Kingwood Update: Day Two

<B>HOUSTON-</B>Looking to get in on the buzz around the courts at the Kingwood Classic? Then this segment of news, notes and quick hitters is for you!

News & Notes

The word behind the scenes is that St. Louis Eagles top-five power forward Tyler Hansbrough eliminated Duke a few days ago. This makes sense because Duke staffers (to the best of our knowledge) didn't watch Tyler on Saturday. However, Tubby Smith trailed him around pretty good and was the lone head coach at a number of his games. The buzz is that KU will get the last visit. Stay tuned.

Pittsburgh Jots forward Ben McCauley said that Xavier and N.C. State are recruiting him the hardest right now. Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Penn State and Cincinnati are in the hunt. PSU's Ed DeChellis was at his early game. … UCLA coach Ben Howland was out and about bright and early for L.A. Rockfish sophomore big man Taylor Harrison. … A smattering of head coaches trailed Calvin Miles today including Rick Barnes, Roy Williams, Paul Hewitt, Stan Heath and John Thompson. … Team Texas power forward Kevin Rogers drew Paul Hewitt, Frank Haith, Billy Gillispie and Bruce Weber from the head coaching ranks. … Tallahassee Wildcats center Abdul Herrera is hearing from Texas Tech, Rice, Ohio State, Florida State, UConn and Florida. LSU head coach John Brady watched him as well. … New Terps assistant Mike Lonergan and Dave Dickerson watched J.R. Inman this afternoon. … Duke's Chris Collins and Steve Wojciechowski watched Josh McRoberts on Saturday. …

Andray Blatche of SRAP says UNC is calling him a lot. He likes a lot of Big East schools like Syracuse, UConn and West Virginia. Penn State is also in the hunt for this prep school-bound big man. …

New Jersey Panthers power forward Theo Davis is hearing from Syracuse, Arizona, UCLA, St. John's, Seton Hall, Texas and Indiana. … Tennessee head coach Buzz Peterson put in some time with Travelers guard Jamont Gordon. …

N.C. State head man Herb Sendek watched Bobby Frasor quite a bit on Saturday. As the day wore on, Roy Williams, Paul Hewitt and Tom Izzo were making regular stops to see him as well. The Jackets are chasing him hard. After Frasor's first big game of the day, he said that Marquette was doing a great job recruiting him. Stanford, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Georgia Tech rolled off his tongue as well. …

Illinois head coach Bruce Weber stopped to check on PF David Palmer of the Tennessee Travelers. … Speaking of Jamont Gordon, he likes Memphis, Tennessee, Alabama and Kansas and says that UT is recruiting him the hardest. …

New Tennessee Travelers forward Joey Cameron likes UConn, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Florida and UAB. He played today without any sort of knee brace. … St. John's new head coach Norm Roberts trailed around Antonio Pena, Tyrell Biggs and Danny Green regularly on Saturday. He also spent quite a bit of time watching Levance Fields and Co. with the Gauchos. … NY Panthers guard Danny Green says NC State and Vanderbilt are on him hard along with Pittsburgh and Connecticut came to see him earlier. …

Oklahoma State assistant coach Sean Sutton was on hand to watch Dallas Mustangs guard Byron Eaton. The list for Eaton reads Louisville, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, the Cowboys and SMU. He's a QB and RB and wants to play both in college. … Virginia head coach Pete Gillen followed around Brandon Costner a lot on Saturday. …

And finally, congratulations are in order. Davidson associate head coach Matt Matheny could not be at the Kingwood because on Saturday afternoon his wife Jennifer delivered the couple's first child. A future guard named Michael Brock Matheny, Class of 2022. …

Scout's Seat

Ben McCauley does a number of little things that don't show up on the stat sheet. One of the most impressive and intuitive things he does is snare rebounds and immediately turn and get the break going. Sounds simple but you'd be amazed at how many guys don't do it. …

L.A. Rockfish guard Brian McTear is one of the fastest guys around. He's a definite change of pace guard. … Spiece Indy Heat forward Josh McRoberts has filled out the upper part of his body nicely. On Saturday he did has some problems finishing strong inside. … Houston Elite forward Gerald Green is a definite face up guy. … Calvin Miles uses his athleticism ala Josh Smith to impact defensively as a shot blocker. … Alex Ruoff has quick hands on defense. … Speaking of hands, Panthers forward Antonio Pena has a great set. … We've said this before but it bears repeating: Derrick Caracter is a terrific passer. Not many noticed but he threaded a post entry feed through a guy's legs off the bounce. …

2005 Checklist (Arizona related)

Tyler Hansbrough, PF, St. Louis Eagles: His team isn't strong so he's got to play a ton of minutes, take a beating off double teams and score for the Eagles to win. It's asking a lot but this warrior delivered on Saturday. In the two games we watched him, Hansbrough had 19 points (7-9 FG, 5-8 FT, sprained ankle) and 28 (9-14 FG, 10-10 FT) in a loss to the Playaz. He takes playing hard to another level. He's committed to excellence.

Calvin Miles, SF, Team Texas: There can't be 10 more talented prospects in the class than this guy. He moves all around to score – perimeter, post, you name it – and he's gaining in confidence. He posted 34 in one playoff outing.

Marcus Johnson, SF, So Cal All-Stars: His athleticism did it again. The young man has the unique ability to give his team momentum with a big time dunk or freakish athletic play. He's not a consistently big scorer, but he'll have his moments like the 27 he had in one game here.


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