Vegas: Day 3, Part A

LAS VEGAS -- The 2012 class is loaded with quality big man. On Saturday it was 6-foot-11 Camron Ridley that stole the show, but Shaquille Cleare had his moments as well.

Tony Wroten, SG/PG, Seattle Rotary – This one is a tough nut to crack, as I'm still not quite sure what position to list Wroten as. His best attribute is his passing, but he's not quite a point guard. Regardless he's a talented player that was whipping sweet passes to teammates and scoring in the paint against the San Diego All-Stars.

Daniel Gomis, PF/C, Dream International – Although I only caught the last five minutes, it was enough to see Gomis swat a bunch of shots and knock down a mid-range jump shot. The 6-foot-9 post prospect runs the floor very well, is a very good athlete and has great timing when blocking shots. It appears Oregon State scored a good one.

Josh Ogleby, SG, Iowa Barnstormers – On day one his shot wasn't falling. That certainly changed during his Saturday morning game. The 6-foot-2 guard has a great looking shot with a quick trigger and deep range. He buried threes from all over the floor and also mixed in a few step-in 18-footers. Schools looking for a shooter need to jump on this one.

Jahii Carson, PG, The Magic – Over the course of the spring and summer Carson continues to improve. In an evening game he torched Arizona Pump N' Run from mid-range, used his speed in transition and created opportunities for teammates. He's established himself as one of the best available point guards in 2011.

Ryan Manuel, SG, Houston Hoopstars – Cameron Ridley was the main attraction, but Manuel, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, is a solid looking mid-major prospect. Manuel, a very good athlete, has good end-to-end speed and is guy that can really attack the basket. Going forward he'll need to add some consistency with his jump shot, but he definitely has good activity.

Markus Kennedy, C, New England Playaz – By far the best I've seen of him, Kennedy, a 6-foot-8 post player, flat out got it done inside against one of the Magic squads. He finished everything around the basket and showed mobility and strong moves inside. He was aggressive around the basket and made some nice passes out of the post.

Cody Zeller, PF, Indiana Elite – In a battle against Virginia Assault, Zeller had one of the worst outings I've seen from him this summer. And that's not a major knock on him, as he's been terrific all year. He just looked tired and struggled to finish in this one. With that said, when the game was on the line, Zeller, a 6-foot-10 power forward, stepped up and completed a strong play inside and got fouled. He's an elite big man in this class and he proved it with his strong play in crunch time.

George Matthews, SF, Arizona Magic Pump N' Run – In an upset over the New England Playaz, Matthews, a 6-foot-7 wing prospect, scored at will attacking the basket and scoring in transition. The Chandler (Ariz.) Westwind Prep product showed he was a pretty good athlete, mixed in a few jumpers and hit the glass.

Adonis Thomas, SF, Memphis Magic – In an afternoon win, Thomas, a 6-foot-6 small forward, showed off just how explosive he is. At every opportunity, Thomas was throwing down dunks and he attacked the rim with aggression. His handle is much improved, his jump shot is becoming more consistent and it's easy to love how physical he plays. He's an elite wing prospect in the 2011 class.

Cameron Ridley, C, Houston Hoopstars – The Nike Hoop Jamboree was just the beginning for this 6-foot-11, 235-pound post prospect. In just a few weeks he's progressed and on Saturday he showed the ability to be considered among the top players players in the class. He's known by regional high majors as a big time player, now he's about to make the jump to a national standout.

He has a good-looking big man body with strong frame and a massive wingspan. Offensively he has moves on the block, including a go-to right jump hook. Around the rim he has great touch and he's capable of stepping away for a 15-footer. Defensively he's active and contests everything in his area. He works hard on both ends, goes to the glass and isn't afraid to mix it up inside.

Zachary Banner, C, Seattle Rotary – There's a lot to like about this 6-foot-10, 265-pound post prospect. Banner is absolutely huge and takes up a lot of space in the paint. Despite his size, he's nimble on his feet, has a good set of hands and finished through contact in the paint. Size isn't an issue in the 2012 class, but this is another quality post player to track.

Isaiah Austin, C, The Magic – There are quite a few varying opinions on Austin, a 6-foot-11, 210-pound post player. The bottom line is a he's a major talent. He has a massive wingspan, great touch around the basket and he moves up and down the floor with ease. With all that said, he does spend a little too much time away from the basket.

Shaquille Cleare, C, Houston Defenders – Due to the amount of talent in Texas, Cleare has managed to slide somewhat under the radar. He won't be there for much longer. A massive post player, Cleare, who stands 6-foot-9 and weighs in at 260-pounds, gets a lot done inside, he has a great set of hands and has a few moves on the block.

Aaron & Andrew Harrison, SG, Houston Defenders – Playing up in the 17's division, the Harrison twins didn't skip a beat. They already have strong, developed frames and both have a scoring mentality. During their match up with Pump N' Run they attacked the basket and scored quite a few points around the rim.

Shaquille Cleare claims scholarship offers from Texas A&M and Arizona. He said Texas, Kansas, Washington, Wichita State, Miami, South Florida, Baylor and Utah are also recruiting him.

In an early morning loss Norman Powell, a 6-foot-3 guard, put together a solid game. He mixed in a handful of drives as well as a spot-up three-pointer. Antwan Space, of Urban DFW, is an active 6-foot-7 combo forward. He can step out and shoot the three ball, but he's also capable of doing damage at the rim. High majors are starting to step it up with him. Although I didn't see it, I was in the gym next to Shabazz Muhammad's 52-point outburst. College coaches were raving about his play. Muhammad said he was "feeling it."


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