Best of Summer: Day One

Vegas is done and many of the West Coast teams have moved on to the Best of Summer. Victor Rudd shines on the first day and Jordin Mayes hits a game-winner...

Los Angeles, Calif. The Best of Summer is underway and we caught performances from Victor Rudd, Jordin Mayes and Angelo Chol on the first day of action…

Victor Rudd, 6-8 PF Van Nuys (Calif.) High. Rudd was dazzling on Sunday, showing off his high skill level and deep shooting range. When Rudd is content to just cast up threes, he's not that impressive. But when he attacks the basket, looks to post up, and shows off his considerable ball skills, he looks like an elite prospect. He needs to work harder on the defensive end, but Rudd has the tools to be a big-time player at the next level.

Andrew Bock, 6-0 PG Rialto (Calif.) Eisenhower. Bock showed deceptive quickness several times as the broke down the defense off the dribble. Shot needs to get better, but his feel for the position is excellent and he's a very good decision-maker.

Perris Blackwell, 6-7 C Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Etiwanda. The big-bodied post has come a long way in a year. Much improved scorer in the paint and body is getting better as well.

Rodney Black, 6-4 SG/SF Perris (Calif.) High. Black was all over the court yesterday, playing with great energy at both ends. He moves very well laterally and, with his length, has a chance to be a very good defender. He used to just be a shooter, but he's starting to figure out how to contribute in other ways. One of the better sleepers in the west.

Jordin Mayes, 6-1 PG Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester. Bring up his name to college coaches and the response is invariably, "I love him." Which isn't surprising since Mayes is one of the few guys out there that actually plays the game the way it's meant to be played. Great feel and a high skill level. Knocked down the winning shot with three seconds to go Sunday night against a good Puerto Rico team.

Terrence Jones, 6-7 PF Portland (Ore.) Jefferson. Jones has settled for way too many bad jumpers in the past week and it was good to see him get in the paint yesterday. He's got the length and size to play in the post and he converted on several opportunities yesterday.

Angelo Chol, 6-8 C/PF San Diego (Calif.) Hoover. Showed off his jump hook early in a game Sunday night and it no doubt caught the attention of the many coaches sitting around the court. A great-looking prospect, Chol is showing improvement every couple weeks that I see him. With continued development, he's going to be one of the elite players in the country for 2011.

There were rumors going around the gym that Michael Snaer had committed to Missouri, but he told me emphatically that it wasn't true. "Please clear that up -- I haven't committed anywhere," said Snaer.

Steven Bjornstad said he plans on taking unofficial visits to Santa Clara, Cal and Stanford on a Northern California tour in August. Utah State, Montana and Eastern Washington have offered, while Washington State, Washington and Boise State are all showing interest.

Anthony Marshall drew coaches from Nevada, Gonzaga, UNLV, USC and Miami for his game Sunday night.


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