Great American Shootout: Day 1

DUNCANVILLE, Tex. - The Great American Shootout was in high gear on Saturday. Leading the way was five-star guard Marcus Smart who had a whole crew of coaches taking in the action.

Marcus Smart, SG, Texas Assault – Smart continued his great summer with some impressive work on Saturday. The physically imposing guard was doing work going to the basket, and then also was dominant on the defensive end. Smart made key winning plays for his team, including a bit steal and score late as well as making plays on the glass. It was just an impressive showing for Smart.

Phil Forte, PG, Texas Assault – A very strong point guard, Forte had some good things going for him. Not a great athlete or super quick, Forte displayed an excellent ability to knock down shots, and then also made a few nice passes. There is no doubting his toughness, and while he has his limitations, Forte was very productive.

Nick Banyard, PF, Texas Assault – He shows some flashes here and there. Banyard is a long and athletic forward who needs to get stronger. His lack of strength shows up on the glass, but still he does finish well around the rim, and he altered a lot of shots on the defensive end of the floor.

Isaiah Austin, C, Family First – There is no doubting the potential that Austin possesses. He showed off his unique skill set when he knocked in a pair of threes, scored off the dribble, and then blocked shots. Now he can disappear at times, and doesn't always bring the production, but in spurts on Saturday he showed why he is a top five prospect, and one of the best long term prospects in the country

Zeldric King, PF, Family First – There is no question that King was the best player for Family First in their early game on Saturday. The undersized power forward was knocking in shots from all over the floor, but just as impressive is he played inside out. King used his strength to rebound and produce down low, and then when his jumper got working he worked his way to the perimeter.

Josh Scott, PF, Colorado Rapids – After a major struggle at the NBA Players Association Camp, Scott had it working in a good way for the Rapids. He more than held his own against Isaiah Austin one-on-one. Scott scored around the rim, rebounded well, and even showed off a mid-range jumper. Quite simply he looked like a completely different player than he showed at NBA Camp.

Chad Rykhoek, C, Family First – Not the most impressive player from an athleticism perspective, Rykhoek does really know how to play. He catches the ball on the block and has the patience to set up his defender and makes solid moves. Rykhoek can finish with either hand around the rim as well. Now he does need to make a bigger impact on the glass, but Rykhoek absolutely can score when given time and space on the post.

Cody Lammert, C, Texas D1 Ambassadors San Antonio – This is a center who is beginning to really garner attention from college coaches. He is a legit 6-foot-9 and is young for his grade. Right now Lammert goes over his right shoulder every time, but he does have a very nice touch going that way. He is an average athlete, but plays hard, runs the floor well, and has nice hands. Once he develops a counter move he will become much more difficult to guard.

Uche Ofoegbu, SG, Texas D1 Ambassadors San Antonio – Ofoegbu is an extremely athletic player who did a good job of holding his own against Marcus Smart. He loves to get to the rim, and prefers to go left to do it, though also he showed some ability going right. Ofoegbu did hit a few jumpers, but not sure that is completely his game. More so than anything, he competed and showed toughness and resolve on the defensive end of the floor.

Darryl Milburn, SG Texas D1 Ambassadors Houston – A physically strong guard, Milburn wasn't ultra productive in his team's evening game. He does have the strength to get to the rim using the dribble, and can definitely score, but he isn't super explosive. Will definitely check him out again, as there is talent, it just wasn't his night.

Marcus Foster, SG, Dallas Mustangs – This is a shooting guard who really could see his stock soar. He is a legit 6-foot-2 and has the total offensive game. Foster is a good athlete, scores from the outside and in the mid-range with a floater, and also shows an ability off the bounce. He has all the tools, and showed signs of being able to put it together to be very productive.

Emmanuel Mudiay, SG, Family First – Mudiay has already proven himself to be one of the premier players in his class. He has the combination of size, athleticism, pure scoring ability that isn't often seen in a player so young. Unfortunately for Mudiay he just couldn't get it going in an afternoon game. He scored a few early buckets, but then just got out of rhythm and didn't have a very productive game. Still the physical tools are clearly there, and the potential is through the roof with him.

Marcus Smart and his Texas Assault teams drew head coaches from Baylor, Texas, Texas Tech, New Mexico, Vanderbilt, and Tulsa. Also Arkansas, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Kansas State, Arizona State, and Oklahoma State were all spotted.

Chad Rykhoek listed offers from TCU, SMU, North Texas, Texas Tech, Drake, and Fresno State. Also interest is coming in from Baylor, Texas, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Missouri.

Zeldric King says he is hearing from Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Alabama, Missouri State, and Iona

Cody Lammert says that Texas A&M, Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Nevada, Baylor, and Colorado are involved.

Uche Ofoegbu has an offer from Colorado as well as strong interest from Gonzaga and Texas A&M.


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