Vegas: Notebook

LAS VEGAS -- Kris Dunn and Javan Felix had big weekends in Vegas, a pair of west coasters emerged and the 2014 class is looking bright at the guard position.

Dunn & Felix have strong weekends

Over the past year there has been a lot of griping from college coaches and analysts about a lack of lead guards in the 2012 class.

In Las Vegas two undervalued 2012 guards played well.

Kris Dunn, who possesses impressive physical features, did it all on the fourth day for Connecticut Basketball Club. He's long, athletic and has high major vision and passing skills.

A year ago Dunn's recruitment consisted of mid-majors, now the big boys are jumping in.

While Dunn was doing damage for CBC, Javan Felix was impressing the crowds with his ability to run a team and score.

Felix is a stocky 5-foot-10 lead guard that just had a so-so spring when watched. But at the Super 64, Felix did it all for the New Orleans Elite. In fact, he was arguably one of the top performers of the event.

His jump shot to 22-feet is pure and he shot it particularly well coming off screens and off the bounce. Throw in his poise and leadership skills and Felix is a lead guard that will continue to pick up interest.

2014 guards impress readers should be familiar with Emmanuel Mudiay by now.

A talented 6-foot-3 lead guard out of Texas, Mudiay is a guy that will find his way near the top of the rankings when the new 2014 rankings are released.

Playing up in the 17's division, Mudiay doesn't skip a beat. He gets to the rim whenever he wants and his vision is among the best I've seen in high school basketball.

But Mudiay wasn't the only 2014 prospect to impress in Vegas.

D'Angelo Russell looked terrific playing with former Louisville player Ellis Myles on the Louisville Magic.

A smooth 6-foot-3, 170-pounder, Russell can play both guard spots and can be equally effective in both. His vision and passing ability allow him to spend time on the ball, but he's also a terrific shooter and scorer.

Russell is the best guard prospect to come out of Louisvile since Rajon Rondo, who happened to stop by the gym on Monday to see the crew from his hometown.

Isaiah Whitehead, B.J. Stith and Justise Winslow were also major standouts in Las Vegas.

Whitehead put together a huge game at the Fab 48 on the second day and showed an impressive mid-range jump shot. He already has high majors beating down his door.

At 6-foot-4, Stith is a lengthy wing prospect with good genes. His father is the all-time leading scorer at Virginia and it's clear his son will put up some points in college as well.

Winslow is much different than the others on this list, but he's just as effective. A bigger and stronger wing prospect, Winslow is a scorer that makes plays going towards the rim.

Two west coast kids emerge

Every year during the five days in Las Vegas a handful of prospects emerge on a national scene.

This year wasn't any different.

One of the top breakout guys could be Utah Pump N' Run's Jordan Loveridge, who led his squad to the final four of the adidas Super 64.

A 6-foot-6 combo forward, Loveridge spent time knocking down threes on the perimeter and attacking off the bounce, but he also found ways to be effective posting up on the block.

"Any where you put me I can do what you want me to do, " Loveridge told following one of his games in the Super 64. "My coach says I'm a Paul Milsap type guy."

Loveridge said he has scholarship offers from Utah, Weber State, Utah State, Hawaii and BYU. He also mentioned that schools from the PAC-12 were starting to show interest in him.

Regionally Grant Verhoeven is known, but nationally his reputation was limited.

After checking him out for a game in a half, Verhoeven, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound post prospect, looks like a possible top 100 prospect.

His effort was consistent in both outings, as he patrolled the paint looking for rebounds on both ends of the floor. He also showed good hands and touch around the basket.

Verhoeven said he's down to three schools – Stanford, California and St. Mary's.

"I'm going to take some visits," Verhoeven said. "I'm going to go to all of them"

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