Desert Duel: Day One

PHOENIX -- The Desert Duel started early Tuesday and Aaron Harrison was among the days best performers. Amir Garrett, Quinn Cook and Jordan Williams also had big days.

Amir Garrett, SF, Belmont Shore – Each and every time out Garrett, a 6-foot-6 wing looks a little better. Garrett, who will transfer to Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, plays a slashing role for Belmont Shore and he looks good doing so. Garrett is a very good athlete that finishes well around the basket and is especially effective when he's able to get out in transition. He's turned himself into a pretty good spot up shooter as well. The next step is to develop his mid-range game.

Cezar Guerrero, PG, Belmont Shore – In a morning win against the Carolina Cobras, Guerrero played well and created for his teammates. Guerrero, a 5-foot-11 lead guard, has good speed and handles the ball quite well. His issue has always been playing within himself and it's clear he's made an effort to play more under control and within the team setting.

Hikeem Stewart, SG, Friend of Hoop – The Seattle based squad moved on in the winner's bracket against the Dallas Mustangs mainly due to this 6-foot-3 guard's performance. What we learned about Stewart today was he's an incredibly unselfish guard that sees the floor quite well. He took his fair share of shots, but he really looked to pass the ball and get teammates open looks.

Brett Kingma, PG, Friend of Hoop – One of the guys that improved their stock at the Desert Duel, was this 6-foot lead guard. He has good speed, a solid handle and a terrific feel for the game. Add in a great looking jump shot, with a quick trigger and release and he's a pretty good player. He has high mid-level interest as well as a few high majors starting to dabble with him.

Anthony Gill, PF, Team Loaded – Gill joined Team Loaded for a few days in Phoenix and it was a heck of a pick up for the group. The 6-foot-7, possibly 6-foot-8 power forward, strung together a strong game. He finished with 18 points, which included a three-pointer, and a handful of strong finishes and dunks at the rim. In Team Loaded's finale Gill topped his first performance by putting up 28 points.

Jordan Williams, SG, Dallas Mustangs – An intriguing prospect out of Dallas, Williams, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, got it going in the second half against Friend of Hoop. Off the catch he's a good shooter, with range, but he also showed an ability to attack the rim and finish once there. Like many shooting guard in high school basketball his middle game needs more consistency, but he's at least a high mid-major prospect if not higher.

McKenzie Moore, SF, Team 94 – St. Mary's did their homework on this 6-foot-5 wing prospect out of Pleasant Hill (Calif.) College Park. He's a pretty good athlete that was impressive attacking the basket. We also noticed his ability to pass the ball. He sees the floor well, and while he'll need to tone done the jump passes he makes, he found teammates for open shots a bunch against the Worldwide Renegades.

Quinn Cook, PG, DC Assault – In a battle with the Mac Irvin Fire, Cook, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, took over the game. Early on Cook and Bruce Barron began mouthing at each other and that lit a fire under the Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill transfer, as Cook began scoring at will and locked up on defense. He's a talented scorer, but Cook is also a good passer that sees the court well.

Dai-Jon Parker, SG, GNB Academy – Parker had the full package working on Tuesday. A 6-foot-4 guard, Parker gets great elevation on his jump shot and his range extends well past the three-point stripe. To go with his ability to shoot, he's a terrific athlete that moves fluidly and has a strong, chiseled frame, which allows him to finish through contact.

Willie Cauley, C, Spiece Mo-Kan – At the Hoop Jamboree, Cauley showed some potential. During the first day of the Desert Duel the 6-foot-10 big man he stepped it up even more. Cauley was efficient inside going 6-for-7 from the field scoring 12 points. He has a great set of hands, as he caught everything thrown inside, and he showed great touch around the basket. Although he didn't get a ton of post touches, he did showed a half hook over his left shoulder.

Tyler Lewis, PG, Team Loaded – In Team Loaded's morning game, Lewis had his passing game out in full force. He whipped one-handed passes all over the court, as well as a handful of alley-oops from half court. His feel for the game is impressive and he's become a more confident scorer, especially from mid-range. During his first game of the day he had 14 points and eight assists. The second game of the day he went for 14 and 11.

Aaron Harrison, PG/SG, Houston Defenders – For the second event in a row I was able to get to see the Defenders and their talented underclassman. On this day it was Harrison, a 6-foot-5 combo guard, that was the most impressive. He scored 29 points against the Illinois Wolves and he did it in a variety of ways. He buried three-pointers off the catch and off the dribble, but also attacked the rim and finished through contact once there. He's one of the best guard prospects in the 2013 class.

Amir Garrett claims offers from Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, San Jose State, St. John's, UTEP and Georgetown. UNLV and Texas are also showing interest.

Cezar Guerrero said LMU, Fresno State and Colorado have offered him a scholarship. He said Oklahoma, St. John's, UNLV, Arizona, Arizona State, Marquette, Washington State, Long Beach and Auburn are also in the mix.

Hikeem Stewart said Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado, Washington State, UCLA, Santa Clara and Arizona State are showing strong interest. He said his favorites are UCLA, Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Arizona State.

Brett Kingma has offers from BYU, Pepperdine and Seattle. Oregon, Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, Boston College and Vanderbilt are also involved. He's planning to take officials to Oregon and BYU.

Terrence Williams has offers from Tulane, VCU, ECU, Charlotte and College of Charleston. Cincinnati and Clemson are also showing interest.

DeAndre Daniels addressed the rumors going around about him possibly decommitting following a morning game. He said he's still firm with his commitment to Texas.

Ronnie Stevens said UTEP, Long Beach and UC-Santa Barhara have offered him a scholarship. Florida State, Illinois, Colorado, San Diego State and Marquette have also shown interest.

Dai-Jon Parker said Northwestern, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, Georgia and Oregon State are all recruiting him hard. All five schools have offered him a scholarship.

Quinn Cook said his list consists of Duke, Arizona, UCLA, North Carolina, Rutgers, Connecticut, Wake Forest, St. John's and Georgetown.

Christian Garrett had the dunk of the day. The Belmont Shore prospect had a one-handed flush with left hand over a defender. LeBryan Nash often times turns the switch off and on. When the switch is on he's incredibly tough to guard. Wayne Blackshear had a monster first game of the day. He was dialed in from deep. Jerome Seagers won some coaches over on Tuesday. He has good speed and made good decisions during the two contests. Tony Wroten may be the best passer in the 2011 class. He has a unique ability to see the floor and make precise passes. Leek Leek, who was a 2010 graduate, was active on both ends, but especially was effective blocking shots.

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