Las Vegas Recap: Day 1 & 2

SF Dakarai Allen

Some of the top high school players on the west coast were in Las Vegas (Nev.) for the Fab 48, Adidas Super 64 and Las Vegas Classic. Dakarai Allen, Jordan Mathews and Brian Beard stood out.

LAS VEGAS – Some of the top high school players on the west coast were in Las Vegas (Nev.) for the Fab 48, Adidas Super 64 and Las Vegas Classic. San Diego State had Steve Fisher, Brian Dutcher and Tony Bland at all three events.

Top Performers

Dakarai Allen, Wing, PHPS – No one come out with more of a chip on his shoulder thus far this weekend than Allen and it really shows. Offensively he's attacking with the will to put his body on the line in the paint because the lengthy wing gets fouled at a high rate. Allen also had his jump shot going from deep. Right now the 6-foot-6 prospect is more of a spot up shooter who has the ability for midrange pull up. The shot is getting better though. He was his typical self on defense but you can see the intensity level was taken up a notch. Allen played twice on Day 2 and was seen guarding every perimeter player. He told me that San Diego State was his favorite because, "I really like the coaching staff, location and the playing style too. It would be a perfect fit." Aztec Report goes into more detail about his recruitment.

Jordan Mathews, SG, California Supreme – The natural shooting guard stepped up in a big way against the Oakland Soldiers by having 14 of his 18 points in the first half. He was scoring in a countless number of ways: moving without the ball, spotting up and in transition. His shot selection is one of the few concerns I have with him on offense. I worry about his selection because he's shooting too much at times when there are other options available for the team to get a better look. Mathews is looking to cut his list down to five after the July evaluation period. Aztec Report discovers what programs are standing out to Mathews.

Brian Beard, PG, Compton Magic Elite/California Supreme – Talk about a 180-degree turn. Beard has slowly seen his stock drop since the high school but has rebounded ever since the Cream of the Crop semifinals against New Orleans Elite. The 2014 point guard has been more physical, tough and smarter with the ball. He's playing with a lot of confidence by going to his strengths rather than trying to do much. He's been harassing ball handlers on the perimeter that really has opened the eyes of college coaches. SDSU has seen a lot of Beard as he plays for the same AAU squad as Roschon Prince so they will probably continue to track him heading into next high school season.

Others

Noah Allen – This was my first look at the latest offer for the Aztecs. At 6-foot-6 and 185 pounds he looked to be another wing defender who has the ability to knock down a open shot. He did look nervous with Steve Fisher, Tommy Amaker and their assistants watching. Allen did have some ugly misses but he showed flashes. I need to see more of him before I can make a clear assessment.

Notes

- Isaac Hamilton had 22 second half points for Dream Vision in a come from behind victory.

- California Supreme (Jordan Mathews, Marcus Lee, Torren Jones and Brian Beard) defeated the Oakland Soldiers, Peach Jam Champions, without Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Nigel Williams-Goss.

Who Is SDSU Watching

Steve Fisher, Brian Dutcher and Tony Bland have been on a tear in Las Vegas in the two days so far. They put on a full court press for Dakarai Allen and Darin Johnson as they had all three coaches at the game, Fisher and Bland on one end while Dutcher was on the other. SDSU has yet to miss any games this spring and summer for Allen, Prince, Hamilton and Lee.

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