After spending Wednesday in suburban Kansas City at the Hoop City Classic, it was on to Sin City for Thursday action. Instead of fighting traffic and missing games – well one still got missed, during the single gym change of the day – it was nice to set up shop at Rancho High and watch Day 2 Action from the Adidas Super 64.
Among those hitting the floor were a handful of potential Kansas targets and several other prospects.
Kansas Targets At The Super 64
LeBryan Nash, SF, Dallas Mustangs- With a few of his teammates going off, Nash wasn't relied on quite as heavily as usual on the offensive end. But, the key is that he still stayed involved on the glass, defensively and as an athletic finisher in transition. He's solidifying himself as one of the top wings in 2011.
Joe Jackson, PG, Memphis Magic Elite- During the first half of the Magic's loss to the New England Playaz, Jackson played the role of distributor. During the second half, Jackson went on an absolute tear scoring 22 points in the final 10 minutes or so as Memphis tried to come back. He got hot from the right corner nailing long threes and scored on some incredibly athletic drives. However, he also stopped the ball on offense a few times and took some suspect shots. Word is that he went off during his Thursday night game.
Damien Leonard, SG, Florida Rams- The rising junior was scorching hot from deep and showed a lot more quickness and athleticism than in the past. He's got excellent length and he gets his jumper off in a hurry off the catch or off the dribble.
Fab Melo, C, Florida Rams- Saddled with a couple of early fouls, it was a quiet outing for Melo. He's certainly one large individual who moves pretty well and has surprisingly quick hands.
Cory Joseph, SG/PG, Grassroots Canada- Danny Manning was in the building watching Joseph do his thing. He's really coming into his own as a scoring combo guard and is equally dangerous as a shooter or driver. The only downside was that his game with against the Derrick Rose All-Stars ended early when the D-Rose coaches pulled their team off the floor while Grassroots was administering a whooping.
Josiah Turner, PG/SG, Double Pump Elite- Bill Self made sure to get some face time with the recently available combo. From the class of 2011, Turner was getting to the rim at will and finishing with either hand. He also pulled up for floaters and short jumpers. His performances have been up and down of late, but he looked like a guy worthy of the heavy hype he's gotten from some West Coasters.
Other Thursday Notables
Bruce Ellington, PG, TMP- Hands down, he was the most fun guy to watch on Thursday. A blazing fast and strong point guard from South Carolina, he totally took over and willed his team to victory. He plays so fast that you would think he's out of control, but he played without a single turnover. There will be a lot more coaches at his next game.
Juanya Green SG, Team Philly- A 2011 shooting guard from Philadelphia, he was burying deep jumpers. He's got good size for his position and a great disposition on the floor. Plays hard and has some athleticism.
Adonis Thomas, SF, Memphis Magic Elite- Easily one of the best wing athletes in the class of 2011, Thomas looks like he's shot from a cannon as he rockets off the floor for rebounds, slams and pull-up jumpers. As he puts all the skills together, he could rapidly climb the charts in his class.
Keith Davis, PF, Urban DFW Elite- Quietly, this lean and athletic four man is having a huge summer. Big 12 programs are tracking him closely for his quickness around the rim, live body and relatively soft touch. He looks like a guy that will make a lot of top 100 lists.
Austin Hollins, SG, Nashville Celtics- His teammate Casey Prather has been more heavily hyped, but Hollins may very well be the better prospect. The son of Memphis Grizzlies boss Lionel Hollins, he's a lanky, skilled and hard playing kid who could eventually play some point. He's a good shooter and tough off the dribble, but he's a flat out exceptional rebounder given his 6-foot-3 size and lack of bulk. If you want to talk upside, he's got plenty of it.