This is anything but definitive.
Trying to capture the essence of three national traveling team tournaments, held simultaneously in gymnasiums seemingly in every nook and cranny of Las Vegas over five days, takes a better man than I, Gunga Din.
I've slapped together a compilation of the 25 players, with remaining high school eligibility, who most impressed me in the three tourneys. If you notice at least one "obvious" missing name, don't get riled.
I wasn't able to see every team – even the most high profile of teams – during the 12 to 15 hours per day on an average that I watched games each of the five days.
And some guys obviously played better when I wasn't watching their teams play.
The first example that comes to
mind is Derrick Jasper, the 6-foot-5
senior from Paso Robles (
Jasper was announced as the adidas event's Most Outstanding Player after he and his teammates knocked off the Philly MJC 17's in the title game.
But, in the three complete games in which I watched the Fresno-based team play, the Lopez twins (Brook and Robin), and guard Tre'Von Willis impressed me more than did Jasper – who, by the way, is drawing a lot of attention from a lot of folks in high places, including Connecticut and Kentucky.
Along with the Top 25 list (and Top Five prep school players' ranking), here are some other "awards":
Best Prospect: Greg Oden
Best Playmaker/Floor leader: Mike Conley
Best Jump Shooter: Phil Nelson
Best Rebounder: tie, Robin Lopez and DeShawn Sims
Rating the Teams: 1. Spiece Indy Heat;
2. EBO/EA Sports; 3. D1 Greyhounds; 4. Friends of Hoop; 5.
Top 25 (players with high school eligibility)
+adidas Super 64
1. Greg Oden (6-11, Spiece Indy Heat*)
2. Spencer Hawes (6-10, Friends of Hoop#)
3. Robin Lopez (6-11, EBO/EA Sports+)
5. Mike Conley (6-1, Spiece Indy Heat*)
7. Wayne Ellington (6-4, Playaz Club Gold+)
8. Brook Lopez (6-11, EBO/EA Sports+)
11. Gerald Henderson (6-5, Playaz Club Gold+)
13. DeShawn Sims (6-7, R.E.A.C.H. Legends*)
15. Chase Budinger (6-7,
16. Derrick Caracter (6-8,
17. Deon Thompson (6-8, Branch West Team Reebok*)
18. Tre'Von Willis (6-3, EBO/EA Sports+)
19. Kevin Durant (6-9, D.C. Blue Devils#)
21. Reggie Redding (6-4, Philly MJC 17's+)
22. James Keefe (6-8, Santa Margarita*)
23. Tywon Lawson (5-11, D.C. Blue Devils#)
24. Phil Nelson (6-8,
4. O.J. Mayo (6-4, D1 Greyhounds*)
6. Kevin Love (6-8,
9. Jerryd Bayless (6-2,
10. Bill Walker (6-5, D1 Greyhounds*)
12. Eric Gordon (6-3, Spiece Indy Heat*)
14. Alex Legion (6-4,
25. Gary Johnson (6-7,
20. Brandon Jennings (6-1,
2. Paul Harris (6-3,
3. Mike Davis (6-9,
4. Jerome Dyson (6-4, D.C. Blue Devils#)
5. Seketoure Henry (6-2, Team Danny Williams*)
An April inductee into the USBWA
Hall of Fame, Frank Burlison is Scout.com's National Basketball Columnist and is also a columnist for the