Las Vegas: Day One Notebook

LAS VEGAS -- The Fab 48 showcase games lived up to their billing on Wednesday. Tyler Dorsey stole the show going for 35 points, but Daniel Hamilton, Emmanuel Mudiay, Malik Newman and others had big showings as well.

Dorsey takes over, others impress

The showdown between Belmont Shore and Moe Williams Elite was easily the highlight of the night and perhaps even of the summer.

The guard match up of Emmanuel Mudiay and Malik Newman versus Tyler Dorsey and Daniel Hamilton lived up to and surpassed the expectations as each guard scored over 31 points.

Although it's splitting hairs, Dorsey performed the best, scoring 35 points and hitting seven three-pointers. Known for having one of the best scoring attacks in the country, Dorsey put the complete package on display.

The 6-foot-5 scorer showed the range on his jump shot, but he also used his dribble to get into the mid-range area for pull-ups and mixed in strong drives to the rim, where he didn't have an issue finishing.

"I knew I was playing them," Dorsey said of the match up. "I was hyped up for this game. I knew I had to come out there and show them what I got. I had the hot hand so I kept shooting."

Hamilton, Dorsey's teammate, had quite the outing as well. The 6-foot-6 lengthy wing pumped in 32 points and erupted in the second half.

Hamilton is an equipped scorer that's capable of creating his own shot opportunities and is a talented finisher once he's able to slice his way into the lane. He plays well through contact and proved to be a terrific finisher at the rim.

Emmanuel Mudiay's first half was a sight to see. The 6-foot-4 physical guard went for 22 in the first frame and finished with 31.

Not known for his long-range shooting, Mudiay hit four three-pointers in the first half. Although he didn't score as many points in the second frame, Mudiay ran the point guard position well, was able to get into the paint and showed off his vision and passing.

Newman,'s No. 2 overall recruit in the 2015 class, went for 32 points and knocked down eight three-pointers in the process. The 6-foot-3 guard did a great job of creating space for his jump shot opportunities, but he also finished well on his drives to the rim.

"It was great," Newman said of the showdown. "It was a lot of top players in the country, regardless of class and it was a great atmosphere. There were a lot of coaches there with great players, great talent and great competition."

While the guards seemed to cancel each other out, Stephen Zimmerman, a 7-footer out of Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, helped push Belmont Shore to victory. Zimmerman scored 20 points, including hitting a pair of threes, and blocked a game high eight shots.

Okafor and Alexander match up with Turner

The finale at the Fab 48 put the Mac Irvin Fire and their twin towers against Texas Select and rising senior Myles Turner.

Of the three big men, Jahlil Okafor impressed the most. Although Turner's length bothered him early in the game, the nation's top recruit began to use his frame and impose his strength in the paint late in the game.

For his size, Okafor has tremendous hands and touch, to go with a litany of scoring moves on the block. Although Texas Select walked out of the gym with the win, it was Okafor that scored big buckets for his team coming down the stretch.

Okafor's teammate, Cliff Alexander, certainly had his big plays. A tough, hardnosed 6-foot-8 post player, Alexander played with great energy. He runs the floor well, throws down vicious dunks and patrols the paint looking to reject shots.

Turner's performance was solid in the big match up. Although he fouled out midway through the second half, he impacted the game early on with his length. He caused the Fire issues inside with his ability to block and contest shots. Offensively he was forced out of the paint at times, but he was able to knock down a pair of jump shots.

While all eyes were on the three five-star big mean, it was 2015 combo forward J.D. Miller that stole the show.

At 6-foot-7, Miller showed a versatile scoring package and hit a handful of three-pointers late in the game to help seal up the win for Texas Select. A solid athlete, Miller was active in the paint, rebounded his area and scored off drives to the rim. He's certainly one to watch in the 2015 class.

Ellingson, LaChance perform well in front of coaches

Brady Ellingson and Riley LaChance were auditioning for a number of college coaches Wednesday evening.

The audition went well, as both Ellingson, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, and LaChance, a 6-foot-2 combination guard, showed what their abilities and shot the ball well from long-range.

Heading into the event LaChance already had a developed name. Known for his shooting, LaChance also displayed strong ball skills, good vision and was comfortable pulling-up for mid-range shots.

LaChance currently claims scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, Missouri, Davidson, Indiana State, San Diego, Tulane, and UC-Davis. He said he's planning to look into visits after the July evaluation period.

While LaChance already had a reputation, Ellingson was still in the process of building his. He put together a strong second evaluation period at the Summer Jam and he built on that Wednesday.

Ellingson showed terrific range on his shot, a quick release and the ability to go off the bounce for mid-range jump shots. He shot 5-for-7 from three in the first half and finished 6-for-10 from behind the arc.

The offer list for Ellingson has grown significantly over the past week. He currently has offers from South Dakota State, Albany, Drake, Oakland, Wright State, UW-Milwaukee, Citadel, Drake, Northern Colorado and UC-Davis.

Ellingson also claims interest from interest from Missouri, Cal Poly, Elon and Rice.

Other Notes

  • Lamonte Bearden picked up where he left off at the Summer Jam. With a host of high major coaches watching him, Bearden showed his speed, got into the paint and looked for opportunities to push the tempo. Frank Haith, Bobby Hurley, Brian Wardle, Andy Enfield and Tim Miles all evaluated Bearden on Wednesday.

  • Stanley Johnson had John Calipari, Sean Miller, Mike Krzyzewski and Enfield at his game on Wednesday. Johnson played in the showcase with his high school team – Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei.

  • Roy Williams and Fred Hoiberg were spotted watching Rashad Vaughn. Vaughn was up against Isaiah Whitehead, who had Jim Boeheim checking him out.

  • The head coaches in attendance for the Mac Irvin Fire/Texas Select included Thad Matta, Billy Donovan, Travis Ford, Josh Pastner, Rick Pitino, Rich Barnes, James Johnson, Larry Brown, Scott Drew, Calipari, Miller, Haith and Krzyzewski.

  • The Belmont Shore/Moe Williams Elite game drew the likes of Krzyzewski, Haith, Calipari, Miller, Brown, Ford and Johnson.

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