Payton Dastrup had an impressive month of April on the AAU circuit. The 2014 prospect is starting to…
Las Vegas: Day Two
Jelani Mitchell, SG/PG, Pump N'Run Elite: Mitchell didn't get a ton of scoring opportunities in a win over Arizona Select, but made the most of the touches he received. The lanky guard mostly played off the ball but made some crisp passes to teammates, knocked down a floater and pulled up off the dribble to hit a three. Jahmel Taylor, SG/PG, Pump N'Run Elite: While Taylor primarily plays point guard, what he does best is score and he had a stretch in the first half against Arizona Select where he put up some points in a hurry, knocking down three shots from beyond the arc and adding in a floater. The strong guard loves to score and there are times where he'll put up a lot of points. Payton Dastrup, C, Arizona Select: Quickly emerging as one of the top 2014 post prospects in the country, Dastrup did nothing to discredit his quickly increasing stock. He rebounded on both ends, made several nice passes to teammates and even showed his versatility by knocking down a step-back long two. Dastrup has terrific hands to go with his strong frame and is going to be recruited at a high level once more schools see him. Jake Toolson, SF, Arizona Select: A very good shooter, Toolson is confident in his pull-up game and a good percentage of the shots he hit against Pump N'Run Elite were off the dribble. A strong kid for a sophomore, Toolson plays with a high basketball IQ and doesn't make too many mistakes on the floor. His biggest weapon is definitely his jumper. Zylan Cheathame, PF, Arizona Magic Pump N'Run 2014: Cheathame is an athletic four man who brings a lot to the table. He plays hard, rebounds well, pushes the ball up the court and makes good decisions advancing the basketball. On defense his athleticism and work ethic help him block shots. The jumper isn't there yet and he'll need to get stronger, but he's without a doubt deserving of more recruiting attention. Jack Williams, PF, Double Pump 2014: Many of Williams' shots against Arizona Magic Elite went in and out, but Williams did a good job competing the entire game, fighting for rebounds, setting screens and playing tough defense. Williams has the youthful appearance of a kid that is still growing, which would be helpful for him on both sides of the court, but his skill set and toughness, despite his narrow frame, will continue to help him receive college attention. Evan Fitzner, PF, Double Pump 2014: A promising face-up four, Fitzner has good size for his position and when he gains strength he should be able to guard either post spot. For now, he's a very good outside shooter and had success knocking down shots from long range on Saturday. He moves well for a big kid and will be able to put on a good amount of weight, which will help him when battling in the post for buckets and rebounds. Andre Adams, PF, Arizona Magic Elite 16U: One of the biggest surprises of the day, Adams is a long, athletic 6-foot-8 forward who is a terrific shot blocker, gets up and down the court in a hurry and plays hard. He's not completely polished yet on offense but he's not too bad either, scoring off of putbacks and knocked down some shots from midrange. He's grown a few inches over the past year and if he can grow a couple more, he'll end up with high major offers. He's worth recruiting regardless. Chase Jeter, PF, DreamVision: Jeter has proven himself as being a good prospect in a few different appearances this spring, but on Saturday he had his best performance as a player. Jeter has a good outside game for a big guy but on Saturday he was converting in the paint on offense, while playing tough defense on the other end. He rebounded, blocked shots, and finished well. It's going to be fun to watch his development over the next few years. * Arizona Magic Pump N'Run 2014 small forward Sam Jones is a quality shooter who also showed a floater. He has good size at about 6-foot-7 and is definitely a player to keep an eye on. * 2014 point guard Casey Benson of Arizona Magic Pump N'Run displayed a very high basketball IQ, consistently making very good passes to teammates. He didn't shoot it much in one showing, but previously has proven that's not an issue. * Another Arizona Magic Pump N'Run 2014 prospect to watch is rising junior center Connor MacDougall, a 6-foot-10 center with a good frame, mobility, a solid rebounder and finisher. * Mufi Hunt had a tough matchup with Chase Jeter but held his own, blocking shots, playing hard on defense and doing what he does best in rebounding. * 2016 Cali Style point guard Derryck Thornton, Jr. was exceptional in a half against I-Can All-Stars, coming up with several midcourt steals and driving the other way for baskets and assists. We don't evaluate kids until they get to high school, but he's what you would want a high school point guard at his age to look and play like. Zylan Cheathame says he picked up an offer from Arizona State last week and has heard from Boise State and California. Connor MacDougall has heard from Arizona State and Boston College. Jake Toolson has offers from Boston College, Utah State and U.C. Davis, with interest from Arizona State, BYU, Utah and Northern Arizona. Payton Dastrup has offers from Utah State and U.C. Davis, with interest from BYU, Virginia, Washington State, Arizona State and Arizona. Evan Fitzner holds offers from Portland and USC. Herb Sendek watched Payton Dastrup, Jake Toolson, Jack Williams, Evan Fitzner, Casey Benson and Zylan Cheathame. Gonzaga watched Jack Williams and Evan Fitzner. BYU watched Payton Dastrup and Jake Toolson. St. Mary's watched Casey Benson and Zylan Cheathame.
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