Easter Classic Standouts!
Here's a look at some of the players who stood out this past weekend at the Las Vegas Easter Classic. Lee Cummard, 6-6 JR SF/SG Mesa (Ariz.) High. Cummard is slender, with a somewhat narrow frame, but he's extremely active and very skilled. Shoots it very well, handles and passes like a guard – he could end up a two – and has a great feel for the game. He's in constant motion, flies all over the court – at both ends – and he's fearless. Despite his lack of muscle, he'll throw his body around with reckless abandon. A tough kid and competitor, Cummard should draw considerable interest at the high major level. One complication that could affect his recruitment is the fact that he's a Mormon and will supposedly take his two-year mission right out of high school. Zach Johnson, 6-8 JR PF Sacramento (Calif.) Natomas. A big, wide-body who gets up better than you'd think. Not real polished yet offensively, but he'll rebound out of his area, block some shots and play big in the paint. With a good frame, he could end up being very strong. A high major prospect. Arron Afflalo, 6-4 JR SG Compton (Calif.) Centennial. Afflalo sprained his ankle on Thursday afternoon and didn't play again until Saturday. Saturday afternoon, he wasn't moving quite as well as he usually does, but he played well Saturday night. He hit several threes in the game and played with a lot of energy on defense. He'll be ranked the #1 shooting guard in the west heading into the summer. David Burgess, 6-10 JR C Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge. AAU games aren't typically good showcases for legit five men who aren't explosive athletes, so it wasn't surprising that Burgess didn't shine in this event. He probably got two low-post touches in one of the games we saw. But his willingness to play physical, his rebounding ability and his feel for the game make him a high major recruit. Monta Ellis, a big-time sophomore guard from Mississippi. Pruitt's shot is silky-smooth and his hops get better all the time. A high major recruit. Jon Black, 6-9 JR C Phoenix (Ariz.) Greenway. Black has a very good frame with long arms and room to fill out. He's got decent hands, but is fairly skilled with the ball, showing a nice turnaround jump shot, as well as a little jump hook. He moves well and will block some shots. Needs to be more aggressive and physical, but a very intriguing prospect at the mid major level and potentially higher. DeVan Evans, 6-8 JR PF Las Vegas (Nev.) Chaparral. Evans has a great frame, with good athleticism. He's not particularly explosive off the floor, but he moves well – very good feet. Nice hands and showed a decent face-up shot from 15-17. Good mid major prospect. Marcus Everett, 6-1 JR PG West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade. Everett plays football as well and his toughness is one of his best attributes. Solid defender, with a good outside shot and nice feel for the game. He's not great at creating for others, but he handles it well enough and plays unselfishly. A solid mid major prospect.
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