Robert Carter, C/PF, Atlanta Xpress – If Carter's game was a meal, his play Saturday night was the appetizer. His play on Sunday was the entrée. The 6-foot-9, 235-pounder did a little of everything in a high level match up with Robert Upshaw.
Carter started inside showing off his post moves, including a go-to hook shot. When he gets touches on the block he favors the hook and he managed seven of them against Dream Vision. He also worked his way to the three-point stripe, knocking in a pair of long-range jumpers. He went for 24 points and 12 boards in the loss.
Shabazz Muhammad, SF, Dream Vision – Arguably the top wing prospect in the 2012 class and Muhammad showed why. The 6-foot-5 wing hunted out mid-level jump shots and they were going down. He pumped in 29 points and strapped Dream Vision on his back and led them to victory. Offensively he was efficient and effective going off one and two dribbles, pulling up for jumpers. He also showed a floater and his ability to finish through contact.
Robert Upshaw, C, Dream Vision – In a battle with Carter, Upshaw more than held his own. His length allows him to be a factor defensively. He has a good set of hands and his offense is coming along. He feels comfortable facing up and shooting short mid-range shots and he has a hook over his left shoulder. Upshaw still needs to develop some counter moves on the block, but he's a heck of a talent that is raising his stock.
Kris Dunn, PG/SG, CBC – No one helped their cause more than 6-foot-2 guard Dunn at the Real Deal in the Rock. A talented, wiry athlete, Dunn made plays off the dribble, showed an ability to handle point guard duties and proved to be a quality defender. Against the New England Playaz, Dunn had it going from mid-range, burying mid-level pull-ups and baseline floaters. In a class searching for lead guards to emerge, it's nice to see one step up to the plate.
Kaleb Tarczewski, C, NE Playaz – Tarczewski was major part of the Playaz run through the Real Deal in the Rock. The 7-footer matched up with the best player in the 2012 class and didn't back down. It was clear he was losing steam heading into the last few games, but he still managed a couple of jump hooks and played solid post defense against Drummond.
Jarnell Stokes, PF, Memphis YOMCA – The boys from Memphis relied on this 6-foot-7, 245-pound post prospect to do a little of everything. But where he was most effective was on the glass. All weekend he was a relentless rebounder and he made a point to go after boards in and out of his area. Another area he impressed was his jump shot. He's spent a lot of time working on it and it shows..
Chris Walker, PF, Atlanta Xpress – Picking up where he left off from Saturday night, Walker was active and aggressive in an 8 a.m. game on Sunday. The 6-foot-9 post prospect was especially effective in the first half snagging offensive rebounds and putting them back in. He also knocked in a mid-range jump shot and patrolled the paint looking for block shots. He's primed for a big jump in Scout.com's next 2013 rankings.
*We don't seek out watching 2015 prospects. However, the Worldwide Renegades 2015 group was playing up in the 15 and unders and they had two prospects that warrant attention.
6-foot-8 big man Daniel Giddings is a long, lean four-man that was active blocking shots and dunking on the competition. His teammate Terrence Phillips, who is the brother of Brandon Jennings, had his moments as well. The lead guard can handle it and get to the rim.
*The Atlanta Celtics 15 and under squad had a number of prospects that caught our eye. Lead guard Hakeem Coney is a pretty good athlete with a strong frame. He dished it out well for the youngsters. Demetrius Houston, Greg King and Darrell Myers were also impressive for the Celtics.
*New England Playaz point guard Tyler Strange did a good job for the Playaz all weekend. He's a scrappy guard that sees the floor and always seemed to make the right pass for T.J. Gassnola's group.
*Memphis YOMCA's guards were effective all weekend. Kordario Fleming shot it well, while Maravious Newby and Anthlon Bell just made plays. They were a major part in YOMCA's run through the tournament.
*Memphis YOMCA knocked off the NE Playaz in the championship with a buzzer beater to win the 17's division. The Wisconsin Playground Warriors took the 16's crown and were led by Bronson Koenig.