Kaleb Tarczewski - 2012 7'0 C - Tarczewski was recently tabbed #16 in the Scout.com 2012 Top 75, and he backed up that ranking with a strong showing on Day 1. Using every bit of his (legit) 7'0 frame, Tarczewski altered shots and battled for rebounds. More impressive about his showing, however, was the budding post game he's starting to show. Even though it's still in the elementary stages, Tarczewski showed a devastating drop-step that led to a few dunks over D-One's Quincy Miller. In fact, Tarczewski completed one dunk off of a tough up-and-under move against Miller.
Alex Murphy - 2012 6'8 SF\PF - If you didn't know Murphy was athletic, you found out early on in the early game. On three different breakaways, Murphy beat the D-One defenders down court and elevated above them for throwdowns. On a day when his shot wasn't falling from deep, Murphy used his skill in the low- and mid-posts to create easy opportunities for himself and his teammates. Murphy probably made his biggest impression, though, by playing hounding defense on D-One's Miller, who struggled to score over the long-armed Murphy.
Markus Kennedy - 2011 6'9 PF\C - Kennedy was the NE Playaz big man that did the most damage today. Using his wide shoulders to muscle past defenders, Kennedy scored at will against D-One to lead his team to the win. Even though the team fell in overtime in the afternoon to the Compton Magic, Kennedy had his way with that squad as well.
Shabazz Muhammed - 2012 6'5 SF - Another tournament, another impressive showing for Muhammed. No matter the opponent, he just goes to work doing what he does best: rebounding and scoring. Despite being known as a guy that does his best work in the post, Muhammed stepped out and hit jumpers today for Dream Vision. Even though his release is a bit mechanical and stiff, he gets his shot off quickly and elevates high above his opponents. He still can struggle with accuracy if he's rushed a bit, but his shot looks pretty reliable on open kickouts.
Winston Shepard - 2012 6'7 SF - It was a nice surprise to see Shepard playing with some fire, but it was even nicer to see him keep his composure when pressed by his opponents and his own coaches. When he's focused, like today, Shepard can be a scary defender. He has long arms and great timing for blocks, making him real force protecting the rim. He also moves his feet well and can defend almost any style of guard. Hopefully Wednesday brings the same focus and energy from the young Findley Prep standout.
It's July 6th, do you know where your coaches are?
If you are a fan of a high major, chances are they were in Gym 1 at Lawrence North (IN) for the matchup between Dream Vision and Team Indiana Elite. The coaching staffs from Kansas, Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Arizona, Oklahoma State, and at least 20 other major schools were on hand to see Shabazz Muhammed, Winston Shepard, Marshall Plumlee, Cody Zeller, Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell, and Jeremiah Davis.
Top Jayhawk Target?
Through the first day, it's hard to imagine a recruit getting more attention from the Kansas staff than Kaleb Tarczewski. For his only two games of the day, Tarczewski was watched closely by head coach Bill Self and assistant coaches Danny Manning and Joe Dooley.