UM Hoop Targets Take Their Games to Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada will be an AAU Basketball Mecca over the next few days, as all three shoe companies sponsor tournaments in the city that never sleeps. The's hoop staff is out in full force and a few Michigan targets have drawn some of their early attention.

Below are excepts from the Day 1 reports by the Jeff Goodman and Dave Telep of To view the reports in their entirety, click the story links.

By Jeff Goodman

"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."

Be sure to check out the full story for a recap of a big time match-up featuring Brandan Wright.

By Dave Telep

"Kendric Price, PF, NE Playaz: It’s been a while since we’ve seen him so this was our first look in a while. Price finished most of his shots inside and didn’t waste too much time on the perimeter. He can play some facing the basket and that’s fine as long as he continues to work inside. He had 20 points and 5 rebounds against a bad team today."

By Dave Telep

"Kendric Price drew a nice mix of college coaches. Among the interested parties were Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Florida State and Purdue. Head coaches from Memphis, DePaul and the associate head coach at Purdue."

"Junior big man Alex Stepheson is a talent. Every now and then he’ll announce his presence like he did today with a big time hook shot. At this point, he’s not consistent enough but he should be a force a year from now. … Put good players around Greg Paulus and he’ll distribute the basketball and make everyone better. He’s a gamer who loves competing. He had 16 today."


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