Vegas: Day Two, Part B

LAS VEGAS – John Wall and Ryan Kelly had big days as D-One Sports scored a major upset then followed it up with a knockout in the Create ‘n Finish championship at Reebok.

John Wall & Ryan Kelly, D-One Sports – One of the things missing on Wall's resume was big wins. In Vegas, he's taking scalps. After springing the upset of Team Breakdown, Wall & Co. survived to win the Create ‘n Finish Cup by defeating Triple Threat in OT. Wall scored 26, including 14-for-16 from the line to 9 boards and 11 dimes. Against Breakdown, Wall had 23, 11 and 8 assists.

Kelly, meanwhile, was on the top of his game and showed new facets. Fresh off the trip with USA Basketball to Argentina, he's been strong in Vegas. Using his left hand was well as his right, the skill level was on display in a big way. Here's the kicker: colleges sent their complete staffs to see him. The following programs had a head coach and two assistants in attendance for the nightcap: Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Georgetown, Virginia, Davidson and Wake Forest. UNC sent Roy Williams and an assistant and Stanford was repped by Johnny Dawkins. Vanderbilt, Notre Dame and North Carolina State followed him to Argentina where he was coached by McKillop and Thompson.

Derrick Favors vs. Vander Joaquim – This was a dousy. Favors finished with 21 points and Vander 9. Both guys looked better on the defensive side of the ball. Favors picked up 2 fouls early that hampered his aggression. Meanwhile, Joaquim took advantage and more than held his ground at both ends. Watching Favors compete against a player bigger than him was interesting. As the second half grinded down, Favors found his mojo as a shot blocker and exerted himself defensively; it wasn't enough to stem the Pump ‘n Run victory.

Tyler Honeycutt, SF, Pump ‘n Run – His 15 points against the Celtics included some key trifectas. He's definitely coming into his own and you can sense the urgency and confidence in his game. When he needed a bucket, the thin forward dove and posted up revealing all you need to know about his competitive spirit.

Jon Ekey, SF/PF, KC Pump – Size is a premium and when you're multi-positional at 6-foot-7 AND have a jumper, people notice. He's a mid-major weapon who is always ready to shoot. By day's end, plenty of higher-level programs were marking him down as a must-see kid in the desert.

Elijah Johnson, SG, LV Prospects – Of all the guys in the class, he's easily amongst the most difficult to figure out. Hedge your bets on him being a combo in college. Right now he's always the most athletic guard on the floor and gives it to you in flashes. Whether it's a strong pass or an athletic blow by, he makes sure he shows it to you. He wasn't on the roster, but when he showed up with the Prospects the crowd thickened.

Maalik Wayns, PG, Team Philly – We didn't see the whole game but the last few minutes were a microcosm of what makes him special. He got tough hoops and there was no doubt who the leader of his team was. Raising Champions couldn't guard him and he wasn't about to let a win slip away. Chalk up 25 points for the Villanova-bound general.

Junior Cadougan, PG, Grassroots Elite – The Marquette pledge got himself into the paint and pounded his opponent as Canada's finest cruised in a back gym game over Gateway.


WSU's Simon
Patrick Simon, SF, E. Washington Elite – Washington State's first 2010 pledge opened the tournament by scoring 36. We caught him on an off night in a pool play game where he went 6-for-22 from the field without a trademark trifecta. It was a rough night that wasn't indicative of the player that was first-team all-state for the state champions. Young for his classification, Simon is a 6-foot-8 forward who can play the small spot and potentially check a four man.

Tristan Thompson & Dwight Powell, Grassroots – There was a block party hosted by Powell and Gateway was invited. He made it tough on Tyler Griffey to get good looks. Powell is an excellent big man who runs the floor gracefully. Meanwhile, Thompson gave you a taste of his talents and explosion inside.

J.T. Terrell, SG, D-One – When John Wall is your point guard you have to be ready to shoot. Off the penetration and kick Terrell was the big benefactor and he made the most of his chances scoring 20 points on 6-for-9 shooting behind the line.

Maurice Creek, SG, Triple Threat – He's been one of the best guards since the camps ended and team play kicked back up. Triple Threat needs his points and he's delivering the goods. He accounted for 25 against D-One. Teammate Erik Green played the best we've seen in a while and scored 21; Chris Braswell hit for 20 and 11.

Austin Carroll shot it extremely well vs. KC Pump ‘n Run. Finally healthy, Carroll was ready to let it fly and they found bottom in the morning. … Anthony Marshall repeated an excellent performance of yesterday. A few too many jumpers, but overall the same stat-stuffing kind of effort you come to expect. … Trae Golden of the Celtics is playing better out in Vegas after a sluggish spring and summer. … Kendall Williams turned in his best game of the event with 20 points against the Celtics. Junior counterpart Trae Golden added 19 of his own. … Myck Kabongo keeps getting better and better. One of the elite PGs in 2011, his shot was on point today. …

Jon Ekey lists offers from Santa Clara, Drake, Wichita State and Missouri State. Each school had its head coach present for his first game of the day. … Jordan Williams counts offers from St. John's, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Providence and Xavier. Georgetown is looking. … Austin Carroll sports offers from Rhode Island, Holy Cross, Fairfield, Colorado and Xavier. …

Elijah Johnson indicated Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and UNLV were chasing him the hardest. Each has offered. … Kadeem Coleby lists Louisiana Tech, Pittsburgh and Minnesota as his favorite three schools. … Dwight Powell counts Marquette, Penn State, Florida, Villanova and Southern Cal as some of his early favorites. … Myck Kabongo has offers from Wake Forest, Texas, Florida, Rutgers and Louisiana Tech. …

Buzz Williams watched Junior Cadougan. … Rick Barnes took in Tristan Thompson's game. … Louisiana Tech sent its entire staff to see Kadeem Coleby. … Paul Hewitt and Dennis Felton were the head coaches for Derrick Favors against Pump ‘n Run. Hearing its likely to come down to Georgia Tech, Georgia and North Carolina State. …

"I watched him make eight 3-pointers. I've got a revolver to my forehead right now."

  • A dejected mid-major assistant after watching the continued blow-up of Matt Vogrich

    Explain this one. In Vegas, McDonald's vanilla cones are $.54. Merely 5 miles away in Henderson they jack up the price to $1.28. Now, I'm no math major but getting two cones downtown is better than driving out to the suburbs for one. In fairness to Henderson, its joint cranked out one of the top 10 cones of all-time. … Happy 40th birthday to Florida assistant Rob Lanier. It was not a milestone he was looking forward too. …


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