top 100 to sign?

Different from the past two classes, majority of the 2011 group is already off the board. Only nine top 100 prospects remain uncommitted. Of the guys left I think DeAndre Daniels, of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy is a strong candidate to be the last one to sign. Once a Texas commit, Daniels opted to decommit and do a post-grad season. Trevor Lacey, an Alabama native, is also a strong option. He has his list of schools at five, but wants to take official visits to all five and doesn't seem to be in any kind of hurry to make his college choice. (ED)

The easy answer is Bobby Parks since he no longer resides in the United States of America, but I am going to take DeAndre Daniels. After committing to Texas very early, Daniels has de-committed and transferred schools. Just something about his situation screams to me that it will be a long and drawn out deal. Also it seems at the moment that Daniels is entertaining every high-major school in the nation, so I just think this recruitment is going to last a significant period of time. (BS)

3. If you could take a private jet to see just one player who would it be?

The biggest mystery for me in this class has been Otto Porter. The Missouri native has flown under the radar and doesn't play AAU basketball, so he's been tough to track down. Have heard good things about him, but still haven't seen him play yet. The other option would be Anthony Davis,'s No. 1 prospect. The progression he made form May to the end of July was terrific and I would love to see the progress he's made since July. With that said, I'll go with the 6-foot-8 Porter just because I haven't seen him yet. (ED)

There are two possible answers for me. One is Missouri power forward Otto Porter and the other is Xavier commitment Jalen Reynolds. I have never seen Porter play, and have only seen Reynolds against bad high school competition in an unstructured environment. Of the two I go with Porter since I haven't physically seen him to confirm his existence on this planet. The returns on Porter have been very high, and he is said to be a big time rebounder, but with no chance to see him it is tough to comment on his game. He is the one player in the country I absolutely feel I must see play. (BS)

4. If you could move one player into the top 100 who would you choose?

A guy that stood out in July was Illinois native Bruce Barron. He emerged in July playing with the Mac Irvin Fire and he was among their top players and prospects. A big, physical guard, Barron showed toughness, played both guard spots and wrecked havoc in the open court. (ED)

For this one I will say DeMarcus Harrison. After seeing him down in Orlando there is no doubt in my mind he will be an absolute stud at BYU. He can score as well as almost any wing, and has a college ready physique that makes him tough to deal with off the bounce. On top of it all he plays with a very high motor and seems to enjoy the challenge of playing against other very good players. (BS)

5. Who was the best shooter of the summer?

When talking about the best shooter in the 2011 class the names that come to mind are Austin Rivers, Brad Beal, Jabari Brown, Myles Mack, Trevor Cooney and Travis Trice. When it's said, and down, I would probably take Beal in a three-point contest. He has an effortless stroke, deep range and he shoots it with consistency. (ED)

I have to go with Jabari Brown on this one. His release is picture perfect on his shot, and when he gets going there is nothing that can be done to slow him down. He had the performance of the spring when he exploded for about 40 on Spiece Indy Heat, and continued with those clutch-shooting performances all summer long. Look for him to be knocking down jumpers at a high rate in Oregon. (BS)

6. Who has the best chance to be a player of the year in a mid-major league?

This one is quite easy. Erik Copes may be headed to George Washington, but he's a top 50 prospect. Karl Hobbs and his staff scored an absolute steal and a future all-league prospect in the Atlantic-10. He's going to be a load for the rest of the conference to handle. (ED)

For this one I will go off the reservation a little bit. The choice is Roosevelt Jones. Even though Butler isn't a mid-major program, they are in a mid-major league, and Jones has the ability to guard four positions on the floor, and his offensive game is really coming along. Add in the system he will be playing in, and the fact that this team is likely to win or be right there near the top of the league every year, and I just like Jones to win a player of the year. (BS)

7. Let's do a word association for these guys

Evan Daniels
Adonis Thomas – Athlete
Chane Behanan – Beast
Anthony Davis – Length
Rodney Hood – Improved
Austin Rivers – Skilled

Brian Snow
Myck Kabongo – Leader
Branden Dawson – Desire
Sam Thompson – Potential
Carlton Brundidge – Pit bull
Sir'Dominic Pointer – Athletic Freak

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