Tristan Thompson vs James Johnson: This was a really good matchup. Johnson, a noted worker, made Thompson earn his chances around the rim and played outstanding defense on the future Longhorn. However, Thompson began putting fouls on his counterpart and eventually banished him to the bench with foul trouble. Without Johnson to man the wall, Thompson got loose inside and did plenty of damage. Tristan stayed aggressive and played well. Johnson rebounded at a high level and dropped a lefty hook in traffic for his best move. Thompson finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, a block and a charge taken. Johnson had 9 points and six rebounds in 16 minutes.
Bryce Jones, SF/SG, Compton Magic: The most impressive performance of the day was a 30-pointer against Houston. Where'd he come from? Well, a transfer rule kept him out of action last season so he's just been working it on the circuit. He'll win over more admirers after this week should the hits continue. He carried Compton and looked good doing it.
Carson Desrosiers, C, Mass Rivals: Love this guy. One of the few kids in the class with legitimate 6-foot-10 size. He's got a bright future as a prospect and player. Scored 14 points, had 18 rebounds and six blocks. He's not strong enough to finish everything inside but that will come. He does all the little things like closeout on shooters and finish off his box outs. He's beginning to get aggressive and he's a guy with significant upside.
Trevor Releford, PG, KC Pump ‘n Run: We love guys who keep improving and Releford's star has been on the rise since late in the spring. He's got elite speed and we haven't seen anyone keep him or Joe Jackson out of the paint. Unfortunately, an injury to Ricky Kreklow means he's got a lot on his plate. Pump ‘n Run lost both games on the opening day.
Kevin Noreen, PF, Minn. Pump ‘n Run: Our first look at the future B.C. Eagle. If you stare at him long enough you can convince yourself that he looks like a thinner Bill Curley. Noreen's not overly athletic and he's working on a bad wheel so he craftiness is the order of the day for him.
Terrell Stoglin, CG, Pump ‘n Run Elite: With the entire Maryland staff on hand watching, the lefty went about the business of getting buckets. Stoglin is wired up to score and showed that he can become a drive and pitch guard. Can dial it up from deep. Wants to go fast and he can tighten up his shot selection. Chalk up 18 points on 4-for-11 from the field and 4-for-6 from downtown.
Anthony Brown, SF, So Cal AS: His first half in Vegas was laced with turnovers as his club trailed at the break to PAL of DE. The second half resembled more of the prospect we know him to be as Brown stroked a few 3s and got on the glass. His rebounding sets him apart from others at his position and makes him a valuable long term prospect at the highest level.
Josh Ritchart, PF, Team Superstar: There was a sizable crowd in the building to evaluate him and unfortunately he didn't have a very good game. Scored two points in 17 minutes and grabbed four rebounds. Definitely a skilled, face up man. Tough game to have a misfire.
Matt Korcheck, PF, Tucson Pump ‘n Run: With the lack of inside guys nationally, Korcheck begs to be evaluated at the strong mid level and even higher level schools. He's a good athlete who fell behind to Desrosiers in the first half but fought back in second to put together a nice stat line: 23 points, 9-14 field goals, three rebounds. Not a bonafide high-major yet but a guy that will get his share of looks.
Ge-Lawn Guyn, SG/PG, Ind. Elite Fox: Best player on the floor in his game. He's that attacking style lead guard that will thrive at Charlotte under Bobby Lutz. BTW, the 49ers had the entire staff in attendance watching him. Very quick into his scoring moves and he's got plenty of them.
Myck Kabongo, PG, Grassroots Canada: It's not fair to put he and Cory Joseph in the same backcourt. The Canadians aren't playing nice when they act with hostility toward their friends to the south! Kabongo was super against Pump. His speed is a load and he's gained confidence in his jumper. He's simply too quick and getting stronger.
Sheldon McClellan, SG, Houston: Stud. The jumper is so pretty. We'll put his stroke right up there with the elites. Right now he makes it look like the game comes a little too easy. In time, he'll be comfortable being more aggressive and his game will take another leap. For now, he's an easy Top 25 player in his class.
Angelo Chol, PF/C, So Cal AS: Drew a big opening game crowd as far as head coaches are concerned. Excellent finisher, gets his hands on a lot of balls and keeps involved in a ton of plays. He's a workingman's big man.
Juanya Green, SG, Team Philly: He's got one of those strong albeit undersized scoring guards' bodies. This was the best we've seen him play since the spring and Team Philly used all of his 17 points.
Liked Koery Thielke as a potential mid-level shooting guard off Team Superstar. … Allen Crabbe was shooting from Reno and making them. One college coach called him a better James Dews and that's a great call. … Leslie Smith of Houston Swoosh Select is a native of Tortolla in the Caribbean. He's a strong athlete with mid-major ability at the four spot. … The guy missing from the Team Philly roster is power forward Eric Copes, a 2011 kid out of Imhotep Charter. Not too shabby either. …
Here's why this is a tough month. Ricky Kreklow is a guy that is sitting on the mid to high fence. Now, colleges are trying to evaluate and recruit him. However, he's injured and making a reliable evaluation on a guy that isn't healthy doesn't benefit either party. … Brady Heslip of Grassroots Elite is a weapon. He's smart, a good passer and a bombardier from the outside. Good college basketball player for sure. … Walked out of the gym early last night but Terone Johnson was in the middle of giving the business to the Compton Magic. …
Anthony Brown has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford, Washington, Cal and UCLA. He plans on visiting Washington, California and Stanford in August. … Desrosiers has 2-3 schools in his first tier but he ain't telling. The list: Wake Forest, Syracuse, Arizona State, Marquette, Stanford, Providence and Georgia Tech. He's been everywhere but Wake and Tech. … Matt Korcheck has offers from Utah State, Northern Arizona and Weber State. Arizona State and UTEP are looking. Both sent head coaches. …
Bryce Jones has offers from Oregon State, Washington State, USC, Arizona and Arizona State. … Leslie Smith has interest from Tulane, McNeese State and Oklahoma State. … Jon Horford said Michigan State and Florida have offered and are his hardest pursuers. … Juanya Green said head coaches from Villanova, Temple, Maryland and St. Joe's have offered. …
Watching Ritchart were head coaches from Iowa State, Nevada and Utah. Stanford and a whole bunch of mid assistants were there. … Head coaching gallery for Chol: Bill Self, Paul Hewitt, Lorenzo Romar, Herb Sendek, Anthony Grant, Billy Donovan. Assistants from North Carolina and UCLA. … Head coaches for Desrosiers: Sendek, Dino Gaudio, UNLV's Lon Kreuger and Providence's Keno Davis. …
The entire Vanderbilt staff was on hand for Dwight Powell's game. Gotta love the full staff situations in July. Harvard and Stanford, according to those involved, are strong. … Brady Heslip sports offers from Brown, Rice, Fairfield and Toledo. Boston College, Miami and Cincinnati are looking. …