LV Showcase: Day 1 Report

HENDERSON, Nev. – The Pump & Run Spring Tournament tipped Friday night. We've got the latest news from the top performers and rundown the evening's action. (Pictured: UNC target Mario Chalmers)

Day One, Pump & Run Spring Classic

2005 Checklist

Mario Chalmers, PG, AK/NV Pump & Run Any conversation about the top PG in America probably should include Chalmers. He opened action with a 25-point effort. Chalmers was impressive from floor (10-16, 3-7 3s), smooth and efficient with his jumper and poised. He's a big timer in this class.

Terrence Williams, SG/SF, Seattle Rotary: Consider the 6-5 athlete a power wing man. He had 14 loud points in his opening round game. Blessed with a solid body and strong frame, Williams has an athletic burst and hops. His athleticism puts pressure on defenders.

Marcus Williams, SF, Seattle Rotary: Things started extremely slow for him in the opener. Then, in the second half he got rolling and I mean rolling. When it was over he had 27 points and made 8-of-10 from the line. He still needs strength, but there's a measure of skill he plays with.

Artem Wallace, PF, Portland Panthers: Undoubtedly one of the top post players on the West Coast. The native of Russia didn't finish everything inside but you get the sense he's more than capable. He's an above average athlete at 6-8 and strong. Unlike many in the Class of 2005, this big man knows how to score in the paint.

Wacey Hall, PF, Indiana Elite: He enters this event with just one offer. Though not particularly strong, he challenged shots and showed a measure of athleticism. He could blossom into a nice mid-major by summer's end. He's a legit 6-9.

2006 Checklist

Seth Tarver, SG, Portland Panthers: Between a father who ran the ball in the NFL and a brother who played hoops in the Pac-10, it's no surprise that he's a talent. This big wing is big time. He already carries himself like a player.

Ray Hall, C, Colorado Pump & Run: Good looking sophomore post player. He's trimmed his body down and looks like a lumberjack. He can score with skill inside and he's got a body that's built to accept contact and punish defenders.

Phil Nelson, SF, Portland Panthers: This 6-7 small forward is probably on the verge of having a breakout traveling team season. Friday night, he made his mark with a big time stroke from behind the arc. He went on a spree in which he was burying 3s.

News & Notes

Mario Chalmers, the point guard for AK/NV Pump & Run, says he's down to five. He's already been to Arizona for a visit. North Carolina, UCLA, Marquette and Wake Forest round out the list. … Chalmers' teammate Lamar Falley is interested in Kansas, Texas, UConn and Tennessee, though none came to see him during the March period. …

Seattle Rotary swingman Terrence Williams has offers from Arizona, Washington and Gonzaga. He's also interested in Georgia Tech, UNC and Louisville. … Seattle Rotary small forward Marcus Williams likes to list UConn, Texas, Florida, North Carolina State, Arizona and Washington. …

Sophomore wing Seth Tarver says he's hearing early from California, DePaul and UCLA. … Missouri and Washington were in recently to see Portland Panthers PF Artem Wallace. He also likes UCLA, Stanford, Gonzaga, San Diego State, Kansas and Arizona. … Indy Elite PF Wacey Hall said that he presently has one offer: Evansville. Western Michigan and Western Illinois have shown interest. …

Though he's not here, we've received word that Louisville coach Rick Pitino was in Florida to see Arlington Country Day guard David Huertas. The AAU coach of the guard said Pitino offered a scholarship. N.C. State was in last week to see Huertas and Georgia Tech will be there on Tuesday. Florida State and Arizona are coming Monday. …

Scout's Seat

Mario Chalmers doesn't have a handle like he's from Alaska. One observer remarked that he looks more like an NYC guard. … Marcus Williams of Seattle Rotary got to the rim today but wasn't able to finish everything. There's no doubt he's in need of strength training. …

Terrence Williams leaves his feet to hammer down big time dunks. He's also a good passer but leaves his feet too much when dishing. … Artem Wallace is an efficient player. There's not a lot of wasted energy to his game. He catches it and goes right to work. …

Teams Watched Alaska/New Mexico Pump & Run, Las Vegas Rebels, Seattle Rotary, Branch West Red, Colorado Pump & Run, Branch West Purple, Portland Panthers, WVBC All-Stars, Indiana Elite, Pump & Run Sophomores.


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