Real Deal In the Rock Rundown
Over the weekend, the city of Little Rock was overrun with top flight grassroots basketball programs. With many of the country's top traveling teams in attendance, there was little shortage of talent.
Kansas Recruiting Targets in Little Rock
Harrison Barnes- The Iowa native was electric in Hampton a week ago and continued that trend in Little Rock. A lean athlete who can score in the post, from mid-range and from deep, nobody has stopped him this spring. He's seemingly added even more explosiveness to his game as evidenced by one ludicrously quick move to track down and viciously slam home one of his own misses of a turnaround jumper. His dribbling is still a bit shaky and he's settled for some contested jumpers at times, but odds are he'll fix that. He's good, he knows it and he only wants to get better. Right now, he's a pretty solid call for tops in his class.
Joe Jackson- As fearless as they come, he's an absolute jet who has zero regard for his personal safety. If a big guy gets in his way, Jackson simply tries to dunk on their head and has a surprising ability to finish with contact. He can smoke jumpers from deep, is perhaps the quickest guard in the class and exudes confidence. According to Jackson (who will be featured on Monday) Kansas is still in the mix and he'd be open to taking a visit if they put on the full court press.
Luke Cothron- An excellent straight up leaper, what really sets him apart is his quickness in the lane and terrific hands. Runs the floor like a sprinter, finishes high above the rim and is one of the premier rebounders in the class of 2010. He is a very capable jump shooter with good mechanics. However, unlike so many big men who want to parade around the perimeter launching 20 footers in an effort to prove they are a three, he's quite happy being a four man. According to Cothron (who will also be featured in the next few days), he'll be taking a visit to Lawrence sometime in the next couple of months.
Doron Lamb- When he decides to turn it on, he's among the most skilled scorers in his class. Not a mind blowing athlete, he is quick and has total mastery of changing speeds and scoring in the lane and from mid-range. His jumper from deep is improving and his team always seems to be winning. He continues to list Kansas but exactly how much involvement there really is between the two is up for debate.
Brandon Knight- In Little Rock Knight did a couple things that he's been doing for a while. He politely refused to list schools by name (although he did say Kansas is "under consideration") and he not so politely wiped the floor with anybody in his way. While Barnes is likely going to lock down the top spot in the next rankings, Knight is going to be in the argument. With elite quickness, end to end speed and major springs, he's a scoring lead guard who has a natural feel for getting buckets from anywhere. When he gets locked in, which happens quite often, he can put up 40 at any moment.
Cameron Clark- Look for this Texas bred wing to rocket up the rankings this spring. Long and talented, he can drill jumper from all over the floor and is a devastating finisher in transition. A much improved dribbler over the past year, that aspect is allowing him to get into the lane and open things up for him. Kansas is among a big group of schools giving chase and Clark said that he's interested in taking a visit to Lawrence. Look for a profile on him in the next couple of days.
Adreian Payne- There have been times that Payne has listed Kansas, sometimes not. In Little Rock, Kansas was not included when we asked him for the list of schools most involved at this point. Regardless, he's a fun kid to watch and a very talented young man. He can run the floor, plays way above the rim, can face up and score and is a terrific shot blocker. He needs strength and you never exactly know what you are going to get out of him. However, from a pure talent and potential standpoint he might be one of the top 10 prospects in the class of 2010.