Final Day, Las Vegas Spring Showcase
Championship round – Houston Hoops defeated Team Texas 87-83 to win the championship. In the semifinals, Team Texas downed Belmont Shore and Houston Hoops beat the Southern Cal All-Stars.
Fendi Onobun, SF/PF, Houston Hoops: The Arizona-bound forward led his team with 17 points in the championship game. Onobun put in work on the glass and was active the entire day. He had good energy and made plays as his team slugged out a pair of tough wins late in the playoffs.
David Devezin, PG, Houston Hoops: He rallied his team in the semis and showed many that he's a high major level lead guard. He's quick, can get by guys, makes open 3s and like a lot of sub-six-footers, he shoots the floater well. He had 23 points in a huge semifinal effort.
Calvin Miles, SF, Team Texas: Here's a guy who took his game to another level this weekend. The athleticism, slick drives and acrobatic finishes were enough to cement his status as one of the elite wings in the class. Sometimes his shot selection isn't so savvy, but the lefty can make 3s and smoke guys off the bounce. Big timer.
Seketoure Henry, SG, Belmont Shore: This is a young man that made a big name for himself before running out of steam in the playoffs. The lefty was dialed in from deep for most of the day and has some sweet athleticism. He's a catch and shoot 3, runout and get steals kind of guard. The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar-like sweeping hoop was an invention of his own and his explosiveness can't go unnoticed.
Jamal Boykin, PF/SF, Belmont Shore: You can always count on him to compete. He's not the most orthodox forward but he gets results. With Rick Pitino looking on for a good part of the day, Boykin played as if it were an audition. You can't argue with the final numbers he was able to accumulate at the end of each game. Strong weekend performance.
Horace Dixon, PF, South Carolina Elite: The 6-8 forward came into the event a relative unknown. He put in work at the rim and in the paint. He's athletic and has a very live body.
Bryan Harvey, SG, So Cal All-Stars: For a good part of the day, Harvey was lighting up the scoreboard. It's almost like he's programmed to score the basketball. Be it jumpers or tough drives, he's got an array of tricks in his bag. Here's to hoping he won't need a year of prep school to get ready for college.
South Florida Heat Trio: We talk about them as a unit because the whole was greater than the individual parts in this case. These guys played hard and really made some noise in their first playoff game. The tallest of the trio is 6-7 wing Brian Asbury and he's flanked by two ultra-athletic guys. Alonzo Gee, a 6-6 forward and big time football player is a helluva athlete. Chanie Coley is 6-6 and is an explosive leaper.
Joey Shaw, SF, Arizona Magic Blue: Add him to the likely high-major list on the wing forward side. He's a skinny kid with range and is the prototypical Pac-10 3-man once he puts on some muscle. Aggressive and athletic, he's got range on the jumper. Did well for himself in Vegas.
Christian Polk, SG/PG, Arizona Magic White: We loved him last year and he's shot up to 6-3. The stroke is there and he's loves the game. Good player who has shown more improvement.
Matt Shaw, PF, California Elite: Shaw is a legit face-up power forward who doesn't neglect his interior responsibilities. He's got touch on his jumper which is reliable from mid-range and he's got the shoulders and frame to work it inside. Nice player and a high-major no doubt.