Today was the first day of the Adidas Super 64 tournament in Las Vegas and all the big boys came out to play. Among the notable faces in the crowd were Billy Donovan, Coach K, Wojo, Jim Calhoun, Tubby Smith, every member of the former UK staff (except Gillispie), Orlando Antigua, Coach Calipari, Rod Strickland, Gary Williams, and even Eric Devendorf stopped by the for awhile.
Ryan Harrow, an NC State commit, really had all the coaches salivating as he played tremendously all day long. He knocked down a couple open threes and got to the glass a ton of times, finishing in every imaginable way possible. While he isn’t the flashiest or the best defensively, he gets the job done of the offensive side and did so very well today. Josh Selby and Roscoe Smith made the switch to Baltimore Assault in order to make the trip to Vegas and their team won by a landslide.
From all reports, Selby played up to his reputation and put on a show for tons of coaches, including all 3 UK coaches. After Wednesday’s action, Brett Blevins of HoopsReport.com is reporting that the schools he’s hearing are the most involved with Selby, at this point, are UK, Ohio State, UConn and Kansas. Other schools have been rumored, but as of now, those are the four that he’s hearing are most involved.
For me, the day was full of great games and a lot of good performances. Unfortunately, everything in Las Vegas has a price, even water at some restaurants is charged by the glass, and internet is no exception. While I wish I could just write out the entire play by play of the day, at 2.96/hr I just can’t find the time or the money. Therfore, we’ll work our way through day one with player reports. Here’s the report from Wednesday at the Adidas Super 64, enjoy:
Scouting: Black continues to use his big body to his advantage. The great thing about him is his ability to run the floor, despite carrying such a load. His frame is mostly muscle and conditioning, unlike some other bigs, doesn’t seem to be an issue. He is a force on the glass and a good scorer from the block.
Recruiting: The Memphis staff was on hand to watch their local boys. Tarik told me that nothing much had changed since the last time that we had talked and the same schools were still putting in the effort. UK’s involvement is still at the same level and the offer is still on the table. Tarik wants to narrow the list in August and make his officials after that. Spring is still the likely decision time.
Scouting: Ryan is a quick guard who uses split second changes in direction to get into the lane. He’s known for knocking down the 0utside shot pretty consistently and he didn’t disappoint in that area at all. Ryan even knocked down an off balance three with a hand in his face.
Recruiting: In the last week his Duke and UConn got involved. Kansas, Kentucky, Miami and North Carolina are other schools on his list. Miami is the only offer so far and UNC, although he lists them as a school of interest for himself, have yet to make real contact. When I asked who was recruiting him the hardest, Miami was the quick interest. Although he grew up a UNC fan, he promises that it won’t have an effect on his decision. UK is one of his favorites and he spoke quite a bit about how much he liked the style of play and Cal’s propensity for getting athletes to the NBA. This recruitment is still in the “getting to know you” phase, so things could change. UK seems to have a really good shot at Ryan, if the staff finds their July evaluations of Ryan to their liking. When asked for favorites, Ryan said “I love Kentucky, I love Kansas, and UNC was my first love.” UK would “probably” be one of the schools that he will try to take an unofficial visit to in the summer but his schedule is still pretty up in the air.
Scouting: Jelan showed off his same smooth style in transition and the same passing ability that has made him one of the top recruits in the country. In this tournament, Jelan is playing with Joe Jackson, which allows Jelan to play more off the ball and will show coaches how he might work for them as a wing in college. According to how he played today, that transition should be pretty easy. He played his same game and seemed very comfortable, putting up quite a few points playing the wing.
Recruiting: Jelan’s situation remains the same and there are a lot of schools looking to gain his services. A lot of interest from UCLA, USC and Arizona State are the only new changes. He’s still not sure about the offer carrying over from UK but he is sure that UK is picking up the interest level and has been in contact a lot more since the last time that I spoke with him at the LeBron James Skills Academy.
Scouting: Damien was pretty quiet in the game I saw today. While he didn’t score a lot of points, he did show off his good court vision while in transition and, the rest of the time, just allowed the game to come to him. He made other players better but probably would have seen more individual accolades if his usual good jump shot wasn’t so off.
Recruiting: Texas A&M, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Texas, Villanova, Louisville, Memphis, Miami and Virginia Tech are the schools recruiting him the hardest. He plans on visiting UK and Wake Forest in August. On UK, he did say that he likes the dribble drive offense a lot.
Scouting: Shabazz was best today in transition. He showed a nice floater and nice looking jumper, although most didn’t fall today. He uses his length well, especially in the post against shorter guards.
Recruiting: Shabazz is still very early in his recruitment and is still just getting attention from a few big schools. He holds offers from quite a few schools including UCLA, Kansas and USC. UK has not offered or really been involved but Shabazz still told me “I like UK a lot.” If UK was to offer he said they would immediately be “in my favorites.” He plans on attending the Ohio State-USC football game on an unofficial visit and will root for the Buckeyes even though his father attended USC. Still very early in the process for Shabazz but it looks like UK will be in great position if they choose to recruit the young guard.
The internet situation will control when the post goes up but expect more tomorrow but from the Reebok tournament. Josh Selby, Dominique Ferguson and Ray McCallum in the morning session.