Vegas Perspective: Day Two

Day Two in Las Vegas brought more heat and more hoops. Dawgman.com's Kim Grinolds sniffed out a commitment to the Washington Huskies by Sacramento (Calif.) Valley SG Roburt Sallie and saw games that featured two other UW commits and one more player that just might end up at Montlake when it's all said and done.

Here are Kim's quick, capsule thoughts on the top players he saw on Saturday.

Roburt Sallie - "They didn't get him the ball the second game. And he missed a bunch of free throws the second game, probably half of them. But I really like the way he plays. He fills it up. He has a quick release. He can flat out play. His team played poorly tonight. I thought that some of the other players were playing pretty selfish. Some other coaches mentioned that too. He wasn't getting the ball. They had a lot of guys that were gunning the ball. He had 36 this afternoon, they were feeding him the ball. I guess they were done feeding him. He's Tre Simmons, that's who he is. He's Tre Simmons."

Harvey Perry - Had 8 in a win over Play Hard, Play Smart. "He started the game with his left hand and wrist pretty heavily taped. I talked to his Dad and he told me that he broke his wrist last year and this afternoon he fell on it and tweaked it. He didn't take a lot of shots. He was being a banger out there. He was doing more of the little things. He's just a real athletic kid out there. He played some point. He threw an alley-oop for a dunk to one of his teammates. He's real strong inside. He can be real physical when he wants to. He's real unselfish. He doesn't dominate the ball and doesn't have to. He gives it up. He reminds me of when Isaiah Stanback played with Brandon Roy at Garfield. When they were playing their best, Isaiah was doing all the little things to help them win - setting picks, bringing the attitude and being a leader. Perry was doing all those things."

Artem Wallace - "I really liked Artem a lot. He's got great footwork. He's just a power guy inside. When he has the ball he just powers it inside, keeps the ball above his head and takes it to the hole. He finishes really well. He's strong, physical. He's just a grinder. He's a lot different than Brockman. Brockman is just go, go, go. He's just relentless. Wallace isn't as quick as Brockman, but he's just beefier and bulkier. He's a lot more physical than Brockman. Brockman is just relentless to the hole, whereas Artem is more physical.

Joey Shaw - "I wouldn't put him in the league of Sallie or Perry, but he's a good-looking player. He's got some nice upside, but he's a year younger so he's not as physically as mature as those guys are."

Davon Jefferson - "He's a big-time guy, a gifted, gifted athlete. He fills the lane, he's got the power game - he does a lot of things. He scored 23 or 24 tonight. He's a nice 6-foot-8-inch athlete. He's got a wing game, he can hit the three. He's the type of player that in college when his game is on he can take over a game with everything he can do. The sky is the limit for him, he's a good-looking player. He's can sky. Of all the big-time athletes I've seen here, he's probably the best one. When you throw in athleticism and polish - he's a pretty polished athlete. He can play."


Notes:
Lute on the Prowl: Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson was watching Josh Tarver today and also was there late to watch Davon Jefferson's H-Squad score triple-digits in a runaway win. UCLA's Ben Howland and Washington's Lorenzo Romar were also there, as well as coaches from Wisconsin and Oklahoma State

'Cats searching for space?: With Davon Jefferson and Martell Webster as two of the more high-profile players Arizona is looking at, word is that the Wildcats are tight on space and might just have room for one more spot. With other high-major prospects on the line, including a recent offer to Marcus Williams, Arizona just might not have time to wait for Jefferson, and especially Webster if he stands by his intent to hold off signing until April of 2005.

Word coming from the various camps in Vegas is that Martell really wants to jump to the NBA if he has a monster senior year, and that's the main reason he's continuing to keep his options as open as possible.

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