Premier Showcase Wrap

BELLEVUE, Wash. - The top basketball prospects from the Northwest and British Columbia were on display at Bellevue Community College the past four days for the first annual Northwest Premier Showcase. This great tournament by Premier Hoops showcased some of the best players not only locally, but on a national level.

With several undecided, Top-100 prospects hitting the floor, a show was definitely bound to happen. Here is a recap of some of the top talent that participated in the showcase.

Abdul Gaddy – This floor general has a great feel and flow for the game. His shot is consistent in the paint and on the perimeter. Gaddy's court vision and anticipation is very good; he also possesses phenomenal ball handling skills. He will provide an immediate impact wherever he lands when it is all said and done. The Bellarmine Prep product is the definition of a complete player.

Avery Bradley – There is no hiding the talents of this guard. A few months ago he was basically unknown to the majority outside of the Greater Seattle area and now he is being courted by the who's who of college basketball. The 2009 guard has an amazing ability to attack the basket and find lanes where none seem to be available. Bradley's midrange jumper is starting to become automatic and his dribbling/penetrating ability is excellent. He is able to adjust and contort his body in the air to weave around defenders.

Peyton Siva – The 2009 Louisville verbal commit had a rough tournament. While playing heavy minutes, he looked to run the point less and less, playing the shooting guard position almost exclusively throughout the tournament. Hitting only one field goal in Rotary's opening game set the tone for the tournament. While Siva is an excellent combo guard, he still hasn't been able to take the point guard position and embrace it.

Aaron Dotson - A good spring and eyebrow-raising summer has seen the stock of this 2009 wing go through the roof. Dotson seems to be taking more of an offensive approach from the outside instead of being mostly known as a slasher. His defense remains solid, due mostly to his speed and pride on that end of the court. He is still rather skinny and will need to put on some weight to compete at the college level. Dotson is considered a high-major prospect, getting interest from some elite teams nationwide and earning a Washington offer right after the Showcase.

Corey Stern – This 2009 Colorado import was impressive. Stern, who recently transfered from ThunderRidge High in Highlands Ranch, Colo. to Rainier Beach, has a high motor and is a team player who can crash the boards, bang inside and hit the perimeter jumper. He is a strong, physical player on both ends, with a lot of upside.

Josh Smith – The Superman socks with "Big Dawg" embroidered on them definitely were a good fit for Smith, as he was as dominant, overpowering, physical and tenacious as you would expect a national, Top-5 prospect to be. has to be at the top of the. Smith continues to improve each time he steps on the floor and seems to bring the 'lunch pail' mentality to the gym. It would be nice to see what he is capable of outside the key. Developing a mid- range jumper would go a long way as Smith looks to the netake his game to the next level. Smith looks to have completely grown into his large frame and was simply the best player of the entire Showcase.

Simi Fajemisin – The big-bodied 6-foot-9, class of 2010 big man from Lynnwood High School has work to do, but there's no denying his upside. Fajemisin has limited skills on the offensive end, though he did showcase a solid mid-range jumper during the championship game. The 275-pound Fajemisin possesses soft hands and a nice touch around the basket, but needs to improve his footwork and positioning. Depending on how his body matures, he has the potential to be a high-major talent.

Tony Wroten – The 2011 gem appears to have ironed out some of the kinks with his jumper. His jump shot has gained some arc and he is starting to find his mark on a more consistent basis, but committing to the defense end of the ball needs improvement. Wroten is an among the top players nationally for the class of 2011.

Some more 2011 local prospects to keep an eye on for the future: forward Salim Gloyd (6-5) and guard Glenn Brooks (6-0), both respectively out of Garfield; point guard Gary Bell, Jr. (6-0) out of Kentridge; guard Anthony Bowden (6-2) out of Franklin Pierce; forward Dallas Smith (6-2) out of Mt. Si; guard Brett Kingma (6-0) out of Jackson, point guard Donald Gaddy (5-11) out of Bellarmine Prep and wing Christian Behrens (6-7) out of Tahoma.

Among head Coaches present included UCLA (Ben Howland), Washington (Lorenzo Romar), Portland State (Ken Bone), Oregon (Ernie Kent), Gonzaga (Mark Few) among others. Schools sending assistants included Kansas, Texas, Cal, Washington State, Montana, Montana Tech, Boise State, UC Davis, Eastern Oregon, Seattle Pacific and Portland. Top Stories