It's become tradition for the Road Show to take a trip out West every December. The trip which will include stops in Pasadena, Los Angeles, San Diego and Huntington Beach between now and next Tuesday. But on Thursday, the action took us to Las Vegas.
Everybody knows about Findlay Prep and the way they bring in players from all over the country. But, the city of Vegas itself is starting to put out a lot of talent of it's own. Stops at Bishop Gorman -- featuring top 10 2012 wing Shabazz Muhammad -- and then Liberty High for a game between Liberty and Canyon Springs only confirmed that notion.
Thursday Notables From Vegas
Shabazz Muhammad, SG/SF, Gorman Prep- Do a little background check on the 6-foot-4 lefty and you realize quickly that it would have been a surprise if he wasn't good. His father played hoop at USC, his mother was an All-American in track and basketball and his older sister is a pro tennis player. Phew.
Anyway, it was a pretty controlled workout so it isn't like he got to show the entire package, but he was impressive. He's an effortless athlete with body control, balance and great reflexes. His feel for the game is strong, and he plays a complete game. For now, he's a little more comfortable going to the rim. But, his jumper is looking good and part of the reason he goes to the hole so much is because that's what his team needs from him. Fun kid to watch.
Anson Winder, SG, Gorman Prep- BYU has landed themselves a tough and athletic wing in Winder. He slashes to the basket, has a live body and doesn't mind being physical. He is working on the jumper and is a strong rebounder for a wing. He'll be an excellent utility guy in college.
Michael Thompson, PG/SG, Canyon Springs- Look out, this junior combo guard has some swagger to the game. He kind of lulls defenders to sleep and then hits them with an explosive first step or crossover and he's at the rim. He can knock down jumpers to the three point line. Just when you wonder if he can finish, he bangs out on a big guy above the rim. He's rough around the edges and a little too nonchalant with it, but he's got some ability and will get plenty of looks.
More Notes From Vegas
It's important to take some time out and thank Bishop Gorman head coach and assistant athletic direct Grant Rice. He and his staff were very hospitable. … Moving on to Rice's team, he's flat loaded. On top of Muhammad and Winder, Bishop Gorman features at least four more division prospects senior point guard Jon Lloyd, sophomore forwards Rosco Allen and Ben Carter and finally freshman combo guard Rashad Muhammad. The younger brother of Shabazz, he's a skinny 6-foot-3 shooter who will actually begin his career on the junior varsity because of the varsity team's talent level. … Finally, Rice is also missing some more big time athletes in USC football commitments Xavier Grimble and Stanford bound Alex Turner as they prepare for Saturday's state championship football game. Gorman will play Findlay next Saturday in a huge game. … Jeremy Alexander can hold his own with anybody in the country when it comes to leaping ability. If you don't believe it, then please look up "Jeremy Alexander, dunk" on youtube and get back to us. … IN a controlled game, the 6-2 wing shows plenty of promise. He's an above average passer and unselfish. On Defense, he's very quick and causes deflections with his long arms and fast hands. He can also shoot the three ball. But, he's got to become more involved with the game and work on his ball handling. The senior certainly has some nice tools to work with, though.
Total Games Watched- 27.
Total Teams Seen- 44.
Total Miles Traveled- 5,971.