Brandon Ashley, PF, Oakland Soldiers: Wow. Whatever Ashley ate for dinner before his game against Howard Pulley, he should stick to that meal before every game the rest of his career. Ashley came out with a rare fire and was absolutely dominant on both ends of the court. Defensively he was quick laterally, staying in front of defenders and blocking shots. Offensively he was on another level. He finished easily with both hands, took players off the dribble, spun his way to the basket and had some vicious throw downs. It was a statement game for Ashley. He's already considered an elite level prospect, but if he can play with that competitiveness every time out, he's going to take his game to another level.
Dominic Artis, PG, Oakland Soldiers: On Saturday, Artis' shot wasn't falling, but whether or not he's scoring, you have to really appreciate Artis because of the way he makes everyone around him better. He's surrounded by scorers and is cool with his role as a distributor, who can pass from beyond the arc or get past his defender and create a shot for someone else off the dribble. It's an incredibly weak point guard class out west so between that and Artis' improvement, you get the feeling several high majors are going to be interested once they see him in July.
Anthony January, SF, ICP Portland: January is a talented small forward who can create his own shot and made some nice passes when he did look to get his teammates involved. The good news about his length and athleticism is that he can create his own shot and when it goes in it looks very good. The bad news is that he uses that length and athleticism to take way too many bad shots. If January could lose the flash and take good shots while focusing on making his teammates better, he'd get recruited at a much higher level than he is now.
Jarnell Stokes, PF, Memphis YOMCA: Despite his size and strength, Stokes is more than just a power player. The hustle is terrific - anytime you have a 6-foot-8, 250-pound kid diving for loose balls you know you've got a winner - but he's also a gifted passer in the post. He battles for rebounds, fights for position and made the most of the touches he received in the paint. It was a narrow victory for YOMCA over All-Ohio Red and without Stokes' toughness in the paint, his squad wouldn't have come away with the win.
Anthony Bennett, PF, CIA Bounce: At first you wonder why a kid so big and strong is hanging out on the perimeter, and then he starts hitting pull-up threes off the dribble one play and almost breaking the rim on a dunk the next and you realize you just let him do what he wants. Bennett's physical approach to the game with a developing skill level makes him a player that can really impact the game in several areas.
Sim Bhullar, C, CIA Bounce: The big kid continues to grow into his body and his skill level has also improved. You'd worry more about him if he didn't have such soft hands, but he catches everything and once he has the ball close to the rim, it's over. He's got to keep improving his conditioning and work on being a bigger force defensively, but whatever risk you think he is, there's no question he's worth it for Xavier.
Anrio Adams, SG, Seattle Rotary Select: Adams was more aggressive looking for his shot than he was a year ago and it looks like he's improved as a scorer. One of those guys who does a lot of things well but nothing great, Adams does have nice vision and once he got into the flow of the game he really took care of his teammates. He sometimes drove to the basket with no purpose and it led to some turnovers, but when he's playing under control and creating his own shot like he did at times on Saturday, you see why so many schools are intrigued by him.
Ricardo Gathers, PG, Louisiana Select: He's built like a truck and uses every pound to his advantage with his physical style of play. Gathers doesn't waste his muscle, as he gets the ball and pounds it to the glass, either using his strength to score on a lay-up or going for the dunk, no matter who is in the way, which leads to a lot of trips to the free throw line. He plays hard on defense and is always competing for the rebound. The outside game wasn't really there and it will have to develop in time, but his strength, athleticism and effort make him an incredibly productive basketball player around the hoop.
L.J. Rose, PG, Houston Hoops: There's no question that Rose's passing ability is his best attribute. He is constantly making the right pass and he really did a good job of setting his teammates up to score. He's also a very good set three-point shooter. Rose isn't overly quick, but his vision and ability to nail the open three gives him two very important qualities for the next level. In a class in desperate need of more point guards, Rose has and will continue to get plenty of attention.
J-Mychal Reese, PG, Houston Hoops: Reese's ability to score is no doubt impressive, as he's got several moves in his arsenal that allow him to get in position to put the ball in the basket. His midrange game is definitely impressive and he found his way past his defender a couple times for a couple 10-foot leaners. Reese had a couple costly turnovers down the stretch, but otherwise showed good passing and decision making ability.
Aaron Gordon, SF, Oakland Soldiers: Gordon is absolutely terrific in transition. He gets the rebound, pushes the ball up the court and either attacks the rim or sets up a teammate. His athleticism makes him a problem for others inside once he gets the ball around the hoop. He wasn't really shooting from the outside, but was a great complement to Brandon Ashley in the paint and really impacted the game on both ends of the court with his athleticism and unique skill set for his size.
Isaac Hamilton, SG, Oakland Soldiers: Hamilton played some point guard for the Soldiers and while he's normally a dominant scorer, mostly focused on getting his teammates involved. He is a crafty scorer and at times did show that on Saturday. It was good to see him in a different role than normal, and he played it nicely on a new AAU team.
Stanley Johnson, SF, Oakland Soldiers: Johnson stands out right away due to his strength at his age, but you have to love his effort, something that many kids in the area older than him could learn from. He hit from outside but did a good job doing the little things for the Soldiers, who don't need him to score like he's capable of.
Tyus Jones, PG, Howard Pulley: No question one of the most impressive prospects of the day. Jones is a high level passer, but also a very quick point guard who can handle and shoot the ball. He's well on his way to being one of the top players of his class.
Richard Peters says that Washington leads, but also mentioned Clemson, Washington State, Seton Hall, Auburn, Alabama, Marquette, Indiana and Tennessee.
Anthony Bennett's school list includes Florida, UConn, Texas, Baylor, North Carolina State, Marquette, Missouri and Kentucky.
Anthony January says that UTEP, which has offered, is his leader.
Roschon Prince's lone offer is USC. He'll visit UCLA on Thursday and visit USC after he gets out of school. He also mentioned Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Washington, Texas, Baylor and Oregon.
Ricardo Gathers said the two newest schools to offer him are Cincinnati and Arizona. He's visited St. John's already, says he'll visit Texas in two weeks and would like to visit Syracuse, North Carolina, Arizona and Oregon.
Anrio Adams says that his top six are Arizona, UConn, Baylor, Texas, Louisville, Marquette and UCLA. He'd like to visit all six.
L.J. Rose said that UCLA and Texas lead. He'll visit UCLA on Monday and also wants to visit Texas again.
J-Mychal Reese mentioned Kansas, Oregon, Providence, Georgia Tech, Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas and Oklahoma.
Jordan Thompson, an impressive 2014 prospect out of Baton Rouge, is hearing from Georgetown, Memphis and Mississippi State. He says that Syracuse stands out to him.
Jarnell Stokes named Memphis, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, UConn and Florida.
"I just wanted to come out and really put my stamp on the game to let everybody know that Brandon Ashley is one of the top dudes in the nation." - Brandon Ashley after his dominant Saturday night performance.