July 27th, 2006
Report: Las Vegas
Just about every potential college recruit of note was in
Las Vegas last week for either the Nike Main Event, the Reebok Big Time, or
the Adidas 64 tournaments. But as is often the case, unknown names
step out from under the shadows of the Top 100 recruits and generate some
major buzz. Here are some of Las Vegas' top sleeper prospects..
- The Main Event -
Roderick 6-4 Rise/Sam Rines 2007
one of the best players in this event. He is athletic with a quick first
step and knows how to get in the lane and score. He is a good shooter, and
handles the ball well enough to play either guard spot at the next level. He
had a lot of High Major colleges talking about his talent. We understand
that he is a 5th year senior, and hasnít qualified yet. Heís good
enough to play on the highest level when he makes it to college.
6-4 Team Hoop Zone 2008
He put in one
of the best performances weíve seen by an underclassmen at this event, when
he dropped 26 on the Metro Hawks. Outstanding outside shooter that can
create his own shot. Got to the hole on numerous occasions, where he is a
decent finisher. He ran the point for Hoop Zone, and handled the ball well.
Add this one to your list of High Major prospects in the 2008 class.
McCollum 6-1 Emerald City Pioneers 2008
in a variety of ways taking the ball to the hole, including a nice high
floater off the glass. He handled the ball well in transition where he set
his teammates up nicely, and knows how to finish. Good outside shooter. Top
100 player in the class of 2008.
6-9 Emerald City Pioneers 2007
dominated smaller players in the game we watched. He had a couple of nice
dunks including one in transition, and another after a spin move on the
block. He had some nice offensive putbacks, and finishes down low. Blocked a
lot of shots in this game. He is an excellent Mid Major big man prospect.
His list of schools include Portland St., Eastern Washington, Boise St.,
Long Beach, Loyola Marymount, Idaho and Portland.
Goodman 6-5 Albany City Rocks 2009
hard to stop in a game versus Northern California Elite. He has a strong
frame, and good athleticism. He scored with hook shots off the glass, nice
cuts to the basket, and a dunk after an offensive board. Has a chance to be
one of the better players in the class of 2009. High Major.
- Reebok Big
RL Horton 6-2
Magnolia Stars 2007
Horton is a
scoring point that doesnít back down from anyone, including OJ Mayo. In a
game against the D-1 Greyhounds he came out firing, and used his nice
elevation on his jumper to knock down some midrange shots, and a step back
3-pointer. He has the ability to weave thru traffic and get into the lane
where he can finish. He didnít put up even decent numbers in the assist
column this week, and sometimes forces things, so itís hard to say where he
fits on the next level, but he is a player to keep an eye on.
Tony Topps 6-1
Mean Streets Express 2007
White last year (who played with OJ Mayo and Bill Walker on the D-1
Greyhounds), Tony is the unsung hero on a very good team that has Derrick
Rose and Eric Gordon. He always puts up good numbers, while knocking down
outside shots and finishing the break. He is a smart player, that is more
suited for the Mid Major level as an undersized shooting guard or possible
6-10 Urban DFW Elite 2008
This big body
is one of the best center prospects in the 2008 class. He takes up a lot of
space in the lane and uses his size to control the boards. He was blocking
shots, finishing post moves, and making some nice dunks when we saw him.
Played Anthony Randolph very tough. Borderline top 50 player in the 2008
class and rising.
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