Las Vegas: Tuesday, Part I

LAS VEGAS -- It was a rough day, as majority of the top guys struggled in the first round of tournament action. Troy Gillenwater had the top peformance of the day, while Delwan Graham, Dennis Harris and Terrell Holloway put together strong efforts as well.

Troy Gillenwater, PF, New England Playaz – The best performer of the day was this 6-foot-8 power forward. Gillenwater did a little of everything against PAL, but majority of his work was done at the rim. He showed off a right-hand hook, drove the baseline and basically dunked at will. He also played well on the defensive end and swatted a half dozen shots. He finished with 29 points that included a pair of three-pointers.


Holloway Turns It Up
Terrel Holloway, PG, New England Playaz – This kid could very well be the most undervalued point guard in the 2008 class. Against PAL, Holloway was quick, efficient in transition and showed an ability to see the floor. Like most point guards should be, Holloway is unselfish and loves tossing out assists. He is, however, certainly capable of scoring off drives or deep jumpers.

Dennis Harris, PF, Atlanta Celtics – It's hard to shine on a team that is full of high-level big men, but Harris got his chance on Tuesday and he took advantage of the opportunity. The 6-foot-10 has a long, thin frame to go with decent athleticism. Against Beach Ball Select, Harris got a few put backs and also had a nice baseline dunk. He's steadily improving and is certainly a post prospect to keep an eye on.

Anthony Tucker, PG/SG, 43 Hoops – Tucker didn't waste any time firing up shots, as he pulled up for a deep three the very first possession. That shot went down as did a bunch of other deep jumpers. He has a nice looking stroke and handles the ball well, but we'd like to see him improve his shot selection. The Iowa commit hit at least five off the dribble jumpers and should certainly help the Hawkeyes in the shooting department.

Delwan Graham, PF, Atlanta Celtics – Most are worried about his size, but they aren't worried about Graham's heart and drive. The 6-foot-6 undersized four man is a high energy guy that attacks the basket and loves to dunk. He had a nice one today when he drove the lane and slammed a two-handed dunk down in traffic. Although we haven't seen him shoot it, a lot of high-majors are starting to mess with Graham.

Luke Babbit, PF, EBO – We've seen Babbitt play much better than he did today, however he was very effective in the second half and helped EBO pull out a win against Team Philly. Babbitt, a 6-foot-8 rising senior, played both inside and on the perimeter. Although they weren't falling in the first half he did stroke a few jumpers and made a few moves on the block. One area that he's clearly worked on is attacking the offensive glass, as he got a few put backs because of his positioning.


Brown Puts Up Big Numbers
Jerry Brown, SG, EBO – This was by far the best play we've seen from Brown this summer. The 6-foot-5 wing hit shots, showed athleticism and got to the rim at will. The best dunk of the day came from Brown when he drove the baseline and tomahawked a one hander on a helpless defender. The San Franciso (Calif.) Sacred Heart standout also drained a pull-up jumper on his way to 19 points.

Brendan Lane, PF, EBO – It wasn't his best day, but we see the potential. Many are comparing him to the Wear twins, and we definitely see the resemblance. Like the twins, Lane has a nice stroke from deep (probably shoots it deeper) and does a lot of his work facing the basket. Lane, who stands 6-foot-8, needs to add strength and muscle to his thin frame, but is definitely a fine high-major prospect.

We were surprised that Terrell Holloway's list didn't consist of more schools, as there are a lot that need a quality point guard. The 5-foot-11 PG mentioned South Florida, St. John's, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Nevada and Oregon State. He claims offers from all of them.

Olek Czyz was a popular man on Tuesday. Kansas, Louisville, Kentucky, Nevada, UNLV, Colorado State Arizona State and Duke were all in attendance. After the game he mentioned those schools plus Florida.


Graham Continues To Impress
Delwan Graham, who has had a great month of July, has scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Tulane, Dayton and Wichita State. Tennessee, VCU, LSU, South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Georgia are also recruiting him.

Allan Chaney had a handful of head coaches at his morning game. Jim Calhoun, John Thompson, Kalvin Sampson and Billy Donovan all gave him a look. Ohio State, Virginia, St. John's, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech were also represented.

Troy Gillenwater had Bruce Pearl checking out his game. Memphis, Mississippi and Florida were also in the gym.

Dennis Harris said he has scholarship offers from Rice, LSU, Navy, Appalachian State, Virginia and Auburn. He's also hearing some from Florida.

Brendan Lane claims offers from Southern California, California, Arizona State and Kansas. He's also hearing from Stanford, Washington, UCLA, Utah, Gonzaga and Kentucky.

Jerry Brown mentioned Arizona, Southern California, UCLA, Washington, Kansas, Texas, California, Pepperdine and Arizona State.


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