2012 Intro: Cameron Ridley

LAS VEGAS --- You would be hard-pressed to find anybody hotter in Las Vegas than 2012 big man Cameron Ridley.

He emerged on the national radar in June, with a breakout performance at the Nike Hoop Jamboree that vaulted him from nationally unknown to a Scout.com Top 25 prospect. But it appears he's not done climbing the rankings.

In a class full of promising post prospects, Cameron Ridley is doing his best to stand out. With other top 2012 big men in the Adidas Super 64 field like Isaiah Austin, Shaquille Cleare and Kaleb Tarczewski, Ridley has managed to be one of the top performers thanks to his massive size and advanced skill.

Even with his games with the Houston Hoopstars being in mostly off-site facilities from the Super 64's main venues, college coaches made sure to see the Richmond (Texas) Ft. Bend Bush rising junior.

During one game far from the main strip, between the Houston Hoopstars and Minnesota Fury, head coaches from Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas A&M plus North Carolina's Roy Williams were in attendance watching Ridley.

And Ridley didn't disappoint, finishing with hooks from both hands, jump shots, dunks and blocking and altering shots on the defensive end.

"(July has been) good," Ridley said after the dominating performance at the Adidas Super 64. "I'm playing consistent with my game."

Among Ridley's many strengths, he believes a few stand out.

"Defense and blocking shots," said Ridley, who's trimmed down under 240 pounds on his 6-10 frame. "On offense my jump shot and my jump hook. I'm probably best with my jump hook with either hand."

Schools from the region have noticed Ridley's skills and offers have started to come in.

"Texas, Oklahoma and mainly Big 12 schools have offered," Ridley said.

But he has also heard from a couple of other schools -- including North Carolina.

"North Carolina called me after the first part of the live period," Ridley said, as the UNC staff watched him during the opening July Evaluation Period earlier this month. "It was one of the assistant coaches. They want to watch me (this second live period)."

Although the Tar Heels have yet to offer, his impressive play at the Super 64 will likely lead to increased interest from UNC and many others.

"The Nike Hoop Jamboree was just the beginning," Scout.com analyst, and Inside Carolina reporter, Evan Daniels said. "In just a few weeks he's progressed and on Saturday he showed the ability to be considered among the top players in the class. He's known by regional high majors as a big time player, now he's about to make the jump to a national standout.

"He has a good-looking big man body with strong frame and a massive wingspan. Offensively he has moves on the block, including a go-to right jump hook. Around the rim he has great touch and he's capable of stepping away for a 15-footer. Defensively he's active and contests everything in his area. He works hard on both ends, goes to the glass and isn't afraid to mix it up inside."

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