Las Vegas: Monday, Part II

Although there weren't many signature performances today, some solid prospects proved their worth. Olu Ashaolu, DeQuan Jones and James Stewart were among todays top performers.

J'mison Morgan, C, Urban DFW Elite – Yesterday he got after it on the defense end, today he added the offense, as he put together one of the more impressive individual performances of the event. Regardless of foul trouble that kept him out of half of the first half, Morgan dominated the paint. Nearly every touch he got inside was a bucket, as he used his strength, athleticism and aggressiveness to score over Drew Gordon.

His spin moves are effective, and he also made a great drop step move late in the second half. It's too bad his teammates didn't toss the ball into him more often because the big fella was scoring at will against one of the better post defenders in the class.

Drew Gordon, C, Oakland Solider – In our opinion Morgan got the better of Gordon, but that didn't mean the 6-foot-9 big man headed to UCLA played bad. He put forth the normal Gordon-like effort, as he ran the floor, was active on both ends and made a great hop step move in traffic for an easy bucket. The injury hasn't slowed him much, as he didn't even look rusty.

DeQuan Jones, SF, Worldwide Renegades Black – It's fun to watch Jones play. At 6-foot-5 (maybe 6-6) he attacks the rim with aggression and is among the best athletes in the class. He did his usual work today and recorded a couple of blocks and a handful of dunks. Although he doesn't shoot many jumpers, he did hit all net on a spot up 18-footer.

Turner Catches Fire
Elston Turner, Jr., SG, Play Hard Play Smart – The jumper was flowing for Elson this afternoon. The 6-foot-4 guard hit a pair of spot up threes and a bunch of mid-range jumpers, including a fadeaway from 15-feet. Turner played a lot of point for PHPS and tossed out a few assists as well. Washington wrapped up a good one in this combo guard.

Dashan Harris vs Courtney Fortson – Due to the thin point guard class, this was an interesting match up between two of the better point guards still available. The head-to-head contest turned out to be a draw, as neither lead man played all that inspiring. Harris did show leadership and made certain that his teammates were always in the right spot. He also knocked down a spot up three-pointer. Fortson on the other hand got to the basket, but struggled to finish once he got there.

Olu Ashaolu, SF, Grassroots Elite – It didn't take Ashaolu long to get it going against the Nebraska Bison Red. The 6-foot-7 senior-to-be used his strength to over power defenders and showed off his explosive hops in the open court. One of the better dunks we've seen of the entire event was when he drove baseline, met a defender at the rim and threw down a nasty one hand dunk sending the opposition to the floor. Although his multiple dunks were impressive, he also hit a spot up 10-footer and a fadeaway from 18.

Terrence Jennings, PF, Play Hard Play Smart – This is the second time this week we've seen Jennings show the full package. Against Donyell Marshall the 6-foot-9 senior-to-be was great in the open court, swatted a bunch of shots and scored around the rim. Although his footwork isn't great, he is mobile inside and uses spins and pump fakes to score around the bucket.

Chris Brew, SG, Oakland Soldier – Just as he played at the GBOA Challenge of Champions, Brew got to the basket and made plays once he got there. It's easy for him to make adjustments in the air and he's an above average finisher at the rim. We still haven't seen him shoot a jumper, so that's definitely an area for him to work on, but we like him as a wing guard prospect.

Stewart Heats Up
James Stewart, SG, DC Assault – There's always a game that sets it off for prospects and Stewarts was today against the T-Mac All-Stars. The 6-foot-3 guard stroked four three-pointers in the first half, and his hot streak continued in the second half, where he drained at least three step in jumpers and another trifecta. Stewart isn't just a shooter, as he's a solid handler and has some combo skills.

Dane Miller, SF, Donyell Marshall – Much like Nolan Dennis when we saw him yesterday, Miller struggled to get his shots to go down. The 6-foot-7 wing has a long, thing frame that allows him to play in and out. He posted up on a few occasions, but where he got majority of his work done was on the perimeter. He was good at slashing to the basket and was able to find open teammates in the process. The lone jumper he hit was a 15-foot fadeway. We want to see more because he has potential.

Lorenzo Brown, PG, Worldwide Renegades Black – Apparently he didn't play too hot in the morning game, but he flipped the switch and was ready to go against Houston Elite. An athletic 6-foot-4 lead man, Brown is quick, gets into the lane and his athleticism is off the charts. His rejection on a dunk attempt was impressive, as he had his elbow above the rim. There's still room for improvement, but he's one of the better point guards in the class.

Thomas Goes For 18
DeShaun Thomas, SF, Spiece Indy Heat – He played just like he did at the Kentucky Hoopfest, under control and within the team concept. He's not one to force the issue, but can certainly score at will. His versatility, skill and ability to see the floor has him ranked among the top in the class of 2010. He scored 18 points, including a trio of three-pointers, in his only game of the day.

Tristan Thompson, PF, Grassroots Elite – He's not there yet, but Thompson definitely has the potential to be a pretty good player when it's all said and done. His spin move to left-hand finish in the lane was impressive and showed a flash of what he's capable of. He has a long, thin frame and runs the court. Although he doesn't get a ton of touches on his team, he did show a jumper that extends to 18-feet.

For the most part pool play at all three of the events are finished. We expect the level of competition to pick up a little more as the tournament begins tomorrow.

Just like the first day there were a handful of current college players and pros walking around. Tim Hardaway made an appearance, as did Mike Miller. Derrick Rose was spotted checking out his former AAU team Monday night and Jamareo Davidson has been hanging out with his former team the Worldwide Renegades all week as well.

Dashan Harris has scholarship offers from California, Southern California, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Florida State and Cincinnati. The Monteverde (Fla.) Academy standout wants to take visits in the fall.

Dane Miller doesn't seem anywhere close to making a college decision. He said Syracuse, Seton Hall, Rutgers, West Virginia and Miami-Fl are the schools showing him interest.

Lorenzo Brown claims scholarship offers from Memphis, LSU and Oregon. He's also hearing from Ohio State, Connecticut, Florida and Miami.

James Stewart said he hasn't gotten much interest to date. Curtis Malone, of DC Assault, said that his interest will certainly pick up after this event, but he's heard from Miami, Clemson, Kansas State and Drexel.

Phillip McDonald has his list at five schools. Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon and Cincinnati are the school he listed. He claims scholarship offers from all five.

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