Las Vegas: Day One

LAS VEGAS - The first day of action in Las Vegas saw several West Coast prospects have big games, including 2014 forward Malik Pope. Evan Daniels and Josh Gershon combine for Scout.com's day one report.

Joe Boyd, PF, Arizona Aces – A 6-foot-7, 210-pound power forward, Boyd is a tough, hardnosed four-man that can do a variety of things in the paint. Up against the Las Vegas Prospects, Boyd was a man on the glass and exerted his energy to trying to grab every board in his area. To go with his rebounding prowess, Body showed good hands, nice touch around the basket and even knocked down a mid-range jump shot.

Christian Wood, PF/C, Las Vegas Prospects – The best part of Woods' game is his ability to stretch the floor and knock down jump shots. He hit a handful of threes against the Aces, including a few with an outstretched defender in his face. At 6-foot-10, Woods has impressive athleticism and runs the floor extremely well. Woods still needs to get stronger, but he has a lot of ability and appears primed for a big spring and summer.

Dakarai Allen, SF, Play Hard Play Smart – One of the better all around athletes in the 2013 class, Allen had his raw ability on display at Bishop Gorman. At 6-foot-5, Allen has a long, slender frame, moves up and down the floor with impressive speed and will attack the rim every opportunity he has. The next step in his development is gaining consistency with his shot. Regardless, Allen is a top 100 prospect and someone that plays with great effort and energy.

Zena Edosomwan, PF/C, Belmont Shore – It was clear at first glance that Edosomwan had added some weight to his frame and the Harvard commit tried to throw it around inside. A 6-foot-8 post player, Edosomwan was aggressive in the paint and showed flashes of why Harvard is so excited about getting him to campus. His best move of the day came on the block, where he ball faked and stepped through for a finish at the rim. While he did miss a handful of dunks and easy finishes, those are shots he usually makes. Huge get for Harvard.

Elliott Pitts, SG, Bay Area Hoosiers – An intriguing 6-foot-5 guard, Pitts has the look of an impressive combination guard. For his size, he's especially skilled and has no issue with ball pressure. Pitts is also a talented passer that sees the floor quite well. From a scoring standpoint, his shot looks good to 22-feet and he has a fairly quick release. Against Arizona Elite, Pitts was able to get in transition and proved he could finish in transition. There were a handful of Pac-12 schools checking him out on the opening day and for good reason.

Noah Allen, SF, Bay Area Hoosiers – Pitts wasn't the only prospect on the Bay Area Hoosiers that showed well in the loss. Allen, a 6-foot-6 wing, provided the Hoosiers with effort and intensity on the glass. He also looked to aggressively attack the rim in both the half court set and in transition. On top of all that he knocked down a three as well. Allen is one that top level mid-majors should be all over as he's tracking to play at, at least that level.

Julian Jacobs, PG, Las Vegas Prospects: In a win over Arizona Aces/Dream Team, Jacobs made several very nice passes to teammates, some of which were good for assists. Jacobs was active, playing hard the entire game, which especially aided him on defense, where he came away with several steals. Jacobs doesn't shoot it a ton, so it's tough to get a feel for what kind of a shooter he is. He does have good size though and his effort really helps him in this setting.

Dorian Pickens, SG, Arizona Stars Elite – In a tight match up with Play Hard Play Smart, Pickens, a 6-foot-4 scoring guard, was the Stars' main weapon. Pickens aggressively looked for his shot and was especially effective from mid-range. He also worked in a few floaters in transition and a three-point shot. While not blessed with great speed and just an average athlete, Pickens is skilled and knows how to put up points.

Payton Dastrup, C, Arizona Select – Arguably the top prospect of the day, Dastrup stands every bit of 6-foot-10, 250-pounds. He has a thick frame, but possesses long arms, which help him on the defensive end and with grabbing rebounds. For his size, Dastrup has terrific hands and even showed good touch around the rim the few touches he got the ball on the block. He hit a half hook and looked comfortable shooting mid-range jump shots. Dastrup has the look of a future high major center.

Malik Pope, SF/PF, Team Superstar 16U: There are two full days in Vegas to go, but Pope is going to be tough to beat for breakout player of the tournament. The 6-foot-7 forward is long, athletic, can handle it in the open court, has terrific vision, plays hard and has a very good feel for the game. Pope is just 15 years old and looks like he's still growing. He wasn't even on the radar 24 hours ago and now he's one of the top prospects out west in 2014.

D.J. Wilson, SF: A long, baby faced forward, Wilson has the appearance of a kid still growing. Regardless, he's a nice player who showed his shooting ability, knocking down several shots from good distance. Wilson was also unselfish, doing a nice job playing within the offense and not forcing the action. He's definitely a prospect to closely monitor over the next couple of years.

* 2013 Las Vegas Prospects 6-foot-7 forward Aziz Leeks is intriguing with his long frame, good athleticism and defensive effort. His skill has a ways to go but he's one to keep an eye on.

* Las Vegas Prospects have two athletic 2013 guards in Juwan Major and Sam Williams. Their ultimate recruitment will depend on the development of their outside games, but they both have plenty of speed.

* Team Superstar 16's 2015 point guard Austin Armstead is an unselfish floor general with good size for position at 6-foot-3. Armstead mostly worked on getting his teammates involved, but did have a nice floater.

* 2014 forward Darius Hamilton of Team Superstar 16 is a big bodied undersized post with a knack for grabbing offensive boards and knocking down midrange shots. He has a talented 2014 teammate in Murshid Randle, a tall guard who is strong, athletic and tough to stop going to the basket.

* We don't go out of our way to evaluate prospects until they get to high school but Cali Style has a couple of high level 2016's on their way to Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon in point guard Derryck Thornton, Jr. and center Trevor Stanback.

Thornton is an unselfish but highly skilled point guard who can knock down the three get to the lane and nail floaters with either hand and also create for his teammates. He can really handle it and has a terrific frame for a young point. Trevor Stanback, whose brother Chase played for UNLV, is already 6-foot-10, mobile, can block shots and finish with either hand.

*Sophomore Payton Dastrup said he has a scholarship offer from Utah State. He also has interest from all of the PAC-12, Virginia, BYU, Oklahoma and UC-Santa Barbara.

*Elliott Pitts said California has offered him a scholarship. He also has interest from UCLA, Georgetown, Colorado, Stanford and Washington State.

Joe Boyd has offers from New Mexico State and Weber State, with interest from U.C. Irvine, LMU, UTEP, Utah State, Utah and Arizona State.

Malik Pope has heard from Washington, Boise State, USC, Stanford and Pepperdine. He grew up rooting for Kansas and North Carolina.

D.J. Wilson has heard from St. John's, Boise State, USC and Stanford. He grew up rooting for North Carolina.

* California and Arizona State had assistants scouting Joe Boyd. They were joined by Stanford for Elliott Pitts and Payton Dastrup.


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