Best of Summer: Day One

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Best of Summer has some high level prospects, but 2012 Las Vegas Bishop Gorman power forward Demetris Morant may have delivered the day's best performance, joining the action with a new AAU team.

Marcus Fuggins, PF, Team Eleate: A strong, athletic kid with long arms, Fuggins played hard throughout the game and showed a commitment to defense and rebounding. There wasn't a lot of scoring outside offensive rebounds, but his effort on the defensive end, including blocking a handful of shots, was big for his team.

Brandon Holcomb, C, IEBP: Holcomb stood out in a matchup with Landen Lucas, playing solid defense and showing improvement offensively by stepping out and hitting some outside shots. Holcomb isn't yet confident or skilled on offense but has made progress in both areas. His long arms and effort helped him block some shots and pick up several rebounds.

Demetris Morant, C, Team Jennings: After not seeing much playing time in the adidas Super 64 and DreamVision done for the summer, Morant switched over to Team Jennings for this event and had a very good outing on Wednesday. He was relentless on the offensive glass, scoring off several boards, he attacked the rim when he got the ball and had several trips to the line. Morant's athleticism has always been terrific but the question has always been his skill level. Morant is clearly gaining confidence on offense and while he still has a ways to go, he's moving in a good direction.

Kaleb Tarczewski, C, New England Playaz: The five-star center had an up and down first game. His right hook looks good, he had an impressive reverse lay-up and he makes some nice passes from the post. Tarczewski could use his size to be a better shot blocker and missed some shots around the basket he should convert. Tarczewski's size, build and mobility are big parts of his high level stock as a prospect and with those three qualities present, he's always going to have a lot to be intrigued by.

Landen Lucas, C, Northwest Panthers: It was a tale of two halves for Lucas, who showed his good footwork and post moves in the first half in the few occasions that he did receive the ball. In the second half Lucas wasn't getting many touches and appeared frustrated, which affected his play on both sides of the court. Lucas does have a good skill level for his age and rebounded well on the defensive end.

Demarquise Johnson, SF, Team Eleate: For the most part Johnson's three-point shot was going down, but he did have a nice floater and an impressive pull up jumper from the baseline. Johnson's athleticism will allow him to really improve his ability to score and whatever college gets him will be taking in a kid who has the chance to eventually be a pretty good scorer at the next level.

Maika Ostling, C, Team Jones: The Oregon State commit had some nice moments on Wednesday, showing a soft right hook. Ostling is a tall, big bodied post who will have to keep working on his body and skill for the next level. Oregon State definitely will be getting a center with size.

Marcus Lee, PF, Bay Area Hoosiers: Lee has a good frame, is an impressive athlete, did a nice job on the glass and went after shots defensively. It was tough to get a feel for his skill level but he was finishing well. Lee's athletic build and long arms garner attention right away, and while he'll have to keep developing his skill over the next year, he's definitely intriguing.

Isaac Hamilton, SG, Team Jennings: After a tremendous start to July in Los Angeles, Hamilton hasn't been at quite the same level since. His outside shot wasn't falling in one showing, but Hamilton did hit some midrange jumpers and picked up several assists, many of them to Demetris Morant. Hamilton could be worn down after a long summer and it will be interesting to see how he looks when he's rested in a few months.

Mike Montgomery and two assistants, Stanford, Washington State and Arizona watched Landen Lucas.

Arizona State, VCU, Washington, San Diego State, two from UNLV and New Mexico watched Isaac Hamilton, Skylar Spencer and Demetris Morant.

Three assistants from UNLV as well as coaches from Oregon State, Colorado, Gonzaga and Washington watched Demarquise Johnson and Aaron Holiday.

Sean Miller and an assistant, as well as a KU assistant, watched Kaleb Tarczewski's first game. Just Miller and the KU assistant watched his second game.

Santa Clara, VCU and St. Mary's watched Marcus Lee.

Colorado watched its commitment Wesley Gordon twice.

Marcus Lee is hearing from VCU and St. Mary's. He grew up rooting for St. Mary's.

Brandon Holcomb has an offer from Seattle and has heard from Cleveland State and Auburn. He could play college, go prep or JUCO for next season.

Marcus Fuggins has offers from Idaho State and Radford, with interest from UCSD, San Francisco and UC Riverside. He is undecided between playing for someone next season, going to prep school or JUCO.


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