Vegas: Day One, Part A

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- On the first day of the second evaluation period, we spent some time at the RBK Summer Championships, before heading over and checking out a handful of games at the Main Event.

Head-to-head match-ups rarely materialize, but the hottest pairing on the first day of Vegas certainly was worth the price of admission. The official schedule said it was Team Breakdown vs Northwest Panthers, but in reality it was a rematch from RBK U camp a few weeks ago, putting Kenny Boynton and Brandon Knight against Avery Bradley and Abdul Gaddy.

Bradley, of Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep, shot out of the gate and scored a quick seven points, that included a strong plus one finish at the rim. Despite making a few bad decisions early on, Gaddy got his game together and dished out a handful of assists in the first half. Boynton made a few plays at the rim, but was fairly quiet in the first session, as was Knight.

Once the second half hit, it quickly became the Kenny Boynton show. The 6-foot-2 guard stroked five three-pointers (all off the dribble) and had a number of strong finishes in the paint. Boynton's second half explosion was capped off by stripping Gaddy, and throwing down a dunk on the opposite end. Boynton finished with 33 points, 26 coming in the second half.

"I wasn't satisfied with our last match up, so I felt like this time I wanted to go out and defeat the match up and get the win," Boynton said, referring to his contest with Bradley and Gaddy at RBK U Camp. "I'm satisfied now."

Boynton has every reason to be satisfied. On the first day of the second evaluation period, the talented guard took over the arguably the best game of the day and did in front of a packed house at Foothill High School, which is the headquarters for the RBK Summer Championships.

Avery Bradley, SG, Team Breakdown – Although Boynton stole the show, Bradley still proved he's one of the best guards in the 2009 class. Out of the gates, Bradley was tough. He hit a pair of pull-up jumpers and then exploded to the rim for a big time And 1 dunk. To go with his offensive performance, Bradley also proved himself as a quality defender, as he's quick laterally and does a good job of keeping the opposition out in front. Bradley went 8-for-17 from the field, finishing with 20 points.

Abdul Gaddy, PG, Team Breakdown – After a slow start for the nations 2nd best point guard, Gaddy bounced back and finished strong. He's a smooth floor general with a great feel for the game. He uses screens well and is capable of going off the bounce and getting his shot. He put up 24 points, eight assists and five turnovers in the match up.

John Wall, PG, D-ONE Sports – It seems like Wall gets ink at nearly every event, and to be honest, he does. But it's always earned. The top ranked point guard in the 2009 class simply has a different gear than most and is tough to stop once he starts heading to the rim. Wall dished out an impressive 11 assists, but did have eight turnovers, mostly due to over penetrating. He went 11-for-19 from the field and scored 30 points in D-One's win over Worldwide.

John Henson, PF, Franchize All-Stars -- The guard battle at the RBK Summer Championships, wasn't the only match up of the day. Henson took on Renardo Sidney as well. Despite a slow start for both, Henson awoke in the second half, using his length to block shots, grab rebounds and score around the tin. He showed off a left jump hook that seems nearly impossible to block, and even stepped out and knocked down an 18-foot jumper.

Richard Howell, PF, Worldwide Renegades Orange – To open their contest against D-One Sports, Howell got hot from deep and nailed a trio of three-pointers. He also mixed in some finishes around the rim in the first session. He's got a strong frame and appears to be a solid face up four. He's starting to get healthy and is turning up his level of play.

Ray Penn, PG, Houston Superstars – In the first half of the Superstars match up with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors, Penn tore it up from mid-range. He used one and two dribble pull-up jumpers to score and also worked in a strong drive to the basket. Penn, who stands 5-foot-9, didn't over penetrate and proved to be pretty unselfish. He went for 37 points in the game.

Phil Taylor, PG, Worldwide Renegades – Despite the loss to Southeast Elite, Tuesday morning, Taylor put together an impressive effort. He shot it well from deep (five threes) and found teammates in the open court. He went for 20 points in the contest.

Allen Tate, SF, New Mexico Force – One of the late games at the Main Event featured this 6-foot-5 wing. Tate, who has a long, wiry frame, attacked the rim looking to score and also hit an off the dribble jumper from 18-feet. Going forward he'll need to tighten his handle and gain some strength. Tate was originally in the 2008 class, but is planning to take a year of prep school.

Bawa Muniru, C, Nashville Celtics Green – With a bunch of high major programs looking on, he played just OK. Muniru has a huge frame, standing 6-foot-9, 220-pounds, and runs the floor, but struggles to score around the basket. He did, however, hit a turnaround 10-footer to open the game.

Brandon Knight, PG, Team Breakdown – Much like Gaddy, Knight seemed to get better as the game went on. Once Knight got in a groove and adjusted to the game he pushed the break, broke down defenders and attacked the rim looking to score. Knight scored 26 points on 8-for-20 shooting from the field.

Marquez Cothran, PF, Southeast Elite – Matched up against the Worldwide Renegades Black, Cothran, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound big man, dominated the paint, especially on the offensive end. Although he's a bit raw with his back to the basket, he makes up for it with his effort inside and ability to get tips around the basket. On the defensive end he swatted a number of shots inside. He finished with 29 points for the game.

Triton Mayberry, C, Houston Team Genesis – It's always fun to randomly run into a promising prospect, and that's what happened at the Main Event, Tuesday evening. Mayberry, a 6-foot-11, 270-pound big man, went up against Trevor Williams and despite losing the game, seemed to win the match up. He used his size inside and had a few strong finishes at the rim, on his way to 12 points.

Michael Cobbins, PF, New Mexico Force – At 6-foot-8, 190-pounds, Cobbins runs the floor with ease and uses his length to effect shots around the basket and snag rebounds. At this point, Cobbins is lacking strength, but he still showed he could score in the paint.

Trevor Lacey, SG, Southeast Elite – Playing up in the 17's division wasn't a problem for Lacey, of Huntsville (Ala.) Butler. Blessed with a strong frame (6-foot-3, 180-pounds), the underclassmen shooting guard attacked the rim with success. Despite lacking rotation on his jump shot, he also showed he could knock down jumpers out to 22-feet, as he hit a handful of spot-up three-pointers.

Triton Mayberry has heard from TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Iowa State and LSU.

Michael Cobbins appears to be at the beginning of the recruiting process. Thus far he's heard from Wichita State, Marquette and Texas A&M.

Bawa Muniru mentioned Tennessee State, UCLA, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Duke, LSU, Minnesota and Louisville, when asked about the schools involved with his recruitment.

Brandon Knight said he doesn't really have a list yet. But he did mention Florida, Miami, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Kentucky and Duke, as schools that are showing interest.

The Team Breakdown/Northwest Panthers match up drew a ridiculous amount of college coaches. The head coaches we spotted were Paul Hewitt, Darrin Horn, John Calipari, Frank Haith, Sean Miller, Kevin Stallings, Rick Barnes, Bill Self, Billy Donavan, Mark Turgeon, Tim Floyd, Lorenzo Romar, Lute Olson, Frank Martin and Gary Williams.

There were also assistants from UCLA, Oregon, UNC-Greensboro, Wake Forest, Florida Atlantic, Tennessee, Connecticut, Florida State, Duke and Texas in the house for the big match up.

Ryan Kelly drew Dave Leitao, Gary Williams, Mike Brey, Sidney Lowe, Roy Williams and assistants from Georgia Tech and Stanford.

John Wall had Bill Self, Billy Gillispie, John Calipari, Travis Ford and Scott Drew. Oregon was also in the building for the contest.

Bill Self, Tim Floyd and Rick Stansbury were front and center for Renardo Sidney's afternoon contest.

Bawa Muniru had a ton of coaches watching him. Tim Floyd, Trent Johnson and Travis Ford were at the contest. UCLA, Duke, USC, Missouri and Louisville also had assistants at the game.

Terrance Jones drew quite a crowd. Oregon, Oregon State, North Carolina, Connecticut, Georgetown, Tennessee, Washington and Texas also had assistants there.

"That's why I'm number one," John Wall shouted at the Worldwide Renegades bench, after making a few impressive plays on the offensive end.


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