Shabazz Muhammad, SF, Dream Vision – Always tough and aggressive, Muhammad, a 6-foot-5 highly regarded wing, showed a scoring mentality Friday night. The southpaw worked it from mid-range and attacked the rim. Muhammad finished through contact and made his way to the free throw line a number of times.
Arguably the top wing prospect in the 2012 class and Muhammad showed why. The 6-foot-5 wing hunted out mid-level jump shots and they were going down. He pumped in 29 points and strapped Dream Vision on his back and led them to victory. Offensively he was efficient and effective going off one and two dribbles, pulling up for jumpers. He also showed a floater and his ability to finish through contact.
Robert Upshaw, C, Dream Vision – Defensively Upshaw, a 6-foot-11 center, was active and aggressive against a talented Connecticut Basketball Club. Going up against Andre Drummond, th best player in the 2012 class, he held his own, which is a tough task in its own right. He recorded double digit blocks, rebounded his area and scored when he got touches around the rim. Match that up with great hands and he's a heck of a post prospect that continues to get better.
In a battle with Robert Carter, Upshaw more than held his own. His length allows him to be a factor defensively. He has a good set of hands and his offense is coming along. He feels comfortable facing up and shooting short mid-range shots and he has a hook over his left shoulder. Upshaw still needs to develop some counter moves on the block, but he's a heck of a talent that is raising his stock.
William Goodwin, PF, Atlanta Celtics – With Isaiah Austin on the opposition, Goodwin was forced to be aggressive and active against the Compton Magic. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward rose to the occasion. He buried a pair of three-pointers, ran the floor for buckets and showed his athleticism in the paint. He needs to be more consistent with his effort, but the talent and ability is there.
Gabe York, SG, Compton Magic – Scoring isn't an issue for this 6-foot-1 combo guard. By regulation he pumped in 30 points and scored them in just about every way possible. An impressive leaper, York put down a vicious dunk in transition, shot the ball well off the dribble and managed a number of buckets at the rim. He's gets a lot done at the two-guard spot, but we think he can double as a combo guard and handle some point duties.
Arnaud Moto, SF, Team Takeover – His performance at the EYBL was absolutely no joke. Moto once again came to play, and showed that he is one of the best wings in the entire country. His strength, athleticism, and ability to finish around the rim is well known, but Moto was also knocking in jumpers. With him showing that in the arsenal, it is just scary to think about how good he can be.
Torian Graham, SG, DC Assault – The talent level possessed by Graham is just unreal. He is a freak athlete and has the ability to knock in shots all the way out 23 feet. Graham showed those flashes in spurts as Assault cruised to a convincing win. When focused and ready to play Graham is impossible to guard, and he put all those skills to work in a big win.
James Robinson, PG, Team Takeover – After a so-so start to his spring, Robinson picked things up in a good way on Sunday. While definitely not the quickest floor general, Robinson made shots, scored out of the post against smaller guards, and also was a pest on defense. He can get by defenders with strength more than speed, but more so than anything it was his ability to distribute the basketball that was so impressive.
Kyle Anderson PF/SF NJ Playaz – While Davis was getting it done for the Playaz from deep, Anderson made plays off the bounce, and most importantly rebounded like a monster. Not known as a big time rebounder, Anderson controlled the glass and then pushed the pace in transition getting the ball to Davis on time and in the right spots.
Ishmael Wainwright, SF, KC 76ers – While Wainwright was a bit out-of-place running with a new team at the EYBL last weekend, he was the go-to guy and in his element with the Kansas City 76ers against the Illinois Warriors. Wainwright went off the bounce, finished through contact, scored off of putbacks and even knocked down a three for good measure. He also put it down on the defensive end, sending numerous shots away with force.
Solomon Poole, PG, Atlanta Celtics – In a contest that featured no less than eight or nine high major prospects, Poole made more than enough plays to warrant attention. In fact, Poole was one of the more talented prospects on the floor against the Compton Magic. He's tough to contain when he gets out in transition, as he's fast, athletic and capable of finishing through contact. Mix in a legit jump shot with range and he's a tough guard to defend.
Shaqquan Aaron, SF, Dream Vision – On a team with an elite level wing and a big man that is approaching that status, the defense often times lost the 6-foot-6 wiry wing prospect. And leaving Aaron open is a mistake. He buried a number of three-pointers and even mixed in a drive to the rim. Going forward he'll need to continue to develop his ball handling and gain confidence going to the basket, but he's a step above majority of the 2014 prospects.
Stanley Johnson, SG, Belmont Shore – Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei has a bright future. Yesterday their freshman Shaqquan Aaron impressed us, but on Saturday it was their other freshman that caught our eye. A 6-foot-4 guard, Johnson has a strong frame, a good-looking jump shot and the athleticism and ability to score at the basket. He's one of the better guard prospects we've seen in the 2014 class not only on the west coast, but in the country.
*Jordan Adams, a 6-foot-5 wing prospect, hit five three-pointers in the Celtics narrow win over Compton Magic. One came down the stretch in overtime, helping propped the group from Atlanta to victory.
*With Isaiah Austin holding a significant height and length advantage on him, Tony Parker had to be aggressive, attack Austin's chest and be more active. He was better in second half and showed a mid-range shot.
*The Atlanta Celtics 15 and under squad had a number of prospects that caught our eye. Lead guard Hakeem Coney is a pretty good athlete with a strong frame. He dished it out well for the youngsters. Demetrius Houston, Greg King and Darrell Myers were also impressive for the Celtics.
*Gabe York said majority of the PAC-10 is showing him attention, as is Marquette, Georgetown, Kansas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and UNLV. *Ishmael Wainwright claims offers from the new staff at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas, UCLA, St. John's, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Memphis and Kansas.