LAS VEGAS – Day Three in Vegas gives us more of the Roger Franklin experience plus a peek at two…
Las Vegas: Day Three, Part A
Elijah Johnson, PG, Las Vegas Prospects – With Johnson we've just been waiting for the light to come on. On Thursday playing against Chicago Elite, the 6-foot-2 guard played hard, attacked the rim and showed off his freaky athleticism. Johnson showed a strong handle and a quick first step as well. Once at the rim he's terrific at adjusting his shot. He went for 20 points in the contest. Terrence Shannon, PF, Atlanta Celtics – Every time out you know what you're going to get from Shannon. The 6-foot-7 forward has a strong frame, an impressive motor and range out to 15-feet. He's a tough kid that really hits the glass hard. Schools in need of a garbage man that knows his role and plays with some intensity should take notice. Noel Johnson, SF, Atlanta Celtics – With the Celtics game against the D-1 Ambassadors getting close, Johnson stepped up and buried some jumpers. He's hit a step-in three-pointer and a handful of other spot-up jumpers. To go with his long range shooting, Johnson also showed he could use both hands when he attacked on the right baseline and finished over a defender with his left. Derrick Favors, PF, Atlanta Celtics – When Favors wants to crank up the intensity and dominate the paint, it's simple…he does. He's tough to handle on the block because of his skill and the array of moves he can use to score. Defensively he was on the ball against the D-1 Ambassadors, at least in the paint, as he swatted what seemed to be double digit shots. Brice Grimm, PG, Full Package Athletics – We know of at least a pair of schools that offered scholarships to this 5-foot-10 point guard after he went for over 30 points in a wing over Raising Champions. His calling card is his long range shooting and he had his jumper working throughout the contest. Angus Brandt, C, Chicago Elite – After an impressive morning contest, Brandt went right back to work against the Las Vegas Prospects. Showing improvement, even since the adidas It Takes 5ive Classic a few weeks ago, he scored in the paint, blocked shots and even knocked down a 15-foot jumper. He scored 27 points in his night game. Tyler Honeycutt, SF, Pump N' Run Elite – Honeycutt, who has become one of the hottest prospects on the west coast, put up a pretty good effort in a win over MBA Select. The 6-foot-8, 190-pounder is long, versatile and equipped with a nice skill set. He also made a few nice passes and blocked a handful of shots in the blow out win. Freddie Riley, SG, Florida Rams – This kid can flat out score it. Whether he's shooting long range jumpers or stepping in for 15-footers, more often than not his shots are going to hit the bottom of the net. Riley, a 6-foot-5 wing, is also good attacking rim and is athletic enough to adjust his shots around the rim. Riley must have scored 30 in a playoff win. Daniel Alexander, PF, Texas D-1 Ambassadors – There aren't a ton of guys out there standing 6-foot-8 with the ability to shoot it like Alexander. He's a great pick up and pop big guy, and he played that role well against the Atlanta Celtics, as he dropped in seven three-pointers on his way to 23 points. Kevin Ware, PG, Atlanta Celtics 15's – The 2011 class is full of talented point guards and Ware has thrown himself into the conversation. The 6-foot-3 guard is a high level athlete, that attacks the rim and adjusts very well once he gets there. His vision is impressive as was his first step. Ware went for 20 points against Memphis Select. Dominique McCoy, PF, Atlanta Celtics 15's – It's still early for McCoy, as he's just a sophomore-to-be, but we like what we saw out of the 6-foot-7, 190-pound forward. He gets up and down the floor with ease, was active on the glass and hit a spot-up 15-footer. Telvin Wilkerson, SG, Memphis Select 15's – When Memphis Select was in need of a bucket, Wilkerson's number was usually called. The 6-foot-2 guard has a strong frame and is a solid athlete. He attacked the rim hard, but more often than not pulled up for mid-range jumpers. Raul Aguilar, PF, Memphis Select 15's – The 6-foot-7 big man is long and active inside. At this point he still lacks strength, as he has a skinny frame, but moves well, is a capable shot blocker and showed nice touch around the basket. He scored 10 points in the loss to the Atlanta Celtics. Jordan Allen, PF, Playaz 15's – Despite being just 6-foot-5, Allen did a ton of work inside. The long, lanky forward was extremely active on the glass and managed to get a handful of put backs. A solid athlete, Allen also proved to be a good defender and showed range out to 15-feet. Myles Davis, PG, Playaz 15's – The cousin of Brandon Knight appears to be the best player on the young Playaz squad. The 6-foot-1 lead man attacks the basket well and hit jumpers out to 22-feet. Going forward this is a lead guard to keep an eye. LaQuinton Ross, SF, MBA Select – It quickly become clear that Pump N' Run Elite was a little too much for MBA Select. But Ross, a 6-foot-9 forward, still was able to have a good game. If there's such a thing, he put up a quiet 39 points and scored just about every way imaginable. He's true to 23-feet and likes to seek jumpers off the bounce. He's clearly one of the best prospects in the 2011 class. After his big game, Alexander claimed scholarship offers from Texas A&M, Marquette and Baylor. He said he's also getting interest from Utah, California and Texas. Elijah Johnson said he has a top five. The list includes Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, UCLA and UNLV. He mentioned that he'd like to take some visits in August. Tyler Honeycutt has a top three of USC, UCLA and Arizona State. He claims scholarship offers from all three schools. Paul Hewitt was up bright and early for the Atlanta Celtics 15's morning game. There were also assistants from Georgia State, Winthrop, Florida and Virginia Tech in attendance. Lance Stephenson drew Norm Roberts, Ben Howland and Tim Floyd during his afternoon loss. The Playaz 15's morning game drew John Thompson and Paul Hewitt. Tyler Honeycutt had Lorenzo Romar, Ben Howland, Tim Floyd and an assistant from Arizona State watching his night game. MBA Select, which has a handful of 2011 prospects, drew Mark Gottfried, Andy Kennedy, Rick Stansbury and a Louisana Tech assistant. Nate Lubick had Mike Brey, John Thompson and John Beilein watching his night game.
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