Knoxvegas Heat: Day One

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Day one of the Knoxvegas Heat tournament was short but some high level performances took place. None was more impressive than that of 2014 prospect Shane Hall.

Kennedy Meeks, C, Team United - Big Meeks definitely looks a little bit taller than this time last year, and he still showed off his great hands and soft touch. Now he does need to get into better shape, and post a little bit harder down low instead of settling for position off the block and then turning and facing, but still he had a solid game. He was simply too big and too strong for an undersized frontcourt.

Sindarius Thornwell, SG, Team United – At times it was a tough day for Thornwell because he really struggled to finish, and that isn't something that is normal for him. Thornwell is stronger and more athletic than ever, and still has an aptitude to pass the ball as well. He just needed to finish some easy buckets right around the rim.

Schulyer Rimmer, C, Q6 All-Stars – One of the more intriguing post players in the class, Rimmer has good hands, pretty good strength, and runs the floor well. He isn't super explosive but he will do all of the dirty work and has a nice touch with either hand. High-majors are already showing a lot of attention, and his list will likely get longer before it gets shorter.

Josh Filmore, PG, Q6 All-Stars – Filmroe was a nice surprise. A quick floor general who likes to pass, he also showed himself to be a near knockdown shooter. Filmore got hot from deep and made defenders close out hard, and when they did he got into the lane and made plays. He is slightly undersized, but still a player to watch at the point guard position.

Shane Hall, SF/PF, Hoop Dreams – The performance of the night came from Hall. He is a big time athlete who attacks the rim well off the dribble. Also he is a good rebounder who really pursues the ball on the glass. Hall didn't show much of an outside shot, but he was so effective in the mid-range and around the rim he didn't need to. With his team facing a double figure halftime deficit Hall put the squad on his back and rallied them to a win.

Jabari Craig, C, Atlanta Celtics – He is still raw, but Craig has a ton of potential. He runs the floor well, is every bit of 6-foot-10, is a nice athlete, and has long arms. Now he does need to get stronger, and can get in foul trouble trying to block every shot, but the potential is through the roof and he has a motor to go with it.

Costa Anderson, SG, Atlanta Celtics – Anderson came off the bench for the Celtics and showed a big time ability to score the basketball. He shot the heck out of the ball from deep and also showed game off the dribble. He has a bit of a stocky build and isn't an elite athlete, but he showed a good IQ and the confidence to be a very good scorer from the off guard spot.

Schulyer Rimmer listed offers from Stanford, Miami, UCF, and Penn State. Also he is hearing from Tennessee.

Shane Hall noted Indiana, Kentucky, Florida, Purdue, Tennessee, Alabama, and Marquette as the schools he likes the most.

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