Next Level: Day One

Nick Calathes once again was impressive with his array of skills. Despite a banged-up ankle, Anthony Randolph still looked good. The new name was Marcus Britt, a little-known guard out of Arkansas.


DALLAS – The action really gets going on Saturday with a full slate of games, but the Next Level Ballers tournament had its share of quality performances on Friday night.

Anthony Randolph, PF, Dallas Mustangs – The versatile 6-foot-11 big man is still not at 100 percent after suffering an ankle injury last weekend in Houston, but he still managed to look pretty good. He's got loads of potential, but needs to keep his confidence high all the time and not get frustrated.

Brokeith Pane, G, Dallas Mustangs – The experiment is ongoing to try and convert Pane to become a point guard, but the bottom line is that he's more comfortable scoring the ball. He's strong, can shoot the ball and needs to improve his decision-making.

D'Walyn Roberts, SF, Dallas Mustangs – Long and lean (6-7, 180), Roberts has an impressive skill package. He can take it off the glass and push the ball, can shoot the 3-pointer and is unselfish. He just needs to put on some pounds and play with more intensity.

Marcus Britt, G, Arkansas Wings – The Forrest City (Ark.) 6-foot-3 junior is a guy who hasn't gotten a ton of national exposure, but that's certain to change. He's smooth, has a terrific feel for the game and displayed the ability to make his teammates better.

Nick Calathes, G, Team Florida – Is there a more fun player to watch in the entire class? That's a tough call. Calathes plays hard all the time and is one of the best passers in the nation. Oh yeah, he can also shoot the ball and he also finds a way to mix things up in the paint and pick up some garbage buckets.

Samardo Samuels, C, Metro Hawks – The hard-working Jamaican is getting better and better every day. His effort is consistent, but his production has been up and down in the past. Samuels got it done on the glass and in the paint – and he ran the floor extremely well.

Nathan Garth, PG, Dallas Mustangs – The 5-foot-11, 160-pound floor leader has impressive quickness and court vision. He can score, but his best trait is his ability to pass the ball. Needs to add strength. Garth will team with Anthony Randolph next season as a junior at Woodrow Wilson High in Dallas.

Shawn Williams, SF, Texas Select – The Duncanville High 6-foot-5, 190-pound freshman is definitely someone to keep an eye on in the future. His shot wasn't falling, but he was active on both ends of the court and was giving away a year or two to a talented Boo Williams team.

Marcus Britt mentioned that UCLA, Purdue, Virginia and Arizona State have been recruiting him. ``The bigger the game, the better he plays," Arkansas Wings coach Raymond Cooper said of Britt. "He's so smooth that a lot of people miss some of the things he does. They are so subtle. Cooper also said that he's received calls from Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi and Oklahoma State about Britt. … Team Texas sophomore guard Willie Warren is wearing a back brace after fracturing a vertebrae last month while landing awkwardly. Warren is hoping to return sometime in July. ``The doctor said I can play at Nike Camp, but I'm not sure if I'll push it and play this summer." Warren said that Cincinnati is no longer his leader since Bob Huggins left. His top five: Syracuse, UConn, Florida, Georgia Tech and Texas. Don't rule out Kansas State. … D'Walyn Roberts said that he's being recruited by West Virginia, Baylor, South Florida, Wake Forest and Virginia. … Nathan Garth said Villanova is his leader. He also mentioned Illinois, Washington, Kentucky, Memphis, UCLA and Florida. ``I want to go somewhere I can learn from a point guard above me and get better," Garth said. … Shawn Williams lists Arkansas, Georgetown, Baylor and Houston as this point.

Assistant Coaches In The Gym – None were allowed on Friday night.



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