Dwight Smith, SF, Nebraska Bison Red – A recent commit to Colorado State, Smith, a 6-foot-3, possibly 6-foot-4 wing, aggressively attacked the basket against the Compton Magic. Equally efficient with both hands, Smith drove to the bucket on either side of the floor and used his strength and athleticism to score once in the paint. He didn't shoot many jumpers, so that may be an area of concern, but looks like a solid prospect for CSU.
Richard Solomon, PF, Compton Magic – Word spread among those in the know in California during the high school season that Solomon, a 6-foot-8 nearly 6-foot-9 post prospect, was on the rise. After watching him with the Compton Magic on Saturday, it's clear that he's established himself as a high major prospect.
The long, lean power forward runs the floor well, catches everything thrown his way and has nice touch around the basket. We especially liked his right jump hook on the left block, and that he's able to step away from the basket and knock down jumpers. As he continues to develop, strength is something he'll have to work out, but he's got a motor and contests shots on the defensive end. Solomon already has high majors dabbling with him, and as the springs rolls on offers are sure to start rolling his way.
Bryce Jones, SG/SF, Compton Magic – After sitting out varsity and being forced to the JV squad at Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft this past year, Jones, a 6-foot-5 wing, hit the circuit ready to prove he can play. On the second day of the Jayhawk Invitational he made that point loud and clear. A lengthy prospect with above average athleticism, Jones is a guy that can score in a variety of ways. Although he did knock in a three, his mid-range game appeared to be his strength, as he pulled up for jumpers on a number of occasions.
Allen Crabbe, SG, Compton Magic – In the first round of the playoffs Crabbe, a California commit, caught fire from long range. A great catch and shoot guy, Crabbe buried at least six three-pointers in a blow out win over the Pumas. Crabbe isn't just a jump shooter though, he'll mix it up some for rebounds and is capable of going off the bounce for buckets.
Harrison Barnes, SF, All-Iowa Attack – As hard as it is to score 35 points, it's even tougher to score a "quiet" 35, which is exactly what Scout.com's top ranked player did during the first round of the playoffs. After a solid, but low scoring first half, Barnes turned up the heat and attacked Ramey Basketball's off the bounce. He finished 10-for-15 from the field and knocked down 14 free throws in the playoff win.
Zach McCabe, SF/PF, All-Iowa Attack – Helping Barnes for the Attack is this 6-foot-6 forward that can really shoot it. In this one, McCabe knocked down timely jumpers, including a handful of three-pointers, but also made strong moves to the basket and finished at the rim. We think he's capable of playing both forward spots and projects as a pretty solid mid-level prospect.
Carlos Emory, SF, Minnesota Pump N Run – Apparently the built 6-foot-5 wing is originally a member of the class of 2009, but is reclassifying to 2010 and will do a year of prep school. Emory is an aggressive wing that uses his strength at the rim and gets there by bullying his way through the opposition. A high level athlete, Emory finished well above the rim, skied for rebounds and swatted a number of shots.
Gelaun Wheelwright, PG/SG, Compton Magic Elite – Although he doesn't play on the ball a ton for the Compton Magic and didn't play on the ball for his high school team this season, we like Wheelwright as a future high major point guard. Don't get it twisted, Wheelwright can really score, and at times he still has that mentality, but with his court vision, intangibles and ability to pass we think he's got a chance to be among the top floor generals in his class.
Wes Saunders, SF, Compton Magic Elite – Blessed with a great frame, Saunders, a 6-foot-5 wing, is a solid athlete that's capable of adjusting at the rim, but proved to be a decent long range shooter as well. In their playoff game against Texas Select, Saunders came alive by attacking the rim and using his mid-range game.
Jahii Carson, PG, Compton Magic Elite – In a match up with Texas Select, Carson had his was way with the guards from Texas. He's got an extra gear speed wise and seemed to be in the paint the entire game. Carson has a strong handle, and uses low, quick dribbles when attacking defenders. The 5-foot-10 lead guard shoots it well off the bounce and has a great floater once he gets in the lane.
Brad Beal, SG, St. Louis Eagles – We've seen this 6-foot-3 shooting guard be better, but Beal was still a presence when we saw them. Beal is an impressive scorer and goes about his business in a variety of ways. His mid-range pull-up jumper is on point, he's got great, consistent range on his outside shot and he's an athlete with great body control. Beal also moves very well without the ball and comes off screens ready to grip and rip.
Christian Kirk, PF, KC Pump N Run 16's – One of the better dunks of the day came from this 6-foot-7 power forward. Kirk received a drop off pass on the baseline and threw down a thunderous one-handed slam on a defender. He also ran the floor well and showed off a half hook on the block.
Isaiah Austin, C, Team Texas 2012 – Although he's young, Austin's name has made it's way around recruiting circles. College coaches have taken notice and he's become a priority recruit for schools in his region. After watching him Saturday afternoon the early attention is well warranted. Actually, Austin, a 6-foot-10 lengthy center, has the look of a guy that could potentially be dominant inside.
Offensively, he can face up for jumpers or score on the block, where he's developed a soft touch. Defensively he contests everything and is a major problem for the opposition. We hadn't seen it done in a while, but the freshman caught a shot out of the air against Next Level in pool play.
Kaleb Rodriguez, PF, Next Level – For much of the first half, Rodriguez, a 6-foot-8 freshman left us wanting him to do more. In the second half he showed a different side. Stepping out and knocking down jumpers is definitely his strength and he buried a handful of mid-range jumpers and a 22-footer. For such a young kid, he's got a pretty good skill set and the Colorado native looks like a promising prospect.
Elliott Eliason, of the Nebraska Bison Red, is a huge kid. Standing 6-foot-11, 240-pounds, the center is a solid looking mid-level big man. Damien Cain really works hard inside for rebounds and buckets. He's got a motor on him. Jahii Carson, a 2011 lead guard, is quick and elusive in the open court and has pretty good court vision. Alex Tiffin, a 2011 post prospect, has the look of a future mid-level prospect. He stands 6-foot-7 and checks in at 210-pounds. Nick Maynard, a 2012 prospect on Team Texas 2012, is strong and aggressive in the paint. He's good touch around the basket too. Kevin Norren has a nice skill set for the Minnesota Pump N Run squad. He scored it at the rim and showed a nice looking jumper. Derrick Brown, a 2010 lead guard on the Compton Magic 17's squad, showed a solid handle, decent speed and the ability to run a team. Freshman Jelon Hornbeck, of Texas Select, did all he could to keep Texas Select in it against the young Compton Magic squad in the first round of the playoffs. Hornbeck, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, showed a nice looking jumper. Alex Tiffin is going to be a great get at the mid-major level. The 6-foot-7 power forward that plays for the Compton Magic makes quick, strong moves inside and has good touch. Shaquille Boga, a 2011 lead guard, is quick