The Basketball Jamboree gives hoop fans in Minnesota an early look at some of the best programs the state has to offer. Held at the High Performance Academy in Eagan, the event matches top local squads in a two-quarter format that gives those in attendance a taste of what’s to come this winter.
Tyus Jones (Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley)
2014, PG, 6-feet, 170
The No. 1 player in the ESPN 60 did not disappoint this weekend. Jones is the best pure point guard to come around since Chris Paul, remaining in control at all times and displaying an advanced ability to identify the right time to shoot and right time to. He did not shoot the ball a great deal in his team’s game, but he did show all the skills that make him special.
Rashad “Shaddy” Vaughn (Robbindale, Minn./Cooper)
2014, SG/SF, 6-5, 195
Vaughn has a great blend of skill, size and athleticism. He can score at will at the high school level and is easily one of the two most talented juniors in the state. Vaughn has a great national profile mostly due to his physical gifts and his stock should continue to rise as develops and improves. He is easily one of the nation's top 25 talents in the 2014 class.
Jordan Dembley (Richfield, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels)
2014, PG/SG, 6-2, 175
Dembley was a surprise standout for me. He is a very talented lefty combo guard with range out to 20 feet. He did a nice job of controlling the tempo of the game and showed the ability to play either guard spot, which should make him a great target for several mid-major programs in the Midwest.
Ian Theisen (Osseo, Minn./Osseo)
2014, PF/C, 6-8, 210
Talented bigs are a precious commodity in the recruiting world every year. And posts with skill are even harder to come by. Let us introduce Ian Theisen. He can score from the high post and has become more efficient finisher in the paint. As long as Theisen stays aggressive and assertive, he can be an impact recruit at least at the mid-major level. He has improved and it should show in his recruitment.