Pump Spring Classic: Day Two

LAS VEGAS – It's a good day when the word on the streets matches with the eye test. Since the state championship run in California, Norman Powell's been on a tear and it continued Saturday.


Jon Loyd, PG, LV Prospects: This week, he'll decide between Northwestern and George Washington. Either school will be happy to sign him. Loyd's a winning guy who will galvanize a defense. Once he came into the game, the tone changed, the Prospects locked up and were off to the races. We see him as a marginal scorer in college but a huge assist man and defensive menace.

Norman Powell, SG, San Diego AS Gold: For us, he was the biggest revelation so far. A shade over 6-foot-2, Powell can attack and finish like Michael Snaer and defend with the intensity of Russell Robinson. An explosive leaper, Powell led Lincoln to the state championship. His explosiveness could lead him into our Top 100. He's a good shooter (because he can separate and elevate) to mid-range but behind the arc his stroke flattens and that's an area he can boost.

Angelo Chol, PF, Dream Vision: The biggest change in Chol since last year is his post game development. In addition to being a great offensive rebounder, he's now brandishes a hook shot he's comfortable and confident with. He's patient in the post and hawks rebounds.

Spencer Dinwiddie, PG, Pump: The club was best with him leading the way. He's a baby-faced member of the Class of 2011 whose best days should come in college. He's got nice feel and pace to his game but physically he's going to need time. As the summer progresses, he could straddle that mid to high fence depending on how many big west coast schools go point guard hunting.

Shabazz Muhammad, SF, Dream Vision: One of the best wing prospects in his class went to work on improving his jumper and the results are noticeable. Muhammad is stroking it behind the line and with confidence. At the end of the day, he's a guy with fast twitch muscles that knows how to play.

Xavier Johnson, SF, Pump Elite: Before missing the entire second half with an ankle injury, Johnson did chin-ups on the rims at Bishop Gorman. He brought all kinds of energy into the building to the point where he missed a 3-pointer and followed up with his own tip dunk. He's a high-level lefty athlete with a respectable jumper.

Brynton Lemar, PG, San Diego AS: Nothing better than watching an ultra quick, competitive freshman point guard. Depending on the development of his body, we can see him somewhere on the mid-to-high-major continuum.

UNLV's Henry Buckley is a raw power forward prospect that may take a prep year to boost his test score. He runs and rebounds for the Prospects. … One of the best athletes we've seen this spring is Pump's Amir Garrett. The wing explodes at the rim. … Dream Vision has stars in Winston Sheppard and Muhammad but it also sports two glue guys in the backcourt. Alex Perez and Evan Roqamore are smooth combo guards. … San Diego Lincoln's Nate Massey will either venture the juco route or prep school. He could be a late developing frontcourt player down the road. …

Loyd will pick between Northwestern and George Washington this week. … Unsigned senior point guard Brandon Jefferson of Lewisville High in Texas has interest from Boise State. … Dinwiddie has offers from Harvard and St. Mary's. UCLA and Washington are looking. … Alex Perez has San Diego and Santa Clara keeping an eye on him. … Norman Powell has offers from San Diego State and Fresno State. San Diego, California, Arizona State, UTEP and Arizona are on him. …

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