LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- The Memphis Magic lost Joe Jackson and a number of other standouts from last year, but now Adonis Thomas is the marquee man. He also has a standout teammate in the backcourt.
A five-star prospect, Thomas has been a jump shot away from being an elite prospect. On Saturday, Thomas' three-point stroke was on. With his athleticism and feel for the game, Thomas will be virtually unstoppable if he can consistently knock down the outside shot.
He is an elite defender and rebounder and competes at the highest level. Odds are that he will round out his game and develop into a NBA caliber shooting guard. At the worst he will be a standout small forward on the college level.
Chris Jones (Memphis Magic 2011)- Thomas might be the best wing in Memphis, but Jones is the best guard in the city. The Tennessee commitment is an electric playmaker at the point guard position. He shoots with deep range and is lightning quick with the basketball and on the defensive end. Although Jones is a sub 6-footer, size means nothing with Jones. His game is huge and of five-star caliber.
Cameron Golden (Memphis Magic 2012)- This lefty point guard is full of promise. He is quick, shoots with range and has a feel for passing the basketball. High majors need to get acquainted with him.
LeBryan Nash (Dallas Mustangs 2011)- Nash, who is cut out of the same mold as Thomas, doesn't have any questions about his game. He shoots the deep ball effortlessly, is an explosive athlete and does a whole lot more than score. In a win against the Atlanta Celtics, Nash controlled the game with has ball handling and rebound while also scoring an efficient 26 points without forcing the action.
Nothing short of an elite talent, Nash is in the process of developing into a NBA caliber playmaking shooting guard.
Trevor Lacey (Atlanta Celtics 2011)- If he had better foot speed, Lacey would be a five-star prospect. Nonetheless, he is a quality four-star prospect who has always handled the ball well and is now shooting the ball with consistency from the outside.
David Gardner (Da House 2011)- Talk about a natural talent. At 6-foot-7 Gardner effortlessly shoots it out to 30 feet. And when he decides to attack the rim, Gardner can get there and finish. Perhaps his most impressive play was the quick pull up jumper from three going left. But not everything is positive about Gardner's game. Defensively he is practically non-existent, and he only occasionally rebounds. If he does find another gear of intensity and rounds his game out, he has NBA potential.
Tyler Adams (Jackson Tigers 2011)- He is not an above the rim player, but Adams has worked his body into great shape and controls the space around him. On the college level, Adams is destined to be a force in the lane.
Wayne Martin (Atlanta Celtics 2011)- A long 6-foot-8 athlete, Martin was particularly impressive on the offensive boards. He also showed the ability to attack the basket of the dribble.
NEWS AND NOTES
Adonis Thomas hasn't narrowed his school list but named offers from Florida, Tennessee, Memphis, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Kentucky. He has also heard recently from Duke.
Chris Jones is set to attend Hargrave Military next year.
Nick Jacobs has Georgia at the top of his list. Florida State, Miami, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma have also offered.
Wayne Martin named Ole Miss as his favorite. He also has offers from Memphis, Miami, Arkansas, Alabama and UCF.
Dominique McKoy is interested in Auburn, Alabama, UAB, Florida State and Georgia. Auburn, UAB and Florida State have offered.
Cameron Golden is hearing LSU, Virginia, Memphis, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
Another Chris Jones out of Memphis is a 2012 prospect at Briarcrest High School and is playing for the Alabama Celtics 16-Under team. He put up 22 points in a one point win over an extremely talented Wisconsin Playground Warriors team. He has early interest from Missouri, Virginia, Alabama, Ole Miss, Austin Peay and Belmont.
Tymond Howard continued his strong play on Saturday, scoring 39 points in a head-to-head battle with J.P. Tokoto who scored 16 points.