- Joel Francisco
LAS VEGAS -- Every once in a while, a much-anticipated matchup exceeds expectations, and that is exactly what happened when ESPN 100 top-10 prospect Myles Turner battled up-and-coming Thomas Welsh on Saturday. Turner is known as an elite shot-blocker, and he certainly didn't disappoint in that area as he had a plethora of deflections at the rim throughout. However, the multiskilled Welsh exhibited his unique skill set as he nailed several midrange jump shots and displayed his all-around post game.
But those two weren't the only top players on Saturday at the elite AAU events in Las Vegas. Here's a closer look at some of the best performances from Day 4 at the Las Vegas Classic and Las Vegas Fab 48.
Emmanuel Mudiay (Dallas/Prime Prep)
2014, PG, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds
Status: Claims offers from Kentucky, Texas, Baylor, Kansas, SMU, St. John's, NC State, Arizona, Louisville, Oklahoma State and St. John's.
What stood out with Mudiay in the first round of the playoffs was his versatility. He has terrific size for the 1 and high-level burst and overall feel for the game. He is tough to stop in transition, where he uses his speed and strength to finish among the trees inside. If the driving lanes close up, he can deliver a cross-court pass right into the shooter's pocket. While playing with elite junior Malik Newman, Mudiay has shown that he can play both guard positions with equal aplomb. When it's all said and done, it wouldn't surprise me if Mudiay turns out to be the No. 1 player in the class.