Las Vegas: Day One, Part B

LAS VEGAS – Immediately out of the gate at the adidas Super 64 we were able to witness a pair of rising prospects in Arsalan Kazemi and Matt Vogrich. With lots of talent in town, bumping into a pair of relatively new faces got the juices flowing.

Arsalan Kazemi, PF, Houston Select – There's no question we had the incorrect evaluation of him coming out of the Reebok All-American Camp. Defined by hustle and determination, this is one hard playing forward. The Iranian prospect can shot it enough to keep defenses honest. What was really impressive was how he raised his play in end of game situations.

Though his team lost one in double OT, Kazemi literally kept them in it. With 9 ticks left in the first OT he got a steal and made a free throw to extend the game. In the second extra session he had more free throws and an appeared to register the game-winning block before Peyton Siva snuck in the game-winning hoop on a contested drive.

Matt Vogrich, SG, Full Package – We heard the rumors and now we've seen the player. He stroked five 3-pointers in the game we saw, went off the dribble and then capped the day off by telling us he's got a big ACT score. There's a striking resemblance in appearance to Coby Karl and Matt Causey. The question is: can he be the same late-bloomer Karl once was? Mid-majors have pretty much conceded him and now its just a matter of who steps up with the offer. It's over 100 degrees here and Vogrich is white hot.

Tyler Honeycutt, SF, Pump ‘n Run – Since initially seeing him in May, Honeycutt's a different player. He exudes more confidence. What's not to like? He'll block shots and has plenty of offensive diversity. His ceiling is high and he's a weight room away from making good on his promise.


Vogrich's Status Rising
Anthony Marshall, SG, Las Vegas Prospects – His club put a hurting on EBO and Marshall led the charge with 13 points. However, as we've said before, he's all about stuffing the stat sheet. An explosive athlete, Marshall went up in traffic on one possession and dunked one on the other side of the rim. Some programs are hesitant to move because they simply can't figure out how to best use him.

Milos Knezevic, PF, Marcus Banks – The Bradley commitment projects as a reliable mid-major player. With Jim Les looking on, Knezevic made his 3s and competed hard in the second half. Strong Serbian kid who has some Ilian Evtimov in his game.

Mat Piotrowski, C, Gym Rats – This young man needs a redshirt year to reach his max potential. Having said that, he's 7-foot-1 and his father is a former NBA player. He's got a brother that is Class of 2011 and already a 6-9 wing prospect. His team played the first game in the main gym at the adidas Super 64 so a lot of coaches saw the layup line and stayed around to check him out. He's a big time student who bears more watching.

Peyton Siva, PG, Seattle Rotary – On the final possession Siva took care of business. Down a point in double OT he headed for the cup and scored a tough bucket (over Kazemi) to win at the buzzer. He had been up and down throughout the game, which made his confident drive all the more impressive.

Jordin Mayes, PG, Pump ‘n Run Power – It didn't take long to recognize that one of the best point guards in the country was on the floor. Tremendous pace, feel and ability to get in the paint. He's got all the tricks from the floater to the vision and there's no reason to think he can't be among the best at his position nationally.

Jayvaughn Pinkston, PF, New Heights – He's the AAU equivalent of a freight train. Since early July we have not seen another player get after with the intensity he projects. He's best in transition when he can run the floor, point himself and the hoop and hunt the ball. There was a possession where he snatched a rebound and went coast-to-coast that seemed to define his style and hard-charging approach. Pinkston had 17 versus Pump Power.

Josh Smith, C, Seattle Rotary – With big guys all you really want to see is steady improvement and once again Smith demonstrated that with ease. Incredibly soft hands yield tough catches and big finishes. He's beginning to think dunk when he can. The pieces continue to come together and it won't be long before the puzzle is finished. Major college head coaches can't see enough of him.

Tony Wroten, PG/SG, Seattle Rotary – You can't lose sight of the fact that he's competing in the oldest division with only a year of high school ball under his belt. Uncanny vision and shot making ability are his trademarks. He'll see a play and finish it off with a great pass. While his perimeter shot can flatten out that's nitpicking the overall package. One of the elite prospects in his class and he's at the head of the group.

We'd heard this was going to happen and apparently it has. Vander Joaquim is no longer property of San Diego. He's headed to Nebraska. "It happened two weeks ago," Joaquim said. …

There's an available 6-11+ big man in this event. Team Puerto Rico's Jorge Diaz is qualified and ready to go this fall. Nebraska, VCU and Iowa State are in the mix and he's got a chance to be a player. … The best deal in Vegas is at McDonald's. Can you say $.54 vanilla cones? Now that's hitting the jackpot! …

I-Can's Jules Montgomery is 6-9 and has range. He's an intriguing forward. … Daniel Alexander of D-I Ambassadors has height and perimeter touch. The 2010 forward is a weapon behind the line. … Credit Sherrod Wright of the Playaz. He's been solid throughout the AAU season and is at the point where some Big East schools have to take a hard look at him because of his toughness. … Didn't see the game but Derrick Favors apparently came up big against Indiana Elite One in a super pool game. …

It was great to see Erik Williams for the first time post-injury. Sporting a sleeve on his knee, Williams showed the stroke is intact as he works his way back to full strength. …

Mat Piotrowski has an offer from Nebraska. His father played at LaSalle. St. Joe's demonstrated interest as has Stanford. Duke, Virginia and Wake Forest placed calls. … Matt Vogrich indicated his hardest pursuers are Georgia Tech and Northwestern. Michigan, UCLA, Stanford, Virginia and Notre Dame are interested and he can play for all of them. … Honeycutt likes Arizona State, UCLA and Southern Cal; each has offered. …

Sherrod Wright indicated offers from Xavier, Southern Cal, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, Virginia and Massachusetts. … Anthony Marshall has offers from San Diego, James Madison and Baylor (his newest pursuers). UCLA, Arizona State and Southern Cal are looking with lots more doing the same. … Kazemi has offers from Nebraska, Seton Hall, Oklahoma State, Missouri and Rice. Memphis, West Virginia and Syracuse are looking this week. …

Jordin Mayes is hearing from Stanford, UNLV, Arizona, San Diego, Washington, Washington State, Kansas and UCLA. …

Head coaches in the crowd for Vogrich & Daniel Alexander: Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Arizona, UCLA, Wake Forest, Colorado, Northwestern, Baylor, Oregon State. … Tyler Honeycutt drew Herb Sendek and Ben Howland. … Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez was tracking Kazemi. … Talented 2011 wing Damien Leonard drew South Carolina's Darrin Horn and Clemson's Oliver Purnell. …


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