Las Vegas: Day Four, Part A

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The three big tournaments in Vegas are starting to wind down, as a number of teams were knocked out and sent home on Friday.

The Seattle Rotary Select versus Grassroots Canada game was supposed to be a big time match up between the top two bigs in the 2010 class -- Tristan Thompson and Josh Smith. But Tony Wroten stole the show.

Wroten, of Seattle (Wash.) Garfield, picked up majority of his 31 points off of deep three-pointers. Although he did knock down some spot-up jumpers, majority of his triples were off the bounce. He's got a quick crossover and often times uses a hesitation move to get by defenders.

The 6-foot-3 guard is also quite the athlete. He threw down a pair of impressive dunks in Seattle Rotary's loss to Grassroots Canadas. The first was a tom-a-hawk slam on the baseline. The second, which was the most impressive of the two, he drove baseline, double pumped in the air and slammed a two-hander.

At first glance the 2011 class appears to be loaded and Wroten is right at the top. There aren't many prospects on the west coast that can score like him, regardless of class.

Unfortunately the match up between Tristan Thompson and Josh Smith never really materialized. Thompson only received one touch on the block the entire game, and Smith didn't have many more than that. Thompson scored 11 points, while Smith recorded 15.

Elijah Johnson, PG/SG, Las Vegas Prospects – Carrying over from his tremendous outing yesterday, Johnson showed flashes against KC Pump N' Run. The super athletic guard prospect finished strong at the rim and buried a handful of three-pointers as he led the Prospects to a convincing win over the Pump N' Run squad.

Junior Cadougan, PG, Grassroots Canada – With his future head coach, Buzz Williams, looking on, Cadougan led his squad to a win over Seattle Rotary Select. His jumper is pure to 22-feet, but where he does majority of his damage is from mid-range, where he can pull-up on a dime and bury jumpers. Built with a strong frame, Cadougan knows how to use his body, especially when he attacks the rim. He went for 23 points in the win.

Chris Colvin, PG, Mac Irvin Fire – In a class that lacks point guards, it's nice to see one emerging as a quality high major lead guard. We love how hard he attacks the rim, as well as his toughness. Against Memphis Magic he went right at the opposition and showed that he could handle the ball under pressure.

Jordan McRae, SF, Atlanta Celtics 16's – After a slow start, McRae got it together, especially from mid-range. A tremendous athlete with a giant wingspan, McRae buried jumper after jumper from 12-18-feet. He's also a solid defender that remains active and will get his hands on a lot of shots. Despite the loss, McRae still dropped 33 points on the Michigan Mustangs.

David Williams, SF, Atlanta Celtics 16's – Playing a point-forward type role for the Celtics, Williams, of Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast, is effective as a playmaker. He's got great vision and is a terrific passer in the half court setting. Defensively he showed an ability to keep the opposition out in front and got in the passing lanes.

Marvel Harris, PF, Atlanta Celtics 16's – In the first half of the Celtics match up with the Mustangs, Harris held his own block party. The 6-foot-7 forward used his long arms and above average hops to swat everything that came near the paint. Although he didn't score a ton of points, he's a capable scorer inside and gets a lot of tip opportunities.

Josh Smith, C, Seattle Rotary Select – A load inside, Smith is tough for anyone to guard. He uses his size and strength to seal defenders and has good touch around the basket. Majority of his points came off of dunks against Grassroots Canada, but he was also a force on the defensive end, where he blocked at least a half dozen shots.

Joe Jackson, SG, Memphis Magic – Scoring comes easy to Joe Jackson. The 6-foot-1 guard can get to the rim, pull-up for mid-range jumpers or stroke deep threes with ease. He's got high-level athleticism and impressive speed. He does tend to get a little wild when he attacks the basket, but he's certainly a talent.

Darion Atkins, PF, MD Bulls – A 6-foot-7, 185-pound forward, Atkins proved to be a force inside by blocking shots and snagging rebounds. He scored it in the paint and showed a nice touch around the basket.

Deng Leek, C, Indiana Elite—Team Indiana – This was by far the best outing we've seen from the 7-footer. On the offensive end he kept the ball high and scored around the basket, even showing a right hook. Defensively he swatted a lot of shots and rebounded his area.

Jeremiah Davis, PG/SG, Indiana Elite—Team Indiana – He certainly didn't play his best game, but he was still quite effective in Team Indiana's morning win. At 6-foot-3, he's got good size for the point guard spot and he's crafty. On Saturday he did get a little loose with the ball and made some questionable decisions early in the contest, but as the game wore on he got better and his ability to score was ultimately the reason his squad got the victory.

Jordan Goodman, PF/SG, DC Assault Gold 15's –At 6-foot-8, possibly 6-foot-9, Goodman really impressed with his versatility and ability to move. He's a smoother operator that likes to work the baseline for put backs, but he's also capable of attacking off the bounce. He was active on both ends and challenged nearly every shot in the paint.

Kevin Johnson, C, California Supreme – A quick glance at Johnson and it's really hard to believe he'll be a sophomore this next season. He has a huge frame and is a load to handle around the basket. He works the paint for offensive put backs and displayed a nice set of hands. You'd be hard pressed to find a better post prospect on the west coast in the 2011 class.

Chris Colvin said he currently has scholarship offers from Kentucky, Florida State and USC. The plan is to take some visits and hash out a decision in November.

Jeremiah Davis already holds scholarship offers from Kentucky, Indiana and Ball State. He said he expects Purdue to offer when he gets home from Las Vegas.

Jordan Shanklin, of Bowling Green (Ky.) Warren Central, is a 2011 point guard prospect to keep an eye one. He's quick and has an impressive pull-up jumper. Quinn Cook is still injured and not playing. The talented lead man is one of the better sophomore-to-be guard prospects in the country. Marcellous Barksdale, of Lexington (Ky.) Tates Creek, had a good showing for Team Indiana. He's a strong guard prospect in the 2011 class. Brian Ford hit the shot of the day. As time expired he drained a half court shot to propel the DC Assault's second team, over their first. Chris Martin, of DC Assault 15's, is quite the scorer. He elevates on his jumpers and has good-looking form. Hanner Panera will be a freshman this coming season. He's headed to Culver (Ind.) Academy next season and is a big time athlete.

Matt Painter and an assistant from Ball State were on hand for Indiana Elite—Team Indiana's morning contest. Alex Guana drew Notre Dame and Michigan State. The Atlanta Celtics 16's had a big crowd. Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia State, Florida, Texas, LSU, Xavier, Georgia Tech and Clemson all took in the game. A number of former NBA players have been spotted in gyms around Las Vegas. Antoine Walker, Tim Hardaway and Juwan Howard were caught checking out games today. Demar DeRozan and Brandon Jennings also made appearances at one of the three big tournaments in Las Vegas.

The tournaments in Las Vegas are starting to wind down. At the Main Event, Houston Hoops will take on Drew Gooden Soliders on one side of the Platinum bracket and Mac Irvin Fire will match up with Calfornia Supreme.

Over at Foothill high school, where the RBK Summer Championships are being held, they have eight teams remaining in the "Open" division -- Houston Elite, Upstate Basketball, Worldwide Orange, D-One Sports, DC Triple Threat, Arizona Metro Elite, Northwest Panthers and Team Breakdown. The highlight will be the third match up of Kenny Boynton and Brandon Knight with Avery Bradley and Abdul Gaddy.

At the adidas Super 64, they have their 17's division cut down to down to four teams. Compton Magic and the Atlanta Celtics will go head-to-head in one semi-final, while Pump N' Run Elite and Grassroots Canada will match up in the other semi-final.


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