Cactus Classic: Day 1 Rundown

TUCSON, Ariz. – It's going to be a strong weekend at the Cactus Classic. A long travel day for many didn't slow down John Wall, Abdul Gaddy or Tommy Mason-Griffin. Three of 2009's top point guard played well Friday night.

John Wall vs. Abdul Gaddy – These two are high-level point guards. Gaddy's team rallied for the win and that counts. Overall, we like these guys as 1-2 in the 2009 point guard rankings. Wall is elite and no matter the time zone, no one can check him; he went for 21 and 9 assists.


Gaddy Can Go
Gaddy (22 and 5) is more traditional and a natural set up man. Wall got by everyone they threw at him; Gaddy crafted his way past Wall on occasion. Wall's not only the top PG prospect in the class, he's one of the elite members of the 2009 group. Gaddy is tracking as a Top 25 prospect himself. Both were excellent Friday night.

Johnnie Lacy, G, Playground Elite – He's always good for a big number and finished with 25 in his opener. Sidekick Jamil Wilson tossed in 19 and Playground had the offense it needed. Lacy continues to grow on you and at the right fit hell be dangerous.

Tommy Mason-Griffin, PG, Hou. Hoops – So far each time we've seen him this spring he's competed hard and distinguished himself. While other PGs are floundering, he's flourishing. Best trait: competitiveness.

Anthony Marshall, SG, Las Vegas Prospects – Each class has its stat stuffers. The guys who might not excel in one specific area but find ways to get noticed in a more rounded setting. You respect his effort, academics and approach to the game. The results – boards, blocks, points – take care of themselves. Solid Top 100 selection.

Avery Bradley, SG, NW Panthers – Hard-wired to be a scorer, we like the improved mid-range game and he's more athletic than most of his peers.

Royce Woolridge, SG, Ariz. Magic – The newly minted Kansas commitment mustered just 3 points in his opener. He's got the look of a kid that can shoot it but he was never in the flow of this one. He's got feel and sported a knee brace on his left knee.

We didn't see the game but Peyton Siva dumped 35 points in an opening round loss. … The defending champion Gauchos are operating without their horses. Without Durand Scott, Tevin Baskins and Dan Jennings they needed every one of Duron Lamb's 20 points to beat the Colorado Chaos. …

Jamil Wilson is obviously an extremely gifted guy. He's got an effortless way about him and there will come a time this summer where he'll have to really assert himself if he's to take the next step. … Victor Rudd's a good athlete with perimeter abilities. Shot selection is an area he can work on. …

If he doesn't play football, Kevin Perry can turn into a solid undersized mid-major power forward. The Houston Hoops frontcourt energy giver has a way about him. …


TMG Has Suitors
Gonzaga, Miami, Colorado State, Virginia and UNLV are on Anthony Marshall hard. Kansas and Kentucky are tagging him. … Team Odom forward Derrick Williams (25 points) has offers from Boston College and Santa Clara. Marquette has been in touch. …

Mason-Griffin is no longer an LSU pledge. Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, LSU, Baylor and Memphis are mixing it up for him. … Kevin Perry has Stephen F. Austin, TCU and New Mexico looking. … Avery Bradley said that last week Ben Howland offered him and that was big. The rest of the Pac-10, according to Bradley, is on him. …


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