Shabazz Muhammad, 6-5 SF Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. The #1 ranked player in the country started out a bit slow in a big game against the Atlanta Celtics and Dream Vision was down by double digits in the first half. But Muhammad eventually got it going with a series of vicious dunks, strong post-ups on the block and a few feathery jumpers from deep and Dream Vision ultimately prevailed in a hard-fought game. Muhammad's physical strength is unmatched at the small forward spot and he used it to good advantage in over-powering the Celtic defenders.
Robert Upshaw, 6-11 C Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial. Upshaw didn't score a ton of points for Dream Vision, but he made a couple plays that showed his enormous potential. One play was a pretty spin move in the lane that he finished with a little left-handed jump hook. Another came on a rebound when he went over several players for a tip dunk and then another play when he came off the weakside on defense for a big block. He's still growing into his body and his footwork/low-post game still has a ways to go. But Upshaw's potential is enormous once he gets some coaching.
Dominic Artis, 5-11 PG Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep. Artis had a solid, not great, game on Friday. He took a couple questionable shots and didn't show his usual excellent decision-making. However, he knocked down several big shots in the second half and he also showed off his considerable athleticism on a couple plays. He made a big-time move on a stepback three (that he missed), but the move itself showed off his enormous potential. He's improved tremendously in the last year and he has a very high upside.
Xavier Johnson, 6-6 SF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Johnson had a somewhat slow start for Dream Vision, but he played very well in the second half as he sliced through the Atlanta Celtic defense on a few occasions. He played a very solid game defensively, getting a few big blocks and steals, while also doing a good job on the boards. His jump shot wasn't following, but Johnson found a number of other ways to help his team win. And it's that versatility that makes Johnson a very appealing prospect.
Dakarai Allen, 6-4 SG/SF Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon. Allen didn't score a lot of points in a win Friday afternoon, but he dominated the game with his defense and passing ability. He's got an exceptional feel for a wing player, with very good vision. And defensively he loves to attack his opponent and look to create turnovers. He knocked down a couple jumpers, and showed off a smooth stroke in doing so, but it's his entire game that makes him such a special prospect.
Paul Watson, 6-6 SF Phoenix (Ariz.) Paradise Valley. Watson has a terrific basketball body, with long arms and legs, and a very nice frame. He's a effective slashing off the wing, but he's also got a very solid stroke out to the strip. He's not well known nationally just yet, but he's among the elite wing prospects in the west for 2013.
Jabari Bird, 6-4 SF Richmond (Calif.) Salesian. Bird is an exceptional athlete and he showed off his terrific leaping ability with a series of spectacular plays at both ends of the court in his game Friday afternoon. He's got terrific body control, to go with a very nice stroke and ability to get his own shot. He's an elite talent in the class of 2013.