Thursday Hoops Recap

It's an eventful couple of weeks on the recruiting calendar as coaches are allowed out on the road to see the nation's top prospects first hand. Several Blue Devil targets of note have been in action in both Indianapolis and Akron. Here's the latest.

Shabazz Muhammad, SF, Dream Vision – The nation's No. 1 player was once again his dominant self. What is so impressive with Muhammad is that he does everything with great efficiency. He takes good shots, doesn't waste dribbles, and just gets to places on the floor. Muhammad was completely dominant in an afternoon win, and took over when his team needed. Scoring nearly 30, Muhammad only missed two shots and was clearly the most unguardable player on the floor.

Kyle Anderson, SF – At this point I'm done worrying about what position to list Anderson at. Regardless the kid can play and he can play at a high level. He made a number of impressive passes in transition on Thursday and looked to lead the break at every opportunity. His mid-range is a weapon too, as he's able to create space and uses his size to shoot over defenders.

Alex Poythress, SF – After a so-so performance by his standards at NBA Camp a few weeks back, Poythress returned to his form. The athletic 6-foot-7 combo forward faced up defenders and attacked the basket looking to score. Around the rim he uses his athleticism, strength and ability to adjust his shots. He didn't shoot many jumpers today, but that's certainly in the arsenal.

Adam Woodbury, C – His confidence is at an all-time high. Fresh off his NBA Camp MVP performance, Woodbury put together a pair of strong games during the first day of games. Because of his size and IQ he's tough to defend. His touch is impressive and he can always get his go-to hooks off over either shoulder. He earned his last bump in the rankings and if this continues he may be due another.

Jabari Parker, SF – The nation's top junior played his normal game on Thursday. With loads of head coaches looking on, Parker, a 6-foot-7 wing, was dominant at times. His offensive skill set is advanced and his scoring moves are crisp and effective. Parker mixes it up and because of his offensive package he's able to keep defenders off balance.

Julius Randle, PF – While Jabari Parker is currently ranked No. 1, Randle continues to make it hard. His motor and aggressive nature was at its finest today. His ability to face up defenders and attack is effective and he doesn't have any issues scoring through contact. At 6-foot-8, he has a strong frame, is a willing rebounder and he has a legit jump shot to 21-feet.

Nerlens Noel, C – It was fun watching the opposition try to find ways to score over Noel. The 7-footer didn't allow many shots to get by him. His length, athleticism and timing are just a few of the reason he's such a strong defensive presence. Sure he'll need to add some offensive ability, but he's a high level prospect that appears to be scratching the surface of his long term potential.

Matt Jones, SG – During the second session of games, Jones, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Texas, got hot from long range and buried five straight three-pointers. The first was a step-in three, and then he hit four spot-up jumpers. In the second half, Jones cooled off, but he did manage a strong off hand finish at the rim.

Anthony Bennett said he is planning to wait until the spring to make his college decision. He listed Florida, UConn, Xavier, UNLV, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Kentucky, Duke, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Florida State and North Carolina.

Jabari Parker has five schools – Duke, Washington, Illinois, Michigan State and Kansas – on his list. He said he's taken recent visits to all the schools except for Kansas.


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