The Las Vegas events roll along in what has become a long July and it is seeping in that Marcus Lee might just be a top 10 prospect in the country.
Marcus Lee is a rising star.
Lee, a 6-9 power forward, was a pivotal player in California Supreme's win over the Oakland Soldiers. He has what most post players don't have and that is an ability to score on back to the basket moves and make plays facing the basket. Throw in the fact that he is a bouncy athlete with a feel for the game and you have quite the promising prospect.
The downside is that Lee is thin, but he isn't afraid of contact and has some pop to his game. The question in the long haul is how much bulk can he gain for the rigors of the NBA.
More and more schools are pursuing Lee, and he won't develop a school list till after the summer. The two most latest schools to get involved, however, are North Carolina and UNLV.
Anthony January (2013 combo forward, Dream Vision)
A reclassified 2013 prospect, January is primarily a small forward, but he took on the challenge of playing the five position and going head to head with North Carolina commitment Isaiah Hicks. January came out far the better in the showdown.
Along with dominating the boards, January outscored Hicks approximately 26 to 8.
A physical specimen with athleticism and game, January will be a highly coveted recruit. Currently Florida, UNLV, SDSU and UTEP have offered. Kansas, Memphis, Seton Hall, USC and UCLA are involved as well.
Isaac Hamilton (2013 combo guard, Dream Vision)
His handle is so tight and he is so good with the basketball, Hamilton needs to be listed as a combo forward. His special gift, however, is his ability to score. He works his way into pockets while always maintaining control and has a controlled, soft touch on the finish. His younger brother Daniel Hamilton has the same gift. Isaac is also comfortable with the quick release on a catch and shoot three-pointer.
Hamilton currently has a long school list of Washington, California, UCLA, USC, UConn, Florida, UTEP, SMU, Baylor, UNLV and SDSU, but he did provide some insight into his recruitment.
For one, he listed Washington, UCLA, USC, Florida, Baylor, UNLV and SDSU as the schools recruiting him the hardest.
He has an official visit set for Florida the first weekend of October for the LSU football game.
He also expects to vist UConn, UTEP and Cal while UCLA and USC are in his backyard and will also be visited more.
Lastly, he does want to play college basketball with his younger brother Daniel.
Vitto Brown (2013 power forward, Ohio Basketball Club)
I only got the ending of Brown's game, but I did gather some recruiting information from him afterwards. He is considering offers from Wisconsin, Kansas State, Minnesota, Iowa State and Nebraska. He will visit Wisconsin around the end of August and also wants to visit Minnesota and Kansas State.
Irvin was outstanding in his team's win over Florida Elite. Doing a bit of everything for his squad, Irvin did a terrific job defending Kasey Hill, was the primary ball handler at times and drained shots from deep and in the midrange.
I can sense great things for Irvin at Michigan as he appears to be a perfect fit for Coach Beilein.
Paul Watson (2013 small forward, Compton Magic)
This athletic forward's stock has dropped some recently, but he played well in Compton's early game of the day. He had some nice scores off dribble moves and was productive on the glass.
Malik Price-Martin (2014 power forward, Team Breakdown)
The newly reclassified big man didn't have to go against much height against Southeast Elite, but he looked good while producing. At 6-10, Price-Martin can run and jump and his skill game is coming along.