Arizona Cactus Scouting Reports: Top 125 Prospects

May 21st, 2008
The third annual Arizona Cactus Classic is now in the books, with the Houston Hoops winning the crown thanks to a 70-67 win over the Compton Magic Sunday afternoon. On a weekend in which the Class of 2009’s top prospect (LA Dream Team’s Renardo Sidney) showed up, along with quite a few others, it’s unfortunate that the Wear twins, Reeves Nelson and Keith “Tiny” Gallon weren’t on display. But there were plenty of other top-notch prospects, along with some other youngsters who have been under the radar for most of the year. Here are some scouting reports (broken down in three parts due to the number of reports) on a few of those quality players, and thanks to tournament director Jim Storey for running such a quality event this past weekend.


·                     Players are from the Class of 2009 unless noted otherwise.

·                     Ranking within the class and school choices are according to

·                     Since members of these classes (2009-12) aren’t allowed to sign a National Letter of Intent at this time, any commitments as of this time are strictly verbal.




G Roberto Nelson (Santa Barbara, CA; Compton Magic; Rivals # 71)

Need a quick basket? Then chances are that Nelson (6-4, 190) can get the job done thanks to his explosive scoring ability. While he’s more than capable of getting to the basket and finishing, Nelson also exhibited good range from the perimeter this weekend. Not really sure who Nelson is looking at in regards to college, but it’s a safe bet that his stock rose with his performances this weekend.


PG Tommy Mason-Griffin (Houston, TX; Houston Hoops; Rivals #72)

He didn’t score as much as some of the other prospects on display this weekend, but Mason-Griffin (5-10) was extremely effective in leading his team to the championship. Name tournament MVP, Tommy was the quintessential lead guard who looked to get his teammates involved first and foremost. With a solid build (don’t sleep on the quickness, however), Mason-Griffin can absorb contact when he gets to the rim and he can also knock down outside shots. A former commitment to LSU (coaching change), Mason-Griffin has offers on the table from LSU, Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas.


G Michael Snaer (Moreno Valley, CA; Inland Reebok; Rivals # 74)

Snaer (6-4, 185) is another shooting guard in the Class of 2009 who can score either off the ball or with it in his hands from the start. Snaer’s tournament came to an end in Inland’s loss to Belmont Shore, something that should be blamed more on the coach’s decision to hold the ball until Belmont came out of its 2-3 zone (of course, they didn’t come out) than anything Snaer and his teammates didn’t do. But back to Snaer, who has some serious range on his shot as well. The shot selection wasn’t always there, but this can happen when you’re being chased by one or two guys throughout an entire game. On his list right now are Cal, Missouri, Arizona and a few other schools.


SF Mike Moser (Portland, OR; I-5 Elite; Rivals # 79)

Moser (6-7, 190) was another of the young prospects to make an upward move this past weekend, collecting an offer from Arizona due to his solid play according to Despite a slender frame that upon first glance would lead you to believe that he stays out on the perimeter, Moser is adept at getting to the basket and will also hit the boards on both ends. His length helps him out on the defensive end, where he did a solid job both on the ball and helping out weak side. He’s got a few offers from which to choose from at this point, with both Washington schools and Oregon State being his other three Pac-10 offers.


 F Victor Rudd (Sylmar, CA; 2D1 Basketball Academy; Rivals # 84)

Victor (6-9) was one of my favorite players to watch this entire weekend due to his explosive ability on the offensive end of the floor. When on the break, Rudd is an explosive leaper who can finish with authority. Within the offense, Rudd is a solid primary option who can beat his man off the dribble or let it go from deep. The only issue is that sometimes he can drift a little on the defensive end of the floor, but he had a very productive weekend. Along with Roberto Nelson, look for Rudd to make a move up the rankings in the near future. He’s got a small list of schools right now but look for that to change as well.


 F Tevin Baskin (Stamford, CT; New York Gauchos; Rivals # 93)

Baskin (6-6, 185) is a wing player with a solid build who’s at his best when he’s getting to the basket. Also possessing a mid-range jumper, Tevin is still a work in progress from behind the arc. Baskin also did a good job on the glass, and can run the floor on the break as well. He’s got a long list of suitors as of right now, with offers on the table from Auburn, UMass, Rhode Island, Rutgers and Seton Hall to name a few.


PG Johnnie Lacy (Milwaukee, WI; Wisconsin Playground Elite; Rivals # 99)

Lacy (5-10, 160) is an explosive lead guard who in some respects reminded me of Jonny Flynn this weekend. While he’s not as athletic as Flynn, Lacy has the speed to get up and down the floor in a hurry, but under control while doing so. On occasion, however, he can over-penetrate and end up having to force this issue and the outside shot is a definite work in progress at this point in time. Still uncommitted, it looks as if Marquette has the inside track on keeping Lacy home in Milwaukee.


PF Joe Burton (Hemet, CA; Compton Magic; Rivals # 105)

Burton (6-7, 270) was one of the most impressive big men on display at the Cactus Classic despite being lower on the recruiting lists. On the block Burton proved to be a tough guard for opponents all weekend, and he was also a beast on the boards. He shot 62.7% from the field in seven games and racked up three double-doubles. His only offer as of right now is San Diego State, but look for more schools to make their desires known as Burton continues to impress. 


 C Deshawn Painter (Norfolk, VA; Boo Williams; Rivals # 110)

One of three Boo Williams players ranked in the top 30 of the Class of 2009 rankings, Painter (6-9, 210) is a solid post defender who also displayed some post moves this weekend. He’ll need to bulk up a little bit, as seen his their game against LA Dream Team’s Renardo Sidney, but Painter still growing into his body. Basketball wasn’t his top priority until a growth spurt added five inches to his frame, so there’s still some untapped potential there as well. Both ACC schools in the Commonwealth have offered Painter, as have Kentucky, Clemson, Florida, Louisville and NC State.


-Part One Includes Top 10 Prospects Like Renardo Sidney & John Wall

-Part Three will include 2010 stars and other recruits