Josh Smith, C, Rotary Select (2010) – He's an enormous kid; maybe around 270 pounds? Right now he's a big old soft bodied center with a high ceiling. When you evaluate players like Smith you're looking for markers. His two best attributes are soft hands the desire to dunk the ball when he can. After tossing back his share of blocks he worked his way to 15 points in a fast-paced game that definitely took a lot out of the big fella.
Ben Howland watched Josh Smith.
Jrue Holiday, SG, Pump – For our money, this was the AAU performance of the summer. In complete command of every facet of his game, Holiday had 14 in the first half and finished with by our count 26, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. The highlights: a left-handed high-arching floater off the glass and a behind-the-back dribble runner, also with the left ala LeBron. One of the most intelligent guards we've seen in recent years, Holiday's performance, for our money, is the gold standard for the summer. He went ahead and raised the bar with this one.
Jerime Anderson has a high level understanding of playing with others and a great feel for the pick and roll…
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J'Mison Morgan, C, Urban DFW Elite – He didn't get much done on the offensive end, but Morgan certainly made up for it on the defensive side. Blessed with a huge frame and great size, Morgan snagged rebounds and swatted a handful of shots. He's a better athlete than one would think and he's capable of out muscling guys in the paint.
J'mison Morgan, C, Urban DFW Elite (Day 2)– Yesterday he got after it on the defense end, today he added the offense, as he put together one of the more impressive individual performances of the event. Regardless of foul trouble that kept him out of half of the first half, Morgan dominated the paint. Nearly every touch he got inside was a bucket, as he used his strength, athleticism and aggressiveness to score over Drew Gordon.
His spin moves are effective, and he also made a great drop step move late in the second half. It's too bad his teammates didn't toss the ball into him more often because the big fella was scoring at will against one of the better post defenders in the class.
Drew Gordon, C, Oakland Solider – In our opinion Morgan got the better of Gordon, but that didn't mean the 6-foot-9 big man headed to UCLA played bad. He put forth the normal Gordon-like effort, as he ran the floor, was active on both ends and made a great hop step move in traffic for an easy bucket. The injury hasn't slowed him much, as he didn't even look rusty.
Morgan mentioned Georgetown, Alabama, UCLA, Baylor, LSU, Kansas and Texas. He claims scholarship offers from each.
Malcolm Lee, PG, Inland Empire – The 6-foot-4 UCLA commit looked great against the Spiece Gym Rats, especially in the first half. He got to the rack at will and showed that he can finish with either hand. Lee is at his best in transition where he can create for teammates and get to the rim. He finished with 22 points in the game we watched against the Spiece Gym Rats.
Scout.com's Frank Burlison got in plenty of UCLA-related mentions in his Monday Vegas Column