Las Vegas, West Coast: Day One

Jordan Railey, Terrence Jones and Nick Johnson were among the players we saw in the first day of action in Las Vegas...

Las Vegas, Nev. We spent the first day of Las Vegas week at the GBOA Challenge of Champions and the Adidas Super 64 tournament…

Terrence Jones, 6-7 PF Portland (Ore.) Jefferson. Jones had a very productive game in a blowout win for his I-5 team. His body looks a little leaner than it did the last time we saw him and he's moving better as well. He's certainly got very good ball skills for a four man, but not sure how those ball skills translate at the next level (most college teams don't let the opposing four man drive from 25 feet away to the hoop for a lay-up). Outside shot is fairly accurate, but a slow release will need to be fixed at the next level.

Stephen Holt, 6-2 PG Portland (Ore.) Jesuit. Holt only took a couple shots in the blowout win and he certainly pays a price for playing with Jones (who dominates the ball). Stat scouts won't get Holt because he doesn't put up big numbers, but the body, athleticism, feel and skill level are all there for a high major player.

Jordan Railey, 6-9 C Beaverton (Ore.) High. Railey was extremely impressive Wednesday, as he showed a nice touch facing up to 15-17 feet. He also posted up strong several times and scored inside a couple times. Railey looks young and his body is still evolving. But he's got a very good frame, he moves well for a young post and there is considerable upside here. It may take awhile, but he projects as a high major player down the road.

Kyle Collinsworth, 6-5 SF Prove (Utah) High. Collinsworth isn't a big-time athlete, but he's a solid basketball player. Good skill level, very good feel for the game and a good competitor. Shot is better off the bounce than catch.

Stephen Madison, 6-5 SF Vancouver (Wash.) Prairie. Tough and competitive wing with a very nice stroke to the stripe. He's not a particularly explosive athlete, but Madison is a gamer and he makes solid decisions.

Nick Johnson, 6-1 SG Gilbert (Ariz.) Highland. Johnson is a very bouncy prospect with a nice stroke to the stripe, but he's not a point guard. Defensive intensity was just fair in the game I watched and he could have issues trying to defend quicker guards. Handle is solid for a two guard, but not where it needs to be to play the one at a high level.

Norvel Pelle, 6-8 PF Compton (Calif.) Dominguez. Pelle had another game where his teammates failed to get him many low post touches, but he showed off his incredible quickness for his size on several occasions. He gets off the floor very quickly (one reason he's such a good shot blocker) and he'll eventually be a very good rebounder when he adds bulk and strength.

Jordan Railey said he's hearing from St. Mary's, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Portland, Portland State, Washington State, Eastern Washington, Utah State, Nevada, Colorado St., Minnesota and Pacific. He said Portland, Portland State, Eastern Washington and Pacific have offered.

Stephen Holt said Arizona and UCLA have been showing some interest lately, with Washington State, St. Mary's, Portland, Utah, Stanford, San Diego State, Boise State and Utah State also in the mix. He said Portland, Utah, San Diego State, Boise State and Utah State have offered.

Boise State assistant coach Andy McClouskey was tracking the I-5 game intently, as the Broncos are recruiting Jordan Railey, Stephen Madison, Lonnie Hosley and Garrett Jackson.

Coaches from USC and Washington were on hand to watch Norvel Pelle in the morning game Tuesday.

Terrence Jones had UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington and Cal coaches at his game.


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