Tuesday Hoops Recap

It's another big week for prospect and coach watching throughout the country. TDD runs down the Duke targets.

Rasheed Sulaimon, SG, Houston Hoops – Since last year, Sulaimon has rounded out his game. Originally know for his shooting ability, he's turned himself into much more than just a spot-up shooter. Off the dribble he's confident, is a good passer and looks to create opportunities for himself. Duke keeps reeling in high level guards and this is another. He finished 6-for-14 from the field on his way to a game high 18 points.

Jarnell Stokes, PF/C, Memphis YOMCA – Stokes wasn't quite as dominant or active as Goodwin, especially on the glass, but he was very impressive. He didn't miss a field goal attempt, and showed that he is an excellent passer. Stokes has good hands and corralled everything that came his way. He just unfortunately he didn't get a ton of touches.

Rodney Purvis, SG, CP3 All-Stars – One thing is for sure, Purvis can get to the rim against anybody. He is in incredible shape, and just continues to expand his game. Now on drives he uses good passing ability to get others involved instead of just scoring on his own. Still the best thing about Purvis is that he can always get a quality shot, and he did that time after time in helping his team to a morning win.

In the morning Purvis logged 17 points, six rebounds, and 10 assists while shooting 7-of-11 from the field. Later in the day Purvis recorded 14 points, three rebounds, and five assists as CP3 cruised to a second victory.

Anthony Bennett, PF, CIA Bounce – This cat just keeps on producing, and doing it at the highest possible level. Bennett is killing on the glass, scoring from just outside the lane, and when given time and space is a respectable three point shooter. What is best about Bennett is that he never takes a play off, and now coaches are salivating at his potential.

Tony Parker, C, Georgia Stars -- Parker went to work inside in the opener, logging 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting. However the big Georgia prospect was kept in check on the boards, recording just five rebounds in 22 minutes. The second game of the day saw Parker operating early and often against Arkansas. The 6'10 center connected on six of 11 shot attempts and was a glass cleaner of the top variety on the defensive side of the floor, recording 10 defensive rebounds (11 total).

Alex Poythress, PF, Georgia Stars -- His shot wasn't connecting from the perimeter as well as he'd have liked (1-4 3PA), so he went inside and hit the boards, earning a number of second chance points. Poythress finished the first game with a double-double of 17 points, 10 boards, and three assists. In the evening's match-up Poythress got it going early and hit 1-2 from the perimeter, but preferred to operate inside the arch for the most part. The 6'8 forward hit up the Arkansas Wings for 21 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks as the Stars rebounded to take a 10 point win.

Jabari Parker, SF, Mac Irvin Fire – Parker only had a solid game and he was still the best player on the floor by a good margin. He is so smooth on the wing, and has all the tricks to get space to get his shot off. Also Parker is a committed defender and an excellent rebounder. The nation's top prospect, Parker showed why, and didn't even have one of his better performances.

Nerlens Noel, C, BABC – If Bell isn't the best shot blocker in the country than Noel is. He really bothered Meanstreets with his length, and didn't let them doing anything around the rim when he was in the game. On offense his skill set is limited, though he handled it well in transition a few times, and showed a bit of a hook shot. A work in progress, the upside is absolutely through the roof.

Matt Jones, SG, Texas Titans -- Jones has built the reputation as one of the premier sharpshooters in high school basketball and did nothing to hurt that perception early on Tuesday. He connected for 26 points (9-of-15 overall and 3-of-5 from the perimeter) while also grabbing eight rebounds to help power the Titans. The evening game saw a bit of a slow down as Jones hit 5-of-12 shots (2-6 3PA) to finish with 14 in a big loss.

Julius Randle, PF, Texas Titans - Randle used his unusual combination of power and speed to get to the line early and often in the opening game. However his shot wasn't falling so he was content to draw fouls and get to the line where he knocked down 10-of-13 attempts to go along with six boards and three blocks. In the second game, a blowout loss to the Oakland Soldiers, Randle recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds, but still struggled to finish, shooting just 4-of-14 from the field.

Theo Pinson, SG, CP3 All-Stars – He is being touted as one of the contenders for the top spot in the 2014 class, and with good reason. Pinson is athletic, was making shots out to the three point line, and finishing with authority around the rim. Add in a tight handle, and Pinson was causing all sorts of problems for the defense.

Offensively he finished the morning session with five points and five assists.


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