Thanksgiving Hoopfest: Top Performers

DUNCANVILLE, Tex. -- The Thanksgiving Hoopfest provided us with some talented prospects, but there were a few that stood above the rest.

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Quick Take: The Oklahoma State signee was on top of his game this weekend. An elite wing prospect in the 2011 class, Nash has the full package. His athleticism is as good as you'll find from the small forward position, but his games consists of so much more. When the 6-foot-7, 215-pound wing is focused and determined he's tough to stop from scoring. His jump shot from long range has gained consistency, but where he's at his best is relentlessly attacking the basket. Once in the paint, he knows how to finish, as he has great touch and can finishes well throughout contact. Rebounding and defense are two areas he excels at as well. He combined for 52 points and 18 rebounds in his two games at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest.
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Quick Take: Wow! This one came out of nowhere. We saw Summers with the Jackson Tigers over the summer, but he played on the wing and wasn't all that effective. With Provine he plays his true position – point guard – and he played it quite well. At 6-foot-3, Summers has great size for the position. He's a steady lead guard that sees the floor well and makes great decisions. On Friday he went toe-to-toe with Jamal Branch and hit the game winner. A day later he scored 10 points, tossed out seven assists and only turned it over once. Andy Kennedy and his staff should be smiling right now, because they scored a good one.
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Quick Take: Over the course of two days, Branch showed exactly why Mark Turgeon is so excited to get his hands on the 6-foot-2 guard. Running a team is what Branch does best. For Arlington (Tex.) Grace Prep he's called upon to handle their distributing duties and he did it at a high level. His court vision is tremendous, as he was whipping passes all over the court. Branch showed a nice burst of speed when he attacked the basket and also broke out an impressive floater. Going forward his jump shot will need to gain consistency, but he's going to be just fine running things in the Big 12 conference.
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Quick Take: In the one game we took in Saturday we walked away beyond impressed with the Texas signee. A 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward, Holmes managed to score at will. Keep in mind he wasn't exactly playing against a team with a guy his size, but he was aggressive and attacked the basket with some aggression. Majority of his work was done facing up and attacking off the bounce. He uses both hands well around the rim and he proved to be a terrific finisher with great touch.
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Quick Take: Baylor's 2012 big man didn't exactly put up crazy numbers this weekend at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest. But what he did was show maturity in his game. This time last year he would have drifted to the perimeter at every opportunity. Now he's playing much more inside and mixing in some face up jumpers, which is making him much more effective. Defensively, he's a major factor because of his length, timing and athleticism. He's an elite level prospect in the class.

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