Day 2 was a long one, featuring a slew of talented Kansas targets.
Shabazz Muhammad - 2012 SF, 6'5 - Our first look at Shabazz didn't come until the nighttime playoff session, but it was definitely worth the admission.
Playing against a chippy Nashville team, Shabazz struggled early on against the trash-talking and shot-swatting defenders. But running your mouth against a talent like ‘Bazz is just asking for trouble, and a whole lot of it answered.
Just when things were starting to swing in Nashville's favor, Muhammad took a steal the length of the floor to throw down, effectively making a statement that he wasn't intimidated. From then on, he was force in the paint and bulled his way to dunks and free throws.
Overall, it's hard to see how anyone in this event is a better player than Muhammad. Andre Drummond is probably the best long-term prospect here, but Muhammad is the best overall talent in the event. His shot looks even tighter and more compact than last year, giving him good consistency from anywhere inside the line. He's particularly lethal in the high post, where it seems like he doesn't even need to see the rim to hit the shot.
Winston Shepard - 2012 SF\PF 6'6 - Known for being a bit wild on the court and not always playing hard, "Win" stepped up against Nashville dominated the game. He slashed repeatedly from the high post, aggressively attacking the smaller defenders inside. He even rebounded at a high level, grabbing a bunch of offensive and defensive boards.
Shepard made plays when his team needed him, and was the vocal - i.e. trash talk - leader when things got chippy. Sure he got a technical foul at one point, but it was sure nice to see Win play whistle-to-whistle with fire and focus. When he plays like that, especially operating as a combo-forward and not a facilitating guard, Win looks every bit the elite prospect he was once touted as.
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Ricardo Gathers - 2012 PF\C, 6'7 - Some people are built for the NBA at an early age - Gathers isn't. Instead, he's built for the NFL. The kid has enormous shoulders and legs to match, and then adds in some seriously impressive athleticism.
When Gathers is focused and playing hard, he simply dunks through defenders. There probably isn't a 2012 prospect capable of out-muscling Gathers, and maybe not even many Division 1 players either.
While Gathers wasn't throwing down his thunder dunks in either game today, he was displaying some solid touch on his developing jumper. He now has reasonably consistent range out to the elbow and even hit a corner 3 this afternoon.