Las Vegas: Tuesday, Part II

LAS VEGAS – Cardell McFarland scored 20-plus points in back-to-back games for the Gym Rats. The post-grad point man is a new name on the scene and so is Marshall Henderson, a 2009 lead guard.

Cardell McFarland, CG, Gym Rats – After dumping 27 points on the young Wolves we did a little homework on the Evansville native. He came close to qualifying last year and is headed the prep route to Bridgton. Purdue was on him early and it remains to be seen if he's that level. We know he's a mid-level kid who steals traits from Jeff Teague and Tyreese Rice.

Neil Duvall, PF/SF, Dallas Mustangs – A likely mid-major prospect because of a lack of athleticism, Duvall scored 20 points on 9-for-13 from the field. He must have scored the first 10 points or so. A quiet young man, he's got an amazingly low number of offers right now. Good player.

James Watson, PF, Okla. Magic – This 6-7 athlete's game on Tuesday could be leading coaches to rethink their evaluations on him. A bouncy, live-bodied four-man, he's a unique player. Not for everyone but a complimentary post guy who would do well playing off a low block player. He had 16 in a game we saw.

Iverson Draws Interest
Colton Iverson, C, South Dakota Heat – He's one of the hot names in Vegas this week as coaches search high and low for bigs. Iverson owns his area as a rebounder and he's very good at it. Scoring does not seem to be his forte yet. With a wide body and a bouncy kid contesting him on the floor in the same game it provided a terrific setting to evaluate him; 7 points, one field goal.

Iverson showed his hand as a big body. In college he could find himself playing exponentially more against teams with low block players and his minutes could yo-yo based on matchups.

Oakland Soldiers Frontline – This athletic trio of Drew Gordon, Frank Otis and Wendell McKines combined to beast the South Dakota Schoolers for 44 points. Gordon is beginning to put on good weight. McKines is a dunking machine and Oita, well, he just gets after it.

Clarence Trent, PF, Ark. Hawks – He's been a tough read for us and still is. Clearly talented, Trent's effort has ridden the roller coaster at times. In the nightcap his jumper was white hot from behind the arc. We'd love for him to embrace his body, head to the block and take advantage of some matchups that favor him.

Marshall Henderson, PG, Dallas Mustangs – Anytime you stumble onto a potential high-major point guard (with grades!) it's a strong day. Henderson hit for 24 points in a straight up route of Play Hard Play Smart. We'd like to see him again but our first look yielded a solid athlete with feel and a jumper.

Henderson Emerges
Renardo Sidney, PF, LA Dream Team – Sidney didn't start the game or play much in the first half due to the fact he forget his sneakers. Once they arrived he was pretty good and scored 14. Credit him for hauling in some tough rebounds and the jump shot with the touch for a man (yeah, he's a man) his size is impressive. Talent wise there's a gap between himself and the next best prospect in his class. Actually, it's more like a large crevice.

Fred Gulley, PG, Ark. Hawks – Speed thrills and Gulley's got it. The hope is that he also picks up some length and hits a Ronnie Brewer-esque growth spurt. We like him better with his team than in camp settings. He and Aaron McHenry, a 2008 defensive minded, hard playing mid-major, are a strong tandem.

Chad Adams, SF, NM Force – He's enticing as a prospect because he's extremely long and a good athlete. He'll sit squarely on the mid-to-potential high major fence until he beefs up his skill set. He shot 4-for-12 from the field and if he can get a mid-range shot he'll be even more effective because he's got a high ceiling.

Joseph Bertrand, SG, Ill. Wolves – We've been keeping close tabs on him since the early spring and his progress physically and on the court are in line with playing high-major basketball. A real wing work in progress, he asserted himself during the Wolves unsuccessful comeback. The trail block in transition was a nice play we'll remember despite the poor call by the ref.

There's a new sheriff in town when it comes to AAU names. Our old favorite was "Squash All Beefs". It's now been replaced by the "Chinese Chickens." Its day 4 and these mystery men are sill alive. …

Chad Adams indicated New Mexico was on him harder than anyone else. … Matt Peeler gets feelers from Ball State, UTEP, Colorado State and Penn. … Marshall Henderson is listing Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Creighton, Bradley, Texas A&M, SFA and Arizona State. … Neil Duvall has Penn, Furman and Wichita State watching him. St. Mary's has offered. …

Colton Iverson said Iowa State, Nebraska, New Mexico, Cincinnati, Creighton and Washington State have offered. … Abdul Gaddy has an early list of Arizona, Washington, Gonzaga, Oregon State, Kansas and Oregon. …

Ramon Eaton: write the name down. He's 2011 and already John Thompson was in the building laying a set of eyes on him for the Hoyas. He had 17 in a loss and has the markers of an elite talent. … Loved Matt Peeler of the NM Force as an undersized mid-major power forward at the right place. …

The Nolan Dennis of July doesn't look like the same kid we saw in June. Our explanation: too much attention too fast and he's got to do a better job handling it. Once he begins smiling, understands there isn't pressure with every shot and has fun again we'll see the talented guy we fell hard for in June. … Collin Chiverton had a strong outing. We also like him when he's making outside shots but today it was his defense that caught our eye. He pinned a shot on the glass that frankly we didn't think he had in his game. Finished with 16. …

Steve Alford was front and center watching the New Mexico Force. … Wisconsin's Bo Ryan watched Diamond Taylor and Joseph Bertrand. … Cardell McFarland has offers from Middle Tennessee State, North Texas and Morehead State. Purdue and Iowa are sniffing around. …

John Thompson and Roy Williams were the head coaches for Nolan Dennis' first game. … Oklahoma's Jeff Capel and a pair of Stanford assistants watched Marshall Henderson. … Head coaches for Colton Iverson were from Nebraska, Arizona State, Creighton, Iowa State, New Mexico. … Thad Matta, Rick Stansbury and Tim Floyd watched Renardo Sidney. … Dashan Harris had Stansbury and Mark Turgeon watching him. …

"The only thing a commitment means right now is we know who we have to beat for the kid."

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