Las Vegas Day One

Tuesday morning, three major summer basketball tournaments kicked off in Las Vegas. With the Adidas Super 64, the Main Event and Reebok's Summer Championships taking place all across town, there are plenty of options. Tuesday, Phog.Net was at Foothill High in Henderson watching day one of the Reebok events.

With headliners like Abdul Gaddy, Avery Bradley, John Wall, John Henson, Renardo Sidney, Kenny Boynton and Brandon Kinght taking the floor, the gym was packed with coaches. Among those taking in much of the action were Kansas head coach Bill Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend.


Abdul Gaddy - With his hesitation dribbles, confidence and deep range on his rainbow jumper, he’s a pretty complete point guard. His 24 points and eight assists and five rebounds weren’t enough to hold off a second half barrage from Boynton and Knight, but he was quite impressive. Every bit of 6-3, the 16 year old is a gifted young talent who can score from all over the floor and a gifted passer with terrific floor vision.

Avery Bradley - The solidly built 6-2 off guard plays much bigger than his size and is among the premier perimeter defenders in the country. He made Boynton’s life miserable for a half before 6-2 guard from Florida went bonkers hitting ridiculous shot after ridiculous shot. He’s still got to improve his overall ball handling, but the one handed slam he got off a crossover from the top of the key was one of the best plays of the day. His shot is much improved and he’s hitting a lot of pull-up jumpers.

John Wall - His end to end speed is really tough to describe. Watching him shift it into lightspeed and blast past defenders in transition and finish with authority at the rim, it’s almost like Adrian Peterson of the Vikings playing PG. Powerful, fast and becoming a more vocal leader, he’s clearly established himself as the top point guard in the country. He nearly went for a triple double getting 30 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in an impressive performance. The Worldwide Renegades supporters made the mistake of trash talking him only to watch him explode for a dunk and howl “That’s why I’m number one” with delight as he ran back by them.

Renardo Sidney - Bill Self was on hand to watch Sidney go for 15 points, five rebounds, an assist and two blocks versus John Henson. The game was a perfect illustration of what makes him so intriguing but frustrating as a prospect. While he struggled with foul trouble, cried to the refs and generally whined about everything that was going on, he still dazzled. There was the play where he rebounded his own miss around the hoop, horsed Henson and exploded for a powerful slam. There were nifty passes out of the high post and he nailed some sweet jumpers. He looks to be a bit out of shape, but he’s still relatively quick for his size. He was unavailable for interview after his game.


During the first half of his Team Breakdown squad’s game against the Northwest Panthers, Kenny Boynton really struggled. He gunned bad shots, turned the ball over and generally looked out of sync. The second half was the exact opposite as he drilled five straight threes and exploded for a scintilating 26 points to finish with 34. Avery Bradley really defensed him as well as possible, but there was nothing he could do when Boynton was pulling up for jumpers from 25 feet in transition and watchng them rain down like dollar bills in a strip club. …Joining Boynton during Breakdown’s second half dollar bill showering of Foothill High was 2010 prospect Brandon Knight. The 6-3 combo guard with long arms, explosive speed, range and plentiful hops went for 18 of his 22 in the second stanza. He outran defenders in transition for soaring jams, stroked in some threes and made some incredible plays on the defense with his lateral quickness and fast hands. He and Boynton’s half of basketball was the best that this writer has ever seen from one backcourt in Las Vegas. … Sometimes somebody plays so well that it really takes a while for it to sink in. That’s the best way to describe UNC commitment John Henson. The beanpole 6-10 forward played well and created quite a buzz,  but after the game it didn’t seem like he’d played great. After taking a few hours off and looking back at the notes -- “crossover and pullup J from 17”, “get that out of here Renardo”, “Catch at top of shooting square and alley oop slam”, “always plays hard” -- and then looking at his boxscore to see that he had 25 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks against Renardo Sidney it was apparent that he was indeed great on Tuesday. He’s making a run at the #1 spot in 2009. … Finally, you never know what is going to happen in Las Vegas and the surprise in store for a tired recruiting analyst upon checking into the Palms was a good one. After heading up to the room, there was an open door to an adjoining room that just happened to be a ridiculous 2,000 or so square foot suite that was totally unoccupied. Now, that’s one heck of a free upgrade! Top Stories