adidas Super 64: Sunday

LAS VEGAS – It was a very productive day at the adidas Super 64. We caught B.J. Mullens cranking his game up. Meanwhile, Derrick Favors ran into Tyler Zeller in a prime time tussle of elite big boys.

B.J. Mullens, C, Ohio Basketball Club – His team lost to K.C. Pump ‘n Run but that's one part of the story. Just when it looked like the game would be put out of reach early, Mullens answered the call. By far the most aggressive game we've seen him play in sometime, Mullens went for 20 and the full arsenal was on display.

At 7-feet plus, he's got more natural talent than any big except for maybe Greg Monroe. Capable of riding the prospect roller coaster, Mullens was on top of his game. He plays on natural instincts and he's a better offensive center than defender; though he did cup a Marcus Denmon shot at the rim. If he responds to coaching and teaching in Columbus the sky truly can be the limit for him.

Morris Twins, Hunting Park – Both have rounded out their considerable skill since last season. In the morning game they left some low hanging fruit on the vine inside but each had their moments. Markieff Morris has extended his range and Marcus Morris, well, he's a big time wing player. Both will be amongst the highest-rated post grads in the business.

Johnny Coy, SF, KC Pump ‘n Run – The future Sun Devil simply put himself in a position to look good and finished with 26. He hung around and cleaned up shots. A very good athlete, Coy has a feel of where to be and how to get there. He's also a reliable perimeter player and on a team that is capable of winning the Super 64, he stepped up when needed.

Mark McLaughlin, SG, Seattle Rotary – His team lost a game against the Rockfish in overtime and rightfully had it locked up. McLaughlin's first half was outstanding and he was scoring the basketball. A young looking kid, he could play for anyone in the Pac-10 because of his shooting ability and feel as a wing. However, he didn't score it well in the second half and the correlation because his lack of production and Rotary coughing up a lead went hand in hand. As a prospect he may have him a tad too low in our Top 100.

Delwan Graham, PF/SF, Atlanta Celtics – Now that the jumpers are falling to mid-range he's about to entertain quite an array of schools. The kid is a warrior out there and he's a near lethal combination of strength and athleticism. If he plays the way he did on Sunday he'll be one of the high riser coming out of Sin City.


Washburn Getting Better
Jason Washburn, C, Mich. Mustangs – Definitely improved since May. Always a vocal kid, Washburn took advantage of a lack of bigs and hung an impressive 14 on Tex. Select. However, it was his block with 2 seconds left that sealed the game. Another mid-to-high fence sitter he knows Vegas is where he'll earn more offers and he took steps to get there on Sunday.

Aaron Ware, F, Rockfish – According the player himself, the offers aren't there yet. He's a mid-major junk yard dog, or at least he was on Sunday against Rotary. The lefty worked his way to 24 points as he rebounding and was the energizer behind the win.

Jordan Cyphers, SG – We hadn't seen him in a while but he's still a good one. High-major range behind the arc he'll be right on the fence; some will offer while elite mid-majors buckle up and hope they can keep him at his appropriate level. A specialist, he'll be attractive to schools that value guys who can stroke it.

Dallas Elmore, SF, Colo. Select – It's hard finding guys with his body and attributes, especially during this point in the recruiting calendar. A strong, physical kid who doesn't get a lot of lift on his shot but will knock down the trifecta. He made his first 3 triples in the contest we caught.

Ryne Smith, SG, Ohio Gators – This was an interesting evaluation. Smith, far and away his team's top offensive weapon, hurt himself when he cracked his dome on a table falling out of bounds. Smith would need medical attention before re-entering in the first half and was bleeding pretty good from the back of head. Unfortunately, despite a Rambo bandage across his crown, he wasn't able to get it going and finished 6-for-21 from the field. A mid-level prospect, his crowd ranged from Michigan to Dayton to Colgate. He'd be a niche guy if he goes higher but a strong mid-major player otherwise and our recommendation is straight mid-major.


Favors Looks Elite
Derrick Favors, C, Atlanta Celtics – Tyler Zeller is a pretty good player in the senior class. Against Favors the Indiana Elite stud met his match. Before picking up three fouls in the first half, Favors dominated play at both ends. Zeller finished with 8 points and 3 boards. Meanwhile, Favors had 12, 6 boards and 5 manly blocks. He stroked a turnaround over Zeller which was big time. This kid is right there with the elites in his class and he's looking like the real deal, sure fire prospect we've always felt he would become. In case you're wondering, Favors did fall prey to one of Zeller's best attributes: Tyler caught Derrick napping and ran the floor on him once for a patented hoop.

Shawn Williams, F, Tex. Select – His 26 points were needed against the Mustangs and he came up big behind the arc. Williams busted 3s and did a nice job at the rim inside. Tracking as a scoring small forward, his preference is on the perimeter and he did a nice job in a tough loss.

Josh Smith, C, Rotary Select – He's an enormous kid; maybe around 270 pounds? Right now he's a big old soft bodied center with a high ceiling. When you evaluate players like Smith you're looking for markers. His two best attributes are soft hands the desire to dunk the ball when he can. After tossing back his share of blocks he worked his way to 15 points in a fast-paced game that definitely took a lot out of the big fella.

He's not out in Vegas but a little birdie told us South Florida stepped up and offered Ga. Blazers PG Andre Young this week. …

Jesse Morgan, a 2009 Philly guard, has Temple, LaSalle, Miami and Miami on his early list. … Shawn Williams drew Bruce Weber, Jeff Capel, Frank Martin and Scott Drew. … John Beilein watched Jordan Cyphers with Weber, Utah's Jim Boylen and the entire Wichita State staff. …

Jason Washburn has offers from Penn State, Oakland and possibly Utah. Indiana is nosing around with him. … Roger Franklin is hearing already from Utah, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Marquette, Vanderbilt and SMU. …

Laury has St. Joe's, LaSalle, Temple, Albany and FDU tracking him. … Andre Cornelius has Wright State, Dayton, South Carolina, Illinois and George Mason keeping tabs on him. The mids have offered already from what we gather. … Marcus Denmon has offers from Missouri, Kansas State and Miami. Texas A&M and Marquette are watching. …

Aaron Ware is hearing from UC-Riverside, Portland State and Army. …


3's Falling For Williams
Maalik Wayns struggled against a zone in the first half as he drove it deep and ran out of options. A better second half but they lost the rivalry game against Hunting Park. … Roger Franklin, a 2009 kid, works the mid-range and baseline with tremendous effectiveness. … With a big crowd on hand Allan Chaney made a mental mistake. He got tossed after getting a tech for dunking in warm-ups and traded ideas with the referee after a call. … Dontae Molden was tremendous for the Michigan Mustangs. …

We liked power forward David Laury of the Gym Rats. He's tracking as an A-10 prospects out of Jersey. … Pump ‘n Run fell to the Playaz in OT. Jereme Anderson turned it over at midcourt and then fouled Travon Woodall who calmly made both free throws. Great game, packed house. … Peyton Siva struggled to dial it during his opener. He shot 2-for-15 from the field. However, on a positive note the 5-11 point man actually played above the rim again and blocked a few shots. … Ben Howland watched Josh Smith. … Santa Clara's Kerry Keating watched Reggie Moore sink 3 free throws to send the game into OT. …

John Calipari watched the Morris Twins who after the game reiterated they are firmly committed to the Tigers. … Allan Chaney drew a full staff from Florida plus head coaches from St. John's, Georgetown, Providence and Boston College. …

Colorado coach Jeff Bzdelik watched new commit Troy Eckloff play and probably was wondering the same thing we did: how come he can't get more touches? … Wisconsin-Green Bay head coach Tod Kowalczyk watched Trevon Noonan. … We saw New Mexico, Colorado State and Wyoming eyeballing Elmore. … Zeller's crowd was Roy Williams, Bill Self, Matt Painter, Kelvin Sampson and Billy Gillispie. …


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