Real Deal: Top Performers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- After three days at the Real Deal in the Rock a handful of guys stood above the rest. Robert Carter was among the biggest standouts, as was Jarnell Stokes and Isaiah Austin.

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Quick Take: Over the course of two games, Carter impressed me a great deal. Blessed with a big frame and lengthy arms, Carter is effective defensively, runs quite well for his size and is an aggressive scorer. In fact, I didn't quite realize how well of a scorer the big man from Georgia is. He was dominant in a tough loss against Dream Vision, pumping in 24 points and 12 rebounds. He's getting better and is on the verge of five-star status.

Recruiting: Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina

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Quick Take: There was word out of Las Vegas last week that Upshaw was playing well. He carried that strong play over to the Real Deal in the Rock. At 6-foot-10, he's a big kid with a long set of arms and a developing skill set. In a couple of big match ups against proven post prospects, Upshaw more than held his own and showed off some serious ability on both ends. Offensively he's capable of a hook or a short mid-range shot. Defensively his length and timing allows him to swat away shots a high rate.

Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, Florida, Fresno State, Illinois, LSU, Texas, UCLA, USC, Utah

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Quick Take: When the game is on the line, Muhammad, a 6-foot-5 wing, steps up. That's exactly what happened Sunday morning against Atlanta Xpress. Struggling to find a good defender to stop the top five prospect, Xpress watched Muhammad score bucket after bucket from mid-range. His one and two dribble pull-ups are becoming consistent and he even knocked down a pull-up floater at the half time buzzer. He's adding to his game and that's nice to see from an already well-established prospect.

Recruiting: UCLA, Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, Kansas

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Quick Take: The New England Playaz big man had a strong weekend. In fact, his play Friday night is still lingering in my head. A 10-for-10 effort is a strong day and he scored his buckets a few different ways. Long term, Tarczewski is going to be able to build on his frame and continue to gain strength. He's a solid post defender and a developing scorer on the offensive end. Already a top 10 prospect, there's a chance he moves higher.

Recruiting: Kansas, North Carolina, West Virginia, Connecticut, Kentucky, Boston College, Wake Forest

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Quick Take: Sometimes you don't know which Austin you're going to get. At the Real Deal in the Rock on the main court, Austin brought his A plus game in a match up with the Atlanta Celtics big men William Goodwin and Tony Parker. Austin was flat out dominant, scoring 28 points and grabbing 18 rebounds. His versatility, scoring touch, length, shot blocking ability and jump shot all are reasons he's such a highly regarded recruit.

Committed: Baylor

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Quick Take: While his teammate -- Isaiah Austin -- was dominating the paint, York, a 6-foot-1 guard, was scoring it at will against the Celtics. He pumped in 30 plus points and scored them off long-range shots, mid-range pull-ups and at the rim. When he has it going, it's impressive and fun to watch and that's how he was playing Saturday morning.

Recruiting: PAC-10 schools, Marquette, Georgetown, Kansas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UNLV

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Quick Take: The biggest reason Memphis YOMCA took home the Real Deal in the Rock crown was because of this undersized post prospect. A monster on the glass, Stokes is a man amongst boys in the paint and he spends time banging in the paint and going after rebounds. Throw in his much improved mid-range jump shot and Stokes was able to be a force for the YOMCA squad for much of the weekend.

Recruiting: Tennessee, Duke, Mississippi, Kansas, Connecticut, Arkansas

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Quick Take: After a monster weekend in Hampton (Va.), Poythress didn't slow down. The 6-foot-8 active and athletic forward actually turned it up and played with similar intensity. His jump shot continues to go down, but he also mixed in a few strong drives to the rim. Last year he was guy on the brink of breaking out, this year he's raised his play to a new level.

Recruiting: Texas, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Georgia, Duke, Alabama, Stanford, Marquette, Cincinnati, Florida, Ohio State

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