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May 14, 2008

Best of 2011 at Prather Memorial

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Time and space limited our view of the class of 2011 prospects at the Wallace Prather Memorial Classic but a handful of young players stood out when it mattered. In fact, one 2011 prospect could have very well been the best overall player in the event last weekend in Atlanta.

Rivals.com's Justin Young looks back at the young players that stood out in his eyes.

Prather Top 2011 Performers
LaQuinton Ross, MBA Elite 17
You could argue that Ross was the best overall player in the tournament from start to finish regardless of what class he is in. He was constantly scoring 25-plus points and looked nearly flawless doing it.

Ross has a little Tracy McGrady, a little Devin Ebanks and a little Rudy Gay to his game. That's not a bad trio to be mentioned with. Ross earned those kinds of marks after his play in Atlanta in the oldest division.

Dai-Jon Parker, Southern Kings 16
Outside of Ross, Parker was the best player we saw in Atlanta over the weekend in his class. The 6-foot-3 scoring guard continues on his scoring tear this spring. He's a great athlete and calling him a great shooter isn't out of the question either.

Parker is a no-brainer high-major prospect and has been one of the top at his position so far. The rookie can go for efficient 30 points in any game he plays in.

Julian Royal, Southern Kings 16
He seemed to play with a little more power in the game we caught of him and was one of the best true big men in the 16 and under division. The 6-foot-7 forward can burn teams inside and out.

Royal has shown a consistent ability to knock down the face-up jumper and even pop out to knock down the three ball. His aggressiveness in the post could be the part of his game that truly separates himself in the class of 2011.

Shannon Scott, Southern Kings 16
The 6-foot-2 point guard glued it all together for the 16 and under champions over the weekend. He fed the post and put Royal into good position to score on the low blocks. When he wasn't pounding it inside, Scott dished it out to Parker for the score on the wing.

Scott is a solid defender to boot. Overall, he played like a point guard that understands the value of being a cohesive unit. The result was the trophy. Not bad for a team playing up an age group.

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