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July 24, 2008

Vegas day two breakdown

LAS VEGAS- On day two in Vegas a plethora of coaches traveled off the beaten path to watch Thomas Robinson, who came up with an impressive effort.

A high energy player with a load of athleticism, Robinson racked up a solid double/double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. He pursued balls outside of his area and left little doubt who would come down with the ball when he got his hands on it. Offensively, Robinson wasn't utilized a great deal more than as a rebounder, but he did finish with authority and scored on some powerful drives to the basket.

Head coaches from West Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, Virginia, South Florida, Miami, Boston College, Xavier, Pittsburgh and Kansas along with assistants from Texas, Oklahoma and Duke were all in the gym.

Robinson, who only emerged as a high major priority during this travel circuit, doesn't have a formal school list, but listed Kansas, Duke, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Providence, South Florida, Maryland, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Kentucky, George Mason, Georgetown and George Washington. All have offered except for Duke.

After July Robinson plans to trim his list, and he said he is likely to wait till the spring to make a decision.

Mouphtaou Yarou had quite a following as well for his morning game at the Main Event. Bruce Pearl, Jamie Dixon, Paul Hewitt, Jay Wright, Stan Heath and Marvin Menzies watched the athletic post player put up 23 points.

Tarou is just getting a gauge on his recruitment but said that New Mexico State, Villanova, Georgetown, UCLA, DePaul and Virginia Tech are on him the hardest.

Roger Franklin had a big game for Team Texas in a win over Team Jones. The undersized, but high energy productive player scored 33 points in a variety of ways.

After the game Franklin revealed a top six of Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Arizona and Indiana.

Also playing a strong game for Team Texas was point guard Vertrail Vaughn. He scored 18 points while also distributing the ball off his slashing drives. With an offer from Colorado, Vaughn also listed George Mason, Virginia, Michigan, San Diego, Colorado State, Oklahoma and Iowa. Vaughn considers George Mason and Virginia his top schools.

With Bruce Pearl, Andy Kennedy, Mark Gotfried, Rick Pitino, Tom Crean and Frank Haith in the crowd, the Memphis Magic had a strong showing against the Houston Lynx in a large part behind the effort of Sampson Carter, who is reclassifying with a prep year at Winchendon. Carter was all over the boards and scored the ball as well.

After the game Carter admitted that UMass is in a strong position to land him after hiring his brother as an assistant coach, but Carter also has Tennessee, Memphis, Kentucky and UAB on his list. Carter claims offers from all the schools.

Point guard Joe Jackson repeatedly got to the basket for 19 points in the win. Jackson did say Memphis is his leader because of proximity but also has Tennessee, Mississippi State and Ole Miss on his list.

Although he takes a step back with Jackson controlling the ball for the Magic, 2010 prospect Mardracus Wade has the qualities of a high level point guard. He handles the ball with composure, scores at opportune moments and most impressively defends extremely well.

Presently Wade has offers from Ole Miss, Memphis and Baylor with interest from Missouri and Tennessee. With the SEC being his favorite conference, Wade considers Ole Miss as his favorite.

Tarik Black is a high energy player who defends down low and can also move his feet on the perimeter. He also can score the ball down low with quick dribble moves. His long arms and quick jumping ability allow him to play a lot bigger than his 6-foot-7 height. Memphis, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, UTEP, Baylor have all offered him

Rising sophomore Adonis Thomas didn't get a lot of run, but he looked good during his limited minutes. The 6-foot-5 small forward said Tennessee (offer), Georgetown, Florida and Wake Forest are high on his list.

California Supreme and Seattle Friends of Hoops battled through three overtimes until Aaron Bright of FOH sank a game winning three-pointer at the buzzer of the fourth overtime. Bright didn't have his best game shooting, only hitting 6-15 from the field, but he did hit four three-pointers and only had one turnover while running the point.

On the recruiting front Bright has an offer from Eastern Washington and is getting interest from Oregon State, Stanford, California and Washington State.

Backcourt teammate Aaron Dotson was solid throughout the game scoring 16 points and grabbing five rebounds. With his stock on the rise, Dotson has offers from LSU, Miami, Washington, USC and Indiana while Louisville and UCLA are showing interest.

On the opposing end Jeremy Tyler came out of the gates strong but cooled off the rest of the way, finishing with a 15 point nine rebound effort.


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