Vegas: Tuesday National Rundown

LAS VEGAS – Michael Beasley and (UCLA prospect) Jrue Holiday were two of the better performers we saw at the Super 64 as each had impressive showings. We finished off over at the Big Time where Justin Burrell muscled the Long Island Lightning into another playoff round...

Michael Beasley, PF, D.C. Assault – The big fellas has picked his spots in regards to when he's turned it on. In the second half of his game against the Atlanta Celtics, Beasley had it rocking. Howard Thompkins was checking him and tried his best but Beasley's athleticism and turn around jumpers in the post were too much to handle.


DTA's Montrel Clark
Montrel Clark, C, DTA Wisconsin – He's been hiding and off the beaten path for a long time. The 6-foot-10 prospect is beginning to emerge. He says there are few schools actually recruiting him but that's about to change. Not always aggressive and tends to play in spurts, Clark is a talent who will thrive at the mid-major level.

Austin Freeman, SG, D.C. Assault – While Beasley ruled the second half of the morning playoff game, Freeman was the stud in the first. We're totally comfortable calling him a top dozen prospect in this class and he'll be a first-team all-Big East player someday for the Hoyas. Even with an unorthodox body Freeman gets it done because the stroke is strong.

Senario Hillman, SG, Atlanta Celtics – If there's one thing that always seems to stick out with Hillman it's his effort. We can't think of a scenario (sorry, bad joke) where he hasn't played with intensity. One of the better guys in the class at shooting on the move, he had a nice final Vegas game against Assault.

Justin Burrell, PF, L.I. Lightning – The fast-twitch muscles were back in action as he helped his team advance at the Big Time. He recorded a 24 and 12 game while pinning no less than 3 shots on the backboard. Significant addition for the Johnnies and Norm Roberts.

Fred Ellis, PF/SF, Spirit Got Game – This one took some uncovering. The 6-foot-6 Sacramento (Calif.) High standout is a student in the classroom and an athlete on the court. Amazingly there were none (ZERO) schools watching him from the West Coast in the final game of the night. Ryan Odom of Virginia Tech peeked in and probably was intrigued with what he saw. An outstanding athlete, he made 3-pointer en route to 24 points. After one viewing we'll call him a mid-major with potential and a high ceiling.


Pump's Jrue Holiday
Johnny Flynn (2007) vs. Jerime Anderson (2008) – Two good PGs took the floor in a playoff game and it was Anderson's squad that came away victorious. Flynn scored 14 points but didn't shoot it to his ability while Anderson's 9 points and 4 assists showcased his overall floor game. Two different styles – Flynn is a scorer, Anderson are more balanced PG – on display in knockout game. Both challenged each other with pressure defense at times. The unassuming Anderson is a high-major lock and should rate well nationally.

Jeremy Allen, SG, Team Detroit – One of the leading scorers at the event could be a Midwest priority wing target. The guy can rain it from down and has a very good frame for a player at this level.

Jrue Holiday, SG, Double Pump – The G.C. Ballers made a very big mistake: they talked trash to Holiday. After a scintillating first half in which he put on a show and scored 24 points, Holiday took a vacation in the second half but that was OK since he clearly demonstrated the ability that will inevitably solidify his place in the Scout.com Top 10 for his class. He finished with 26 points and now a group of guys from New York know exactly who he is.

Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins has been on Olympic Team detail. However, he made it out to see Johnny Flynn, Antonio Jardine and Rick Jackson. … Montrel Clark says no one has offered but is hearing from Bradley and Marshall. Milwaukee's Rob Jeter trailed him today. …

The word on the streets says that D.J. Wright is likely to pick LSU (in attendance today) sometime in August. … We weren't at the game on Monday but word trickled out that Mississippi State sent its entire staff to Greg Monroe's game. That sends a clear message of how important he will be to the Bulldogs 2008 recruiting efforts. …

Guys who witnessed the Jrue Holiday outburst against the Ballers: Ben Howland, Roy Williams, Lorenzo Romar, Herb Sendek, Jay John and Mark Few. …

Julian Vaughn is ready. "I want to commit next month," he told Scout.com. Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Kentucky are on the short list. … Jamar Samuels is thinking about reclassifying into 2008. He has an offer from Temple and interest from DePaul, North Carolina State, Syracuse and Georgetown. Surprising George Washington isn't on his list; his game screams GW in terms of style. …

Jerime Anderson has an offer from California and interest from UCLA, Gonzaga, Arizona, Connecticut and Louisville. ... Detroit's Jeremy Allen has offers from Toledo, Central Michigan and Towson. … Fred Ellis has an offer from St. Mary's while Oregon State, Arizona State, Colorado State, San Francisco and UC-Davis have shown interest. …

Julian Vaughn dropped a trio of triples from behind the arc in his morning game. … Martavius Adams came out smoking against Assault as he scored 8 points (jumpers, strong inside hits) in the first 4 minutes of the game but faded in the second half and wasn't a factor. Solid Top 100 prospect. …

D.J. Wright of the G.C. Ballers is a 6-foot-6 small forward with excellent range on his jump shot. … O.J. Mayo and the crew from the D-I Greyhounds are through in the Big Time as they got bounced. So did EBO from the adidas Super 64. … By the way, the pieces of the puzzle are coming together for JaJuan Johnson and we aren't sure he's the No. 4 recruit in Purdue's class anymore! He had 16 and 8 in a near upset of the So Cal All-Stars. …


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