During the second half, Miles did find some range and managed to put seven points on the board but it just wasn't his day. There is a small hitch in his jumper which could be a concern down the road and he still has to work on his ability to break defenders down off of the dribble. However, he has proven on several occasions that he has the goods and shouldn't be judged to harshly on one bad day. It should also be noted, that Miles squad came up victorious and that he locked up UNC commitment Marcus Ginyard.
Kevin Rogers- Due to early foul trouble, it looked like the final member of Team Texas' big three would suffer the same fate that C.J. Miles did on the offensive end as he struggled to score four first half points. But, they do play second halves and it was a different story as the 6-8 lefty BF from Dallas (TX) South Oak Cliff came out guns blazing.
The first time he touched the ball on the left baseline he made a quick spin move to the paint and nailed a pretty jumper while falling away. He got active on the boards and made anybody trying to defend him or score on him work to get anything accomplished. He isn't necessarily the highest leaper around, but he gets off the floor quickly for a big man and has excellent body control. He did float to the perimeter some but his 14 point second half was indicative of everything that he can do.
David Huertas- During warm-ups, the 6-3 (maybe 6-4) WG captivates you with his ability to bury deep three after deep three. In games, when he gets his puppies set and squares up he has the ability to do the same thing. However, against athletic defenders, Huertas continues to struggle to get his shot off.
He handles the ball well enough and isn't afraid to attack the basket, but his feet are a little slow and allow defenders to react and stop his progress. At this point he looks to be pressing a little bit and you can't help but wonder if his confidence is shaken at this point.
Chris Douglas-Roberts- Off the court, Douglas-Roberts confirmed that Kansas is fading quickly on his list of schools. On the court, the 6-5 PG from Detroit (MI) Cass put on a show and continued to make sure people start bringing him up more often when discussing the top guards in the country.
He has a little Shaun Livingston in him in that he smoothly slides all over the court making difficult plays look almost mundane. His midrange game is close to unstoppable and he can also take defenders in to the post and back them in for layups. He needs work on the defensive end, but has excellent feet and long arms that could eventually make him a terror.
You have to love guys his size who can initiate the offense from anywhere on the court. You also have to appreciate his ability to do all of the little things like setting screens, grabbing loose balls and leading his team that sometimes go unnoticed.
Julian Wright- Were it not for one obscene display of athleticism, it would have been a really quiet day for the 6-7 WF from Homewood (IL) Flossmoor. No doubt his Illinois Warriors won two games and he was right in the mix blocking shots, leading breaks and grabbing rebounds. He had been scoring much more of late and but the addition of tough PG Justin Dentmon combined with his teammates hot shooting meant Wright didn't have to do much on the offensive end.
He made some nice passes and got loose near the bucket, but it was kind of a ho-hum day for Wright. However, he was responsible for what should be the odds on favorite for jam of the year and maybe one of the best AAU dunks ever. He filled the left lane on a delayed break and accepted a pass, took on step and lauched himself through traffic for a two handed 360 degree dunk. As impressive as it is to throw down a dunk like that with such little notice or room, it goes to a whole new level when you add in the fact that Wright was absolutely hammered by a defender and finished the play as he was being knocked into the wall just off the baseline. It happened quickly, but it will burn in a South Florida Heat defender's memory for a long time to come.
Jon Brockman- It isn't exactly clear at this point how interested the 6-7 BF from Snohomish (WA) High is in the Jayhawks or vice-versa. What is clear is that Brockman is a man in the low post who beats the snot out of anybody who tries to stop him.
He victimized Athlete's First and the Kansas City Keys to the tune of 19 and 32 points respectively and was arguably the day's top performer. At 240 pounds, he is rock solid and extremely quick off of spin moves or exploding to the rim. He draws a ton of fouls and converts at the free throw line with a somewhat unorthodox style but he gets the job done. He will need to extend his range some, but you won't find anybody willing to compete harder than Brockman.