Recruiting Hot Bed In Las Vegas

Jason McClearyContributor IJuly 28, 2010

The AAU scene was in full effect in Las Vegas for 6 days!  College coaches and fans scattered around the desert in the blistering 100 plus degree days to find 18 different gyms to recruit and enjoy basketball.  The Adidas Super 64 and Las Vegas Fab 48 were the tournaments taking place.

Bishop Gorman High School and Rancho High School were the main stages for the 17u invitational only teams.  By mainly focusing on the Fab 48, most of my time spent was at Bishop Gorman were most of the talent was located.

The play was intense as every college coaching staff was in attendance watching the young ball players of the future.  Many players still undecided were putting in work to let a coach or two know they mean business. July is the month in recruiting where the players are displaying their job resume.

The Drew Gooden soldiers were the favorite to win the Fab 48 and didn’t disappoint.  The team was loaded with D1 five star talent led by Jabari Brown.  Brown took home MVP honors of the tournament as the team went undefeated without a real challenge.


Top 5 players

1.      Toney Wroten Jr - A lot of recruiting services dropped Wroten in the rankings and maybe they did basing off not seeing him play for a yr due to injury.  Things might change after what Wroten displayed in Vegas.  You can’t teach the court vision Wroten sees on the court.  Wroten’s jump shot has improved quite a bit which is scary for the opposition.  Wroten easily took his opposition off the dribble to the rim with ease.


2.      Jabari Brown - Brown was on a mission!  Intensity is what brings Brown to the table and the ability to finish.  Brown has nice size to add to his game and can beat you with a jump shot or simply just drive with will to the lane. Brown can finish above the rim and isn’t scared of contact.  Brown also has a reliable jumper.


3.      Kyle Wiltjer- Wiltjer has big man skills that stand out in the class out of 2011 other big men.  Wiltjer ability to see the court as a big man and step out to shoot the open 3 is a blessing for any Coaching staff that gets this kid.  Wiltjer can do it all down low with post moves you don’t see from big men these days.  Kind of reminds of an old school player.


4.      Kyle Anderson - Kyle is younger than the 3 mentioned.  Anderson is a 2012 prospect who is tall for being a guard.  Watching Anderson’s game reminded me a little bit of Brandon Roy.  When seeing Anderson on the court he carries himself lazy until the ball in his hands.  Jumps shot needs a little bit of work but don’t be surprised if you see Anderson running the point guard position in college.  Anderson can put the ball on the hardwood and go to work. 


5.      Josiah Turner - Turner is a solid guard who can run a team.  Running the PG for the Drew Gooden Soldiers.  Turner can get to the rim by taking his man the dribble and use his body to finish.  Once Turner’s jump shot starts to fall consistently, it’s going to be scary what he can do.



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