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January 12, 2012
Bass Pro tourney remains elite event
One of the top annual high school events in the country is the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions. Held every January at the John Q. Hammons Student Center on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., the Bass Pro is also intensely supported by the local community. As usual, the Bass Pro brings in a star-studded lineup that will include Archie Goodwin, Tony Parker, Omar Calhoun and the nation's top football player, Springfield resident Dorial Green-Beckham.
Rivals.com analyst Eric Bossi will be in attendance Thursday and here are some of the things he will be watching closely.
1. Goodwin's development
It's no secret that five-star Kentucky signee Archie Goodwin has perhaps the best first step in the class of 2012. He's a guy that can get to the rim, has length and is a fine athlete. In the past his jumper has been hit or miss and we'll be looking to see how it and other areas of his game have been developing since we last saw him in the summer of 2011.
2. Can Matthews do it again?
So far this winter, Chicago (Ill.) St. Rita's freshman shooting guard Charles Matthews is one of the top 2015 prospects that we've scouted. Was his performance at the Gonzaga Classic in Washington D.C. just a freshman playing over his head? Or, is the 6-foot-4 guard the multi-tooled and lengthy prospect that he appeared to be during our first viewing of him?
3. DGB with the basketball
As the nation's top high school football player, Dorial Green-Beckham has established his identity as an elite level athlete. However, people forget the 6-foot-6 senior was once a member of the Rivals150 on the basketball side and that he's a state champion in the sport. Given that he's been focusing on football the past few years we can't expect too much. But, still, we are curious to see how he's developed as a basketball player and whether or not he still looks like a high major prospect on the hardwood as well.
The Bass Pro will give us a good look at San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln twins Tyree Robinson and Tyrell Robinson. The 6-foot-4 athletes were dynamite as sophomores before quiet summers on the grassroots circuit. Both are currently members of the 2013 Rivals150 and reports out of California have been that the duo has taken the next step and evolved from transition finishers to solid all-around basketball players.
5. What's up with Tony Parker?
Finally, we are curious to not only watch, but sit down and talk with unsigned senior Tony Parker. The Miller Grove (Ga.) High big man is one of the mostly sought-after remaining prospects in the country and there seems to be some sort of disconnect keeping him from making a decision. For the longest time, the general consensus has been that the 6-foot-9 post player prefers Ohio State yet he's never committed and is still considering Duke, UCLA, Memphis and Kansas.