Easter Classic: Final Report

The Las Vegas Easter Classic finished up yesterday and we have one more look at some of the top players in attendance. Trevon Harmon, Victor Rudd, Jared Cunningham, Brad Tinsley and Luis Barraza were among the notable players...

We covered several elite prospects that we saw in the first couple days of the Las Vegas Easter Classic. Therefore, in our final report on the tournament, we'll take a look at some of the lesser known players. A few of these guys have a chance to be elite prospects in the future.

Luis Barraza, 6-3 SR SG Phoenix (Ariz.) Trevor Browne. Barraza is a very good scorer and he's been good the last couple times we've seen him play. He's got a very good stroke to well beyond the stripe, but also has the ability to create his shot off the dribble. He's a fairly good athlete, with a nice frame, and he should be able to add muscle when he gets in a college weight program. He does need to work on his intensity at the defensive end, but that's not unusual at the high school level. We were told by his club coach that Barraza has a 4.3 GPA. If that's true, then he is without a doubt one of the more intriguing 2007 players still available. He's certainly worth a look at the mid major level.

Trevon Harmon, 5-11 SR PG/SG Pasadena (Calif.) High. Harmon is a terrific scorer with deep range on his shot. He's not really a true one, but more of a scoring lead guard. We've heard he'll probably end up at a prep school, as he reportedly has some more academic work to qualify for college. But he's definitely one of the most talented unsigned players in the West Coast class of 2007.

Zareh Zagaryan, 6-6 SR SF Glendale (Calif.) Hoover. Zagaryan is an intriguing player. He's got very good ball skills – shoots and handles like a guard. He can create his own shot off the dribble, as well as knock down jumpers off the catch. He did show questionable shot selection in Vegas and there's some question about his toughness. But he's worth a look at the mid major level.

Chris James, 6-0 SR SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Cimarron-Memorial. James is a streaky shooter with a knack for scoring. He put up points in bunches at this event and drew the attention of a number of coaches. We were told that James has a chance at qualifying. If that's the case, he should draw some interest at the low to mid major level.

Brad Tinsley, 6-3 JR SG/PG Oregon City (Ore.) High. Tinsley played point guard for Team Jones (club team started by Freddie Jones) and he did a good job of it. He's got an excellent stroke and he's very good at coming off screens and knocking down shots. The question we have on Tinsley is whether he'll be able to play the one in college. He appears to have a nice understanding of the game and he made several good passes in the one game we saw. But we're not sure about his quickness and ability to defend the one at a high level. Tinsley might struggle athletically at the high major level. Right now, he's being recruited by many mid and high majors. With his size and stroke, it's not surprising that the high majors are intrigued. We want to see him play some more this month before we reach any conclusions on an appropriate level.

Brian Conklin, 6-8 JR PF North Eugene (Ore.) High. Conklin played with Tinsley on Team Jones and he had some nice moments. He's got a pretty good frame and he's willing to bang inside. He doesn't appear to be a real dominant scorer, but played with good energy and seemed willing to defend and rebound. He's another player that we need to watch some more in the coming weeks.

Kwame Vaughn, 6-2 JR SG Oakland (Calif.) Skyline. This was our first look at Vaughn and we were pretty impressed. He's got a solid bball body, with length and good athleticism. He showed a decent shot to 18-19 feet and appeared to be a willing defender. We want to watch him some more, but he looks like a potential mid major prospect.

Jared Cunningham, 6-3 SO PG/SG San Leandro (Calif.) High. We've seen Cunningham several times in the past and he looks to have improved considerably in the last year. He's grown maybe an inch, while adding weight and strength. His hops have improved and he made several plays over the weekend that showed off some nice athleticism. He's always been a pretty good shooter, but his stroke has shortened up and he's now getting it off quicker. He's got a chance to be an elite prospect in the class of 2009.

Chad Adams, 6-6 SO SF Albuquerque (New Mexico) Highland. This was our first look at Adams and he made quite an impression. He's got the prototype body for a wing, with long arms and very good athleticism. He showed range to the three-point line and a very nice stroke. He's certainly someone we'll watch a great deal more in the future. Off this limited viewing, he appeared to be a high major prospect.

Victor Rudd, 6-6 SO SF Sylmar (Calif.) High. Rudd is a good-looking young prospect. He's got long arms and above average athleticism. His shot is accurate to the three-point range and he's a good finisher in transition. Rudd shows unusually good instincts for a young player with his talent. Most kids with his ability want to jack up shots as quickly as possible, but Rudd made consistently good decisions and played well within a team concept. It's still early, but Rudd had a chance to be an elite prospect someday.

Xavier Thames, 6-1 SO SG Pleasant Grove (Calif.) High. We only saw part of one game, but Thames looked good in that portion of the game. He's got a nice bball body, with some length and good quickness. We've got him listed as a two for now, but he may be able to play some point guard down the road. One to keep an eye on in the future.

Avery Bradley, 6-2 SO SG Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep. This was our first look at Bradley and he's an interesting prospect. He's got a nice frame, with good lateral quickness. He didn't shoot it much, but appears to have a decent stroke. We only saw him play one game, so we really don't know what kind of feel he has for the game. But he competed well and looks like he may be a guard to watch in 2009.

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