Las Vegas: Day Four, Part A

LAS VEGAS – The events aren't as strong out in Vegas as they once were. Nevertheless, we were on the grind looking and wouldn't you know we ran into 2012's Amile Jefferson who made it all worth the trip.

Alex Dragicevich, SF, Full Package: He's improved his body and his game since the spring. Competitive guy with a jump shot. He'll get what he wants on the high-major level and is beginning to rope in more offers this month.

Jayvaughn Pinkston, Beast, New Heights: We'll let him pick what position he wants to be classified under OR we can create a new one: beast. He's a heavyweight boxer who's nimble, confident and frankly scares the daylights out of guys when he bulrushes the rim. No idea he was that good of a passer.

Cady Lulane, PF/C, Fla. Rams: One of those guys who appears to get a shade taller each time he takes the court. He's got big feet and if he keeps getting taller then he could be one of those late blooming "where'd he come from" recruits. At the highest level he's a bit of a risk but at the same time you take him, coach ‘em up and he could be a very nice player. Competed hard in the Rams final playoff game. Got on the glass, was effective around the bucket. Has a long, wiry frame and generally stays active.

Ryan Boatright, PG, Derrick Rose: He's got the green light on his team and he's not afraid to let it fly. Wired up to score and he's a maker behind the arc. Wants the ball when it's on the line. Size (5-10) becomes an issue at the highest level as he had his shot blocked on his way to the rim. Next step is playing at different speeds and using his ability as a passer to create for others.

Amile Jefferson, SF, Team Philly 15: Summer's almost over and that means it'll be time to produce our Top 10 list of rising sophomores. Jefferson's more than qualified to make the cut. He's pushing 6-7 and has a ton of upside and tools to work with. Great mix of inside/outside ability, handles it and he's got a motor that runs high. One of the best underclassmen in Vegas. Plus, he's young at heart. After a big playoff win, tucked under each arm where blue and pink stuffed animals that he won on the strip. This kid's fun to be around.

Ashton Pankey is incrementally improving. The body is there, now it's about the desire to fulfill the potential. … Calvin Godfrey of D-Harris was a beast today. Lived on the glass and thunder dunked what he could. Won a head to head with Keith Davis of Urban DFW. … Niko Roberts helped his team with a ¾ court heave to send a game into its 3rd overtime; they eventually won. Roberts is the son of St. John's coach Norm Roberts. … Also watched sons of Portland GM (K.J. Pritchard) and Kansas head coach (Tyler Self) in the afternoon play for KC Pump ‘n Run. …

Houston Hoops big man Jeremy King (2012) has a chance. … Loved Chris Harrison-Docks of Indiana Elite. Good handle, nice quicks and a good passer. Son of a former Kentucky player and a good one in 2012. …

Dragicevich has offers from Notre Dame, Xavier and maybe Oregon State and Wake Forest to go with Utah, Rhode Island, Loyola and Miami-OH. … Cady Lulane said South Carolina and VCU are coming the strongest. Ole Miss, George Mason, Iowa, LaSalle, Georgia and Auburn have offered as well. … Keith Davis said TCU was coming the hardest after him. Marquette, Texas, Florida and Oklahoma State were mentioned. …

Pinkston's morning crowd: Bruce Pearl, Travis Ford and Big East assistants. Most head coaches moved onto Orlando. … Keith Davis drew the full Texas Tech staff, Ford and Stan Heath plus numerous assistants from Texas, TCU and others. …


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