NCB On The Trail: 2013 Las Vegas AAU

LAS VEGAS -- The fifth and final day at the elite AAU events in Las Vegas on Sunday had a little bit of everything.

It began with a lights-out shooting performance from ESPN 100 point guard Riley LaChance (Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield Central), followed by a spectacular scoring outburst by ESPN 60 shooting guard Tyler Dorsey (Los Angeles/St. John Bosco).

As the day wore on, ESPN 100 Maryland commit Romelo Trimble (Arlington, Va./Bishop O’Connell) found his shooting groove while 2015 shooting guard Jeffrey McClendon (Pasadena, Calif./Pasadena) proved that playing lockdown defense can garner attention as well.

Finally, the last game of the day was a tilt between two of the more highly acclaimed 2016 ESPN 25 prospects in Deadrick Lawson (Memphis, Tenn./Hamilton) and Joe Hampton (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), with Lawson leading his Team Penny to the U15 championship over Hampton's DC Assault squad.

Here’s a closer look at some of the best performances from Day 5 at the Las Vegas Classic and Las Vegas Fab 48.

ESPN 100 guards cap strong July in Vegas 

July, 29, 2013
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Editor's note: This is the final entry in Dave Telep's July Road Trip blog. Throughout the month, Dave checked in each day he was on the road while covering some of the biggest basketball recruiting events in the country, from Las Vegas to South Carolina to Indianapolis to Georgia to Orlando and back to Vegas to close things out.

LAS VEGAS -- That's it? It's over? When the July recruiting period ends, there's no parade and no season-ending party -- only a slew of dreary players, coaches and scouts who are all too happy to pack up and head home.

For me, the month started in Las Vegas at the LeBron James Skills Academy and ended here as well with a trio of elite Vegas AAU events over the weekend. For the last entry in my July road trip blog, here’s a look at the storylines that stood out on Sunday in Las Vegas, including items on ESPN 100 guards Romelo Trimble and Isaiah Whitehead, the search for big men and some recruiting news and notes.

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Scouting late bloomers in Las Vegas 

July, 28, 2013
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Editor's note: This is the latest entry in Dave Telep's July Road Trip blog. Throughout the month, Dave will check in each day he's on the road while covering some of the biggest basketball recruiting events in the country. He'll let you know where he is, offer some highlights of the day and give a quick look at what's next.

LAS VEGAS -- There's no better way to spend a day (of basketball) in Las Vegas than checking out leads and evaluating late bloomers. For me, Saturday was one of the best days of the month. Spending time crossing guys off the hit list is a recruiting nerd’s nirvana.

Here are some nuggets from Saturday’s action at the elite AAU events in Las Vegas: the adidas Super 64, the Las Vegas Fab 48 and the Las Vegas Classic.

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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
Courtesy of Andrew ShurtleffEmmanuel Mudiay continued to impress at Las Vegas.
Best Player
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.

Biggest Surprise

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Ranked guards stand out in Vegas 

July, 27, 2013
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LAS VEGAS -- The third and final day of pool play Friday at the elite Las Vegas events was filled with a little bit of everything.

ESPN 100 point guard Jordan McLaughlin appears to be back to his old self as he sliced and diced with impeccable passing, smooth shooting and cat-quick drives. Speaking of quickness, ESPN 60 point guard Hyron Edwards has that highly coveted second gear. And then there’s ESPN 100 shooting guard Trey Kell, who came to Vegas with minimal fanfare outside of the West Coast. At this stage, however, there isn't a hotter 2014 prospect out west than Kell.

Here’s a closer look at some of the top performances on Day 3 in Vegas at the adidas Super 64 and Las Vegas Fab 48. Bracket play begins Saturday and continues Sunday.

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Turner shines, Mudiay talks in Vegas 

July, 27, 2013
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Editor's note: This is the latest entry in Dave Telep's July Road Trip blog. Throughout the month, Dave will check in each day he's on the road while covering some of the biggest basketball recruiting events in the country. He'll let you know where he is, offer some highlights of the day and give a quick look at what's next.

LAS VEGAS -- My annual goal is to see every kid who signs with the major Division I college programs. In a perfect world, I'd include half of Division I basketball and toss in all the mid-majors, too. That's the obsessive-compulsive in me coming out.

The truth is, it's a good summer if I've laid eyes on the best 200 high school players in the country at some point between April and the end of July. After arriving in Las Vegas on Friday after several days at the AAU Nationals and Super Showcase in Orlando, I'm getting close to knocking out my hit list.

My first day at the elite events in Las Vegas proved extremely fruitful, as I got to cross Robert Cartwright, Lamonte Bearden and Thomas Welsh off the hit list, see top-10 senior Myles Turner show off his potential, and pick up recruiting info on Emmanuel Mudiay, Jordan McLaughlin, Rashad Vaughn and others.

Here are some nuggets from Friday’s action in Vegas.

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LAS VEGAS -- The underclassmen took center stage during Thursday's action at the adidas 64. Despite the sweltering heat in Vegas, scouts and coaches were treated to the dazzling talents of ESPN 25 prospect Josh Jackson (Detroit, Mich./Consortium) and ESPN 60 PF Carlton Bragg. Jackson has the physical tools and a feel for the game that is rare to see for a player of his youth, leading some in Michigan to call him the best prospect the state has produced since Chris Webber and Jalen Rose. Right now I would agree with that assessment but time will tell if it comes to fruition.

Not to be upstaged by the young guys, Florida commit Brandone Francis was also impressive for the senior class.

Here's a closer look at the top stars on Day 2 in Las Vegas.

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Mudiay, Zimmerman go off at Fab 48 

July, 25, 2013
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LAS VEGAS -- The first night of the last evaluation period couldn’t have gone any better for Dinos Trigonis, Gary Charles, Grant Rice, and the rest of the Las Vegas Fab 48 staff. Whether it was top-10 junior Stephen Zimmerman closing the gap at the top of the 2015 rankings with his outstanding all-around play or No. 5 senior Emmanuel Mudiay dazzling all comers with his point guard wizardry, Wednesday's performances were high level.

Here's a look at the players who had college coaches chirping on Day 1 in Las Vegas.

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