This past weekend was another big one on the travel team circuit and the basketball recruiting trail, as it was the second of two April evaluation weekends during which college coaches could attend events. John Calipari, Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams, Tom Crean, Tom Izzo, Billy Donovan and Thad Mata were among the big-name coaches out and about watching elite prospects.
Here's what our team of RecruitingNation basketball experts learned while on the road this weekend at five big events, including standout performers and recruiting buzz from each venue.
Standout performers: It can be hard to separate players out this early as we have just begun the evaluation on the 2014 class turning into rising seniors, but there were several who especially stood out. As the nation's No. 1 point guard, Tyus Jones controls the tempo and flow of a game like no other prospect in the 2014 class. He can always find the open man and deliver the ball on time and on target to help his team score. ESPN 60 shooting guard Devin Booker is one of the best shooters in the class with excellent size to see over defenders at 6-foot-5. His sweet, smooth stroke is a threat both from deep behind the college line and inside the arc as he is terrific running off screens. Defenses can't give this long-range shooter any time or space. Finally, ESPN 25 sophomore shooting guard Malik Newman is strong and powerful as he is in constant attack mode. He can beat defenders off the bounce or from the 3-point line and will create fouls because he is aggressive on his drives with the body to handle bumps. These were three elite perimeter players on display this weekend.