Vegas: Day One, Part B

LAS VEGAS – From 8:00am to past 11:00pm gyms throughout the city of Las Vegas were packed with prospects as the second Evaluation Period got going. There was no shortage of standouts on Friday, including Colorado commit Josh Scott.

Josh Scott, PF, Colorado Chaos: The future Colorado Buff was terrific, getting to the line from the beginning of the game to the end. Scott gets the ball in the post, backs in his defender and can either get to the rim via spin move or is comfortable going over either shoulder for a bucket. He does a great job drawing contact and getting to the line but can also finish after the foul. Scott isn't a great athlete vertically but is good enough and will be a tough, strong, hard working player in college.

Brandon Ashley, PF, Drew Gooden Soldiers: It's been a great summer for Ashley and he kept it going on Friday. He started the game with three straight dunks and showed the significant progression of his post moves from a year ago. Ashley's development is going in a great direction and everything that you wanted to see him improve on a year ago, he's done it and then some.

Dominic Artis, PG, Drew Gooden Soldiers: Artis is the reason you never write off a player. He was a decent player a year ago and now he's a very good one. There are other point guards with his handles and other point guards with his vision but not that many who use those two aspects of their game to make their teammates better like Artis does. He also showed the continued improvement of his jumper.

Jonathan Milligan, PG, Team AZ Stars: Milligan is skinny but gets the ball and isn't afraid to rush down the court into traffic. He didn't really shoot much but from a speed, handles and passing standpoint, looked good. He's a taller point guard who didn't appear star struck by the 40 or so coaches who were packed into an auxiliary gym to watch him play.

Nick Stover, SG, BTI: Credit should be given to Stover for how far he's taken his game since last year. Stover plays with confidence and deservedly so with his increased shooting ability. He nailed several shots from distance but also was effective around the basket, using his body to create space between himself and the defender, elevating and softly tossing the ball in.

Tyler Lewis, PG, Team Loaded: The jumper wasn't falling for Lewis but he did his best to make up for it by making several spot on passes to his teammates. A nifty ball handler and passer, Lewis did a good job making his team go.

Andrew White – 2012 SF, Team Loaded: There were two areas where White looked particularly strong at for his position and those were as a shooter and rebounder. White has a good looking stroke and nailed multiple shots from long range, but the strong small forward was also aggressive on the glass.

Katin Reinhardt, SG, Belmont Shore: Reinhardt has an impressive skill package and he showed off a lot of it on Friday. The jumper is smooth, he can handle the ball and find open teammates. He was especially good at driving and dishing, making some terrific passes after he got by his defender on the way to the basket.

Charles Mitchell, PF, World Wide Renegades: Mitchell did a good job on the glass and it allowed him some easy buckets on offense. He has a versatile post game and is deceptively quick despite his large frame. Mitchell does a good job using his body in the post and created a mismatch on both ends of the floor.

Jabari Bird, SG, Drew Gooden Soldiers: Bird had a very good showing on Friday, particularly late in the contest. The fact that he's already comfortable hitting the midrange jumper is a good sign, but he can also take the ball to the basket where his leaping ability makes him even tougher to stop when sailing in for a score. Bird also did a nice job rebounding from the wing position on Friday.

Jermaine Lawrence, C: An intriguing prospect, Lawrence is mobile, plays hard, has soft hands, is a good rebounder and has a nice midrange jumper. He's not a great leaper but is good enough with his size and length. He has to develop more of a post game but he fights on the glass and goes for every loose ball. It's not all there yet but he's a nice looking prospect with a chance to be a pretty good player down the road.

Dakarai Allen, SG, Play Hard Play Smart: Allen's best offense is still going to the basket, but he did step out to hit a three and a midrange jumper. Those shots aren't consistent yet but with coaching and repetition shooting shouldn't be too much of a concern in college. What Allen is right now is a defender and his long arms, quick hands and lateral mobility make him a menace for whoever he's guarding. Allen can answer any questions a high major could possibly have about him by continuing to work on his jumper over the next several months but regardless, his ceiling is very high.

Kuran Iverson, SF, Long Island Lightning: A unique talent, Iverson looks like a big three or a small four but handles it and passes it much more like a point. He can step out and shoot it and is also comfortable taking it to the basket. What position he plays – and defends – in college could end up under debate, but his talent can't be questioned.

* Ikenna Iroegbu had some nice drives to the basket but also over-penetrated a little too much. Still, he was more under control than he's been in recent games and that's a good sign.

* Austin Arians has an impressive all-around game against Team Jones, but it was his shooting and willingness to defend that really stood out.

* Mike Bryson never got things going offensively, but competed on the glass and played good defense.

* Alex Caruso tried to play through a sprained ankle and the usual athleticism just wasn't there. However, he knew his physical limitations and concentrated on making his teammates better.

* Also playing on a sprained ankle, Grant Jerrett wasn't as comfortable as usual around the basket so he stepped out a little more and shot from midrange. He did have an aggressive move to the basket and almost completed a vicious two-handed slam on his defender.

* A big bodied post committed to Oregon State, Maika Ostling didn't get a ton of touches on the offensive end. However, he played tough defense and made an impact as a shot blocker. It will be interesting to see what a college strength and conditioning program can do to his body and game.

Tad Boyle, along with assistants from UCLA, Washington, Arizona State and Utah watched Josh Scott and Nick Stover.

Herb Sendek, Steve Fisher, Kevin O'Neill, Mike Montgomery, Lorenzo Romar and assistants from UCLA and Arizona watched Isaac Hamilton and Skylar Spencer.

Steve Lavin watched Ricardo Gathers.

Mike Montgomery and an assistant, Tad Boyle and assistants from Arizona and Kansas were amongst those in the crowd watching Dakarai Allen and Mike Bryson.

Memphis had an assistant watching Jordan Swopshire.

Syracuse, Memphis and Rutgers watched Jermaine Lawrence.

Randy Bennett and Rodney Terry were two of the handful of head coaches who watched Jonathan Milligan.

Two UCLA assistants watched Chance Murray.

Thad Matta watched Amile Jefferson.

Andrew White claimed offers from Louisville, West Virginia, Providence, South Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Memphis, Oklahoma State, George Mason, BYU, Utah, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Miami, Wake Forest, N.C. State and Texas A&M.

Alex Caruso has added Nebraska, Texas Tech, Georgetown and Oregon to his school list. He said the only two schools he'll definitely officially visit are Texas A&M and Colorado.

Deonte Burton claimed offers from Marquette, Wisconsin, Maryland, Portland and Rutgers.

Mike Bryson has picked up offers from Colorado, California, San Francisco, St. Mary's and Sacramento State. He says Colorado and California lead.

Phillip Nolan listed offers from Oklahoma, Memphis, Arizona, Maryland, Texas, Baylor, Marquette and Seton Hall.

Jermaine Lawrence said that Louisville, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Fordham and Hofsta have offered. He said Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Louisville stand out.

Jonathan Milligan has picked up offers from St. Mary's and Fresno State

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