Vegas: Day 2, Part A

LAS VEGAS -- Every year I take a day out of the Vegas schedule to check out underclassman. Saturday was the day. So be prepared for some new names!

Savon Goodman, SF, Team Philly – College coaches were buzzing about this 6-foot-5 forward after he dismantled the Mac Irvin Fire's loaded squad. Goodman is an energy guy that gets after it on both ends. He's a terrific finisher at the rim and knows how to use his body when he's attacking the basket. In this one he did a lot of finishing at the rim and a lot of finishing above it as he looked to throw one down at every opportunity. On the defensive end he has the potential to be a lock down defender and he's a guy that will go to the glass.

Amile Jefferson, PF, Team Philly – While Goodman was destroying in the first half, Jefferson waited until the second session to really turn his game up. A 6-foot-8 versatile four man, Jefferson finished in transition, faced up defenders in the half court and played with intensity. Despite his lanky frame, he's stronger than he looks and plays hard on both ends. Even Dwyane Wade, who was sitting court side, pointed out how talented Jefferson was.

Maverick Morgan, PF/C, Indiana Elite South – In a blowout affair, Morgan managed to catch our eye first because of his size. He stands a legit 6-foot-8 and checks in around 200-pounds. Morgan, a product of Springboro (Ohio) High, got up and down the floor well, caught everything thrown inside and finished with his right hand. He's definitely a guy to track as his high school career develops.

Mark Donnal, PF, Indiana Elite South – While Morgan was holding it down in the post, Donnal looked the part of a face up four man that liked to step out and attack or shoot mid-range jumpers. Donnal possesses solid athleticism and he showed that by slamming home an oop in traffic. He also finished well with his right hand around the basket and stepped out and buried an 18-footer.

Desmond Ringer, C, Atlanta Celtics 15's – For years the Atlanta Celtics have been pumping out big men. From Dwight Howard to Derrick Favors they always have a good big man prospect. For their 15's squad it's Ringer that fits the part. Now I'm not saying he's on par with Howard or Favors, but he has the look of a solid prospect. He's every bit of 6-foot-8, 225-pounds and has a thick frame with a set of long arms. Defensively he was a presence, while offensively he scored low in the paint and hit a turnaround 8-footer.

Johnathan Howard, PF, Atlanta Celtics 15's – The guy for the Cetlics that did majority of the dirty work was this 6-foot-6 lean four man. He was active on the glass, snagging everything around the basket. He scored with both hands inside, worked hard to gain position and contested shots on the defensive end. At this point he may be undersized for the post, but his effort level and intensity makes up for it.

Solomon Poole, PG/SG, Atlanta Celtics 15's – The brother of current Kentucky freshman and son of former Florida star, is an impressive combo guard prospect. A stocky 6-foot-1 guard, Poole is a quality athlete that has a good burst of speed. On this day, Poole was showcasing his long-range jumper. He buried at least three three-pointers and shot all three from well behind the three-point stripe.

Chris Davenport, PF, Southern Kings 15's – A few trusted sources pointed to Davenport as one of the better young prospects in the state of Georgia and after watching him during a morning game that's the probably the case. A 6-foot-6, possibly 6-foot-7, long, lanky forward, Davenport moves up and down the floor effortlessly, is a pretty good athlete and had great touch inside. Obviously he's a bit undersized, but he still has a couple of years to either grow or develop into a wing.

Carlos Burse, SF, Southern Kings 15's – A slender 6-foot-3 wing, Burse played the role of a slasher during the Kings early morning match up. After a somewhat slow start, Burse sliced through the oppositions zone and scored at the rim. He was especially impressive in the open court, as he knows how to finish is a pretty good athlete that can finish at the rim.

Kindell Kinloch, PF, Shooting Stars – Among the top overall prospects of the day was this 6-foot-8 post player. Offensively he's still a bit raw, as he doesn't have many scoring moves inside, but his raw athleticism, body and ability to run the floor make him a legit high major prospect. He put the gym into a frenzy when he turned and dunked on a helpless defender off a post up.

Lorenzo Dillard, PG, Mac Irvin Fire 16's – There weren't a lot of good things going for the Fire in this one, but we did take notice of this 6-foot lead guard. He has good speed, including a quick first step, and he handles the ball quite well. He didn't get a chance to do much by way of scoring, but his speed and ability to see the floor make him a promising prospect.

Deonta Burton, SF, TP Elite 16's – Over the course of the past year I've spotted Burton a few times, but this was the first time catching him with his AAU team. A 6-foot-5 wing, Burton is a high level athlete that finishes very well around the basket. He didn't have a monster game, but he was solid in every facet of the game. He appears more confident shooting mid-range jumpers than in the past, now he'll need to add range to his shot. He's definitely tracking at a high major level.

Aaron Gordon, PF/SF, Oakland Soldiers 16's – Returning from the injury he suffered at the Peach Jam, Gordon didn't look quite back to normal, which was to be expected. Still his versatility was on display against Team Loaded. Gordon is different from his older brother – Drew – as he's more versatile and plays more of a combo forward type role. He's a pretty good athlete that will finish drop off passes above the rim, he's a quality rebounder and he's developed into a pretty good shooter from mid-range.

Zak Irvin, SG, Eric Gordon All-Stars 15's – Since May he's added some weight to his frame and even appears a little taller. Back then he made some plays, but lacked the confidence to take games over. You can tell he's added that and shoots the ball like it's going in every time. To this point, Devin Davis and Basil Smotherman have received majority of the hype, but Irvin can play and has turned himself into a high major player.

Christopher Davis, SF, Shooting Stars – Already standing 6-foot-5 and blessed with a strong frame, Davis played well against the older competition. Using his strength and athleticism he attacked the basket finishing through contact or dropping in floaters over defenders. The freshman-to-be played hard on both ends and especially paid attention to the glass looking for every opportunity to snag a rebound.

Jeremy Lieberman, PG, Team Eleate 16's – We got a tip on this 6-foot lead guard and it was a good one. Lieberman, who is headed to Malibu (Calif.) High next year, is a 2014 prospect playing in the 16's group and he didn't look out of place at all. He has a tremendous feel for the game, handles the ball well and has a terrific looking outside shot. An OK athlete, Lieberman made precise passes and has great court vision.

Jabari Bird is a good-looking prospect. The 2013 standout is a 6-foot-5 wing that plays for the Oakland Soldiers. He has a long, lanky frame and can really score. Jabari Parker, one of the top 2013 prospects, struggled to finish at times against Team Philly, but still was impressive. His offensive skill set and versatile is extremely impressive. Isaih Lewis, a 6-foot-2 combo guard for the Shooting Stars, is a talented guard that can really score. He has good speed, has an ability to get to the rim and showed a mid-range jumper. Devin Davis, a 6-foot-5 wing for the Eric Gordon 15's squad, is a heck of an offensive rebounder. He's active on both ends and brings a lot of energy. Basil Smotherman, who plays alongside Davis on the Eric Gordon team, has grown at least an inch and his body appears to be filling out. Malcolm Allen, a 5-foot-11 lead guard for Branch West, was a talented looking 2013 guard. He's a quick guard that has a nice pull-up jump shot.

Tod Kowalczyk was the only head coach checking out Indiana Elite South during an early morning game. Bruce Pearl, Trent Johnson and a Georgia assistant watched the Atlanta Celtics 15's. Tom Crean, Brad Stevens and assistants from Notre Dame, Xavier and Purdue took in the Eric Gordon All-Stars 15's. Assistants from Pepperdine, San Diego State and St. Mary's watched the Eleate 15's night game.


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