UCLA Prospects in Vegas

After just a half of the first day in Las Vegas, where three big tournaments are happening simultaneously, here's a look at some UCLA prospects like junior guard Malcolm Lee, junior forward Drew Gordn and sophomore guard Rome Draper...

A little more than halfway through the first day in Las Vegas, we have an update on some of the action so far.

We saw Malcolm Lee, 6-3 JR PG/SG Riverside (Calif.) North, this morning in a 9:00 a.m. game. Lee was a little wound up, and played a little careless at times, but he also showed why he's among the top West Coast guards in his class. Lee drained several jumpers from deep and led his teammates in a furious last minute comeback to get the win. Lee's Inland team was down by seven with around 30 seconds to go, but Lee came up with a couple steals and assists to pull out the victory. UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland was at Lee's game.

In the gym today watching Malcolm Lee, besides Howland, were coaches from Cal, Arizona State, USC, Washington and Stanford.

Drew Gordon had a big audience for his game. North Carolina, Cal, UCLA, Louisville, Washington, Gonzaga, Arizona, UConn and Arizona State were all in the gym watching the talented post prospect. Rome Draper, 6-5 SO SG/SG Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Etiwanda, is a smooth and talented wing. Draper plays with a calmness and control to his game that is very unusual for a high school sophomore. He's got a terrific stroke with three-point range, but also an outstanding mid-range game. He makes very good decisions and we believe he has a chance to be one of the best wings in his class. We spoke with Draper briefly after his game and asked if he has an early list of colleges. "I like UCLA," said Draper. "Also, UConn and Boston College."

The Las Vegas Prospects young team has a terrific-looking young guard named Elijah Johnson, a 6-1 sophomore point guard from Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne. Johnson is a very good scorer, but he plays unselfishly and he made great decisions in the game we watched. He has the look of a player who might end up at the elite level down the road.


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