Next Level: Day 1 Rundown

DUNCANVILLE, Tex. – Although a few 2009 prospects stuck out, it was a pair of 2010 kids that caught our eye on the first day of the Next Level Ballers National Tournament.

Sam Dower, PF, Net Gain Sports – With their best player (Trent Lockett) on the bench, N.G.S. needed someone to step up, and this 6-foot-9, 215-pound big man did. The lefty played hard and attacked the glass on both ends. To go with his rebounding effort, the southpaw also managed to drop in a jump hook and a runner in the lane. Dower, who needs to gain strength, is a guy that is getting serious looks at mid-major level, with a few high-majors dabbling.

Reger Dowell, PG, Dallas Showtyne Black – The Alabama commit is a quick, water bug type point guard that uses head fakes and quick crossovers to blow by defenders. Against Net Gain Sports, Dowell attacked the basket, although sometimes he over penetrated, and showed a solid mid-range game, when he hit a pull-up from 18-feet and a few floaters in the lane.

Jordan Isom, PG, Dallas Heroes – Although he's small (5-foot-10), Isom can certainly handle the rock and run a team. Throughout the Heroes' match up with the NeLa Nuggets, Isom faced defensive pressure and constant hacking, but it rarely affected him as he handled the ball with care and dished out the rock to open teammates. He also dropped in a floater and nifty finish in the lane.

Perry Jones, PF, Seawolves 2010 – By far the best prospect we saw today was this 6-foot-10, 215-pound big man. Already equipped with a strong frame and wide shoulders, Jones is a physical specimen that clearly intimidates opponents. Mix in his high-level athleticism and ability to handle the ball and he's quite a player.

Offensively he showed a jump hook on the block, but also displayed a face up game and an ability to step out and shoot mid-range jumpers. On the defensive end he played the role of eraser as he swatted a bunch of shots inside. It's clear Jones is a big time prospect and if he continues to develop he could be one of the better prospects in the entire class.

T.J. Taylor, PG, Seawolves 2010 – We've heard the name in recruiting circles, but hadn't gotten to lay eyes on him until today, and after our first viewing we were certainly impressed. Taylor stands 6-foot-3 and has an impressively built frame that he uses to his advantage, as he'll often times take smaller guards into the post and score over them. The talented lefty also showed an ability to run the team, which he did for majority of his time on the floor, and score off the ball. High majors take note as he's a guy that is and will continue to be recruited at a high level.

Trent Lockett sat out Net Gain Sports' game against Dallas Showtyme Black and it appears that he won't play in the entire tournament. According to his AAU coach he's set to have surgery next week.

We stepped in for a half of John Henson's game Friday night, and all of the buzz about him appears to be legit. The kid is much improved since last year and he made a handful of nice finishes while we watched, including a nifty adjust finish with contact.

Same Dower said he has scholarship offers from Saint Louis, Northern Iowa, Montana, UW-Milwaukee and Wisconsin-Green Bay. He said he's also heard from Marquette, Indiana State, George Mason, Gonzaga, Wisconsin, Iowa State and Minnesota.

T.J. Taylor, of Denison (Tex.) High, said he's heard from Baylor, Texas, USC and Iowa State.


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