Vegas Hoops: Day Two (Telep)

LAS VEGAS – Saturday was a chance to get in the car and see games at the Main Event and Big Time. Among the day's best were Bill Walker and Obi Muonelo. Plus, Zach Peacock continues to impress.

Raymar Morgan, F, King James – He's battling a virus but by his play you couldn't have deduced that factoid. Morgan was his efficient self going 7-for-12 from the field for 17 points and 12 boards. In the closing minutes of the game, Morgan figured it was winning time and went to work. He hammered down a nasty dunk that pretty much put the game away. For him, it's a winning attitude and the wherewithal to do what it takes to get it done. Impressive summer.

Zach Peacock, PF, S. Fla. Heat – One of those guys who simply takes what you give him and he's efficient in doing so. The blow-up effort at Nike was no fluke and he's now a bonafide high-major recruit. In the game we watched, Peacock had 14 points on 9 shots to go with 10 rebounds. His best move of the day was a dribble-drive and big time one-handed flush.

Kevin Durant, SF, DC Blue Devils – When you limit your summer schedule, you've got to maximize your opportunities when you are out there. Consider Durant a maximizer. He gave Athletes First 27 points (11-for-22 FG) and keyed what was to be the deciding second half run.

Obi Muonelo, SG, Athletes First – Programs are out in Vegas looking for two guards to move quickly on. Muonelo's performance against the Blue Devils could wind up sparking the big dogs to slide him up higher on their lists. In a magnificent first half, Muonelo hit for 20 points, including a buzzer-beating deep 3-pointer. He finished with 28 points on 11-for-17 from the field and a red-hot 5-for-8 from deep.

Bryan Davis, PF, Texas Blue Chips – We've got him in the Top 30 and that's just a bit high; we'll adjust accordingly after the summer. This guy can be counted on to play and he'll take what's given to him. He works inside for his buckets and had a big time follow dunk in a morning game. With Davis, you pretty much know what you're getting: a solid effort at both ends and a good college player.

Jon Kreft, C, S. Fla. Heat – Most developing bigs are better defensive players than offensive threats. Now with Kreft, the product of a 1-3-1 defense in high school, he's more stationery defensively at this time. Now, offensively he's got a whole bag of tricks. He was very good in the game we watched on Saturday as he faced kids up and showed off legit post moves inside.

Malcolm Grant, PG, Aneesa's – He got it cooking early in the game we caught. In a big time first half, he must have drained at least 4 3-pointers. He cooled somewhat in the second but not before we labeled him as a potential high-major player.

Kyle Wright, SG/SF, NYC Jaguars – His recruitment could span two levels. The guy is a decent shooter with a long, athletic body. He'll handle it well enough to make plays and he can flat out find a way to score it.

Kierre Miller, SG, Chi-Town Mixers – His club beat the Georgia Stars largely due to the offensive outburst he had. He's a mid-major level scoring guard who got after it in a big way – 3's, drives, you name it. Too bad there weren't more mids in the gym to see it.

Michael Thorogood, PF, MBA – In this business you have to always been on the lookout for the mid-major power forward with high-major potential down the road. Thorogood could be one of those guys. He's got a lot of work to do to be a factor at the highest mid-major level but he demonstrated flashes of the ability. Needing polish, he grabbed some difficult rebounds and blocked a few shots. The mids will be on him early but at 6-foot-8 with a hint of athleticism you must watch his development.

Gani Lawal, PF, Georgia Stars – Probably one of his most productive games of the summer and the Stars needed his energy. They lost to the Chi-Town Mixers as Jamar Moore's 3 rimmed out. However, Lawal was an efficient and impressive 7-for-11 from the field and totaled 16 points and 14 boards.

Alexis Wangmene (pictured), C, Spurs – This native of Cameroon played just half a season after arriving in the States last fall. He's 6-foot-8 and 235 pounds. There's plenty of things he has to learn and room to get better. He ran into foul trouble in the contest we watched and finished with 3 points and 9 rebounds. He's a hard worker and with development could turn into a high-major player in time. At the very least, programs will keep an eye on him.

Bill Walker, SF, D-I Greyhounds – Usually what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. That might be the case but with this single play on Saturday night; word was spreading around the city quickly about Walker's dunk. Apparently, the Greyhounds were about to drop one to the NY Panthers when they called timeout, executed a well-designed out of bounds play and Walker thunderously hammered down an alley-oop for the win.

Olu Ashalou, SF, Grassroots Canada – This young man has a scorer's mentality and a body that is very mature for a rising sophomore. He finishes plays and is physical with his approach to scoring.

Jabari Edwards out of NYC is reclassing into 2007. He was watched by St. John's, Manhattan and Fordham; all head coaches present. … After Nike Camp, the Maryland Terrapins offered guard Jerome Dyson. Other than that, things have been status quo the last two weeks. …

Raymar Morgan has four schools on his list: Michigan State, Ohio State, Connecticut and Michigan. He indicated it would be unlikely others can get involved. …

Wake Forest, Kansas and Texas has shown preliminary interest in Alexis Wangmene. … Kyle Wright lists Boston College, Holy Cross, Colgate, Princeton, Harvard and Dartmouth. … Kosta Koufus said that he's hearing from Ohio State, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Michigan, Duke, Miami and N.C. State. …

Bryan Davis (shown) has a tight list of six schools. North Carolina, UConn, Texas, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech and Kansas are on the list. We aren't sure exactly how hard each goes on him in the end but they are all closely watching him this week. …

Zach Peacock said he's got a relationship with Florida and Georgia Tech. Right now, those two schools are in nice shape with him. He said over 25 schools called after Nike Camp. …

Damion Harris, a forward on the South Florida Heat, recently was offered by Seton Hall. Louis Orr watched him today and Indiana is showing interest. …

Tom Izzo, Thad Matta and Tommy Amaker watched Raymar Morning's first game of the day. … Alexis Wangmene was watched by UNLV's Lon Krueger and two assistants from St. John's in the morning. …

Billy Donovan and Paul Hewitt watched Zach Peacock in the afternoon. … Mark Gottfried and assistants from Florida State and Georgia watched James Hickson. … Brian Gregory was front row for Marcus Johnson of King James. …

Tubby Smith watched the Georgia Stars and you know he was marking Gani Lawal and Jeremy Price. Paul Hewitt was at the same game and so was Herb Sendek. Kansas, Georgia, N.C. State, Florida and Georgetown were watching a combination of Lawal, Lance Storrs, Price and Jamar Moore. …

Seth Greenberg and Maryland assistant Rob Moxley were shadowing 2008 standout Chris Braswell. … Jerome Dyson's crowd included Notre Dame's Mike Brey and Boston College's Al Skinner. Maryland and Villanova also had assistants at the evening game. …

Eugene Harvey listed Pittsburgh, Mississippi Stated, Virginia, Maryland and UConn. He said the Terps, Panthers and Huskies were his hardest pursuers. … Todd O'Brien (Sam Rines AAU) is hearing from Villanova, Stanford, Northwestern, Virginia and Penn State.

Point guard Malcolm Grant lists Virginia, Florida State, Fordham, Villanova and Vanderbilt. Vandy's Kevin Stallings was courtside in the morning.

Marcus Johnson of King James took control down the stretch alongside Raymar Morgan. He could go mid level or high-major because of his athleticism. … Zach Peacock rebounds with both hands. Sounds simple, but how many guys really do it? … Tywon Lawson got off to sort of a slow start against Athletes First but he closed by making some key plays down the stretch. …

"They've been calling and talking to me in Greek!" – Kosta Koufus on Georgia's Tech approach to his recruitment. Tech has Peter Zaharis, a Greek, on its staff


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