Vegas: Day Four, Part B

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas tournaments are quickly coming to close with some big teams losing, which is leading to sleepers making names for themselves along the way. Here are some standouts from the second to last day in Las Vegas.

Kaleb Tarczewski, C, New England Playaz: It was a tough outing for Tarczewski in his first game of the day, scoring on just a few uncontested dunks. He wasn't really finishing well and although the competition wasn't good and he didn't play many minutes, it wasn't a great performance for the five-star center. Still, Tarczewski is a big, mobile center who doesn't need to play well for you to see what he's capable of down the road.

Landen Lucas, C, Northwest Panthers: A fundamentally sound big man, Lucas had some good moments in his team's eliminating loss. He rebounded well, made some nice passes off the block, played good defense and scored on some impressive post moves. Lucas isn't a great athlete so he has to get by using his big body and skill and he uses both well.

Perry Ellis, PF, Kansas Pray & Play: Ellis played hard against Northwest Panthers and it led to some trips to the line. A strong kid and good athlete, Ellis didn't always use both to his advantage as he missed some shots around the basket that he should have converted, but he's definitely impressive physically and there shouldn't be much of a tough transition into college from a strength and conditioning standpoint.

Nick Stauskas, SF, Grassroots Canada: Stauskas did some good things in an eliminating loss to Team Breakdown. His three-point shot looks smooth and although he wasn't finishing well, Stauskas didn't have much trouble slashing to the basket. He played within a team concept and made several passes putting teammates in the position to score.

Jayln Pennie, PF, Grassroots Canada: Pennie was one of the surprise players of the day. The 6-foot-7 forward is long, skinny, athletic and showed some skill around the basket. Probably more of a four than a three right now, Pennie was strong on the glass and threw down some highlight reel dunks. He missed some lay-ups he should have made but he used his athleticism to get himself to the position to get those baskets in the first place. He'll have to keep improving his skill but from a body and athleticism standpoint, Pennie is intriguing.

A.J. Astroth, SG, Team Breakdown: Previously 2011 and recently reclassified to 2012, Astroth was lights out from three on Monday. The catch and shoot specialist hit one three after another and also was strong going to the basket, where he had some nice finishes in traffic. A tall shooting guard, Astroth was a big reason his Team Breakdown squad advanced to the championship game of the Fab 48.

Ishmail Wainright, SF, Kansas City 76ers: A strong, athletic kid, Wainright really had his way from midrange and in. He hit a fade-away jumper from about 8-feet out, made some nice cuts to the basket from the elbow and had some big time dunks. Wainright's strength and athleticism are big parts of his game but he also showed some skill around the hoop.

Tonye Jekiri, C, Team Breakdown: Jekiri is a tall, athletic center at 6-foot-11 that specialized on the defensive end, where he came away with a number of blocks, making life difficult for the other team in the post. His height made rebounding easy and Jekiri was securing boards throughout the game. He didn't show a ton of skill on offense but colleges will no doubt be inquiring.

Luke Fischer, PF, Wisconsin Swing: The whole puzzle isn't put together yet for Fischer, but all the pieces are there and he has the chance to be a very good player down the road. Fischer can step out and hit the three, rebound, block shots and showed competence down in the paint, where he scored on a nice looking hook. He has to keep adding strength and improving his skill level but the potential is definitely there.

Austin Arians, SF, Wisconsin Swing: The shot wasn't falling as well as it had at other times in the tournament, but Arians played hard, made some nice passes and did hit shots from midrange and out. Arians is a fundamentally sound player with a high basketball IQ that plays with a good amount of effort.

* The Kansas City 76ers defeated Team Breakdown 79-64 to win the 17U Fab 48 title.

* Kasim Chandler's 22 points helped lead Sports U Elite Team IZOD to a 16U Fab 48 championship.

* Led by Jordan Loveridge, Utah Pump N'Run had three big time upset wins in the adidas Super 64, advancing to the semifinals. Utah knocked off Compton Magic, the Atlanta Celtics and Michigan Mustangs to get to the tournament's final four. Loveridge had 26 points and 9 boards in the quarterfinals.

* Still alive in the 17U Las Vegas Live event are the Houston Hoops, Cal Supreme Black, GCBC Jackson, Crusader Nation, Louisiana Future and Texas D1 Ambassadors San Antonio.

Bill Self and Danny Manning watched Perry Ellis.

Sean Miller, Dana Altman and assistants from Washington, Oregon State and California watched Landen Lucas.

Self, Miller and an assistant, as well as a North Carolina assistant watched Kaleb Tarczewski.

* Buddy Hield listed offers from Colorado, Memphis, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Oregon State, Utah State and Texas A&M.

* Kaleb Tarczewski said his final four is Kansas, Arizona, North Carolina and Kentucky. He'd like to make a decision as soon as possible.

* Jayln Pennie has offers from Fairfield, George Mason and Miami. He's been hearing from Iowa as well.

* Ishmail Wainright has offers from Texas, Missouri, West Virginia, UCLA, St. John's and Virginia Tech. He hopes to visit Kentucky and St. John's in August.

* Astroth has offers from South Carolina, Murray State, Providence and Air Force.

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