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September 30, 2008

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CLEARWATER, Fla.- A variety off prospects from five different states made their way to the Nike Team Florida Fall Workout and Exposure Camp over the weekend, and the No. 2 ranked prospect in the class of 2010 Brandon Knight was in a class all his own.

Brandon Knight- Knight simply possesses the complete package as a point guard. He has blow by speed, tight handles, the ability to score at all three levels, defends well and rebounds his position. On top of these physical skills, Knight has a sublime feel for the game as a leader and facilitator. Throw in a superb work ethic exemplified by Knight diving on the floor for loose balls and busting it during the drill sessions to complete the package.

2009 Prospects

Gokhan Sirin- If Sirin isn't a pure shooter, then he is awful close to being one. The 6-foot-8, 180-pound face up four man from Turkey started out the day hitting jumpers over small defenders. As the day wore on he got more aggressive with the ball and started making plays off the dribble. Getting stronger is a must for Sirin, who has only been lifting weights for the four weeks that he has been in the States, to be able to defend and rebound at the high major level. His offensive skill level, however, is definitely high major caliber.

In his short time in the United States, Sirin has already been visited by head coaches Bob Huggins and Herb Sendek and assistant coaches from Miami, Pittsburgh, Kansas State and George Mason.

Ben Eblen- The physical lefty headed to VCU doesn't carry a big "wow" factor to the court, but he consistently impresses with his steady, team oriented play. An effective floor leader with a quick first step, Eblen is poised for a successful college career.

Jason West- A wing with nice length for the position, West is a quality long range shooter with a penchant for making tough three-pointers over smaller defenders. He doesn't possess the quickness to consistently get by defenders or create space off the dribble, but he did score in the lane off some spin moves.

Terrance Beasley- An ultra-athletic wing, Beasley stood out with his energy and ability to make athletic plays around the rim.

2010 Prospects

Ty Armstrong- Now at Florida Air Academy, Armstrong is a high level athlete as a post player. He runs the floor extremely well and can rebound in traffic. His face up jumper is still a work in progress, but he has a go-to move with his back to the basket with a left hand jump hook.

Armstrong is presently hearing from Clemson, Ole Miss, Florida, Florida State, VCU, Marquette, Arizona State and Kansas State.

Dwight Powell- An above average athlete, Powell played with his typical strong motor. He also looked more comfortable facing the basket with the basketball.

With an offer from USC, Powell is also being recruited by Stanford, Penn State, Florida, Indiana and Marquette.

Okaro White- Long and lanky, White was active on the boards and utilized his length on defense. He showed some flashes offensively, hitting some midrange jumpers, but developing methods to consistently score is important for his continued development as a player.

Dennis Mavin- A solid point guard prospect, Mavin competed well against the likes of Knight and Eblen. Smooth with the basketball and with a touch of explosiveness, Mavin is able to create scoring opportunities.

Florida has watched him workout, and Marquette, Auburn and Ole Miss are expected to watch him in the next weeks. Mavin also listed Virginia Tech, Clemson, Florida State and LSU.

2011 Prospects

Kasey Wilson- A strong bodied forward, Wilson utilized his athleticism around the rim in transition and as a rebounder. He also scored the ball on a variety of back to the basket moves. On the wing, he got to the basket with an impressive first step.

Jonathan Holton- An intriguing, long face up four man, Holton shot the ball with confidence from three and looked comfortable passing the ball. Defensively, he game opponents trouble in the low post with his shot blocking ability. Definitely not a high energy player at this point in his career, Holton preferred the role of a trailer on offense to establishing position down low.

Dennis Diaz- A big bodied forward, Diaz made a lot of plays with his energetic and physical play. Although he is not a big leaper, Diaz has the strength and skill level with the ball to make plays in traffic.

Jason Pimentel- An above average athlete, Pimentel scored around the basket with quick post moves. He also ran the floor well and was an energetic presence on defense.

Josh Brown- The 6-foot-9 center from Clearwater (Fla.) High School certainly falls into the category of prospects who "have a long way to go." But at the same time he is in that classic category of prospects "who have a chance." He has a long way to go because at this point he is physically weak and in need of a lot more athleticism. He has a chance because he projects as a 7-footer and he has touch around the basket.

2012 Prospect

Alton Gatling- A crafty combo guard, Gatling was one of those prospects who continued to pop up making a variety of positive plays.

Devontae Morgan- An athletic shooting guard, Morgan continued to slash to the basket, particularly with his right hand, and scored with regularity.

Benji Bell- Bell handled the ball with strength and demonstrated a penchant for scoring in the midrange.


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