Las Vegas: West Coast, Day One

The last weekend of the April evaluation period features two tournaments in Las Vegas. The action won't really heat up until Saturday, when college coaches are out, but there were still a number of top prospects playing today...

The Las Vegas Spring Showcase and the Double Pump Spring Tournament both started Friday afternoon in Las Vegas. With the two tournaments spread out over multiple gyms in Las Vegas, it's tough to see everyone. The Friday schedule is abbreviated, since they don't start playing until the late afternoon/early evening.

I caught a bit of Victor Rudd, 6-6 SO SF Sylmar (Calif.) High, this afternoon and he had several impressive moments. Rudd has all the physical tools you look for in a high major small forward; now it's just a matter of continuing to develop his skills. Rudd generally makes good decisions and plays with nice composure for a young prospect. He can finish strong at the rim, as well as knock down the three. With continued development, he's got a chance to be one of the top wings in the 2009 class. Seattle Rotary Select is playing in their first West Coast tournament this weekend and it was nice to get a look at some of their prospects. Peyton Siva, 5-10 SO PG Seattle (Wash.) Franklin, is a very athletic young point with a nice feel. He didn't shoot it particularly well today, but I've seen him knock down plenty of jumpers in the past. He does a good job of distributing the ball and getting his teammates involved.

Joshua Smith, 6-7 FR C Kentwood (Wash.) High, is a wide body with soft hands and a pretty decent skill level. He needs to get in better shape, and lose some baby fat, but there's no question he's a very intriguing young big man. He's got pretty good feet for a heavy kid -- it'll be interesting to see how much better he moves when he's in better shape. Right now, he doesn't elevate well, but he's only a youngster. He's definitely one to watch in the future.

Mark McLauglin, 6-4 JR Kenmore (Wash.) Inglemoor, is a smooth and skilled young wing. McLaughlin makes very good decisions and rarely forces the action. He seems to glide across the court and he's a deceptive athlete. He's got an excellent feel for the game. His stroke is solid to 18-19 feet. He's a high major prospect.

Reggie Moore, 6-0 JR PG Seattle (Wash.) Roosevelt, has a solid frame and pretty good quicks. He had several very nice passes today and showed good vision. His shot looks to be adequate at this time.

Justin Hamilton, 6-9 JR C Lone Peak (Utah) High, is a very intriguing post prospect. This was my first viewing of Hamilton and he had a nice showing. He's got a solid frame, with good length, and he moves pretty well. He was very active, at both ends, and showed a nice feel for playing the post. His offensive game is still coming, but he competes well and will bang.

In my final game of the evening, I saw an 8th grader (going into the 9th grade next year) who appears to have a chance of being pretty good someday. Matt Carlino, a 6-1 point guard from Scottsdale (Ariz.) is a skilled and savvy young point. A lefty, Carlino is very poised and he made excellent decisions. While he's not a particularly explosive or quick athlete, Carlino showed a very nice stroke and very good ball skills. He's got an advanced feel for the game. It's still very early, but he's got a chance to be a very good player down the road.

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