Top Performers: Best of Las Vegas tournaments
LAS VEGAS -- The level of play and the intensity of the games picked up this weekend in Las Vegas as bracket play started in three major tournaments: Fab 48, the Las Vegas Classic, and the Adidas Championships. Some of the nation's top players played at a high level when their teams needed it most. Here is a look at 15 prospects that stood out this weekend, listed in alphabetical order.
Best of Vegas
Tony Bradley: There is nothing spectacular about Bradley's game, but he completely dominated in the paint on both ends on Saturday afternoon. He snatched up every rebound in his area and finished just about every time he caught the ball in the paint.
Miles Bridges: The five-star prospect is so physically gifted. About 6-foot-7, and with as good of a combination of size and strength as any wing in the country, Bridges can bully his way to the rim if he wants or he can use some finesse if needed. He threw down several highlight reel dunks against Arkansas Wings on Saturday night.
Wendell Carter: It wasn't the best we've seen of Carter, but the five-star 2017 prospect still showed why many of the top schools around the country are interested in him. He's not the most athletic player around, although his athleticism is more than adequate, but he's so big, strong and skilled. He's a rare high school big man who is comfortable playing with his back to the basket, and he's actually able to do so at a high level.
Devon Daniels: Josh Jackson attracts the most attention for 1 Nation, but Daniels had himself a game against Team Miami on Saturday. He threw down several impressive dunks and knocked down a couple shots from three-point range as well. His energy on both ends was impressive as well.
Jordan Harris: The Georgia commit is an elite athlete and makes finishing in traffic look effortless. He pumped in 17 points in a quarterfinal win on Saturday morning and connected on a pair of long three-pointers.
Josh Jackson: The current top overall prospect in the Class of 2016 is another 6-foot-8 forward that will be a tough matchup at the next level. He handles a lot of ball handling responsibilities for 1 Nation and is a terrific passer. There isn't a better perimeter defender in the country right now when Jackson is motivated and his shot has come a long way as well. Arizona's Sean Miller and UCLA's Steve Alford watched him Saturday afternoon.
DeJon Jarreau: A recent growth spurt up to around 6-foot-6 makes him an even more intriguing prospect than he previously was. His shot still needs improvement, but he's super quick off the dribble and is a crafty finisher in the paint. He also possesses the ability to play some point guard if needed.
Skylar Mays: Mays is just another in a long line of Louisiana natives playing at a high level right now. A point guard with great size at 6-foot-5, he plays the game with great pace and never gets sped up. He's a very good decision maker and can score when needed. UNLV's Dave Rice and LSU's Johnny Jones were regulars at his games throughout the weekend.
Malik Monk: The five-star guard has been terrific the whole travel season for the Arkansas Wings, and continued to play at a high level this weekend. Against Mac Irvin Fire, he jumped out to a hot start with eight quick points on a pair of tough, contested three-point attempts and a tough pull-up jumper. He stayed on fire throughout the game and finished with nearly 30 points. John Calipari and Mike Anderson were both courtside to see Monk, and Kentucky and Arkansas are considered the favorites to land him.
Charlie Moore: Moore is on the small side at 5-foot-10, but there aren't many tougher point guards around. He's fearless attacking the rim and doesn't mind pulling up from NBA range three-pointers at times. He's a true floor general, too, in the way he runs Mac Irvin Fire both in the half-court and in transition.
Josh Okogie: The Georgia native might be one of the more under-recruited prospects in the country. He's not the ideal size for a small forward at around 6-foot-5, but you won't find many more productive players on a consistent basis than Okogie. His perimeter stroke has come along and his ball handling is much improved. Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory was courtside keeping tabs on Okogie, and the Jackets have offered.
Billy Preston: Preston continues to impress this summer, and it is his versatility that makes him so intriguing. At 6-foot-9, he's a capable ball handler that can score both inside and on the perimeter. Like Tatum, he's a matchup nightmare.
Javonte Smart: When the first set of rankings come out for the Class of 2018, you won't need to scroll down too far to find Smart's name. He'll have five stars next to his name and might be the top point guard in the country in his class. He's a legitimate 6-foot-5 with a strong, athletic build and can make plays for himself and others.
Jayson Tatum: Now suiting up with the Arkansas Wings, the recent Duke commit fit right in alongside Monk. Everything about Tatum's game is so smooth and his length makes him a tough matchup. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and two assistants were on hand to see their future star player.
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