And they’re off

7 Jul

Shabazz Muhammad was the top dog on day one of the July evaluation period.

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

The first day of the evaluation period is in the books and it was a whirlwind day from coast to coast. Who won the day? What are the kids saying? Who watched who? Find out.

WON THE DAY

Shabazz Muhammad. The nation’s top player started the summer off with a bang at the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis. The 6-foot-6 wing from Las Vegas impressed everyone with his performance. Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier-Journal wrote:

Muhammad made a splash when he poured in 39 points and rallied the Dream Vision team from a 10-point deficit in the second half to beat Indiana Elite. He scored on a wide variety of ways, including two monster dunks in the second half. It’s clear the scouting services – Scout.com and Rivals.com – made the correct call in moving Muhammad to No. 1. He has such a motor and on both ends of the floor. The kid is a joy to watch. He made a bit of news after the first game when he said he was “wide open” with schools but noted that “Kentucky is probably the first school I will visit.”

WON THE DAY, PART TWO

I really like the concept of the Reebok Breakout camp. We all know who the stars are in prep hoops. Sleepers are a thing of the past. That’s where the Reebok concept comes in to help change that. John Wall was a rise from the shadows player via Reebok camps. I was blown away by him when I saw him for the first time in 2007.

Put the name John Wall on the high-major list for the class of 2009. The 6-foot-3 has sprinter speed and great body control when he changes of direction. Mix that all together and you have a player that was simply un-defendable from end to end. He’s been the biggest revelation of the camp so far in terms of being an unknown on a national scale.

Wall is at the camp this year to encourage and instruct. Pretty cool.

So who stood out? Evan Daniels of Scout.com has an idea.

Eric Bossi of Rivals.com agrees.

Standing near 6-foot-4, Jordan is easily a high major prospect and likely and perhaps the best long term prospect in attendance. Blessed with size, speed and athleticism, Jordan also has an outstanding feel for the game and is a creative playmaker off of the dribble. Even Wall was asking media about #59 and his current list of Pitt, Arizona, St. Joseph’s, Drexel, LaSalle, Temple, Georgetown and St. John’s is likely going to get more crowded with big names.

ALL EYES ON US

The Florida Rams have Chris Walker, a top five junior nationally, Malik Price-Martin, a top 20 junior nationally, and a host of Division I prospects. That’s why 20 head coaches watched the Rams the first chance they could get. According to Brian Snow of Scout.com, Ohio State, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Alabama, North Carolina, Duke, USC, Auburn, and Villanova all had head coaches posted on the sidelines to see the Rams.

SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGE OF THE DAY

Rondae Jefferson, the No. 19 player in the class of 2013, according to Rivals.com had a memorable first day at the LeBron James Skills Academy.

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