Vegas, West Coast: Day Three

Robert Upshaw, Winston Shepard and Eric Kienny were among the players that had good showings on Sunday in Las Vegas...

Las Vegas, Nev.The third day in Las Vegas saw a few top teams upset and the best center in the west for 2012 had a very strong showing….

Robert Upshaw, 6-11 C Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial. Upshaw was dominating at the defensive end on Sunday, as he seemingly blocked a shot every time he had the opportunity. He played with very good energy at both ends of the court. He's a classic example of very promising young post player that is still growing into his body and still figuring it out on the court. At a minimum, he will be a very good defender and rebounder in college. But he's probably going to be a lot more than that. He's a terrific prospect, regardless of how he performs in some individual summer games.

Xavier Johnson, 6-6 SF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Johnson played a very well-rounded game on Sunday and that's his strength as a player. He's not great at any one thing, but he can block a shot, grab a rebound, make a nice pass, knock down a three, slash for a bucket, etc. He doesn't look good when he's just spotting up for threes, but when he's playing a complete game he shows just how much there is to like about his potential.

Winston Shepard, 6-6 SF Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep. Shepard has always been a very good athlete, but his game has lacked focus and his decision-making has often been very erratic. In this tournament, though, Shepard has been playing outstanding basketball. He's the best defender in the west, with the ability to defend one through four. He's got excellent lateral quickness and you can see he takes pride in his defense. On offense, he's made several nice passes and he's cut way down on the high-risk plays. He's just a fair shooter at this time, but he should be able to improve in that area over time. He's one of the more improved players in the west for 2012.

Eric Kienny, 6-3 SF Sacramento (Calif.) High. Kienny is a terrific mid-major prospect, with an outstanding motor, great toughness and excellent defensive ability. He makes enough shots to keep defenders honest, but it's his intangibles and competitiveness that make him such a nice prospect. He's a very good athlete, with good bounce, and he's deceptively strong. He makes a lot of winning plays on the court.

Langston Walker, 6-4 SR SF Berkeley (Calif.) High. Walker doesn't play very many minutes for a loaded Soldiers team, but he had a very nice showing in the first half of Sunday's game. He knocked down a few jumpers and played his usual solid defense. He's not known as a scorer, but his athleticism, body and motor make him a very intriguing prospect at the mid major level.

Tyree Robinson, 6-2 SG Lincoln (Calif.) High. Robinson had a rough outing on Sunday, as he took several ill-advised shots late in a loss to Branch West and also turned the ball over on a few critical possessions. He's got a strong body, and he's a pretty good straight-line athlete, but his feel for the game is quite shaky and he frequently makes questionable decisions. He's a streaky shooter and his ball skills overall are average. He has some ability, but his game will need considerable refining for him to play at a high level in college.

Shaquille Carr, 5-11 PG Las Vegas (Nev.) Canyon Springs. A true, pass-first point guard, Carr has very good quickness, both off the bounce and laterally. He's just a fair shooter at this time and seems to be a little better off the dribble than catch. He's got a chance to be a very good defender, but does need to apply himself a little more at that end of the court. With continued development, he's got a chance to be among the top point guards in the west for 2014.

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