Cancer Research Classic: Day One

WHEELING, WV - The Cancer Research Classic was effected some by weather, but still on night one there was some good action and five-star Jaylen Brown definitely stood out.

Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, Prime Prep – The knock on Mudiay has always been he turns it on and turns it off, and doesn't always bring the effort. On Friday night Mudiay looked very focused and played quite well. He finished with a game high of 25 points and was dominant getting to the rim. When Mudiay plays as focused and determined as he was against Wheeler he is absolutely elite, and he has done a much better job of that lately.

Noah Robotham, PG, Bishop Gorman – I wish he would throw the ball into the post a little bit more, but Robotham continued his very strong senior season on Friday night. He got into double-figures and also stretched out the defense some. Also Robotham pushed the ball decently well in transition and showed that he can be one of the better remaining guards in the 2014 class.

Jaylen Brown, SF, Wheeler – Brown is clearly one of the more entertaining players to watch in this class. He finished with 21 points on 7-13 shooting and started the game off by knocking in a three. Brown also had eight rebounds and three assists while playing good defense. He needs to continue to refine the jumper and work on his left hand, but he is big, strong, and assertive going to the rim and is one of the toughest matchups in the class.

Daniel Giddens, C, Wheeler – It wasn't exactly his finest game. Giddens only amounted for seven points, but did hit a free throw to tie the game, and showed his shot blocking ability and how he can be a game changer on the glass. One thing with Giddens is that he just doesn't have a great feel for what to do on the offensive end, and needs a lot of coaching. Still not many kids have his combination of length, athleticism, and sheer size.

Stephen Zimmerman, C, Bishop Gorman – After some early season struggles, Zimmerman responded in a big way. He finished with 21 points and eight rebounds on only 7-13 from the floor. Zimmerman scored mostly by running the floor and he didn't get many post up opportunities, but he also showed off his very good floor vision and looked to have a good deal of his athleticism back. Zimmerman needs to continue to focus on his post game, but this was a very good step for him.

Chase Jeter, PF/C, Bishop Gorman – Until late it was a pretty quiet game for Jeter. He was in foul trouble in the first half and never got into the swing of things, but Jeter still finished strong and showed his upside. He made a few decent post moves, though struggled to finish and he still runs and blocks shots well. Jeter has to get more assertive, and even though it wasn't his finest game, he still did show some of the immense potential that he possesses.

Nick Blair, SF/PF, Bishop Gorman – A super athlete, Blair was very productive. As usual he made plays with his athleticism around the rim, and then also showed a bit more skill than usual. Blair can play either forward spot, though is undersized, and rebounded well and played off of the two bigs that Gorman runs out there very well. Blair needs to continue to rep his jumper, but he is one of those utility forwards who just cleans up the garbage and finds a way to be productive.

Carlton Bragg, PF, Cleveland VASJ – The ultra-athletic Bragg didn't have one of his finest games. Now to his credit he did do an excellent job of rebounding the basketball with 14 boards, but offensively it wasn't good. Bragg started out with too much perimeter shooting, and then never got going on the offensive end. He still is an excellent prospect, but his focus has to be more on establishing himself inside and in transition before settling for jumpers like he did too much of on Friday.

Terrance Ferguson, SG, Prime Prep – It was a hot start for Ferguson who hit some early threes and then also got into the mid-range. Now he did cool down in the second half and seemed content to let Mudiay take over the game, but still it was a good step for Ferguson. He has been somewhat quiet this year, but his shooting stroke looks to be back some. Now Ferguson needs to be more assertive, but he still does have that one special skill.

Carlton Bragg says that every school in the country is recruited him, but noted that Arizona's level of recruitment is standing out at the moment.

Jaylen Brown said that Maryland, Ohio State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Oklahoma State have been around quite a bit.

North Carolina went full staff with Head Coach Roy Williams and two assistants for Chase Jeter and Stephen Zimmerman.

Kentucky boss John Calipari was also present watching Zimmerman who has a UK offer as well as five-star Carlton Bragg.


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