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BELLEVUE, Wash. - The True Players All-Star Showcase continues to expand it's reputation throughout the Northwest as the premier regional showcase of prep talent in Washington. Featuring over 40 teams from all over the area, coaches from Washington, WSU, Gonzaga, Oregon among others were on hand, shaking hands while evaluating the best talent the Northwest had to offer.

The elite talent of the Northwest and Canada showed up for an amazing three days of basketball.

Among the teams showcased were Seattle Rotary, Seattle Friends of Hoop, Northwest Panthers, Total Package, Yakima Elite, Idaho Select and BC Basketball. Sprinkled throughout the teams were players of extraordinary talent and potential, looking to take their games to the next level. Here's some quick analysis of the players that really stood out.

Reggie Moore – The 6-foot point guard continues to gain confidence and has become the leader of Rotary 1. On the court he takes charge and manages the tempo of the game to suit his team. Running the point, Moore continues to improve and impress with his steady court presence, shooter's touch and keen court vision. The tenacious defense that he brings to the floor from start to finish creates many fast-break opportunities and easy buckets for his team. While his ceiling might not be as high as some of the higher-profile players in the Northwest, his poise and versatility have made Moore impossible for college coaches to ignore. A mid- to high-major prospect, Moore is hearing from several WCC schools and now starting to generate interest from the Northwest Pac-10 programs.

Mark McLaughlin - The 6-foot-4 Inglemoor wing - who recently verbally committed to Washington State - continued his curiously inconsistent play. At times McLaughlin showed flashes of brilliance, but his overall game was marred by lapses of inexplicably mediocre play. The senior-to-be has loads of untapped potential, drawing favorable comparisons to former Washington star Tre Simmons, and all he has to do is continue to improve his focus and consistentcy to be a big factor for the full 40 minutes at the collegiate level.

Patrick McCollum – The Northwest Panther guard played the veteran leadership role on a loaded team, displaying a deft scoring ability while contributing on both ends of the floor. An excellent outside shot, accompanied by solid ball handling skills, allowed Patrick to penetrate inside at will. A mid- to high-major prospect, McCollum is hearing from several WAC and Pac-10 schools.

DeAngelo Casto – Moving from Rotary 1 to the Northwest Panthers appears to have been a good move for the 2008 post - who will transfer to Franklin in the fall. Casto is an excellent athlete with a solid body, but continues to struggle to find an offensive rhythm, often getting thwarted by smaller players in the post. If Casto's explosive legs, strong upper body and long arms can be harnessed, it will be interesting to see what Franklin Head Coach Jason Kerr can do with the 6-foot-8 center. Currently a mid- to high-major prospect, Casto is receiving interest from Washington State, Oregon State and Gonzaga, among others.

Peyton Siva – The highly touted 2009 prospect continues to "wow" spectators with his explosive speed and astonishing leaping ability. Countless dunks, three-pointers and spectacular passes were the norm for Peyton during the tournament. The Franklin junior's unlimited range keeps defenders on their heels while his ability to dribble-drive and blow by defenders allows him to hit open teammates for easy buckets. If there is a concern about Siva, it's the "razzle-dazzle" play that contributes to too many erratic passes and bad decisions that end up as turnovers. Siva is an elite prospect, with offers from Washington, Gonzaga, Oregon and Miami.

Abdul Gaddy – Scoring comes very easy for this 2009 prospect from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma. Gaddy's game looks effortless, as he seems to know exactly where to be at all times. With a deadly outside shot, quick first step and stellar handles, it's easy to see why Gaddy is considered one of the top point guards on the West Coast for 2009. He consistantly found slashing teammates for easy buckets, while sharing the point guard responsibilities with McCollum. He used his blazing quickness to penetrate the lane or find some open floor for uncontested jumpers. A high-major prospect, Gaddy has offers from Washington and Gonzaga.

Avery Bradley – Gaddy's Bellarmine Prep teammate is an explosive wing, who is at his best penetrating and creating his own shot. The bouncy 6-foot-3 junior is a solid shooter with good handles who doesn't shy from contact on the way to the rim. Bradley is a high-major prospect hearing from most of the Pac-10 schools. He currently has offers from Washington and Gonzaga.

Eric Hutcherson – A relative newcomer to the recruiting ranks - but a player that coaches have their eyes on - Hutcherson could be a sleeper post in the 2009 class. Listed at 6-foot-10 (though probably closer to 6-8) the Longview native (who plays his high school basketball for Mark Morris) relentlessly attacked the hoop at both ends of the court, while constantly making his presence felt defensively. Though raw offensively, the mop-headed junior displayed excellent passing skills, consistently finding teammates on the perimeter for open shots. Potentially a high-major prospect, Hutcherson is garnering significant interest from Washington State, while catching the eye of the other major schools throughout the Northwest.

Josh Smith – The 2010 prospect from Kentwood High is improving with every outing. The 6-foot-10 juggernaut appears more comfortable in his body with each passing week, finding new ways to use his considerable bulk to his advantage. His exceptional hands continue to develop as well, and though he still lacks the tenacity to truly dominate underneath, the more he slims down, the more he is able to use his legs to play above the rim. Smith's conditioning still needs a lot of work, as he tends to flag late in the game. Also, Smith occasionally seems unaware of his positioning underneath the hoop when he makes his move, leading to poor shot selection. On defense Josh has become more aggressive, and his block and rebound numbers show it. An elite national recruit, Smith is seeing interest from national powers across the country including Washington, Georgetown, UCLA and Duke. Top Stories