Kaleb Tarczewski, C, NE Playaz – After struggling in the first half against the Hoopstars, the 7-footer turned it up a notch. Battling with Cameron Ridley in the paint, Tarczewski managed to hit a couple of right hooks and scored through contact a handful of times. Tarczewksi is one of the premier big men in the 2012 class. He finished with 17 points and at least a dozen rebounds.
Cameron Ridley, C, Houston Hoopstars – As previously noted, Ridley had a solid first half, throwing his body around in the paint, snagging offensive boards and scoring in the paint. At 6-foot-10 he's an imposing figure that plays the game with consistency. He contests shots, hits the boards and almost always ends up with double-digit points.
Atif Russell, SG, Houston Hoopstars – A strongly built shooting guard, Russell is a talented shooter. He hunted jump shots against the NE Playaz and he knocked them down at a high rate. Going forward he needs to develop his ball handling and ability to shoot off the bounce, but he's a guy that's good for a handful of three-pointers a game.
Taylor Barnette, SG, Nashville Celtics – A knock down long range threat, Barnette pumped in six three-pointers on 11 attempts and added a pair of baseline finishes in the half court set. The southpaw from Lexington (Ky.) Christian Academy standout has quick trigger, deep range and is capable of shooting on the move. To go with his 22 points, he also grabbed at least eight boards.
Jaylen Beckham, PG, Nashville Celtics – While Barnette was bombing away from three, Beckham was attacking the rim, creating for his teammates and scoring in transition. He's been on the move in the last year, but if he can get it together off the court and gain some stability he's talented enough to get things done at the collegiate level.
Cory Calvert, SG, Colorado Hawks – Shooters are always at a premium and seem hard to come by. Calvert has drawn mid-level interest from his ability to rip the nets and it is well deserved. The 6-foot-2 guard has a quick trigger and deep range on his shot. He buried at least four triples in a loss to the Florida Rams.
Grant Verhoeven, C, Organized Chaos – It was only a short amount of time, but at first glance it was hard not to be impressed with the 6-foot-9, 225-pound big man. He has a strong frame, a great motor and good hands. We didn't see him get a touch with his back to the basket, but he was all over the glass and had three put backs in the few minutes we saw him in the game.
Bronson Koenig, SG, WI Playground Warriors – In a close game against Eric Gordon, Koenig managed to get free for four three-pointers. He gets his feet set quick, has a fast release and has good range on his shot. Also a talented passer, Koenig managed to dish out the rock coming off screens and in the half court. The 6-foot-2 shooting guard finished with 14 points, as he also had a baseline finish to go with his threes.
V.J. Beachem, SF, Eric Gordon All-Stars – In the 8 a.m. game against the Playground Warriors, Beachem looked like the best player and prospect on the floor. The 6-foot-7 rangy forward knocked down threes coming off screens and off the bounce. He has range on his shot and is gaining confidence as an offensive player. We charted him for five threes and a pair of mid-range jump shots.
Conner Frankamp, PG, KC Pump N' Run 16's – Fresh off a commitment to Kansas, Frankamp, a 6-foot guard out of Wichita (Kans.) North, had a solid outing against one of the Indiana Elite 16's team. A crafty handler that can get into the paint, Frankamp showed an ability to create for teammates, but also score. He shot the ball well off the catch and showed a heady overall game.
Jordan Mickey, PF, Urban DFW – An active power forward, Mickey made his bones against the Florida Rams by running the floor, hitting the glass and knocking in face up jump shots. A pretty good athlete, Mickey is someone that high majors in the region are paying attention to. Going forward Mickey needs to tighten his handle and get stronger, but he's a talented prospect.
Chris Walker, C, Florida Rams Blue – In one of his better showings of the summer, Walker, a 6-foot-11 post prospect, was active, aggressive and effective. He hunted opportunities to swat away shots and was a force on the glass. He's especially valuable on the offensive glass, as he's good for a handful of put backs a game. While it's not something you'll see often, Walker even knocked down a three from the top of the key.
Chris Thomas, SG, Colorado Hawks – Easily one of the best scorers in the country, Thomas had his moments against the Florida Rams. Although he can get a little wild with his shot selection, Thomas takes and makes difficult shots and can score it from all three levels. The 6-foot-5 guard also had the dunk of the day when he caught an alley-oop behind his body and flushed it on a defender.
Jordan Bell, PF, Compton Magic – In one of the more dominant defensive performance I've seen in a while, Bell, a 6-foot-6, maybe 6-foot-7, active and athletic power forward recorded 17 blocks in a loss to New Orleans Elite. He's quick off his feet, has terrific timing and gets his hands on a lot of shots. Bell runs the floor extremely well and is an elite level athlete. Going forward he'll have to develop his offensive game, but he's a talent.
Craig Victor, PF, New Orleans Elite – While Bell was bouncing around the court blocking shots, Victor kept attacking the rim and finding ways to score. The 6-foot-8 sophomore had a number of finishes inside, showed off a mid-range jump shot and looked like the best long term prospect on the floor. One of the more skilled power forwards I've seen in the class, Victor showed great touch and has a nice jump hook.
*Zavier Turner, a 2013 guard for the Eric Gordon 16's bunch, has an impressive middle game. He shoots it with confidence off the bounce and is capable of pulling up and creating space for shots in the 15 to 18-foot range.
*KC Pump N' Run has a strong group of guards. To go with Frankamp, they also have 2013 guard Travis Jorgensen and 2014 stud guard Dominique Collier. Jorgenson ran the show when Frankamp didn't, while Collier showed his slashing and athletic ability.
*Dillon Graham, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, is a knock down long-range shooter and impressive leaper. He hit a handful of three-pointers in a loss to Urban DFW on Friday.
*Landry Nnoko, a 6-foot-10 post for the Florida Rams Black, is an intriguing long-term prospect. He ran the floor well, is equipped with an impressive frame and showed he could finish around the rim.
*Coming off a strong showing at the adidas Invitational, Kasey Hill showed flashes of why he's so highly thought of. Now he did turn it over more than normal against Urban DFW, but he also showed off an ability to get to the rim and create.
*Another big man out of Texas to keep an eye on is Kaviar Shepherd. A 2013 prospect, Shepherd can run the floor, has a long, lean frame and can finish around the basket. At 6-foot-10 he's a guy already developing high major interest.
*Javan Felix, a 2012 lead guard, had a solid game in New Orleans Elite's win over the Compton Magic. He went for 25 points and managed a handful of mid-range jump shots.
*Arizona commit Gabe York can fill it up in a hurry. In the second half he got hot for a stretch and knocked down a handful of three-pointers. He does a good job of creating space and shoots the ball at a high level.
Javan Felix said UCLA, Texas and Baylor are sticking out to him right now. He's also heard from Miami, Texas A&M and LSU. He claims offers from all six schools.
Jordan Bell said he recently picked up an offer from San Francisco. He said Washington, Arizona, UCLA and USC have also been in contact.
Kaleb Tarczewski's first game in Las Vegas drew Sean Miller, Roy Williams and Kansas assistant coach Joe Dooley.
Grant Verheoven had head coaches from St. Mary's, Stanford, California and San Diego State at his afternoon game.