Sharp shooting Lashley gets attention from U of L

<b>LAS VEGAS</b> Hot shooting guard Edwin Lashley is getting interest from Louisville, while athletic forward Marcus Johnson continues to list the Cardinals high atop his list.

After catching a glimpse of a trio of the top players from the Class of 2006, we took in most of the action from the Reebok Big Time on the first day of action in Sin City.

Brandan Wright was somewhat tentative in his matchup against Team Texas' Durrel Arthur and Bryan Davis. The 6-9 Wright finished with 12 points and had a few of his shots altered by Arthur.

Wright did have one emphatic dunk on Arthur in the second half, but the 6-8, 215-pound Arthur responded on the next time down the court with a flush of his own – over Wright.

This one was basically a draw, especially considering Arthur had some help from 6-9, 225-pound Davis.

Arthur finished with 8 points and missed a few easy shots in the paint while Davis had 12 points and also had four steals, despite getting a few hours of sleep after playing in Dinos Trigonis' midnight tournament just hours prior.

Wright displayed terrific body control, altered numerous shots and displayed terrific passing skills for a player his size. However, he was tentative offensively and also will need to get stronger so he can be more dominant on the boards.

Arthur and Davis told TheInsiders.com after the game that they share the same top three list despite rarely talking to one another about their future college plans. Texas, Arizona and Kansas are the leaders for the duo.

2005 Checklist

Ryan Wright, BF, Loyola (Canada): Did most of his damage in the paint with dunks and putbacks. Still raw on the offensive end, but gets off the floor extremely quick. Needs to work on his perimeter shot.

Eric Boateng, C, St. Andrew's (Del.): Definitely not one of his better performances. The London native struggled with his offense, scoring a total of 9 points – including a layup and a pair of power inside moves. His defense was average until late in the game, when he rejected four shots in the waning minutes.

Lawrence Hill, F, Deer Valley (Ariz.): Continues to show that he's going to be a great get for Stanford. Plays within himself is more assertive offensively and showcased a versatile game that included a 3-pointer and some inside baskets.

Davon Jefferson, F, Lynwood (Calif.): The 6-7, 200-pound wing forward had arguably the elite performance of the opening day. Put up 27 points and had it going from long range and also driving to the basket. Finishes just about everything, but tends to make poor decisions and also takes bad shots at times.

Edwin Lashley, WG, St. Thomas More (Conn.): Somewhat unknown after playing sparingly at St. Thomas More last season as a reclassified junior, Lashley can flat-out stroke it from downtown. Went for 24 points, including a trio of trifectas.

Marcus Johnson, WG, Westchester (Calif.): Did what he does so well and took it strong to the basket. He's one of the most athletic players in the country and finished about as well as anyone. Still needs to show he can knock down the perimeter shot.

2006 Checklist

Rob Thomas, F, St. Thomas More (Conn.): Didn't play that much in the NY Panthers rout, but scored 18 points in about 14 minutes. He connected on a trio of 3-pointers, was active on the offensive glass and scored on a patented spin move that left his defender speechless.

2007 Checklist

Taylor King, F, Mater Dei (Calif.): Didn't get a chance to do all that much as Marcus Johnson and Bryan Harvey took control for the Southern Cal All-Stars. Was unselfish and passed it well, but got limited looks.

News & Notes

Edwin Lashley said that prior to the spring, schools like George Mason and Penn State were showing interest. Now the Maryland native has gotten some interest from Boston College, St. John's, Louisville, St. Joe's and Drexel. He knocked down eight 3-pointers in a recent Reebok tournament in New Jersey last week. … Eric Boateng said he is still leaning towards committing to Duke, but may still take visits to Boston College and Georgia Tech. After this tournament ends, he will go home to England for a few weeks and discuss it with his family. ``I'm just trying to go somewhere I can develop," Boateng said. "Right now I'm not sure what I want to do." … Chad Millard of Brewster Academy (N.H.) said that Vanderbilt, Providence and Missouri comprise his elite three. … Davon-Jefferson mentioned Kansas, North Carolina, Maryland, Arizona, Washington and USC in the mix. USC and Washington have offered. … Marcus Johnson said he still favors Syracuse, but Louisville, UConn and Georgia Tech are also involved.


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