Best of Summer: Day One

The first day of the Best of Summer tournament was rather uneventful, as the elite teams blew out some very weak teams.

There were a few players who caught our eye, though, in the frigid gym at Loyola Marymount.

Ian O'Leary, 6-7 SR SF Woodland (Calif.) Woodland Christian. We watched O'Leary for maybe the 10th time this summer and it suddenly dawned on us -- this guy is really, really good. We've liked him since we saw him in the spring, but we always thought he could play in the WCC or Mountain West. After watching him tear up the L.A. Stars recently, though, we think O'Leary is good enough for the Pac-10. He's very good in multiple areas -- shooting, ball handling, passing, rebounding, toughness, competitiveness, feel for the game -- this kid is a baller. And we can name a number of guys in the Pac-10 who weren't nearly as good at the same stage.

Tyler Nixon, 6-5 SR SF White River (Wash.) High. This was our first opportunity to see Nixon and he impressed us. Nice length, fairly bouncy, plays hard -- an interesting prospect that we want to see some more. He told us he's had some D2 interest but, based on one viewing, we think he might have a chance to go higher.

Michael Roll, 6-5 SR SF Aliso Viejo (Calif.) Aliso Niguel. Roll played through a turned ankle injury suffered in a morning game and we continue to be impressed with him as a prospect. Great feel, very tough and skilled. His shot wasn't falling yesterday, but we've seen him shoot it well on other occasions.

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