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May 1, 2007
Vegas: part two
There were a number of top prospects in Las Vegas last weekend. Rivals.com caught several of them in action on Friday night at the Double Pump Spring Tournament which EBO won 78-69 over Colorado Select in the championship game.
Jrue Holiday- Nothing new here. Holiday's game is on another level than any of the guards in his class. His physicality and skill level set him apart.
Jerime Anderson- His game continues to mature as he physically matures. Playing stronger with the ball and with more confidence, Anderson is climbing up the point guard rankings.
Travis Wear and David Wear- It is not getting any easier to tell these talented twins apart. David is looking more comfortable on the perimeter, and Travis is playing with more aggression inside the arc. The physicality of Holiday and Reeves Nelson might be rubbing off on the more finesse oriented twins.
Reeves Nelson- He did his usual damage on the boards, and Reeves had another one of those plays that pop up about once a game, making your jaw drop. After snagging a rebounding, Reeves went coast to coast navigating by one defender with a behind the back dribble and then ending the play with a nifty finger roll.
Renaldo Woolridge- He continues to show flashes of why he will end up a coveted recruit. Along with his length, Woolridge can make skilled plays such as the contested corner three that he hit on the move.
DJ Seeley- Displaying some electric athleticism against the Oakland Soldiers, Seeley continues to establish himself as one of the top shooting guards in the 2008 class.
Elliot Williams- He might not be a high level point guard, yet, but Williams is certainly a high level combo guard when he knocks down three-pointers to go along with his other attributes like he did on Friday.
Drew Gordon- This live body was running at full throttle Friday night, rebounding and punishing the rim.
Matt Simpkins- If this raw talent ever disciplines his game, watch out. Plenty athletic enough, Simpkins has the skill base to be a dangerous player at the next levels. His decision making and ability to consistently compete are the areas that need work.
Anthony Tucker- Does Tucker ever have a smooth release on his deep ball. After turning heads at the Kingwood Classic, Tucker was on his game Friday in Vegas.
Afterwards he noted that his recruitment has hit another gear since the Kingwood Classic. Coming into the tournament with offers from Utah State, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Tucker is now fielding interest from Boston College, Iowa, Minnesota, Dayton and Colorado. Iowa and Colorado made a special trip to Minnetonka, Minn., to check him out further.
Andy Poling- If Poling puts the weight on at Gonzaga, watch out. He is extremely skilled at close to 7-feet and knows how to play. He also impressed with how hard he played.