Separation in Sin City

23 Jul

Shabazz Muhammad was outstanding on opening day in Las Vegas. He impressed everyone. (Photo: adidas)

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Vegas week has traditionally been the time where amazing happens for prep basketball. Judging by all of the reports, this year’s Vegas week started off with an emphatic bang.

SHABAZZ SHINES

Shabazz Muhammad and Andre Drummond, the undisputed 1-2 punch in the class of 2012, opened the adidas Super 64 on the right foot.

Muhammad, the consensus number one player in the country, started the event with a 38-point come-from-behind win over the powerful Atlanta Celtics. He did so in front of a gathering of who’s who college coaches and a throng of UNLV fans. Muhammad, you see, is from Vegas. The pressure to stay at home and play for the Rebels is real.

Onlookers were impressed with the lefty guard. Aran Smith of NBADraft.net didn’t hold back his compliments for the 6-foot-6 senior-to-be.

Dave Telep of ESPN.com took it a step further and talked about one of the most underappreciated traits of a top flight talent: can you be humble enough to be taught.

http://twitter.com/#!/DaveTelep/status/94574354175758336

Muhammad came prepared. He certainly dressed the part, according to Ryan Greene of the Las Vegas Sun.

DRUMMOND DOMINATES

Drummond, a 6-foot-10 big man, has been in the discussion for the top spot since his sophomore year in high school. He’s a peaks and valleys guy. Sometimes he’s great. Sometimes the effort level doesn’t match the natural ability.

On Friday, he turned it on in a big way. Paired against Isaiah Austin and Kaleb Tarczewski in two separate games, Drummond impressed. He scored 21 points in both match-ups and judging by the comments of most on-lookers, Drummond won the battles.

Eric Bossi of Rivals.com was so impressed, he brought back a name of Vegas lore.

Drummond made some separation from the pack on Day One.

ANY CHAGE AT THE TOP?

So does Muhammad get bumped by Drummond, the prospect with the higher ceiling? Not sure. That’s a tough question for the mavens to answer.

What isn’t in question, however, is the gap between the top two and the rest of the pack. Telep and Bossi addressed that.

http://twitter.com/#!/DaveTelep/status/94585441931640832

NOTABLES

My favorite hater of the basketball – Jordan Bell – was impressive. The class of 2013 volleyball player turned shot-blocker had an amazing game for Compton Magic.

Another Jordan did work on Day One. Jordan Adams dropped 39 points against Muhammad and Dream Vision on Friday morning. The future UCLA guard showed off his shooting touch.

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