If there was one glaring highlight of the Real Deal on the Hill it was certainly the play of the future of high school hoops. The class of 2011 made a strong first impression on the big stage and it looks as if the class will boast some big-time, high-major talent. Rivals.com's Justin Young breaks down the top prospects that he saw from the class from last weekend.
Playing on a short roster, the 5-foot-11 speedy point guard played through the marathon that was the Real Deal tournament. Guerrero logged big minutes and put up big points in the process.
Guerrero loves the spin move and always seems to be in motion. He doesn't lull around on either end of the floor. Most of his points came off of his great dribble penetration and because of his lack of scorers around him, he didn't necessarily have many opportunities to show off his point guard skills. What he showed was impressive enough to call him a high-major must-see in 2011.
Lacey, a 6-foot-3 guard, was constantly scoring in the 20-point range. His jumper is smooth and textbook while his game is mature and understated. Lacey always seems to be in control.
Lacey's game isn't flashy and that isn't a bad thing. He lets the game come to him and he limits his mistakes and maximizes his positive basketball plays. The locals in Alabama have raved about his play at Butler High School, one of the state powers, and it's easy to see why he has a big reputation. Lacey has all of the tools to be a big-timer in his class.
Playing up on the 17 and under division with his class of 2011 teammates, Nash stepped up on the big stage in a big way. The 6-foot-7 forward didn't have any rookie nervousness and didn't hold back against the older players. In fact, he was oftentimes the most confident and strongest player on the court.
Nash is a 'tweener forward that did his best work in the paint as a hard-nosed rebounder and scorer. He ran the floor well and showed some moments of good work as a wing forward with his ball-handling, which will be an area to improve, and his shot, another skill to develop. Nash emptied his tank in Fayetteville.
Sundays at the national tournaments are great for seeing guys like Parker. Because the majority of the younger teams play at remote locations, the coaches and media rarely get a chance to see the young players on the main stage.
When Parker played at Bud Walton in the semi-finals, he went to work. The 6-foot-3 guard showed off a great offensive array of talent. He shot the ball well off of screens, off the bounce and in the open floor. He's a live wire athlete with a tremendously high ceiling. Parker looked even better this month than he did last month. And he looked really good last month.
Last spring at the Kingwood Classic, Ross emerged as a big-time national prospect in the class of 2011 as a ninth grader to be. This year as a rising sophomore, Ross looks like he is headed in the right direction as far as his skill improvement goes.
Despite his skinny frame, Ross got his hands dirty inside the paint as a rebounder. He stuck his nose into a man-sized world and competed quite well. The 6-foot-7 forward can play three positions and justified himself as a high-major talent once again.
For now, the 6-foot-1 guard will be known as the younger brother of Wake Forest guard Jeff Teague. If he continues to improve on an already talented skill set, the roles may be reversed in the near future. Teague was outstanding as a true floor general for his club in the younger division.
His play helped the Gym Rats win the 15 and under tournament as he showed a similar game to his older brother. Teague is a jet and athletic and a confident and smart guard in the backcourt. Teague will be a top-level national prospect. He proved that much.
To put it bluntly, there were few players better than Wroten in the entire tournament field. He was outstanding in the oldest division of the event. Wroten's scoring touch is far beyond his years and his game shined against the best of the best.
He's a powerful athlete with good speed, good springs and good balance between steady and aggressive. The 6-foot-4 guard has all the makings of an elite prospect, even at an early age.
Known already on the national basketball scene from his play at camps featuring players of his own age and last year's AAU Nationals in Orlando, Wroten truly broke out on the national scale in Arkansas. His first impression raised the bar incredibly high and he earned the high praise the old fashion way – with great play.