Kingwood Classic; Day 2, Part 2

With colleges in the building, the action began to heat up on Saturday in Houston. One player who has been locked up with the national champs continued to play well, while a couple of elite young big men struggled a bit.

HOUSTON – It's impossible to cover it all at Kingwood with more than 650 teams, but we'll take a look at a few players that had noteworthy performances on Saturday – including Blake Griffin and Chris Wright.

Nick Calathes, G, Nike Team Florida – The Florida-bound do-it-all guard is one of the most complete players in the class. He's got all the intangibles and is one reason why Gators coach Billy Donovan is excited about the future in Gainesville.

Chandler Parsons, SG, Nike Team Florida – He can really knock it down from the perimeter, but he'll need to show coaches that he can put it on the floor and defend.

Blake Griffin, PF, Athletes First – There's not much that the 6-foot-8 power forward can't do. He owns the glass, blocks shots, can score in the paint and is also able to step out and make shots from mid-range. Plays with a high motor as well.

Keaton Nankivil, PF, Fox Valley Skillz – In a matchup against Blake Griffin, the Wisconsin big man was virtually invisible. However, we caught him again later in the day and he lived up to the hype. He's got a nice post game and was able to step out as well.

Chris Wright, PG, Boo Williams – We had heard he struggled in an afternoon contest, but the former N.C. State pledge was terrific in a loss in the nightcap. Threw numerous pinpoint passes, knocked down long-range shots and played with plenty of poise and confidence. One of the top point guards in the nation.

DeAndre Jordan, PF, Houston Swoosh – The long big man still needs some work, but it'll take him a little while because he doesn't play against good competition in high school. He has moments where he looks like LaMarcus Aldridge – and others when he looks like a project.

Jeremy Simmons, F, Georgia Hurricanes – One coach thought he reminded him of Robert Dozier (Memphis) and he isn't far off. Simmons is an inside-out type of guy who may have be more assertive than Dozier at this stage, but he can't shoot it as well as the Tigers forward.

Xavier Gibson, C, Georgia Blazers – The long big man had another lackluster outing, especially on the offensive end. He passes the look test and has plenty of potential, but the production isn't there – yet.

John Brandenburg, C, St. Louis Eagles – At 6-foot-11, he's got good touch, runs the court well and his footwork was impressive. He's definitely a high-major prospect to watch as the summer goes on.

Greg Monroe, C, New Orleans Panthers – In the game we saw him, he appeared to labor while running the court and didn't get a whole lot done. Like Gibson, he passes the look test. However, he got more done offensively than Gibson. He's just not a big-time athlete like Gibson.

Andy Poling, C, Portland Panthers – He's added a little bulk since last summer, but he still needs to increase his weight in order to better finish around the basket. Still a good-looking prospect down the road, but he struggled on Saturday afternoon.

Derrick Favors, C, Atlanta Celtics – Didn't look out of place one bit while playing with the top Atlanta Celtics team. He's got terrific size, good hands and runs the court well. Should be an elite player in the class at the end of the day. Went up against Darrell Arthur and nearly held his own.

Darrel Arthur will take a visit this weekend to LSU and the 6-foot-9 unsigned senior forward is admittedly leaning towards committing to the Tigers, who have basically told him that he will replace Tyrus Thomas. "They're pretty much the perfect fit." Arthur also listed Kansas, Oklahoma and Baylor. … Blake Griffin has a shadow. It's name is new OU coach Jeff Capel. The entire Duke staff was evaluating Griffin and UConn is taking a hard look as well. … Arizona Magic wing Zane Johnson lists Gonzaga, UCLA and USC. … Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was watching Greg Monroe in the afternoon. … Xavier Gibson rattled off a list that includes Alabama, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Florida State. … Mount Zion power forward Tracy Smith has shed about 25 pounds and looks much better than in year's past.

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