LAS VEGAS -- Texas Assault roared through the competition en route to the adidas Super 64 championship by defeating Dream Vision, 93-78. Although Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) showed a valiant effort after severely spraining his ankle in the semifinals, it would be The Marcus Smart (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus) Show as he took home MVP honors.
2012, PG, 6-foot-4, 200 pounds
Whether you play Smart at the 1, 2 or 3, he is an amazing player. He dominated the tournament each and every game with his winning mentality and near-triple-double efforts. There isn't a tougher player in America, and his interaction with his teammates, and officials for that matter, is outstanding. His jump shot has gotten better, and he's a bullish driver to the hole, but it's his facilitating that takes his game to another level. To be honest, if Smart isn't a McDonald's All-American and a top-25 prospect, we as scouts are missing the boat, plain and simple. It appears this will be a Texas and Oklahoma dogfight with UNC looking in from the outside.
2012, WF, 6-5, 210 pounds
It's amazing Muhammad even played after his ankle injury in the previous round. That is just another example of how tough this kid is. Despite the injury, he exhibited his scoring prowess inside and out as he knocked down a few 3-pointers and hit a number of shots in the paint. In order for Muhammad to take his game to another level, he must get better with his right hand and continue to improve the consistency of his jump shot.
Conner Frankamp (Wichita, Kan./Wichita North)
2013, SG, 6-1, 155 pounds
After watching Frankamp for a couple of games, it's clear why the Jayhawks snagged his commitment. He can play both guard positions, but he is much better off the ball, where he comes off screens and launches that feathery jump shot. He has the ability to penetrate as well and possesses a little more wiggle than expected to free him from defenders. His pull-up game is tight, and his feel for the game is high-level.
Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern)
2013, WF, 6-6, 185 pounds
Irvin is a prototypical 3-man for the high-major level. He has a terrific frame and he's very athletic, but it's his ball skills that really caught our eye. He has a knack to score in a variety of ways from the 3-point line as well as off the dribble. He had a couple of notable drives to the basket and he converted a few legitimate pull-up jump shots with a defender right on him. Irvin is a top-30 prospect for his class with continued improvement.
Justise Winslow (Houston/St. Johns)
2014, WF, 6-6, 190 pounds
We were thoroughly impressed with Winslow in April, and he is even better now. The left-hander has very long arms, broad shoulders and one of the more explosive first steps in the game. He gets to the rim at will and has the bounce to finish with a dunk. His jump shot looks smoother than in the past, and he's a gifted passer. He needs to get more effective utilizing his right hand (dribbling and finishing) and continue to work on his jump shot, but his upside is immense.
Connor Lammert (San Antonio/Churchill)
2012, PF, 6-9, 210 pounds
After evaluating the lengthy forward, it's not surprising that Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and Stanford are hotly pursuing the versatile 4-man. The left-handed Lammert has a soft shooting touch out to the 3-point line and a high basketball IQ. In addition, he has some bounce and runs very well in transition. He could also be deadly in a high-low offensive set due to the aforementioned shooting touch and innate passing ability. Look for Lammert to make a push into the ESPNU 100.
Rasheed Sulaimon (Houston/Strake Jesuit)
2012, SG, 6-4, 190 pounds
Sulaimon can flat-out score from all three levels. He has a technically sound jump shot and can convert it off the dribble or the catch. He displayed a nice first step as he routinely maneuvered his way to the rim off the dribble. Without PG J-Mychal Reese (Bryan, Texas/Bryan) in the lineup, Sulaimon kept Houston Hoops from getting blown out by exhibiting his complete offensive package in the second half.
Winston Shepard (Las Vegas/Findlay Prep)
2012, WF, 6-6, 185 pounds
Shepard continues to demonstrate why he may be the most improved wing player out west. In the past, Shepard always had the physical attributes, but he played at a wild pace with no purpose in mind. However, heading into his senior campaign, his game has revolutionized. He still has the length and explosiveness, but now he is impacting the game in many ways, other than defense. His jump shot has become playable and he is a menace to stop in transition, where he can finish at the rim or drop off a nifty pass.
Dominique Collier (Denver/Denver East)
2014, PG, 5-11, 150 pounds
Collier is a lengthy and smooth combo-guard who is a legitimate jump shot away from being a high-major player. He needs more strength to get his release on his shot higher, but his ball skills and savvy are impressive. He has the ability to lull the defense to sleep and then burst by them for the lay-in or dish. He plays the game at a great pace and he always has his head up, monitoring the defense. He could be the best guard prospect out of Denver since Chauncey Billups laced them up.
Shaquille Carr (Las Vegas/Canyon Springs)
2014, PG, 6-0, 150 pounds
The stereotype with Las Vegas guards is they are generally talented, but wild -- that was not the case upon our first look at Carr. He does possess Divison I explosiveness and he is a high-level finisher, but he also managed the game quite well and never forced the action -- which is quite impressive considering he is only a rising sophomore. He has the size, athleticism and feel to garner that Division I prospect label.
Uche Ofoegbu (San Antonio/Stevens)
2012, WF, 6-6, 200 pounds
Ofoegbu is a hard-nosed wing-type who affects the game on multiple levels. He is quite good slashing his way to the rim thanks to his chiseled frame and solid burst, which allow him to get into the teeth of the defense and finish in traffic. In addition, he can step out and drain the 3-point shot. Because of his overall skill set, size and athleticism, it's not surprising that Colorado and SMU have offered.
• Minnesota Pump N Run 15s has a number of Division I prospects on it's roster, including 6-6 sophomore Reid Travis (Minneapolis, Minn./Richfield), 6-6 freshman Henry Ellenson (Minneapolis, Minn./De La Salle) and 5-11 freshman Jarvis Johnson (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Prairie Seeds Academy). Both Travis and Ellenson have length and face-up skills, while Johnson possesses a slick crossover and solid looking pull-up jump shot.
• Kansas City Pump N Run 16s also received a terrific performance from 5-10 junior Travis Jorgensen (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge). He is a deceptively quick true point guard with a wicked crossover and a potent jump shot. The Missouri Valley Conference and some of the Big 12 schools are monitoring his progress.
• Houston Select 15s have a promising 4-man in 6-7 sophomore Melvin Swift (Houston/Jack Yates). He is a raw prospect who is oozing potential. He has great length and the bounce to bang on defenders off the drop step.
• Las Vegas Prospects 15s had a couple of other prospects who impressed us including, 6-1 sophomore Darryl Gaynor (Las Vegas/Palo Verde) and 6-0 freshman Cameron Burton (Las Vegas/Valley). Gaynor is physically gifted and he possesses point guard instincts, while Burton is one of the more impressive 2015 point guard prospects out west.
Joel Francisco is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting.