John Henson, PF, Franchize – Different venue, same story. The ascent will be swift and the ceiling high. Henson held a block party culminating in a swat at the buzzer that would have tied the game for Inland. In terms of pro prospects, he could have the most significant ceiling. The skill level on defense is mirrored by a long, tip-dunking kid with touch on offense.
Kawhi Leonard, LA Dream Team, PF – Hadn't seen the Riverside product before Saturday and came away with a strong impression. A natural SF at 6-foot-5, he shoots it with a measure of skills and rebounds his position. Tweener level wise whose talent should force the Pac-10's to monitor his progress.
Vander Joaquim, C, Pump ‘n Run – He'll tell you that he prefers to play outside but his future is in the post. He's learning his way around inside and he'll swat a handful of shots. He did step out and slip in a 3-pointer. Talented guy with high-major potential.
E.J. Singler, Team Jones – That's right, Kyle's brother can hoop too. Now 6-foot-6, he's armed with a hoop IQ, mid-range jumper he'll pull and put off the glass and a confidence that tells you he's ready to shed the "kid brother" label and be his own prospect. He can fit in at a lot of places and his ability to pass and read plays is going to be useful. A year ago we'd have thought mid-major but now he's about to entice guys from bigger leagues.
Ryan Kelly, PF, D-One Sports – When a guy lives 10 minutes from you and you've watched him ascend from mid-major to Top 50, it's pretty cool. On Saturday we saw new facets he hadn't shown before. He used his left naturally and from short range. Kelly spun into jumpers and made shots from different areas. He's earned a ranking boost the list of guys he's passing is a distinguished group.
Abdul Gaddy & Avery Bradley, NW Panthers – Gaddy's stock was already quite high (and getting higher) so this weekend was Bradley's turn to prove his worth. Mission accomplished for the Top 100 style shooting guard. In a knockout game against Pump, Bradley dumped 31 on the Californians. Gaddy, well he wasn't bad either. To win it, Gaddy drove from the top of the key, split the lane and threw down a one-handed dunk.
Donte Hill, SF, Boo Williams – His best game of the spring saved the day for Boo. Hill started off by crushing a baseline dunk. The momentum swinger put the swagger back in his step and he finished with 18 points. More importantly he came up with key boards and tough hoops when Boo was on the ropes.
Tyler Honeycutt, SF, Pump ‘n Run – Since we know he wasn't cloned, we'll have to come up with another explanation for Honeycutt. He's the Class of 2009 version of Austin Daye. From the hairstyle to wafery body Honeycutt borrows plenty from the Daye book of basketball. A potential late bloomer with a jump shot behind the line, he'll be a wing worth watching this summer.
Beau Gamble, PG, Colo. Chaos – Love this guy. He's got shake to his game and a big time stroke that will be utilized at the mid-major level. Surprisingly, he's got no offers. Presence at the point, good grades and a stroke … come on, somebody has to do their homework.
Brandon Davies, PF, Utah Pump ‘n Run – He was fairly non-descript until putting his down, pointing his body at the hoop and throwing down a dunk that had guys on other courts looking around. He's got size and knows that we've confirmed a measure of athleticism, he'll be kid that sits on the mid-to-high fence heading into the summer.
Renardo Sidney, PF, LA Dream Team – There's no ignoring the talent. Dump it to him in the post and he's a load to handle. He's not in great shape this spring and that's a concern. When he summons up his "A" game there's a lot to like, plus he passes adeptly out of double-teams. His area for improvement is his temper. He got a pair of techs and was disqualified in his first game and spends a lot of time bantering with officials. He's going to need to reel in his emotions to maximize his talent. L.A. Dream Team's nightmare scenario occurred when Keith Appling and Reach escorted them out of the playoffs.
Doron Lamb, SG, Gauchos – He's the Gauchos best hope for a bucket, especially since the injury bug took a sizeable chunk out of the team's roster. The floater was falling today. Give the kid credit: his strength isn't finishing at the rim so he's adapted by adding an incredibly efficient and tough to block runner.
Keith Appling, SG, Reach – In five games on Saturday, Appling averaged 23.3 points, including a 35-point outburst. The scoring wizard from Motown was on a tear and he carried the Legends further into the playoffs than expected. He's been strong this spring and none stronger then his two days in Tucson.
Terrence Ross, SF, Team Jones – He's borderline freaky with his athleticism but that's just one part of his game. When the wing man began making catch and shoot 3s in rhythm it blew your mind. Lock high major and potential elite kid, Ross was on display and the show was excellent.
Josh Smith, C, Seattle Rotary – Every event we see him at there appears to be less of him to like! The pounds are coming off and new elements of his game get revealed. He plays with a pair of guards who aren't shy about getting shots and the gentle giant doesn't say a word. Give him a touch and he gets a hoop. Great job of converting when the opportunity presents itself. His steady weight loss is a sign of how serious he is about his game.
Tony Wroten, PG/SG, Seattle Rotary – Before bowing out to Boo Williams in a playoff war, Wroten lined up defenders and took turns putting buckets on them. Rare is the freshman who gets where he wants, when he wants. We've said it before he's elite as a driver and athlete with room to grow. His jumper is flat but its of little concern because guys with his talent tend to see the bigger picture, spend the time in the gym and turn an area for improvement into a strength. He's the measuring stick for freshmen in 2011 and the standard is set pretty high.
Ryan Kelly will visit Stanford on Sunday and then trip to Georgetown later in the week. Johnny Dawkins saw him before he left for Palo Alto and convinced the junior to reschedule a trip out west that was originally set for the day Trent Johnson took the LSU gig. …
Derek Thomas, the former Western Illinois head coach, spent the entire day in the gym evaluating players. Here on his own dime, Thomas took the weekend to get ahead of the game in terms of players as he wades through the job market. … John Wall is the best guard prospect from North Carolina since Chris Paul was the nation's top floor leader in 2003. … Ricardo Ratliffe has been the most consistent post player for Boo Williams this spring. …
Michael Snaer couldn't buy one for Inland in the first half but once he dialed in long-range in the 2nd, things changed. Quick release. … Roberto Nelson is going to be a strong mid-level scorer in college. … Joe Burton of the Compton Magic is that undersized power forward with nice hands and instincts around the rim. … Elijah Johnson's calling card is his athleticism. Pump ‘n Run is void of a true point man and collegiately we see Johnson playing with the ball but alongside a point with a stronger lead guard identity. …
Beau Gamble has zero offers but interest from Denver, Northern Colorado, Colgate, Northern Illinois and Dartmouth. … Ray Turner sports offers from Pepperdine, Marquette, Baylor, Texas A&M and a litany of others. … Kawhi Leonard has offers from San Diego, San Diego State, Southern Cal and Cal. ….
Darius Morris indicated Michigan, Kentucky and Washington State were on him the hardest. Texas, USC, Washington and Stanford are looking. … Kyle Fogg visited San Francisco and Providence. St. John's is hoping for a trip and UNLV likes him. If he doesn't like his options after the visits he'll go prep. …
Joe Burton has heavy interest from Utah, San Diego State and Gonzaga. … Honeycutt lists Santa Clara, Washington, San Diego and San Diego State. … Tony Freeland of I-Can has Marquette and Oklahoma on him hard. USC and Wyoming are in the mix along with Fresno State. … Gerald Judkins has an offer from Miami and interest from Baylor. He'll go to Brewster next season. … Singler said Washington State and Stanford are his biggest fans. … Brandon Davis has offers from Utah and BYU; Utah State is in the mix too. …
That kid's a money maker. Some lady sitting in the stands would have no trouble figuring that one out."