The trend for this springs AAU circuit is that Anthony Marshall is bound to shine. Marshall (left) continued to do what he is known for; everything. His team was blown out by Indiana Elite on Friday night, which is no big surprise as Indiana Elite is loaded with 5 big name prospects in Mason Plumlee (Duke commit) and Jordan Hulls (Indiana). Marshall was the only bright spot for the Las Vegas Prospects and again filled up the stat sheet. His shooting is streaky right now but he knows it and has a knack for taking players off the dribble and getting to the hoop. He is also excellent from the free throw line and defends extremely well on the perimeter.
Equally as effective in the TOC has been Sam Dower. The Net Gain Sports power forward has been excellent in the post. Dower, a slender 6'9'' prospect from Minnesota, has showcased excellent post moves and the ability to run the floor very well. He would definitely add a much needed big body in the post for the Zags as I'm sure his weight, as well as his recruiting interest will be increasing.
Joe Burton and Marshall Henderson have gotten their fair share of ink in this tournament as well. Burton is quickly becoming one of The Kennel Report's favorite prospects as he seems to have an extremely high basketball IQ for his age and is a load in the paint. Burton, a 6'8'' center for the Compton Magic, recently was linked with Kevin Love as outstanding big man passers. This would be a welcome addition for Gonzaga fans as interior passing in recent years has been next to dreadful. Much like Anthony Marshall, Marshall Henderson continues to do what he is known for: shoot. Henderson had 23 points in the first half of the Dallas Mustangs opening game in North Carolina but has since been quiet. The life of a shooter is such, some days are hot, some days are cold.
- Marshall Henderson seems to be a player who if the Zags want, they can get. He has them in their top three battling it out with Bradley and Utah. Gonzaga is clearly the best program of that bunch but recent words indicate that the Zags are cooling on the Dallas Mustangs shooter. My money is that Henderson goes elsewhere, let's say Bradley.
- Sam Dower is someone who the Zags better grab now if they really want him. He has been courted by every mid-major to date and has played well in the past few tournaments. He is just recently starting to get interest from the Big 10 powers of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Indiana. Dower screams Big 10 material when you see his game. He would fit in well here, but his recruiting is heating up and a kid from Minnesota will have a hard time turning down the Big 10.
- Anthony Marshall and Joe Burton are no-brainer recruits for Gonzaga. Anthony Marshall reminds me a lot of Matt Bouldin as someone who can do a lot of things. However, I don't think Marshall will struggle with turnovers as he is more of a PG. He can score in every way imaginable and is a deadly passer, much like Bouldin was heralded as when he came out of Colorado. It's hard to say what Anthony is thinking because he is content on waiting around and seeing what happens. He is getting interest from nearly every elite program but Gonzaga is still one of his best offers. Keep your fingers crossed.
- Burton (right) is a favorite of Gonzaga fans because he has a JP Batista body and game. He is a load in the interior and has good feet for his size. It's up in the air as to how much interest Gonzaga is actually showing in Burton but there definitely is some. His offers are from San Diego State and UCF but other schools showing interest are Arizona, UConn, UCLA, and Texas. Hopefully the Zags get in there and still this kid but much like Dower, if the Pac 10 comes calling, this California center could be off the board in a hurry.