Las Vegas: Wrap-Up

We take a more detailed look at some of the top players in Las Vegas this past weekend, including Avery Bradley, Michael Snaer and Solomon Hill, among others...

Las Vegas, Nev. There wasn't a ton of talent in Las Vegas this past weekend, but there were a few guys who emerged or improved their stock….

Kyle Fogg, 6-2 SR SG Brea (Calif.) High. Fogg has been under the radar for a lot of people, as he didn't play on a high-profile AAU team last year. However, he's got a ton of upside with a great body, explosive athleticism and a very good approach to the game. He's an excellent defender, rebounds well for his size and he makes good decisions. He's more of a scorer than shooter, but his shot is perfectly adequate given his other tools. There had been some questions about whether he'd qualify academically, but I've been told that he should make it. He's a high major prospect.

Donald Johnson, 6-6 SR PF Antelope Valley (Calif.) High. A long and bouncy athlete who plays with great energy, Johnson just makes plays. He's always around the ball and he consistently beats opponents to rebounds. He's going to get looks from the mid to upper mid major schools after his performance in April.

Avery Bradley, 6-2 JR SG Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep. Bradley is a hot commodity among college coaches right now and it's easy to see why. He's a terrific athlete who plays hard all the time and he can really defend. He's been more of a slasher than scorer in the past, but his shot looked good this weekend. He knocked down three deep shots in about a five minute span in one game. He loves to attack the rim, but if he can shoot consistently to three-point range his game goes to a whole different level. A high major prospect.

Solomon Hill, 6-6 JR SF Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax. Hill plays kind of a point-forward type of game. He's a very good passer with a nice feel for the game and he plays unselfishly. He's also a very good athlete who can rebound, defend and handle. His outside shot is a work in progress and that's one area where he needs to improve. But his versatility and potential make him a very interesting prospect. He's got an ideal body for a wing and he should be able to defend the two or three and possibly even some fours. He's one of the best sleepers in the west and a definite high major prospect.

Michael Snaer, 6-4 JR SG Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde. Snaer has good size and athleticism for a two-guard, along with the ability to be a solid defender. The one noticeable difference for him this weekend from when I saw him earlier in the year was his shot. His stroke was much smoother and he shot the ball very well from well beyond the stripe. Previously, he took some time to set up his shot. In this game, he was firing with no hesitation and it looked smooth and effortless. If he becomes a consistent three-point shooter, he's an elite, high major prospect.

Garrett Johnson, 6-5 JR SF Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch. Johnson was the biggest surprise of the tournament for me. He's got a good body, with above average athleticism and solid skills. He made good decisions in the game I saw and competed well. I want to watch him some more but, off of one viewing, he would appear to be a high major prospect.

Jared Cunningham, 6-3 JR SG/PG San Leandro (Calif.) High. Cunningham had a mixed weekend in Las Vegas. He's got the body and athleticism you're looking for in a high major guard, but he has a couple areas where he needs to improve. His shot needs to be tightened up, as he has an inconsistent release. Also, his decision-making needs to get better. He made several ill-advised forays into the lane when he really had nowhere to go. I've had him as a point guard for the last couple years, but it's possible he ends up playing the two down the road. He's got the size for the position and a frame that should fill out well. Or he might end up playing some minutes at both positions for ASU.

Joe Burton, 6-7 JR C Hemet (Calif.) West Valley. Burton has a lost a considerable amount of weight in the last year, but he's still a very big boy. He's a surprisingly good passer for a five man and he's got good hands. He can score in the paint and he's got pretty good feet for a guy his size. He's not real explosive though – not much lift – and he may not get any bigger. At his size, there is some question about his ability to defend and rebound against high major fives. However, the WCC and Mountain West should be all over him. But with the 2009 West Coast bigs being rather thin in talent, he's likely to get high major offers.

Alec Williams, 6-5 JR PF San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) High. Big-bodied four man with nimble feet and very good skills. Williams has good hands and a solid feel for the game. He showed three-point range this weekend, which makes him a no-brainer at the mid major level.

LaBradford Franklin, 6-1 SO PG Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta. Talented young guard with solid skills. His frame is slightly narrow, but he still has a couple years to fill out. Nice stroke and plays with a good demeanor. One to watch in 2010.

Nick Johnson, 6-2 FR SG Gilbert (Ariz.) Highland. The son of former ASU player Joey Johnson, Nick appears to have quite a bright future of his own. He elevates very well on his jump shot and his stroke is solid. He plays within himself, makes good decisions and looks to have a very good feel. He's one of the better freshmen I've seen in the west to date.

Darius Middleton, 5-11 FR PG Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax. Great-looking lefty with very good body. Showed good instincts and has an advanced little runner that he likes to shoot in the lane. He appears to have quite a bit of upside.

Donovan Williams, 6-3 FR SG/SF Las Vegas (Nev.) Durango. Good-looking young wing with decent skill level. Feet aren't real big, so I'm not sure how much bigger he gets, but he's an intriguing young prospect.

Chris Willis, 6-2 FR SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Canyon Springs. Showed a knack for scoring and made several impressive plays in the one game I saw. Looks a little older, but he has talent.

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