Alex Kirk, C: What's going to disappear first the polar ice caps or true centers? Well, Kirk is holding the line for the centers. An adept outlet passer, he blocks shots in his zone and can step out when needed. He'll have to improve his footspeed in the post as guys who can face tend to slip past him. All in all this is a high-major prospect with an established go-to post move (the baby hook).
Tarik Black, C/PF: The proud owner of a physically developed physique, Black can pound it at the rim with the best of them. He'll hit defenders with a workable counter move and tear down the rim for dunks. If he can cultivate a mid-range game he'll be even more dangerous.
D.J. Haley, C: He's definitely more prospect than player but there are some markers to pay attention to. He uses his off hand to finish, looks to go from scorer to passer and the size is legit.
Andre Dawkins, SG: He was snapping off jump shots behind the line and finished with 22 points. He went Kobe (opposite shoulder 3-point fadeaway) for his most impressive miss of the evening. Releases it high and when he's in rhythm like he was in the finale its time to change ends.
Doug McDermott, SF: He's been playing well this spring and improving each time we've seen him. Pretty soon he's going to put his father, Iowa State head coach Greg McDermott, in a tough spot! He shot the ball well and finished strong inside. Came up with 22 points in the nightcap.
Gary Franklin, SG: He's liking the rims at Cabrillo High. Reportedly he drained 11 triples last night and rung up a few more on Saturday. When you're hot let it fly and he's been hot.
Trevor Releford, PG: Last time we saw him (Jayhawk Invitational), we left with a high opinion of him. At Pangos camp he's just confirming what we thought. A late bloomer at the point guard spot, Releford, a 5-foot-11, 170-pounder, is a guy that can really handle it and has turned himself into a slick passer with great court vision. High majors are checking in and the interest is well warranted.
Doron Lamb, SG: During Lamb's evening game when his squad needed a bucket this 6-foot-5 shooting guard stepped up. His second half was strong, as he knocked in a trio of three-pointers as well as a pair of mid-range jumpers. His overall skill set is impressive and he's turned himself into quite a scorer.
Ricky Scott, SG: When we saw him on Friday he did most of his work from mid-range, on Saturday most of his buckets were at the rim. A 6-foot-3 guard out of Irving (Tex.) MacArthur, has a strong frame, is an above average athlete and adjusts well at the rim.
James Johnson, PF: Buzz has been building around this 6-foot-8, 220-pound big man, and in our first look we walked away a big fan. What we liked the most about his game was his aggressiveness and intensity inside. He posted hard on the block, sealed the opposition for rebounds and tried to dunk at every opportunity. Johnson is also equipped with some skill and showed an impressive right jump hook, which he used a handful of times, and a solid looking stroke to 18-feet.
DeAndre Daniels, PF/SF: This long, lean combo forward likes to spend majority of his time on the perimeter, and he's certainly capable of attacking from the wing at times and he's developed a solid jumper out to 21-feet. On the flip side if he mixed in some post time and hung out more around the rim, he could take his game to the next level. His length, athleticism and overall all activeness are attributes that set him apart.
Keaton Miles, SF: Size and style-wise, he appears headed in the direction of small forward. Guys hit their strides at different times and Miles is beginning to play more assertively. He's got solid ball skills, took his man to the goal and hit a few jumpers. His game is definitely more small than power forward.
Quincy Miller, PF: From the get go we made it clear that we like Miller as a long-term prospect. And slowly over the course of the spring we've seen drastic improvements in his game. Saturday, however, was the best effort we've ever seen from him. The 6-foot-8 face up four man attacked the rim, buried jumpers from 15 to 22-feet and basically scored at will. Offensively he's incredibly versatile and is becoming a major scoring threat.
Nick Jacobs, PF: Playing behind the best big man in the 2009 class (Derrick Favors) has been a big help for Jacobs, a 6-foot-8, 205-pound power forward. Over the course of the past years he's made drastic strides with his competitiveness and intensity. His offensive skill set is much improved and he's developed a move in a left jump hook.
Adonis Thomas, SF: There's no question that Thomas passes the look test. This 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward is a high level athlete with a strong, developed frame. On Saturday he attacked the rim and threw down a vicious dunk in traffic. Offensively his game is still developing, but in this contest he proved to be a decent shooter off the catch.
Shabazz Muhammad, SF: A lefty with some above average hops, Muhammad is one of the best underclassmen prospects on the west coast. At 6-foot-3, Muhammad has a long, lean frame that will be able to add strength. At this point majority of his work is done around the rim, but he'll keep you honest with his jumper.
Winston Shephard, SF/PF: Active is the key word when it comes to Shephard. At 6-foot-7, 190-pounds he's a ball of energy that races up and down the court looking for buckets. He's got some bounce, loves going after offensive rebounds and showed off a nice set of mitts.
J.T. Terrell and Kendall Williams took turns trading points in the same backcourt. Terrell got himself a tip at the rim which was impressive. … Shane Southwell is going to be a good college player. His versatility is impressive and we loved when he went to the post and had options. Continues to grow on you at the small forward slot. … Bishop Daniels has some serious hops. The 6-foot-1 guard threw down a nasty backwards dunk in transition. …Levon Harper is a big kid. He throws his weight around inside and is developing a nice jump hook inside. …Jordan Burris is a 6-foot-5 shooter. He got hot in a game we caught and wore it our from long range. …Rodney Purvis may just be an incoming freshman, but the kid can ball, and he did so on day two. He's athletic and really finishes at the rim.
James Johnson, where did he come from? Well, he spent a long time in Canada before coming back to the States last year where he didn't play high school basketball. He then went to an event in Denver this spring and it snowed, further keeping him off the radar. It's time for the secret to be out. This guy is a Top 50 talent and he's going to have a few chances to prove it in the coming months. Ruggedly skilled, Johnson can play the five or four, bangs as well as he faces and blocks shots. What's not to like? San Diego, Marquette, California and Stanford are the only schools to have seen him live. The line forms behind them and it's expected to be long. We'll give credit where it's due. …
Southwell has offers from Marquette, South Carolina, St. Joseph's, Providence and Xavier. Kansas, West Virginia and Miami are looking. … Alex Kirk said the Big 12 is starting to come around on him. Texas Tech offered as did Minnesota, Vanderbilt and New Mexico. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas have called. … D.J. Haley has offers from Wyoming, Iowa State with Stanford and USC looking. …
Keiton Miles has "everyone in Texas" recruiting him. However, Oklahoma State is on him the hardest. Kentucky is reaching out. … Tarik Black has Miami, Alabama, Xavier, Memphis and Arkansas on him. The Hogs have seen him the most. … Sophomore Ramon Eaton lists LMU, Southern Cal and Kentucky. … Doug McDermott has a offers from Northern Iowa and Montana State. He'll attend Gonzaga's elite camp and Creighton is on him. …