Great American Shootout: Day Three

DUNCANVILLE, Tx. – It was an abbreviated day at the Great American Shootout, but still some solid performances were turned in. One player who really stood out was Danrad Knowles.

Joel Bolombay, PF, Texas Select – The bouncy power forward was all over the floor for Texas Select. He isn't the most skilled kid around, but he is fine out to the mid-range. Still what he does best is rebound and finish down low. He is very mobile and at about 6-foot-8, high-majors are definitely beginning to take a close look. His performance was impressive on Monday.

Jordan Mason, SG, Texas Select – While Bolombay did the damage inside, it was Mason that did it from the perimeter. He is a very good athlete and a big time shot maker. He makes tough shots off the dribble and also can spot up off the catch. Mason is a bit undersized, but he does know how to put the ball in the bucket.

James Pegues, PF/SF, Dallas Mustangs – This is a long and athletic combo forward that defensively showed the ability to guard on the perimeter and the interior. Right now his offensive skills are raw, and he isn't quite there yet as a finishes, but he does have some upside.

Danrad Knowles, PF, Texas PRO – "Chicken" was settled with foul trouble in the first half of his team's game, but in the second half he took over in stretches. Knowles was making shots from the mid-range, finishing above the rim, and blocking shots around the rim. He isn't the strongest, but he knows how to be effective using the bounce and with his athleticism.

Gilbert Talbot, C, Louisiana Eagles – This is a player who was absolutely on no radar before the event, but his stock should be on the rise. A legit 6-foot-8 with great strength, Talbot is limited athletically but knows how to use his strong frame to create space for himself. He has great touch with either hand, and knows he is a true center. Talbot was dominant in his afternoon game.

Xavier Dupree, PF, Texas PRO – This class of 2013 forward has a ton of upside. Dupree combines explosive athleticism, with long arms, and a 6-foot-7 frame. His offensive game is coming, and he showed the ability to score facing the rim, though he didn't go to the post much. As he gets more skilled he could really begin to attract attention.

Brandon Williams, PF/SF, Texas PRO – Much like his teammate Dupree, Williams is an athlete who is out there causing problems with his ability to be all over the floor. He is an excellent athlete, though raw. Skill development will be the key with him, but he has some upside.

Nathan Hawkins, SF, Dallas Mustangs – With his team facing the possibility of being upset, Hawkins caught fire. The 6-foot-5 wing was absolutely stroking it from deep, and lit up the scoreboard. Hawkins is a solid athlete, and can bounce it a little bit, but his stroke is pure and he knows how to get open.

Joel Bolombay has offers from Weber State, New Mexico, Texas A&M, and Texas A&M Corpus-Christi. Also he mentioned Tulsa, Missouri State, Wichita State, Clemson, UT-Arlington, Pepperdine, Drake, Washington, Washington State, UTEP, and Colorado.

Jordan Mason listed offers from Houston, UT-Arlington, Colorado, Texas Tech, UTEP and Tulane. Also he listed interest from Missouri State, Pepperdine, Long Beach State, West Virginia, Sam Houston State, and nearly the whole Big XII.

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