Vegas Hoops: Day Three (Goodman)

Daniel Deane is one guy who coaches don't have to worry about a lack of effort. Deane was one guy who stood out on the third day of action in Vegas on Sunday.

LAS VEGAS – Playoffs action began at adidas and Reebok on Sunday while it starts Monday morning at Nike.

Daniel Deane, PF, Utah Pump ‘N Run: He's a little bit under the weather, but you'd never be able to tell by his on-the-court effort. Deane always, always goes after it hard. Still found a way to get rebounds and do work in the paint.

Jason Love, PF, Hunting Park: Here's a kid whose stock should rise with the lack of quality post guys around. The knock on him is that he's not athletic enough and doesn't get enough done, but the Abington Friends (Pa.) 6-8, 260-pound forward had a few flashes in a morning game and also controlled the boards at times. At the end of the day, could be a Big East guy.

Jonathan Mandeldove, C, Illinois Fire: He just keeps getting better and better each time out. VCU at one time had this guy; now he'll be one of the most highly-sought after bigs in the nation. His offensive game is coming around, but his biggest asset (besides his size) is that he competes each and every play.

Lester Ferguson, PF, Houston Superstars: The 6-9 ½ Louisiana native is somewhat of an unknown at this point, but he did a nice job in spurts. He's long and needs to put on weight, but he can score in the post and also does a good job running the floor and blocking shots.

Antonio Jardine, PG, Hunting Park: His body has changed dramatically over the past 12 months – and his game looks different as well. Jardine couldn't make shots early and was settling for shots from the perimeter. Then he started getting hot, but it was too late as his team was eliminated in the first round. Jardine needs to do a better job letting the game come to him.

Drew Viney, SG, Villa Park: Although he didn't have a great game, the smooth, long wing can really shoot it. He's smart, plays with confidence and isn't afraid to mix things up on the inside.

Austin Freeman, SG, DC Assault: He just finds a way to put up numbers – even on a loaded DC Assault team. Has always been able to shoot from long range, but now he's pulling up and knocking down mid-range shots.

Jamelle Horne, SF, Compton Magic: Extremely athletic and shot the ball well in an afternoon game against the San Antonio Celtics. Horne is a west coast guy to watch.

Nolan Smith, G, DC Assault: Seems to be healthier and it's definitely effected his play. The combo guard is shooting the ball much more effectively than he was in the spring and is also getting better at running a team.

Kiwan Smith, an athletic wing from New York who plays at Laurinburg, was with the Memphis Pump ‘N Run team this week.

Daniel Deane lists Utah, Gonzaga, Kansas and UCLA, although it appears as though the Utes and Zags are in the lead. Deane also said other schools, such as Wake Forest, North Carolina and UConn, are trying to get involved. … Antonio Jardine listed Villanova, Syracuse and N.C. State. … Jason Love said he has offers from Xavcier, Penn State and LaSalle – and he's also looking at Pittsburgh, Providence and George Washington. … Pierre Niles said that Arkansas, Tennessee and Memphis are his top three.

``There's no way I'm going to California." – Pierre Niles after his Memphis Pump ‘N Run team was eliminated in the first game of the playoffs

The morning game involving DC Assault's top team was well attended by the likes of Maryland, Notre Dame, Villanova, Virginia, Charlotte, Louisville and Kansas.


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