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July 25, 2011

Notes from Sunday in Vegas

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LAS VEGAS - While Buddy Hield was emerging as one of the better feel-good stories of the Adidas Super 64, there were plenty of other notable performers at the Super 64 and Fab 48.

* Many of the coaches who showed up to watch the Mass Rivals play were looking forward to seeing 2014's Noah Vonleh. But, it was 2012 teammate Zach Auguste who stole the show in their tough triple overtime loss to DTA. Auguste played like a guy who doesn't just need to be in the rankings, but needs four-star consideration if he can play like that each time out.

* A long and lean wing who loves to drive left just as much as he does right, 2013's Byron Zeigler more than lived up to his number 60 national ranking. His activity level is impressive and he will crash the glass.

* The Kansas City 76'ers picked up a hard fought overtime win over the Worldwide Renegades during an evening game at the Fab 48. 76'ers point guard Benny Parker won't be without division one scholarship offers for much longer. Coaches are falling in love with his toughness.

* Mid-major target D.J. Balentine of the Eric Gordon Central Stars was nails late. The 6-foot-1 shooting guard shrugged off a tough first half and scored 20 of his 24 in the second. His contested three from the top of the key with just under 10 seconds to go ended the Arizona Magic Pump 'N Run's Super 64.

* The Oakland Soldiers surprised by bowing out early at the Fab 48. However, it was still a huge day for four-star point guard Dominic Artis. The Californian confirmed that he's picked Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins for his college choice.

* N.C. State commit Tyler Lewis had a tooth knocked out on a rough fall at the Fab 48. He didn't complain, he just quietly handed his father his tooth and went right back to playing.

* 2013 five-star Jabari Parker really is a potentially special prospect. The best way to tell this? Coaches, analysts, fans and whoever else has somewhere else they probably need to be all seem to scrap plans in order to stick around and watch him perform.

* The Florida Rams Black surprised everybody by winning the Adidas Invitational earlier this month. On Sunday, their Adidas Super 64 ended in the first round of playoff play thanks to the three point shooting of Utah Pump 'N Run. Nobody was more important for Utah than rising senior combo forward Jordan Loveridge. The 6-foot-6 forward made threes, dished the ball, rebounded and was the best player on the floor during the game. His recruitment is currently a battle between Santa Clara, Utah and BYU.



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