Vegas: Day Three, Part B

LAS VEGAS – A big defensive effort by Robert Upshaw was one of several standout performances on Sunday as tournament play got going in Las Vegas.

Robert Upshaw, C, DreamVision: On defense, Robert Upshaw was very good, blocking at least six shots and in general just making it difficult to get a clean look at the basket down low. He also had his moments on offense, including a couple series where he caught the ball around the three-point line and drove into the lane for a basket. He also picked up several fouls from his opponents down low and had plenty of rebounds. Upshaw has to keep working on his post moves but he's made significant progress in that area over the past year. He's made tremendous improvement as a player over the last few years and keeps trending in the right direction.

Winston Shepard, PF, DreamVision: One of the nation's most versatile players, Shepard impacts the game in numerous ways. His athleticism allows him to defend multiple positions, he's unselfish and always looking for an open teammate, can handle the ball in the open floor, has nice passing ability and can explode to the basket. He's going to have to keep working on his shooting, but Shepard brings so many positive qualities to the court that if he keeps working hard, he should find his way into a college rotation pretty early into his college career.

Joe Rahon, PG, DreamVision: Rahon is making steady improvement on his game. He's always been known for his shooting, but he's becoming a better point guard and delivered several very good passes to teammates for assists. Rahon also showed a commitment to defense and he played the passing lanes perfectly for steals on Sunday. High majors are starting to show more interest.

Xavier Johnson, SF, DreamVision: When Johnson plays poorly it's often because he struggles with his effort and/or he relies too much on his jumper. Neither was the case on Sunday, as Johnson did a good job not settling for jump shots as he consistently attacked the basket. Johnson also played solid defense and helped push the ball up the court with a handful of nice outlet passes.

Shabazz Muhammad, SG, DreamVision: In a blowout win, DreamVision didn't need a dominant performance from Muhammad and while he played well, there wasn't anything earth shattering to report. Muhammad scored most of his baskets on dunks and lay-ups, as he made it a point to get his teammates involved and collected several assists in the contest.

Javan Felix, PG, New Orleans Elite: Felix was very impressive in one showing on Sunday. He's a strong point guard who plays under control, can handle the ball and really score from midrange. Once Felix gets by his defender he can hit a floater or pull up and hit the midrange jumper. He was nailing both of those shots with equal accuracy and those aren't easy skills for kids his age to master.

Prince Ibeh, C, Top Achievers Pistons: The skill level isn't really there, but Ibeh has plenty to work with and is no doubt an impressive prospect. He's long, athletic, plays hard and even though he has to work on his post moves, he was good enough where he would often get fouled while working his way towards the basket. Ibeh played good defense and is definitely a prospect with a very high ceiling.

Matthew Willms, C, Team Detroit: Almost 7-feet tall, Willms gets up and down the floor in a hurry, showing good mobility despite his height. He plays hard and showed a little bit of skill, nailing a left hook shot while also doing well around the basket. The lefty needs to gain strength but there is a lot for a college coach to work with.

Riley Bradshaw, PG, Idaho Select: After driving across the city to see someone else, it was Bradshaw who ended up standing out. Utah State got a steal in Bradshaw, who was absolutely on fire. He hit from three, got past his defender and pulled up, could handle the ball – his crossover was a problem all game long – and could get to the hoop. Bradshaw has good size and speed and if one game is any indication, he should really make an impact for Utah State.

Nate Britt, PG, D.C. Assault: The outside shot wasn't falling and he struggled finishing, but it's not difficult to tell what kind of prospect Britt is. He showed some very good passing skills and had no problem sailing to the hoop. With the game tied in the closing moments, Britt held on to the ball to let the clock run down before slashing to the rim, scoring the bucket and getting fouled with seven seconds to go, giving his team the win. Britt didn't have a terrific game but he definitely stepped up when it counted.

Cullen Neal, SG, Danny Granger Hurricanes: The son of a coach, it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that Neal plays with such a high basketball IQ. He consistently made the right pass, whether that be when he was on the perimeter looking for cutting teammates or when he was driving to the basket and kicking out to the open man. Neal showed accuracy from three-point range and can also shoot pulling up. He also handled the ball well and ran a lot of point guard for his team. His lack of strength led to a struggle finishing and some turnovers, but once he gets stronger neither should be a problem.

Nick Emery, SG, The Factory: There has been a lot of building hype for Emery, who apparently was really shooting the ball for the duration of the adidas Super 64. Unfortunately, his shooting was way off on Sunday and that's not the best time to evaluate someone whose game is predicated around their shot. Even though the shot wasn't falling, Emery has a smooth stroke and quick release. He showed that he could get to the basket and made some nice passes off the dribble. He'll definitely be evaluated again.

* Delante Dunklin didn't get a ton of playing time but the athletic point guard is confident driving to the basket and a threat to throw down in traffic.

* Demetris Morant doesn't get much run on DreamVision either but the bouncy center was aggressive trying to block shots and grab defensive rebounds.

* Bryce Alford showed a versatile scoring attack, hitting a three-pointer, nailing a floater and scoring on drives to the basket.

Amongst those watching the aforementioned prospects on DreamVision: Steve Alford and an assistant, Mike Montgomery, Bill Self, Rodney Terry, Dave Rice and two assistants, Steve Fisher and an assistant, Ben Howland, Kevin O'Neill and an assistant, as well as coaches from Duke, Oregon and Washington State.

Utah, Colorado and Arizona watched Nate Britt and his D.C. Assault squad.

Rick Barnes, Buzz Williams, Trent Johnson and assistants from UCLA, Iowa, Texas A&M, Duke and Baylor watched Javan Felix, Craig Victor and Prince Ibeh.

Dave Rice and an assistant, two USC assistants, Arizona, Washington, Washington State, and Oregon State watched Zena Edosomwan, Grant Jerrett, Katin Reinhardt, David Andoh and Tyler Dorsey.

Dave Rose and two assistants, Herb Sendek and assistants from Utah, Montana State, Boise State and Utah State watched Nick Emery.

* Robert Upshaw doesn't have a school list and said he'll likely wait until the spring before he makes a decision. He'll try to narrow down his list after July.

* Winston Shepard said he'll release his final five in August. His list right now includes Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville, UTEP, San Diego State, New Mexico, UCLA, Texas, Oklahoma State and Memphis.

* Joe Rahon has offers from Georgetown, Boston College, St. Mary's, Portland, San Diego and William & Mary. He says he's wide open but hopes to take official visit to Boston College and St. Mary's, amongst others.

* Delante Dunklin picked up an offer from Denver. He said Portland picked up its recruitment of him and Cal Poly is recruiting him the hardest.

* Matthew Willms claimed 45 offers and said amongst those recruiting him the hardest are Minnesota, UNLV, Long Beach State, St. Joseph's and Providence.

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