Las Vegas: Wednesday, Part I

The Las Vegas tourneys are nearing their end, but the action is starting to heat up. On Wednesday Derrick Favors, Peyton Siva and Kenny Boynton caught our eye. But we also found a new 2009 prospect that could be making his way to the United States for good.

Lewis Jackson, PG, Indiana Elite – The Bay Area Hoosiers didn't have a defender that could stay in front of this 5-foot-8 lead man. Jackson attacked the basket, found open teammates and finished around the rim. He didn't shoot any three-pointers, but he did hit a pair of mid-range jumpers. He finished with 13 points in the early morning game.

Tyler Zeller, C, Indiana Elite – There aren't many 6-foot-10 bigs that can run the floor like Zeller. He beat the opposition up and down the floor during his morning game. He also made a few nice moves on the block, took a pair of charges and threw down a sweet left handed dunk on the baseline. He finished with 21 points, including 13 of 14 from the free throw line.


Blasczyk Gets After It
James Blasczyk, C, Houston Select – It's tough enough to go up against one guy above 6-foot-8, but Blasczyk had to go up against a handful of guys that size when he played the Atlanta Celtics. Although he tired towards the end of the game, Blasczyk gave a strong effort and managed to hold his own. The TCU commit has range to 18-feet, is active on the defensive end and is a decent athlete.

Ray Shipman, SG, Florida Rams – Throughout the first half of the Rams morning game, Shipman struggled to get it going. The second half was a different story, as he started knocking down shots, dishing out assists and getting to the basket. He hit two three-pointers to help the Rams escape 43 Hoops in their morning game.

Dago Pena, SG, Florida Rams -- Without Pena's strong play down the stretch the Rams don't beat 43 Hoops. The 6-foot-5 wing hit a key three-pointer to keep the Rams alive in the adidas Super 64. Although his shot looked good, it was his passing that stood out the most. He sees the floor well and dropped what had to have been a half dozen assists in the second half.

William Buford, SG, D1 Greyhounds – If the puppies are set it's a bucket for Buford. The 6-foot-4 continued his hot streak from downtown, as he went for 21 points in a loss to Team Breakdown. We love his stroke and his feel for the game, Ohio State should be thrilled to get this one.

Youssouppha Mboa, C, French Hoops – We were tipped off on a 7-foot-2 kid from Spain, so we decided to take a peak. What we found is high-major prospect that runs the floor, blocks shots and passes well out of the post. The 2009 prospect is pretty good on the block too, as he showed a nice pump fake step through move. In the game we watched Mboa finished with 9 points, 16 rebounds and 8 blocks.

Here's where the story gets interesting. Mboa is originally from Spain, but has spent the past few years in the Canary Islands. According to a source Mboa might enroll at Stoneridge Prep this year, but the details have yet to be finalized. Our source also said if Mboa doesn't end up in the U.S. this coming season that he would definitely be at Stoneridge next year.

Should Mboa end up in the United States he'd likely draw interest from high-majors from across the country, however there are a few schools that are already positioning themselves. Baylor, Southern California and Oklahoma State are the three schools that have been present at majority of his games.


Favors Gets Active
Derrick Favors, C, Atlanta Celtics – It seems like Favors gets more active every time we watch him play. Today he was contesting and blocking shots, snagging offensive rebounds and scoring on the block. He finished with 18 points in the Celtics game against Houston Select. Down the stretch he grabbed a key offensive rebound and put it back in to give the Celtics the lead.

Peyton Siva, PG, Seattle Rotary – A few days ago we wrote about how fast John Wall is, and watching Siva today got us thinking that it would be a nice race between the two. Siva got by every defender the T-Mac All-Stars threw at him and he'd either toss up a floater of dish off the ball to a teammate. He has great court vision, is a solid shooter and has proven that he can use either hand at the rim. The race for the top point guard spot is on and Siva is certainly in the mix.

Kenny Boynton, SG/PG, Team Breakdown – His effort against the D1 Greyhounds was special. In the first half he sank five three-pointers and hit two more in the second on his way to a 32-point outing. He handled the ball a lot for TB and is a serious threat shooting off the bounce. On a big stage Boynton raised the bar against a pair of top 30 recruits (William Buford and Darius Miller).

Lorenzo Brown, PG, Worldwide Renegades Black – He was great two days ago, had a solid game this morning and put together a solid effort against Texas Bluechip Elite during their night game. With that said we'd say it's been a good week for Brown, who is a quickster that can get to the rack and create for teammates. He also has a nice mid-range game, as he can drop in a floater or pull-up for short jumpers. He looks improved from the spring and is certainly making a good impression on coaches in Las Vegas.

John Henson and Corey Jefferson, C, Texas D1 Ambassadors – We stumbled upon their game against Sam Rines, and we are glad we did. Both Henson and Jefferson are in the 6-foot-9 range and have long, lanky frames. Much like their similar builds, their games are comparable as well. Jefferson seems to be the better shot blocker, while Henson is more skilled on the offensive end. Both are high-major prospects with nice upsides.


Knight Shines In Big Setting
Brandon Knight, PG, Team Breakdown – Coaches have been raving about Knight's play all week, so we made sure to check him out during a big time game. Up against the D1 Greyhounds and their lineup full of upperclassmen, Knight brought it. The 6-foot-3 lead man got to the rack at will, finished with both hands at the rim and played solid defense on the oppositions point guards. At this point Knight is among the best at his position in the 2010 class.

C.J. Leslie, SF, Worldwide Renegades Black – When we watched Worldwide a few days ago, Leslie barely played. So with the Renegades down by double-digits against Texas Bluechip he got his chance to shine and he certainly took advantage of it. The 6-foot-7 wing didn't score a ton of points but he did make a few impressive moves, including a coast-to-coast finish in traffic. We like the potential and hope he continues to play hard, as that has been a problem in the past.

All three Las Vegas tournaments will conclude tomorrow afternoon. There will be a number of quality match ups in each event. Here's who is left in the 17's division of the three tournaments:

adidas Super 64

Indiana Elite – Team Indiana vs KC Pump N' Run
Atlanta Celtics vs Florida Rams
Huntington Park Warriors vs Seattle Rotary Select
Pump N' Run Elite vs Las Vegas Prospects

Reebok Summer Champions

Team Breakdown vs Illinois Wolves
Worldwide Renegades Black vs King of the Court
Smryna Stars vs D-One Sports
Belmont Shore vs Southeast Elite

The Main Event

New York Gauchos vs Dallas Heroes
Meanstreets vs CA Hoops
Team Jones vs FOH Seattle
Mac Irvin Fire vs Team Texas

Matt Roth, of Indiana Elite, recently picked up a scholarship offer from Indiana. He also has offers from Bradley and St. Louis. He plans decide between those three in the near future.

Tyler Zeller still has the same list of nine schools. His plan is to narrow it done after the evaluation period.

Lewis Jackson has scholarship offers from Purdue, Butler and Gonzaga. Southern California, Indiana and Illinois are also showing interest in the point guard.

Noel Johnson said his list is wide open and is hearing from everyone. He did say that Georgia Tech and Ohio State have made him an early priority.

John Henson claims scholarship offers from Southern California, Notre Dame, Texas, Baylor and Arizona. He said he's also hearing from Ohio State and Florida.

Corey Jefferson has heard from North Carolina, Baylor, Texas A&M, Arizona, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Florida.

Garrett Sim, who is apparently a big time long jumper, has scholarship offers from Santa Clara, Boise State, Portland and Stanford (awaiting admission). He's also heard from Fresno State and Oregon State.

Brad Tinsley still has his list at three schools: Pepperdine, California and Utah. A decision could come very soon for the 6-foot-3 guard.

"He split em. He went Philly on em. That's Philly right there. He probably called that move the Philly Steak!" – A D-1 coach referring to Sam Rines point guard splitting a double team and taking it in for a dunk.


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