Spring Classic: Day One

The first round of games at the Spring Classic in Las Vegas were pretty ragged and there weren't a lot of standout performances...

Las Vegas, Nev. The Spring Classic is underway in Las Vegas and the first night of action saw the coming out party for one of the elite guards in the class of 2013…

Xavier Johnson, 6-6 SF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Johnson has made great strides with his jump shot and he's now a real weapon from the three-point line. That's the good news. The bad news is he's spending way too much time on the perimeter, to the detriment of the rest of his game. He's a terrific rebounder, and interior defender, when he chooses to be and it's that versatility to made him such a terrific prospect when we first saw him. If Johnson can find a balance in his game, and get back to doing multiple things well (instead of just hunting jump shots), his stock will go way up as a prospect.

Tyrone Wallace, 6-3 PG/SG Bakersfield (Calif.) High. Wallace was playing off the ball for some reason and, predictably, he didn't impact the game quite as much as he would normally. He still made a couple terrific passes, and showed off his advanced feel for the game, but he has had better performances this month. He's still the top PG in the west for his class.

Darian Nelson-Henry, 6-10 C Kirkland (Wash.) Lake Washington. A big-bodied true center, Nelson-Henry looks a little out of shape and didn't have a big impact in his game Friday night. However, we've seen him in shape and he's a terrific prospect. He has good hands and feet, with the ability to score in the low post. He's a high major prospect.

Ikenna Iroegbu, 6-0 PG Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin. Iroegbu struggled with his decision-making in his game Friday, as he forced the action a couple times and ended up taking difficult shots. In his defense, though, half his team was different from the previous couple weeks as some guys left and new players were added. He's got the quickness, frame and ball skills to be a very good point guard. He just needs to make sure his decisions are solid and he's making his teammates better.

Zach Lavine, 5-11 PG/SG Bothell (Wash.) High. Baby-faced, and very slender, Lavine has a great release on his shot, with the ability to get it off quickly, and on balance, from any spot on the court. With a number of very impressive floaters in the lane, he showed that he's a scorer and not just a shooter. This was our first look at Lavine, and we want to see if he can play PG, but his ability to put the ball in the basket is extremely impressive.

Josh Martin, 6-6 PF Seattle (Wash.) Seattle Prep. A slender young four man, Martin showed a very nice stroke and a willingness to play inside against stronger, older players. He's not a great athlete, but he appears to have some bounce. One to watch in the future.

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