Vegas and Orlando Updates

Unable to be in Vegas this week, which is most likely for the best, or Orlando…I was able to gather some notes from around the country and put together a recap of what has been going on.

Jelan Kendrick – A personal favorite for the class of 2010, and he just continues his outstanding play. Kendrick plays a team game, but has no problem taking over himself when needed. As noted before, he has the ability to play the 1 through 3 and score or find teammates. Ultimately, Jelan will find himself as a 2 guard down the road. There is not much offensively he can’t do, just find Consistency in his jumper. Defensively he will need to show improve to become elite and continue to hit the weights.

Joe Jackson – Pairing with Kendrick this week, that is some back court. I gave a comparison to Jonny Flynn, and right now could that even been selling Jackson short as far as a ceiling? Possible. He is an incredible athlete and can hit shots from outside. Once he learns to be a complete Point guard, the only thing that can stop him is his size. Part of me does hope that Pastner can land him to see him pair with Will Barton for a year or two.

Terrence Jones– Perhaps the best performer early on in Sin City was Jones, who dominated a match up with 2011 prospect, Quincy Miller. According to Rivals, in game one, Jones put up 27 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks and four assists in a little over 20 minutes of playing time. Jones is a do it all forward who is a complete offensive player and is getting in better shape, leading to more explosiveness on the glass and defensively. He has taken unofficial visits to California, North Carolina, Georgetown and Oregon State.

Isaiah Epps – The back court mate of Tyrone Johnson during the high school season, Epps the Pitt commit, has played well thus far. He has good size and length and should continue to fill out, making him a tough matchup.

Gary Franklin – The Previously discussed Franklin has shown well, going to his bread and butter, scoring the ball. Villanova has become involved.

Chris Martin – DCA have found their way a bit in Vegas and Martin is doing a good job of playing within in the team. Chris informed via text that he will have some good news to share once he returns home.

Josh Selby– The current hot topic of the summer, has scored the ball well, but has some wondering if he ever can be a true point guard. While rumors were to Kentucky, Louisville, Florida and Kansas appear in the mix.

LaBryan Nash – From ESPN…Nash, a 6-6 wing type, put on an offensive show. He has a physical frame that can do damage inside and out. He can post up and utilize his lethal turnaround jumper, or step out and stick the 3-point shot. His jump shot is effortless and his touch is feathery. In addition, Nash is one of the few players his age with a solid mid-range game. His handle is solid but he doesn’t have that second gear to burst by his opponent. He needs to learn to move better without the ball and make more precise cuts to the basket, but with his offensive arsenal and size he is easily one of the top 10 prospects in the nation.

Tony Wroten
– Perhaps trying to show he is still among the elite in his class, Wroten has played well and seemingly will attend school on the East Coast.

Andre Drummond – Physically he almost looks like Amare Stoudamire already. And he now is in the class of 2012. From ESPN..Drummond (Middletown, Conn./St. Thomas More) is a very mobile and athletic post who has excellent ball skills. He can make athletic scoring plays in transition with his ability to catch and finish at high speeds. At times, he runs the floor with short strides. When motivated, he stretches out and outruns other inside players with ease. Drummond scores with drives from the low wing and the high post area where he can elevate over defenders and finish through contact on a consistent basis. On the low block, Drummond again uses he athletic ability to drop step and score. He dunks on all clear paths to the rim and can finish over late weakside defenders. Drummond must work on his low post back-to-the-basket moves because he did not seem comfortable or fluid. Drummond is an excellent area rebounder on both ends. He is a tip dunker on the offensive end if not blocked out. Defensively, Drummond is a good shot-blocker. He will fight for low-post position but at times he relaxes and does not defend before the ball arrives which causes him to draw fouls when defending a post of similar size. Drummond is a talented athlete with great upside. It should be fun watching him develop.

Isaiah Austin – He’s 15 and already 7 feet tall out of Texas. Because of that, he should be one to keep a close eye on.

More to follow..

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