Las Vegas: Day 1, Part A

LAS VEGAS -- It didn't take long for the action to get rolling in Las Vegas. Brandon Ashley, Ricardo Gathers and Adonis Thomas were among the top performers during day one.

Erik Copes, PF, Team Philly – An active and aggressive 6-foot-8, 220-pound big man, Copes turned some heads during Team Philly's morning game. He gets after it on both ends, run the floor looking to score and showed a right jump hook in the post. On the defensive end he was just as aggressive and was active blocking shots. George Washington got a flat out steal with this one.

John Johnson, PG/SG, Team Philly – While Copes was doing damage in the post for Team Philly, Johnson, a Pittsburgh commit, was the guy on the perimeter getting it done. Despite the loss, Johnson got to the rim at will. He has a terrific first step and is crafty attacking the basket. Once in the lane he'll use his body to shield the defenders and he proved he could score through contact.

Jarrod Uthoff, PF, Iowa Barnstormers – Uthoff, who is fresh off a commitment to Wisconsin, showed some ability in the Barnstormers loss to one of the Belmont Shore squads. At 6-foot-8, Uthoff has a long, lean frame and moves up and down the floor fairly well. He needs to spend a little more time in the paint, but he does have a good set of hands and is capable of facing up for jumpers.

Adonis Thomas, SF, Memphis Magic – Easily one of the best performers of the day was this 6-foot-6 wing. He spent the first period in Germany playing for his country and he said that's helped his growth tremendously as a player. A high level athlete, Thomas was great in transition and he's a guy that hits the offensive glass. He also mixed in a three-pointer and showed terrific feel in a blow out win over the Texas Blue Chip White squad.

Myck Kabongo vs Tony Wroten – Two of the better guards in the country did battle on Thursday and while each had their moments, we'll call the match up a draw. Wroten tried to get into Kabongo's head by getting physical and talking a little trash. The attempt didn't work. Kabongo has a terrific feel, can get to the rim, especially when he attacks the left side and he's a great passer. Wroten, on other hand, was especially good in transition and liked Kabongo finished well around the rim.

Cezar Guerrero, PG, Belmont Shore – Due to injuries, it'd had been a while since I'd laid eyes on Guerrero. The 5-foot-11 speedy lead guard pushed the tempo every opportunity. A crafty ball handler, Guerrero slid his way through tight spaces, was good in pick and roll situations and finished well around the rim. The Huntington Park (Calif.) St. John Bosco product can get a bit wild at times, but he definitely has some talent.

DeAndre Daniels, PF, Belmont Shore – Fresh off an impressive spring, Daniels continued his strong play during the first day of the Fab 48. Through a stretch in the first half against California Supreme, Daniels knocked down a trio of threes, including one well behind the three-point line. A pretty good athlete, Daniels also corralled rebounds and threw dunk a monster tip dunk.

Bruce Barron, PG, Mac Irvin Fire – A late addition to the Fire, Barron, a 6-foot-1 lead guard, was a hot topic among college coaches on Thursday. He assumed the point guard duties for the Fire and did a fine job, creating for his teammates and making precise passes. He also mixed in a number of three-pointers, including a pair from well behind the three-point stripe.

Andre Hollins, SG, Memphis Magic – Through a pair of games at the Fab 48, Hollins has played quite well. His long-range shots were going down at a pretty good rate and his range extends a foot or two behind the stripe. The 6-foot-2 guard is a pretty good athlete that finishes well around the basket. Going forward we'd like to see him develop his mid-range game, but he's certainly playing better.

Christian Gore, PG/SG, Danny Granger Hurricanes – Just one glance during lay up lines drew us in to watch this 6-foot-3 combo guard. A pretty good athlete, Gore broke loose for a nice slam on the fast break, mixed in a three-pointer and made some plays. Now the El Paso (Tex.) Franklin standout does take a few plays off, but he's definitely a mid-major talent with high-level grades.

Jabari Brown, SG, Oakland Soldiers – Over the past year, Brown has raised his play to possible McDonald's All-American status. On Thursday against the Memphis Magic he played up to that level. A 6-foot-3 guard, Brown is a terrific shooter off the catch and his range extends well past the three-point stripe. Because of his strength, athleticism and lateral speed, he also has potential to be a very good defender at the next level.

Kevin Thomas, PF, Grassroots Canada – A number of high major coaches rolled into Bishop Gorman to see if Thomas, a 6-foot-8 athletic four-man, was good enough to play a their level. Many of them left thinking he had a chance. He's active on both ends, can step out and shoot jumpers to 21-feet and he gets up and down the floor well.

Ricardo Gathers, PF, New Orleans Ambassadors – There aren't many guys in the high school ranks that possess the kind of frame that Gathers does. A 6-foot-7, 235-pound chiseled big man, Gathers is physical inside and uses his body to gain positioning around the basket. He's also a pretty good athlete, who can get things done in transition, but he's also developing a pretty good mid-range jump shot.

J.P. Tokoto, SF, Wisconsin Playground – After struggling at the NBA Camp, many have been down on the 6-foot-6 wing. With that said, Tokoto still has quite a bit of talent and he showed that on Thursday during the first half against the Bad Boyz. A high level athlete, Tokoto is pretty good in transition and he's becoming a better passer when he attacks the basket. Tokoto also worked in a mid-range pull-up jumper in the first half. Tokoto finished with 25 points.

Brandon Ashley, PF, Oakland Soliders – In the late game against the Memphis Magic, Ashley, a 6-foot-9 post prospect, scored at will inside. He has great touch inside and has the ability to drop in jump hooks over either shoulder. A terrific athlete, Ashley moves up and down the floor with ease and he'll contest shots around the basket and majority of the time will get a piece. Every time I see him he seems to add a little more to his game. He's clearly an elite talent in 2012.

Cameron Golden, PG, Memphis Magic – Despite his slight frame and lack of strength, Golden made a big impact in the Magic's game against the Oakland Soldiers. The southpaw out of Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway shot the ball well from deep and mixed in some crafty drives to the rim.

Adonis Thomas listed Memphis, Tennessee, Ohio State, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Florida, UCLA, North Carolina, Duke and Kentucky. He said all had offered but UNC and Duke.

Ricardo Gathers claims scholarship offers from Alabama, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas, Memphis and California.

Bruce Barron said he has interest from Oklahoma State, Illinois, Purdue, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Oregon, Marquette, Wyoming and DePaul.

Andre Hollins claims interest from Stanford, Harvard, Auburn, Mississippi, Cincinnati, Miami, Penn, Memphis, Alabama, Butler and Florida State. He said he wants to visit Stanford in August.

Kevin Thomas has offers from Wake Forest, Marquette and Arkansas. He also mentioned Connecticut, Clemson and N.C. State.

LeBryan Nash and Keaton Miles didn't get a ton of minutes for the Dallas Mustangs in the Fab 48, as they are playing in two events. But they brought them back from down nearly 20 points. Akil Johnson, of Bad Boyz, had a solid game against the Playground Warriors. The 6-foot-7 big man played hard and was active around the rim. Nino Johnson is a guy to keep an eye. He's closing in on 6-foot-8 and he's a pretty good athlete. Bruce English, a 6-foot-1 stocky combo guard out of , is a solid athlete that can get to the rim. He put together a solid outing for the Belmont Shore Gold squad. Deondre Mcwhorter, a 6-foot-7 post prospect for the Derek Smith All-Stars, is a solid athlete with a strong frame. He was active on the defensive end during their first game. Louisville commit Wayne Blackshear had a solid day. He's a terrific scorer, but he also mixed in some nice passes in transition. Jernard Jarreau, a 6-foot-10, 195-pound big man, gets up and down the floor well and can also step out and shoot jumpers. He lacks strength, but still was able to get it done. Charles Lee put on a shooting display during the morning game. Although he's small at 5-foot-8, he's very quick and handles the ball quite well. Mark Brown put together a strong second half knocking down a couple of threes and a pull-up jumper.


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