The Heat Is On - Vegas Tourneys Get Rolling

As much anticipation as there is each July for the shoe camps, there may be even more anticipation for the second half of July and Las Vegas week. With three monster tournaments -- The Reebok Big Time, the Adidas Super 64 and the Main Event -- all taking place at the same time, almost anybody who is anybody in high school basketball is in attendance and playing.

On Saturday, Phog.net was able to spend time at both the Main Event and the Super 64. Not surprisingly, there were some potential Kansas targets on display.

POTENTIAL KANSAS TARGETS ON SATURDAY

Travis Releford - After leading KC Pump 'N Run with 18 points in a lopsided victory, the 6-5 wing wasn't very happy with himself. Plagued by tired legs, he was frustrated with his overall effort and vowed to have a more complete round of games on Sunday. That being said, the junior to be was more than a little rough on himself. He played lockdown defense, freed himself for easy buckets and did his usual solid work on the glass. With head coaches from Iowa, Missouri, Kansas State, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma and more on hand, he also drew Kansas assistant Tim Jankovich as well as assistants from places like Texas, Louisville and Cincinnati.

Tyrel Reed - There probably aren't many kids in Vegas who will have the cheering section that Reed has following him. About 20-25 people from his hometown made the trip to watch him play -- while getting in some R&R on the strip -- and they made it pretty clear who they were supporting. Like Releford, Reed took a little while to get going but finished out strong in a 17 point effort. Oklahoma had their entire coaching staff on hand and they made sure they were quite visible at center court.

Jerryd Bayless - According to those who were at the game -- we'll catch him later on -- Bayless put on a show with his new team, EBO. Playing alongside another Kansas target in 2008 big man Jeff Withey, the 6-2 guard apparently took over a game against the Compton Magic. He hit deep threes, dunked off the drive and as one analyst said "he reached in the Magic's chest and ripped their heart out," while assistant Kurtis Townsend watched.

Willie Warren - The talented guard from Ft. Worth had his jumper rolling over at the Main Event. He's still wearing off the rust that came along with a long layoff for a back injury but it's easy to see why he's considered a potentially Elite talent in the class of 2008. He's a strong bodied wing who can shoot it from deep, create his own shot off the dribble and he's athlete deluxe who finishes with authority. The entire Big 12 is going to be involved in this one.

Greg Monroe - The smooth 6-10 lefty from New Orleans confirmed that the Jayhawks -- along with every other high profile team in the country -- are in the mix for his services. He's probably the best prospect in the class of 2008 and it doesn't take a genius to see why. He runs the court, handles extremely well for a kid his size, makes mid range jumpers, has a high skill level on his post moves and as good as he does all of that, he's even better on the glass and as a shot blocker. He only turned 16 a little over a month ago and there's not much of a limit to how good he can be. Throw in the fact that he's humble, and hungry to succeed and he's almost too good to be true.


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