Vegas Tournaments Tip Off

Zane Johnson

LAS VEGAS – The real action does not began until Saturday, but once again the action tipped off early at the Tarkanian Basketball Academy. A number of young prospects were on hand, as well as a future Wildcat.

Although a few teams dropped out of the event, there was still plenty of talent on hand. Unlike last year, where the games started at midnight to allow college coaches to attend, this year the games started earlier.

Belmont Shore has a really young team and although they fell to Team San Diego, a handful of players played well. Most notably is freshman-to-be Tyler Lamb. That's right, we already have 2010 players on the radar. Lamb is already 6-5 and is long and athletic. It's a long ways away, and there is no guarantee that Lamb will continue to develop, but the future looks bright for Lamb. He's not hearing from programs yet, but is open to teams on both coasts and in between. He does admire Lute Olson, but also mentioned UCLA, Washington, North Carolina, Louisville and others.

The Arizona Magic is missing Jerryd Bayless, but that was actually a good thing for future Wildcat Zane Johnson. The 6-6 wing actually played point guard most of the game and looked pretty good. He was especially successful in feeding the post and leading the break. Without having to defer to Bayless, Johnson was aggressive and played with confidence.

Johnson had trouble guarding smaller point guards and had little impact on the boards, but overall he had a good showing.

Bayless will not play with the Magic this weekend, instead he'll suit up for EBO, the team that Jamelle Horne plays for. You can bet that he'll get an earful from Horne on the virtue of the Wildcats and we hear that Bayless is still very interested in the Cats.

We were told that the Louisiana Stars had some players and those sources were right. Mitch Hampton and Leonard Washington can both play. Wildcat fans may get to see more of the athletic Hampton. USC is among his suitors.

The Grand Canyon State has been producing some quality players of late and 2009's Colin Borchert has a chance to be very good. He's 6-9, mobile and plays with a swagger. He is more of a finesse player than a banger but did alter some shots. It is hard to tell how good he can be as the game had almost no structure most of the time his SW Rebel were more concerned with crosscourt passes than half court sets.

Saturday that action really gets going with three tournaments. We'll have updates on a variety of players including Horne, Bayless, Jeff Withey, Matt Simpkins, Laval Lucas-Perry and a host of others.

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