Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Scouting Reports from Vegas

Best of the Best Prep Basketball Scouting's Top 5 Players from Vegas:

1. Kenny Boynton 6'2 CG Plantation, FL/American Heritage- Destroyed everyone that stepped out on the floor against him. Led his team to the RBK Summer Championships title, and followed that up with a AAU National Championship, a feat that he helped Team Breakdown also accomplish last year. Right now, may be the most effective player in high school basketball scoring wise, although others may have more NBA Potential. Very aggressive defensively, and plays hard to the final whistle. Needs to go to a college that runs and guns, and we hear Duke may be his final choice. Outside game is very affective, sweet stroke to 25 feet. I would like to see him develop more of a point guard game, that would improve his stock tremendously. Bottom line is, he's a flat out assassin and a flat out winner.

2. Ray Penn 5'10 PG Richmond, TX/Ft. Bend Travis- Playing with the Houston Superstars Ray completely killed everyone in Vegas. Averaging 35 ppg, no one did it like him. He played himself from virtual unknown to a Big 12 PG, as he committed to Oklahoma State right after Vegas. He can score with the best of them, and is insanely quick. Although he wasn't playing with the most talented team, he still did his best to lead his team to victories. At OK ST, he won't have to take all those shots, which will make him look like a better PG. Top 50 player.

3. John Wall 6'4 PG Raleigh, NC/Word of God Academy- The best PG in high school since Derrick Rose. Wall is the total package, once he gets a jumper, its all over. One and done talent. Unbelievably fast with the ball in his hands, and also a very adept, crafty passer. Sometimes goes for the fancy play, but 9/10 times he's still gonna complete the play. His only weakness is his jumper, but he also needs to tighten up his handle. In college they will zone him like Team Breakdown did , so he really needs to tighten up the J. In Vegas, he had games like 30 pts and 10 assists, he's dangerous. Could be a future #1 pick. Baylor is reportedly the leader, as they recently hired his AAU coach.

4. Junior Cadougan 6'0 PG Toronto, ON/Christian Life- TX- Led his Grassroots Canada team to the adidas Super 64 championship, which was a shock to everyone. Pudgy point guard, that is a Khalid El-Amin clone, gets in the paint with ease; and once he's there he does something good with the rock. Leader on the floor at all times, which shows why his team won the chip. Not the most athletic player, but he still gets the job done. Doesn't have a extremely high ceiling like John Wall, but he still figures to be a pretty good college player. Was excellent as a high school freshman, it looks to be back in that form after weight issues. Marquette commit.

5. Derrick Favors 6'9 PF Atlanta, GA/South- Played for the always ridiculously talented Atlanta Celtics in Vegas, and didn't disappoint. Runs the floor extremely well. Sometimes guards on his squad didn't give him the ball, but he still worked hard, i.e. getting rebounds, blocking shots, playing defense; which may have been the most impressive thing that he did. Extremely good shot blocker and rebounder. Help side defense is good at times, which is a surprise in AAU basketball. Needs to improve his mid-range jump shot game, to be more of a threat in high school. Some in the Atlanta area, said during the season that he was better than Dwight Howard, at the same stage, and although he has that type of potential, I don't think he has Dwight's intensity. Big time player, recruitment will ultimately come down to Georgia Tech and Georgia, reports say.

Other players of note- Brandon Knight 2010 6'2 PG Ft. Lauderdale, FL/PineCrest- Team Breakdown, Avery Bradley 2009 6'3 SG Bellarmine, WA/Prep- Northwest Panthers, Abdul Gaddy 2009 6'3 PG Bellarmine, WA/Prep- Northwest Panthers, Tony Wroten 2011 6'5 SG Seattle, WA/Garfield- Seattle Rotary, Laquinton Ross 2011 6'8 Wing Raleigh, NC/Word of God-MBA Hoops Elite, Trey Ziegler 2010 6'5 CG Mt. Pleseant, MI/High- Team Detroit, Nate Lubick 2010 6'8 F Southborough, MA/St. Mark's-New England Playaz, Erik Murphy 2009 6'10 PF Southborough, MA/St. Mark's- New England Playaz, Jordan Williams 2009 6'8 PF Torrington, CT/High-New England Playaz, Joe Burton 2009 6'8 C Hemet, CA/West Valley-Compton Magic, Roberto Nelson 2009 6'4 CG Santa Barbara, CA/High-Compton Magic, Maurice Creek 2009 6'5 SG Chatham, VA/Hargrave-Triple Threat DC, Michael Snear 2009 6'5 SG Moreno Valley, CA/Rancho Verde-Inland RBK

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