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April 11, 2010

Beal sensational at Boo

HAMPTON, Va.- A handful of elite prospects participated in the Boo Williams Invitational. One of those elite prospects, Bradley Beal of the St. Louis Eagles, has established himself as the top shooting guard in his class.

It would be nice if Beal - who is 6 feet 4 - were a couple inches taller, but other than that there is nothing wanting in his game. Beal's physique is filling out, and he has added a level of explosiveness to his highly skilled game.

Simply put, scoring comes extremely easy to Beal.

In a matchup against D-One Sports, Beal put up 31 points and maintained that type of pace throughout the event.

Beal also has an impressive 2011 sidekick on the wing. Ben McLemore might not have the pure shooting stroke of Beal, but he can knock down shots, has a superb feel for the game and has a level of athleticism that will be difficult for any 2011 prospect to match.

Quincy Miller (D-One Sports, 2011) - Miller's performances have been off and on, but he was certainly on when he put up 45 points on the Tennessee Travelers. A prospect cut out of the same mold as Kevin Durant, Miller has a scary combination of a high skill level and length. The trick will be for him to develop a more aggressive and competitive mindset and to develop his physical strength. Nonetheless, he is one of the elite prospects in the event.

Myles Davis (New Jersey Playaz, 2011) - With 27 points one game and 32 points in another, Davis is right up there with Beal as one of the class' most dangerous long-range shooters off the catch and off the move. Davis also has great body control around the basket and finishes with authority with either hand.

Kyle Anderson (New Jersey Playaz, 2012) - Davis and Myles Mack are good scorers for the Playaz, but the engine that makes the team run is Anderson. At 6-foot-8 and highly skilled, Anderson spends most of the game running the point for the Playaz. His ultimate destination is that of a point- forward type at the next levels.

Anderson has a sublime feel for the game and is a master at changing pace and direction. Despite his average foot speed, he often defends the opposition's top player because of his understanding of how to use his length as a defender.

Anderson is a consistent jump shot away from being an elite prospect in 2012.

Vaughn Gray (New Jersey Playaz, 2011) - Gray is the least known of the regulars for the Playaz, but he is the ultimate glue player. At 6 feet 5, he brings a heavy dose of athleticism and physicality to the court. He is sure to clean up the glass and battle for loose balls. He is also a reliable finisher.

Michael Carter-Williams (BABC, 2011) - Cut out of a similar mold as Kyle Anderson, Carter-Williams uses his length, basketball IQ and high skill level to make positive play after positive play. It is hard to say if his ultimate position at Syracuse will be point guard, but there is no doubt that he will be a playmaker for the Orange.

L.J. Rose (Houston Hoops, 2012) - Running the point almost exclusively for the Hoops, Rose has great confidence in his mid- to short-range floater.

Carlton Brundidge (The Family, 2011) - Wired to score, Brundidge is a classic physical, undersized shooting guard who is guaranteed to put up points at Michigan.

Marquis Teague (Spiece Indy Heat, 2011) - Teague has simply been spectacular. In one outing here he scored 32 points and handed out seven assists. As explosive off the dribble as they come, Teague got to the rim consistently.

He is clearly in Mike Gilchrist's rearview mirror.

DaJuan Coleman (Albany City Rocks, 2012) - How about a 22-point, 18-rebound effort against Michael Hammons and the Spiece Indy Heat? With his physical play, Coleman draws fouls on a regular basis and has the makings of being the Jared Sullinger of the 2012 class.

A.J. Hammons (Spiece Indy Heat, 2012) - Still a work in progress offensively, Hammons moves well and is a strong rebounder. The big man has intriguing upside. He had eight points and 13 rebounds in his matchup against Coleman.

Eric Katenda (Albany City Rocks, 2011) - At a lengthy 6-foot-8, Katenda made a variety of positive plays for his squad. From being active on the glass and blocking shots to scoring the ball from all three levels, Katenda will likely garner heavy recruiting interest once coaches lay eyes on him.

Levi Randolph (Alabama Challenge, 2011) - Comfortable with the basketball all over the court, Randolph is a composed scorer. He is a knock-down shooter from deep and has some craftiness to his game in the midrange area.

Telvin Wilkerson (Memphis YOMCA, 2012) - We're not yet sure how reliable a shooter Wilkerson is from behind the arc, but he is a physical and athletic presence on the court at the shooting guard position. He regularly worked his way into the midrange for buckets.

Johnathan Williams III (Memphis YOMCA, 2013) - Williams was one of the young prospects who stirred up a buzz in the complex. At 6 feet 8, he is a legit small forward with an advanced feel for the game. An athletic lefty, Williams is one of the elite prospects in his class.

Jarmal Reid (Southern Kings 16-under, 2012) - Reid is a bull with the basketball at the small forward position. Already physically ready for high major basketball, Reid will have a long offer list before his recruitment is over.

Derrick Herbert (Southern Kings 16-under, 2012) - Herbert impressed with his steady point guard play.

Justin Tuoyo (Southern Kings 16-under, 2012) - A long 6-foot-9 athlete, Tuoyo specializes in swatting shots.

Arroyo Edwards (Wisconsin Playground Elite 16-under, 2012) - A 6-foot-5 athlete who is in the process of transitioning to the perimeter, Edwards was impressive against the Southern Kings. He regularly worked his way to the basket and displayed a feel for passing the basketball. He is a high-major prospect.

Maurice Harkless (New York Gauchos, 2011) - The talent is there, but where is the passion? If Harkless turned on his motor, he could be an impact player. This weekend, however, the Connecticut commitment played a stale, disinterested brand of basketball.

Sidiki Johnson (Metro Hawks, 2011) - Not an overwhelming athlete, Johnson will need to outwork opponents when playing for Arizona in the Pac-10. This weekend he displayed the type of energy he will need to be successful. He impressed with some strong drives to the basket and authoritative finishes.

Ky Madden (Arkansas Wings, 2011) - Madden is working himself into being a point guard. Developing physical strength will be pivotal for the long-term success of his career.

Shannon Scott (Southern Kings, 2011) - Scott is one of the more reliable point guards in the class.

RECRUITING NEWS

Marquis Teague - According to Teague, his father wants him to announce his commitment at the end of the month. Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, Purdue and Cincinnati are in contention.

Shabazz Napier - A Connecticut commitment, Napier will likely move up to the 2010 class and enroll at UConn this fall.

Tyler Adams - A Duke visit is on the docket in June, and a commitment is likely to follow. Adams claims Duke as a significant leader.

Ben McLemore - He isn't sure who has offered him, but McLemore has Kansas clearly at the top of his list. Behind Kansas are Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Illinois, Tennessee and Providence. McLemore's high school is closing down after this year, and he is slated to attend Oak Hill Academy next year.

Tony Parker - The 2012 post player from Georgia is primarily focused on UConn and Tennessee. Both schools have offered. Georgia gained some ground with the commitment of Parker's good friend Donte Williams.

Ryan Anderson - Anderson favors UCLA and San Diego State. Washington State (offer) and Utah are also on his list.

Telvin Wilkerson - Northern Illinois has offered, and Auburn, UTEP, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Missouri and Arkansas are showing interest.

Jonathan Williams - The 2013 prospect already has offers from George Mason - where his older brother plays - Memphis, Tennessee and Oregon State. Kentucky and Missouri are also recruiting him.

Jarmal Reid - Offers are already in from Oklahoma, West Virginia and the old staff at Wake Forest. Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Georgia Tech and VCU are also recruiting Reid.

Quincy Miller - He is considering offers from Wake Forest, Kentucky, Duke, Memphis, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Syracuse, Georgetown, Baylor and Illinois.

Arroyo Edwards - Edwards is hearing from Baylor, Texas, Wisconsin and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Evan Nolte - Georgia and Virginia recently offered and are vigorously pursuing Nolte. Stanford is also firmly in the mix.

Vaughn Gray - Providence, Richmond, Rhode Island, Temple and St. Joe's have offered. Virginia and Xavier are also recruiting Gray. His two favorites are Richmond and Virginia.

Ky Madden - Madden has offers from Marquette, Georgia Tech, Florida, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Memphis, Kentucky and Baylor.

Nino Jackson - Baylor, Missouri, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Texas A&M are recruiting Johnson.

Desmond Hubert - Hubert has offers from UConn, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Xavier, Penn State and Villanova. Georgetown, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Maryland are also on his list.

Myles Davis - UConn and Pittsburgh are the most recent offers for Davis. Providence, George Mason, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Joe's, St. John's and Virginia are also offers under consideration.

John Manning - Out with an ankle injury, Manning is hearing primarily from Michigan and William and Mary.


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