Double Pump: Day One

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – With five-star prospects such as Chris Thomas, Shaquille Cleare and Rosco Allen in attendance, the Double Pump Spring Tournament has no shortage of talent. However, one of the night's most impressive performances came from a much less likely candidate.

Rosco Allen, PF/SF, Double Pump Elite: Allen says he's grown to 6-foot-9 and the reality is that the change in height is probably going to force him to change positions in college. He can be a face-up four, but defending the three is going to be a challenge. In his Friday evening matchup, it was tough to get a true feel for where his game is at due to the fact that he had so few touches. He showed nice vision on some passes from the perimeter to inside the post and hit one of his two three-point attempts, but other than that it was a quiet night.

Xavier Johnson, SF, Double Pump Elite: Johnson has exactly what you're looking for out of a wing in terms of body and athleticism. He also has a good lefty stroke and while his shot wasn't on Friday evening, the form is there. However, he forced way too many shots in the game. Physically he's got everything he needs to be successful, but has to concentrate on playing to his strengths while also helping his teammates. He's got the quickness to get to the basket and often did it well, but settled for too many bad jumpers. Regardless, the physical upside and shooting form is there to eventually be a very good player.

Wesley Gordon, PF, Colorado Hawks: There's a lot to like about the Colorado commitment. He's got long arms, soft hands and an athletic build. He did a good job rebounding on the offensive glass and due to a lack of touches, mostly scored on putbacks. He moved up and down the court well and challenged shots on defense. Again, he didn't get the ball much in the post so it was tough to get a feel for his skill level, but he's got many of the qualities you're looking for in a young post prospect.

Alex Caruso, SG, Texas D-I Ambassadors: There were a lot of players in the gym with better offers, but there weren't many better players in the gym. The fact that Caruso only has one offer - from Sam Houston State – is a shame. He plays hard, has a high basketball IQ and knocked down some three-pointers but was especially impressive driving to the hoop and creating his own shot from midrange. There was one sequence where he scored on Rosco Allen two possessions in a row, which quickly resulted in a defensive changeup for Double Pump Elite. He's got good athleticism, an impressive first step and has nice leadership skills. Not a bad night for a kid playing on a bad ankle.

Katin Reinhardt, SG, Pump N'Run Elite: There's no question that the talent is there. He can shoot off the dribble, handle the ball and has good athleticism. Not many prospects, to a certain extent, are in control of their own destiny at the college level but Reinhardt is. Meaning, if he plays hard, defends and does everything asked of him by Kevin O'Neill, he has the chance to be a very successful player in the Pac-12. He loses focus at times and that's an issue, but the talent isn't.

Nigel Williams-Goss, PG, Double Pump Elite: In the past, Williams-Goss has always stood out due to his leadership ability and the way he makes his teammates better. He has good ball skills and vision, which allowed him to make an early impact on the AAU circuit. He showed some of that on Friday night and also at times went away from what makes him a good player. He consistently drove to the basket throughout the evening, and had a lot of success doing it. He also forced things a little too much in that process. When he passed, it was often right on the money, but he had some turnovers and missed shots due to over-penetrating. He's gotten stronger and it's good to see more of an offensive game, but he's got an impressive ability to make his teammates better and the more he does that, the more he's going to stand out.

Chris Thomas, SG, Colorado Hawks: It was an up and down night for Chris Thomas. He's a high level talent who has a terrific combination of athleticism, shooting, handles, passing, penetration skills and the ability to create his own shot. He's got good size for a wing and physically is what you're looking for. At times, he showed why he's such a good prospect and player with some terrific moves to the basket and unguardable shots. On the other hand, he forced things way too much and had several turnovers in the game. There's nothing about his game that can't be cleaned up with coaching, but he plays a lot of point guard for his team and has to take care of the ball better.

Chris Thomas mentioned Arizona, UConn, Kansas, Kentucky and Memphis as some of the main schools he's hearing from. He said that Arizona's lead in his recruitment is a "real big one."

Shaquille Cleare said that amongst the schools pursuing him are Maryland, Texas, Texas A&M, Kansas and Arizona. He says he's wide open.

Wesley Gordon is committed to Colorado but says he's still open to listening to other schools. He said he was hearing from Arizona State, Mississippi State, San Francisco and Nebraska, amongst others, before committing to CU.

Alex Caruso has an offer from Sam Houston State and interest from Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado, Wichita State, UTA and The Citadel.

Zena Edosomwan has offers from Colorado, USC, Harvard, Cal Poly and San Francisco. He's also hearing from Texas, Vanderbilt and Gonzaga.

Jordan Tebbutt says he has about 20 offers and is hearing from schools such as Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina. He hopes to visit Kansas for its elite camp.

Katin Reinhardt says schools laid off him following his commitment to USC and he's solid to the Trojans.

"It will happen whenever I feel comfortable enough to commit. It could be tonight (laughs)." – Rosco Allen on his timetable for a decision.

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