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Muhammad hits jackpot in Vegas

Terrific 25 SF shines during the Fullcourt Press event in Las Vegas

Originally Published: March 22, 2010
By Joel Francisco | ESPN Recruiting

LAS VEGAS -- The 2010 Fullcourt Press event didn't have any of the prospects from the Findlay Prep squad, but it did unveil an intriguing 2012 class led by ESPNU Terrific 25 standout 6-foot-4 SF Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman). In fact Bishop Gorman has quite the contingent of sophomores as 6-7 Ben Carter and 6-7 Rosco Allen are definite Division I prospects.

Besides the impressive 2012 class, 6-2 senior Evan Rocquemore (Henderson, Nev./Foothill) displayed the skill and lengthy frame to warrant some Division I interest. He has the skills and athleticism to be a solid combo-guard at the next level.

Standout players

Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman), SF
2012, 6-5, 190

Muhammad had his whole arsenal going here. In an event where the talent wasn't at a high-level, Muhammad scored in a variety of ways, rebounded well in traffic, and delivered some assists. The strong lefty is a skilled player who can play inside and out. His jump shot is solid out to the stripe, but he needs to get more consistent to keep defenses honest. He uses his strength and athleticism well in the post and attacks the rim with a vengeance. He has a nice jump hook, turning over his right shoulder too boot. Muhammad plays with great energy and purpose in mind. If he continues to work on his mid-range skills (handle and pull-up), his game will go to another level.

Ben Carter (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman), PF
2012, 6-7, 200

Carter has grown tremendously since his freshman campaign. His frame has leaned out and, as a result, he has become quicker and more bouncy (he threw down a couple of dunks in transition to prove the point). What separates him from most prospects in his class are his feel and skill-set. He has terrific foot work in the post and can finish with a variety of shots. Whether it's a left-handed jump hook or solid drop-step move his play is consistent. If the double team comes while in the post, he has the ability of to find the open man. In addition, he has shown the ability to face-up his opponent and take him off the dribble. He has a solid stroke out to the elbow and his shot is smooth.

Evan Rocquemore (Henderson, Nev./Foothill), SG
2010, 6-2,175

Rocquemore is one of the best kept secrets on the west coast. He is young for his grade (he just turned 17) and possesses a nice looking frame, springy athleticism, and long arms. His skills are quite good, both in transition as well as out on the perimeter. He handles it well in transition and generally makes good decisions. He made a number of nice passes that showed his potential of evolving into a point guard some day. He has a solid hesitation dribble and he can knock down the 3-point shot as well. In addition, he has pretty nifty step-back mid-range jump shot. He is unsigned at this point, but I would be surprised if he isn't playing at the D-I level during the 2010-11 season.

Surprise players

Evan Martin (Las Vegas, Nev./Centennial), C
2012, 6-5, 190

Martin is very raw on the offensive end in terms of foot work, fundamentals and skill. However, he has a solid lengthy frame with long arms and excellent timing on the defensive end. He showed toughness while attacking the offensive player in the paint and his help-side defense was very good. Offensively, on the other hand, he has a ways to go. Other than a few put-backs off of offensive rebounds, his overall game at that end needs polishing. He can score over his left shoulder, but he has limited skills and raw foot work. Martin looks very young and it wouldn't surprise me if adds a few more inches to his frame. If he can work on his foot work, fundamentals, and develop a go-to move, he should be a solid D-I recruit.

Michael Louder (Henderson, Nev./Coronado), PF
2012, 6-6, 180

Louder has a sinewy frame with very long arms and nice amount of quickness as well. He runs well and has that type of frame that may add a couple of inches as well. At this stage he appears to be a finesse 4-man who can step out and nail the mid-range jump shot. His face-up skills are still developing and he did display the ability to handle the ball in transition, but overall he is far away from a polished product. Despite his sleek frame he battled for rebounds (he's a fairly quick leaper) and blocked some shots showing nice timing on the defensive end. As his frame fills out and he continues to hone his skills (inside and out), he should be a solid 4/3 prospect at the D-I level.

One to watch

Rashad Muhammad (Las Vegas, Nev./ Bishop Gorman)
2013, 6-4, 175

He hasn't received the same amount of interest of his older sibling (Shabazz), but he left no doubt at this showcase that he'll be playing Division I basketball on some level. Rashad has a lean frame, solid athleticism and a nice all-around skill set. He has a nice pull-up game where he can consistently hit the mid-range jump shot. He doesn't possess big time quickness (yet), but his savvy and advanced ball skills allow him to separate from defenders. He can knock down the 3-point shot and it's fairly smooth and it should get better as he gains strength. As of right now, he is the best looking freshman in Nevada and it looks to be a solid class overall.

Full Court Press notes

• Rosco Allen (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman), a 6-7 sophomore, needs to get stronger and more physical in the paint area, but he definitely has a knack for knocking down jump shots and his passing ability is high-level.

• The 2011 class in Nevada isn't strong, but it does have an ultra-athletic combo-guard in 6-2 Michael Thompson (Las Vegas, Nev./Canyon Springs). His shot is still inconsistent, and he needs to continue to work on his point guard skills, but his athleticism alone should warrant some interest form the Big Sky or Big West.

• Juwan Major (Las Vegas, Nev./Las Vegas), a 6-1 freshman out, is one of the more impressive prospects in Nevada, regardless of class. He has a terrific frame, solid athleticism, and made a number of nice passes throughout the event. His shot needs polishing (flat release), but overall he projects as a D-I recruit.

• Two of the more impressive point guards in the event were a pair of freshmen in 5-9 Eris Winder (Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde) and 5-9 Malcolm Allen (Las Vegas, Nev./Centennial). Winder played in spurts (he needs to play hard all the time) and delivered some nice assists, but he needs to work on his jump shot (he winds up and has a slow release). Still, Allen displayed a nice shooting stroke, good quickness, and some moxy.

• One of the bigger disappointments has been the development of 5-11 sophomore Khalid Banks (Las Vegas, Nev./Cheyenne). His body has filled out and he has gotten stronger, but his decision making was erratic. He can make the high-level pass, but he is very turnover prone, takes ill-advised shots, and leaves his feet while passing in the paint area.

Joel Francisco is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting.