SYF Players v. SW Minnesota Stars
Branden Dawson, 6'7 WF, 2011 SYF
There's one hyphenated word to describe Dawson: man-child. Dawson was
simply a man amongst boys in this matchup, leading his team to an 81-63
win over an overmatched Stars club. Dawson's final tally came to 26pts
of 12-15 FG, 0-1 3FG, 2-2 FT, while adding in about 10 rebounds (at
least) and a few steals too.
Dawson is billed as a wing at the next level, and his build and
athleticism certainly make him an enticing prospect at the position.
Built like a truck, Dawson does all of his damage in the paint via a
variety of baseline and post moves. While the form on his jumper looks
good, he's very inconsistent with his release point and struggled to
get close on the few jumpshots he actually took. His ability to attack
defenders off jab-steps and baseline drives is almost unmatched right
now, given his strength and size. He bulldozes over smaller defenders
and right by the bigger ones, usually finishing at the glass or the
rim. His ballhandling befits that of a true small forward, as he shows
a good ability to use 1- and 2-dribble moves to attack his opponents.
To his credit, he rarely tries to over-dribble and typically makes his
few bounces on the floor count.
Defensively, Dawson is a very nice prospect on the wing. He's got
excellent length, big hands, and surprising lateral ability for a
player of his size. At the college level, he may be asked to play as a
combo forward, seeing as how he might not be a great matchup for some
of the small lineups seen across the country, but his strength with
allow him to defend in the post just as well as his length will help
him defend to the 3pt stripe.
It's pretty clear that Dawson is an advanced wing forward at this point
and has certainly lived up to his billing as a potential McDonald's All
American from the 2011 class.
Dream Vision v. NE Players
Shabazz Muhammed, 6'5 SG\SF, 2012
After the extensive scouting report on Muhammed, you would think we had
seen enough. Today, though, Muhammed continued his domination of the
17s age group. He reportedly went 4-4 from the 3pt line in his earlier
game, helping to ease questions about his long range ability. Then, in
a matchup with NE Players and their combination of Alex Murphy (6'7
SG\SF) and Kaleb Tarczewski (7'0 C), Muhammed went to work on the
glass. He relentlessly grabbed rebounds, both offensively and
defensively, showing an incredible knack for getting boards well out of
his area. For a guard, Muhammed is just an absolutely ferocious
Winston Sheppard, 6'7 WG, 2012 Dream
I came away more impressed today with Sheppard than I was last night.
Today, Sheppard ran his team pretty well and looked to constantly get
his players (Muhammed or Chol, for the most part) in position to score.
With such great options down low, it's no surprise that Sheppard rarely
looks to shoot or even attack the basket. He showed nice body control
and ball skills in transition, and I am starting to ultimately wonder
where his position is at the next level. He can clearly run the point,
but it would seem that his long term potential is as a creative
shooting guard that can help with PG duties. Hopefully we will see that
potential realized over the next few years.
Alex Murphy, 6'7 SG\SF, 2012 NE
Despite an absolutely ridiculous scene featuring his 7'0 running mate
(Tarczewski) foul out after seemingly 8 or 9 fouls and his coach being
ejected late (which caused the refs to call off the game), Murphy was a
warrior for his team. Rebounding, passing, screens, and free throws –
Murphy did it all to help his Players squad come back from a
double-digit deficit to give the Dream Vision squad all they could
Unfortunately, Murphy's jump shot hasn't been dialed in all weekend,
but it's pretty clear that his shooting ability shouldn't be
questioned. His form and mechanics are consistent and sound, which
makes me think it was simply an off weekend for the talented wing.
Naadir Tharpe, 5'11 PG, 2011 NE
While not a KU target, I would be remiss if I didn't mention this point
guard that is chock full of moxie. Tharpe, in tandem with Murphy, took
his game right at the vaunted Dream Vision front line and was a major
reason for the Players even being in the game at the end. His shooting
is excellent with range out past the 3pt line and his control over the
ball is also great. He's very much a scoring point guard, but with very
few viable options on his team (heck, they only had 7 players
TOTAL) Tharpe put his team on his back late and scored almost at will
against Winston Sheppard and Shabazz Muhammed.
Even though his team ended up going down to the more talented Vision
squad, it's hard not to envision Tharpe as a winner at the next level.
Compton Magic v. Total Impact
Basketball G&H Impact
Isaiah Austin, 7'0 PF\C, 2012 Compton
Austin looks every bit of 7'0 and he has arms that stretch for days.
It's easy to see his skill level too, as he handles the ball with
surprising ease and shows great form on his jumper. He has showed a few
elementary spin moves in the post, but it's clear that his skill level
down low is still being developed.
Austin's going to make his mark with his athleticism though, as he's a
big leaper and shows excellent fluidity in moving up the court. His
movement isn't labored at all and he looks unexpectedly nimble on his
feet. Now, I'd like to see him start to show some fire on the defensive
end and use that wonderful wingspan to alter more shots.
Norvel Pelle, 6'10 PF, 2011 Compton
Pelle is one of those players that just look like a high major player.
He has a fantastic frame and looks to be a few inches taller than his
listed 6'8 (he certainly looks very near to Austin's reported 7'0
height), while also boasting a wingspan that rivals the best ones at
The rumor going around was that Pelle was putting on a block show in
his earlier game, but unfortunately he was saddled with some fouls in
the game we caught. Despite those fouls, it was clear that Pelle is a
force defensively and definitely has the makings of a high-level shot
blocker at the next level.
Offensively, we saw very little from Pelle. Unfortunately for him, he
rarely got the ball in position to do much. When he did get the ball,
though, he seemed to lose focus and missed a few dunks. While he
doesn't seem to have the same touch out to the elbow on his lefty
jumper like Angelo Chol does, it's easy to see that his form is good
and he should improve as the years go by.
Jahii Carson, 5'10 PG, 2011 Compton
Carson is an electric point man with a devastating crossover. He loves
to shoot the deep ball and shows excellent form and consistency on that
shot. At this point, though, he's decidedly one-sided as he
almost universally goes to his right. At the same time, he's yet to see
any guard at this event that can exploit that tendency, as there simply
isn't anyone quick enough to stay in front of him.
While not a KU target, it's clear that Carson will end up at a high
level school and will be a thorn in some conference's side for a long
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