Las Vegas: Day Three Notebook

LAS VEGAS -- Day three at the Las Vegas tournaments provided us with a good look at some of the best talent on the west coast. Plus Jordan McLaughlin set up a visit, head coaches evaluate Humphrey, Chatman cuts list and Johnson showed his motor.

Head coaches check out Humphrey

Michael Humphrey has been arguable the hottest name of the July evaluation period.

High major scholarship offers have been rolling in since the first period, where Humphrey, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound big man, had a strong showing at the Reebok Breakout Camp.

"Things have really been picking up," Humphrey said. "I feel like I've been playing well. I got hurt in the spring so I missed that time, but I feel like I've had a really good summer."

Humphrey broke his thumb in the spring preparing for football season. He plays Quarterback for his high school team.

"I think getting healthy was huge," he said. "Plus hard work. Our team is really good and everyone is playing well so that helps too."

During Arizona Magic's game against Play Hard Play Smart, Humphrey had Kevin Stallings, Tony Bennett, Sean Miller, Steve Alford, Brian Gregory, Mike Brey and Dana Altman evaluating him.

Despite the new interest and offers, Humphrey said he's still open.

"Right now I'm completely wide open," Humphrey said. "I think my play after this weekend is to go home and narrow down the list and think about taking visits."

McLaughlin has list of 8, working on one visit

Jordan McLaughlin has his list of schools down to eight.

The talented 2014 lead guard informed that he's still considering USC, UCLA, San Diego State, Gonzaga, UNLV, Connecticut, Indiana and Kansas.

"I want to finished the summer strong and then start to take some visits," McLaughlin said.

At this point, it appears USC has the leg up on an official visit. Although he said it wasn't quite set in stone, he said he "thinks" he'll visit USC officially on September 7th.

Will McLaughlin try and decide before the start of his senior season?

"I wish I could but I'm going to take my time and make the best decision for me," McLaughlin responded.

During Prodigy Elite's Friday afternoon game, McLaughlin went for 20 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Chatman down to seven

A player who is just scratching the surface of his potential, 6-foot-7, 195-pound 2014 Long Beach Poly small forward Kameron Chatman has had an impressive spring and summer on the AAU circuit and is starting to move forward in his recruitment.

Chatman has a list of seven schools that he's looking at and the next step is going to be figuring out which schools he wants to take official visits to.

"Right now I'm trying to set up official visits," Chatman said. "I have a list of Michigan, Oregon, USC, UConn, Arizona, Syracuse and Duke.

"I'm going to talk to my dad, mom and coach and see where I feel are the best fits for me so I can start taking visits during the fall."

The rising senior is serious about making progress with his recruitment and making a decision relatively shortly.

"I'm going to try and cut it down by the end of the summer and then go on my official visits during the fall," Chatman said. "I'd like to sign during the fall signing period."

As Chatman continues with the recruiting process, he has a number of factors he'll look at in a school.

"A lot of it will have to do with how comfortable I feel with the coaching staff," Chatman said. "I'd like to go to a winning program in a place that will put me in position to reach my potential."

"Location really doesn't matter to me. It's not a factor; I'm from Portland and used to the cold weather so that doesn't matter."

Johnson's motor still running

It's a popular excuse during July and something you hear from college coaches, AAU coaches, scouts, and really, just about everyone.

"He's not playing well because he's tired."??That excuse isn't necessary for Stanley Johnson. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 2014 small forward has played in absolutely everything he could compete in this spring and summer, and on Friday he played with the same relentless energy that he did at the beginning of the spring.

For Mark Olivier, who runs Johnson's Oakland Soldiers AAU program, that comes as no surprise.

"It's about being the best player to ever play the game for Stanley," Olivier said. "That's who he is. He wants to take it to another level and be better than you. He wants to outplay everybody else."

What's also impressive about Johnson is the consistency in which he's improved his game on almost a month to month basis.

Olivier has been in the game a long time. He hasn't seen many players improve at the rate that Johnson has.

"Oh my gosh, it's rare," Olivier said. "But at the end of the day, those are the great players. Those are the ones in the league."

Notable Performers

  • Dom Collier, PG, KC Run GMC – In a match up against the Louisville Magic, Collier, a Colorado commit, stepped up. The wiry guard made plays in transition and showed a nice burst of speed in the open court. He finished off a couple drives at the rim, worked in a pull-up three and made a couple of nice passes.

  • Jon Davis, SG, DC Assault 16's – For the second period in a row, Davis impressed with his ability to score. A 6-foot-2 guard, Davis shoots the ball well off the catch out to 22-feet, but he's also very capable of scoring off the dribble. He finished at the rim and also worked in a mid-range pull-up. Davis is a patient on offense and has been quite efficient in both viewings this July.

  • Devin Watson, PG, Earl Watson Pangos Elite – The wiry lead guard did it all for Ryan Silver's bunch in an evening game against Double Pump N Run. Watson has very good speed and was able to get into the paint. Once there he dropped in floaters, hit pull-up jumpers and dished out the ball to open teammates. On top of that, he also worked a couple of off the dribble three-pointers.

  • Michael Humphrey, C, Arizona Magic Elite – Humphrey continued his strong play on Friday against Play Hard Play Smart. At 6-foot-9, Humphrey runs the floor well and it paid off for him in this game, as he scored a handful of buckets in transition. Offensively, Humphrey appeared to prefer facing the rim. He hit a 15-footer moving left and also scored off a handful of drives from the elbow. Defensively he contested shots, rebounded his area and plays physical in the paint.

  • Jeremy Hemsley, SG, Superior Athletes --- After one viewing Hemsley certainly looked the part of a top 100 prospect. At 6-foot-3, 175-pounds, Hemsley has a long, wiry frame. He shoots the ball well from behind the stripe off the catch and he also showed an ability to create his own shots off the bounce. Hemsley is a solid athlete that also mixed in some plays at the rim in transition Friday afternoon.

  • Stephen Thompson, SG, Superior Athletes – With Hemsley on one wing Thompson on the other, the Superior Athletes don't have a shortage of scorers. Thompson shot the ball well off the catch and Friday and also showed he was comfortable hitting pull-up jump shots. He has some combo to his game, as he'll handle the ball for his team at times. He's made improvements to his game over the past year and appears to be one of the better scorers in the 2015 class on the west coast.

    * Evan Daniels and Josh Gershon contributed to this report.

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