LAS VEGAS – Friday was a day to see new faces, check in on the progress of two centers and become…
Las Vegas: Day Three, Part A
Perry Jones, PF, LBA Seawolves – WOW! Jones may have only finished with 14 points, but it was certainly a loud 14. Over the course of the past two years we've watched this 6-foot-9 big man develop and he's getting better and better. Against the Arizona Magic, Jones caught everything thrown his way and dunked everything near the rim. His athleticism is off the charts, he runs the floor, blocks shots and is beginning to attack from the perimeter some. Unfortunately he didn't get many post touches, but we know he's got the ability to make moves on the block. It's clear, Jones' stock is on the rise. Josh Smith, C, Seattle Rotary – When Smith plays hard and with desire, he's virtually unstoppable at the high school level. The 6-foot-9, 270-pound center is a space eater that has great hands and touch around the basket. Against the Fire he must have completed at least five "And 1's" and basically scored at will around the basket. While Wroten dominated the game with his passing, Smith was the enforcer inside. Terrence Jones, PF, I-5 Elite – We weren't watching his game exclusively, but every time we peaked over to his court he was doing something of note. Jones, who is playing a little banged up, is playing great ball and is being extremely consistent with his efforts. Ahmad Starks, PG, Mac Irvin Fire – During the fiery contest between Seattle Rotary and the Fire, Starks kept his squad in striking distance. When the Fire needed a bucket, the 5-foot-8 lead guard scored it. Because of his speed he's tough to contain off the dribble and he's developed a pretty consistent pull-up jumper. He's a tough kid that continues to improve his game. Tony Wroten, PG, Seattle Rotary – We raved about his passing on Wednesday and two days later we have to do it again. You'd be hard pressed to find a better distributor in the country. During the highly competitive Mac Irvin Fire game, Wroten drove the lane and found Josh Smith for dunks a number of times. Wroten also mixed in a number of buckets in the paint. He stepped up in a big time setting. Kyan Anderson, PG, Dallas Heroes – He's certainly a smaller lead guard, but Anderson showed good speed in the open court and buried a handful of pull-up jumpers. We liked him more here than we did at Hoop Jamboree, as he pushed the break at every opportunity and did some nice things. He's a guy with plenty of mid-major interest that will likely see some highs start stepping in. Wayne Blackshear, SF, Mac Irvin Fire – We've harped on his lackadaisical play at times, but while in Las Vegas the 6-foot-5 wing has been impressive. Against Seattle Rotary, the 2011 prospect was aggressive offensively, as he attacked the rim, showed great touch around the basket and mixed in a few jumpers. As we've said before, we love his frame and think he's got a high ceiling. Shabazz Muhammad, SF, Dreamvision – We were certainly impressed with Muhammad's effort on Wednesday, but his play today definitely surpassed it. The 6-foot-4 wing went for more than 20 in the first half again the Crusaders. Muhammad makes scoring look so easy and gets a number of buckets at the rim because of the way he rebounds. There aren't too many guys in the 2012 class better at this point. Evan Nolte, PF, Southern Georgia Kings – It's clear that shooting is Nolte's forte. At 6-foot-7 he's capable of stepping out well behind the three-point stripe to bury deep jumpers. His form is perfect and he's got a fairly quick release. Athletically and speed wise, he's limited, but we still like him as a prospect because of his ability to let it fly from long range and his feel for the game. Damien Wilson, SF, Atlanta Celtics 15's – This 6-foot-5 wing played hard in the Celtics opening round tournament game. He's got good size on the wing, showed range to the three-point line and attacked the rim well, especially in transition. It's still early, but we like the possibility of being a high major prospect down the road. Nate Britt, PG, DC Assault 15's – At first glance one can tell that Britt has a tremendous feel for the game. The 6-foot floor general makes good decision can really pass the ball and loves to push the break. Offensively he struggled to finish on Friday, but he showed good form on shot and was extremely tough to contain off the bounce. Kris Jenkins, PF, DC Assault 15's – At this point Jenkins is a combo forward. At 6-foot-5, he's strong enough to bully defenders inside, but he's also skilled enough to step out and drain jumpers and attack some from the perimeter. He scored in a variety of ways on Friday and showed off an impressive offensive package. Aaron Gordon, PF/SF, Bay Area Hoosiers 15's – The brother of Drew Gordon looks like quite a prospect. A year young for his grade, Gordon already stands 6-foot-5, possibly 6-6, and has an impressive skill set. His jump shot looks good, but it's his touch around the basket that caught our eye. Rebounding is also an area he excels in. Nigel Goss-Williams, PG, Dreamvision – Thus far Goss-Williams is drawing strong praise from college coaches and recruitniks. One analyst even compared him to Kendall Marshall. Goss-Williams has great balls skills, can shoot it from long range and is a crafty ball handler that can get to the rim. He should be one to develop as schools are already taking notice. Winston Sheppard said Texas, Arizona, Arizona State, Kansas, Oklahoma, UCLA, Louisville and Wake Forest are already showing him attention. He's already taken a trip to Texas. Evan Nolte has Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Florida State and Duke as his early suitors. Bruce Ellington, a lead guard out of South Carolina, has some buzz surrounding him. The TMP floor general is quick, strong and has an ability to finish at the tin. Ellington's teammate R.J. Slawson, a South Carolina commit, is a fine looking prospect. He's long, runs the floor and has a nice set of hands. Reggie Smith is quite the athlete. The 5-foot-11 guard is terrific in the open court because of his speed, high level hops and strength. Bakari Turner hit a string of six three-pointers in the first half of the Seawolves game against the Arizona Magic. Blake Nash, a 5-foot-11 lead guard for the Magic, had a solid outing. He's got a smooth game and he showed he can get to the rim. Justin Touye, a 2012 big man out of Georgia, looks like a nice prospect. At 6-foot-8 he runs the floor well, is fairly active and has a nice set of hands.
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