Vegas: Day Four, Part A

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The fourth day of the events in Las Vegas is complete. Andre Drummond, Kris Dunn and Gabe York had big outings early, while D'Angelo Russell showed his stuff in a late night loss.

Kris Dunn, PG, Connecticut Bball Club – Over the past year, Dunn has made improvements to his game and he showed that in a morning match up with the Southern Califronia All-Stars. A much more consistent ball player, Dunn is playing with the highest level of confidence and has developed into one of the top lead guards in the country.

Dunn has physical attributes that many lead guards wish for, as he's long, has good height and is quite the athlete. What he showed today was his vision and passing ability. He sees the floor and always has his head up looking for the next assist. He's already ranked the No. 6 point guard in the country and I expect him to rise in the next batch of rankings.

Andre Drummond, C, Connecticut Bball Club – With Dunn dishing it out and pushing the tempo, Drummond was able to catch the ball in the low post, score off oops and dunk drop off passes. He played with energy against the So Cal group and was able to dominate the low post. His mobility and athleticism is among the best I've seen from a guy his size since covering high school hoops.

Jordan Loveridge, SF, Utah Pump N' Run – In an early tournament game against the Compton Magic, Loveridge did a little bit of everything. A combo forward out of West Jordan (Utah) High, Loveridge has a thick frame, a good-looking shot to 21-feet and a post game to go with it. He scored buckets through contact on the block, rebounded and even dropped in a right hook. Mid-majors on the west coast should be all over this guy.

Gabe York, SG/PG, Compton Magic – Trying to come from behind by double digits, York put the Magic squad on his back and scored at will. Unfortunately for the Magic, it wasn't enough. A true combo guard, York is one of the elite scorers in the country. Creating space for jump shots isn't an issue and he's an athlete that can slice to the rim and finish over defenders. Arizona is getting an electric scorer in York.

Marcus Smart, SG, Texas Assault – When a teams best player is also the guy diving on the floor for loose balls and doing the dirty work it sets a precedent for the rest of the squad. Smart is that guy. A true leader and tough ball player, Smart is a winner that does all the little things and defends at a high level. He's not the best shooter in the country, nor the most skilled, but he's a guy that always finds a way to win games and that will carry over when he gets to college.

Phil Forte, PG, Texas Assault – The tandem of Smart and Forte is fun to watch. Smart does the dirty work and attacks the rim, while Forte handles the lead guard duties and knocks down three-pointers at a high rate. Forte is a crafty handler that uses screens well and today he showed a comfort level when shooting off the dribble. He also pulled out a pull-up floater in the lane and didn't back down against Double Pump's high major guards.

Tyrone Wallace, PG, Double Pump Elite – After seeing him on the first day, I wanted one more look at the ever so intriguing combo guard. His physical attributes are impressive, he can shoot it from long range and to top it off he's a talented passer. Wallace is one of the better 2012 guards on the west coast.

Tamron Manning, PG/SG, KYA – One of the guys out of the Midwest that has gained some steam recently is this 6-foot-3 combo guard. In a big win over New Mexico Force, Manning showed some of his ability dishing out the rock, knocking down a couple of threes and finishing in transition. He's starting to garner more and more school interest and it's well deserved.

Nathan Dieudonne, PF/SF, KYA – Much like Manning, Dieudonne continues to improve. He aggressively attacks the rim when he gets the ball and attempts to dunk it when given the opportunity. He's sneaky athletic, runs the floor quite well and has good touch around the rim.

Ryan Taylor, PF, KYA – The athletic and active undersized four-man is headed to Chatham (Va.) Hargrave next year. Taylor, who was once committed to Louisville, was active on backboard, played tough around the rim and ran the floor looking to score points. Although he struggled to finish here, his effort and activity was certainly noted.

Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, Family First – The development of Mudiay continues. Up against EBC Elite the 6-foot-3 sophomore-to-be dominated the game with his ability to slice to the rim and passing. Mudiay, a standout at Arlington (Tex.) Grace Prep, finishes equally well with both hands around the basket and has no issue completing plays. He's also an exceptional passer that sees the floor well and puts the ball on the money nearly ever time. To top it off, he played excellent defense and forced a number of turnovers. He's an elite prospect and a guy that continues to improve.

D'Angelo Russell, PG, Louisville Magic – There aren't many guards better than Russell in the 2014 class. A smooth operator, Russell glides by defenders with ease, creates plays for others and drops in mid-range jump shots. In a loss to Minnesota Pump N' Run, Russell drilled at least five three-pointers and made plays on both ends of the floor. He's an elite guard in the 2014 class.

*Chad Rykhoek is an intriguing post prospect on Family First. At 6-foot-9 he has a nice set of hands and good touch around the basket. Coaches are always looking for new post prospects and he is that is being eyed.

*Namon Wright has a bright future. A 6-foot-3 combo guard, Wright showed impressive vision and a nice looking shot from long range. He runs with the Southern California All-Stars.

*2011 post prospect David Collette is intriguing. At 6-foot-8, he's a guy that can run the floor, rebound and finish around the rim. He needs to get stronger, but he's definitely a Division-1 ball player.

*Arik Armstead wasn't the nation's top football player he could have a nice collegiate career in hoops. For a guy his size he's mobile, has good hands and footwork.

*UTEP commit Anthony January is a heck of a talent. He's a bouncy wing forward that is at best slashing to the rim and making plays along the way.

*Henry Ellenson, who runs with the Minnesota Pump N' run, had a strong game against the Louisville Magic. He's a 6-foot-6 post player that rebounds and can step out and shoot. Reid Travis also played a big role in the win. He hit a pair of key three-pointers late in the game.

Kris Dunn is just taking in the interest from college coaches. He cited interest from schools in the ACC and Big East. Dunn pointed out that there aren't any favorites and he may begin setting up visits in August.

The nation's top center – Andre Drummond – has a handful of schools on his list. Word is Kentucky, Connecticut, West Virginia, Florida and UNC are the schools in the picture.

Jordan Loveridge has scholarship offers from Utah, Weber State, Hawaii, Utah State and BYU. He also mentioned interest from Arizona and Nebraska.

Phil Forte said he has offers from Boise State, Fresno State, San Francisco, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. He said he wants to take visits after July

Marcus Smart said majority of the Big 12 has offered, as has North Carolina. He said he doesn't have any favorites and has yet to narrow his college list.

Tamron Manning has college interest from Dayton, Kent State, Marshall, IUPUI, Alabama, Florida, LSU and Cincinnati.

Nathan Dieudonne has interest from Jacksonville, Manhattan, Gardner Webb, Appalachian State, Monmouth, Georgia State, LeHigh and Bellarmine.


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