Davis lives up to the hype 

July, 26, 2010
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The sweet smell of the country's finest barbecue brought some of the nation's best coaches and players to the Hoops City Classic.

Here is a look at some of the tournament's top performers.

Standout players

Anthony Davis (Chicago/ Perspectives)
2011, PF, 6-foot-10, 200 pounds | AAU Team: Mean Streets
The hype around Davis seems to be growing daily, and the versatile forward is backing the hype up every tournament. He utilized his versatility on both ends of the court throughout the weekend. His ability to score from anywhere on the court makes him almost impossible for opponents to find a suitable defender to matchup against him. Defensively, Davis has become a very good shot blocker, including exceptional timing when helping out on the weak side. These abilities allowed Davis to dominate in stretches during each of his games throughout the tournament, including the championship game where his 23 points helped Mean Streets walk away with the Hoops City Classic championship.

According to Davis, Ohio State, Syracuse and Kentucky are currently the top three schools on his list. Two schools hoping to crack that list are Michigan and North Carolina. Both had coaches watching Davis throughout the weekend.

Players to watch

Joe Coleman (Minnetonka, Minn./Hopkins)
2011, SG, 6-3, 185 pounds | AAU Team: Howard Pulley
After playing well during the Nike EYBL Peach Jam, Coleman continued that trend during the Hoops City Classic. He showed the ability to create his own shot off the dribble by using his strength to create space between himself and his defender, which led to multiple and-one opportunities throughout the weekend. His athleticism and hard-nosed style of defense led to forced turnovers and easy baskets for him and his teammates.

Phillip Greene (Chicago/ Julian)
2011, SG, 6-2, 170 pounds | AAU Team: Mean Streets
The Hoops City Classic might have been Greene's best tournament all year. His ability to score by slashing to the basket or from behind the arc was consistent throughout the weekend. One area that Greene has clearly worked hard to develop is playing the point guard position. Greene spent most of his time on the court as the point, where he impressed multiple coaches with his ability to create for his teammates throughout the weekend.


It didn't take long before word quickly spread around 2012 shooting guard Michael Frazier (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant). Simply put, he can light it up from outside. Frazier not only knocked down wide open three's, but he also hit three's off the dribble, catch and shoot, and even with a defender in his face. When he's hot, Frazier can turn a 10-point deficit into a five-point lead in a matter of minutes. With his quick release, defenders struggled to even make Frazier a little uncomfortable from three-point range.

Matt Scott writes for ESPN affiliate TheShiver.com