Daniels: TOC Day Two Recap

Day two at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions proved to be very solid. A number of players rose to the occasion and a rising 8th grade dominated under pressure.

The play today picked up, especially late in the day. There is a lot of young talent here in Chapel Hill this weekend, and some of it began to show. Renardo Sidney might be the next big thing, and Melvin Tabb looks ready to break out of his shell and they are both still in middle school.

Player Breakdowns
Perry Stevenson, Louisiana Stars-The 6-foot-10 forward looked good today. He went to the boards hard and made some nice moves around the basket. One move that impressed me was an up and under move along the baseline. Texas Tech, Texas, Baylor, Kentucky, and Georgia Tech.

DeAndre Jordan, Houston Swoosh-Not only does he get up and block shots, but he adjusts many more. Jordan stands 6-foot-9, is extremely long and has a lot of bounce in his game. The class of 2007 player is an elite player in his class and is being recruited by a number of elite programs including Arizona, Arizona State, Florida State Oklahoma, North Carolina, UConn, Georgia Tech, Texas, Texas A&M, Georgia, Cincinnati, Kansas and Kentucky.

Renardo Sidney, Jackson MBA Black-It's not often that you see an 8th grader dominating competition. But Sidney, who attends Forest Hill HS, did just that. At 6-foot-8 Sidney ran the point for his MBA team. He filled the stat sheet scoring 20 points, 5 boards, 5 steals, and 6 assists. Sidney's body looks identical to Kevin Durants. He is extremely smooth and shoots threes with ease. This kid looks like he is going to be special. He said that Alabama is a school he likes as well as Duke.

Alex Stephenson, RBC West-The forward from Harvard Westlake HS has a very good frame and shows good strength in the paint area. He does disappear at times rebounding the ball, but when he can get a number of offensive rebounds. He favored a jump hook as go-to move. Stephenson visited Wake Forest unofficially before the tournament.

Melvin Tabb, D-One Sports-Yesterday when Tabb got print in the day one report we thought he'd be a pretty good prospect down the road. He might be better than "pretty good." The 7th grader threw down a pair of nasty dunks. The first was a one-hander on the fast break, but the second was quite a sight. After his teammate missed a shot, he caught the ball off the back of the rim, cocked it back and threw it down with authority.

Alex Legion, Michigan Hurricanes-Legion does it all for the Hurricanes, or he can if he wants to anyways. He is definitely a pure scorer and can fill it up from anywhere and at any range. An early list on Legion read: Michigan, Michigan State, UCLA, Kansas, Duke, and North Carolina.

Davon Jefferson, H-Squad-He's a 2005 player, and there's no doubt about it he can flat out play. Jefferson finishes strong and it's hard to stop him from getting to the basket. H-Squad ran their offense through him. If his jumper is on, he's extremely tough.

Austin Freeman, D.C. Assualt-One a team full of 2007 studs, Freeman might be the best scorer out of them. He has a killer jump shot especially from three-point range. He finished with 17 points against H-Squad.

Jodie Meeks, Georgia Hurricanes-Meeks, who stands 6-5, has a very solid game. He nearly led the Hurricanes to a victory over Southern California All-Stars. He got in the lane when he wanted and has a very nice jump shot. Meeks scored 21 of his teams 63 points. Meeks has offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, and Colorado. He also said that he really likes Wake Forest and Duke.

Chase Budinger, Southern California All-Stars-Budinger has shown a lot this weekend. At times he can take over games. Against the Georgia Hurricanes he got it done using the mid-range game and his finishing ability. One of the best dunks of the day came from him on the baseline. He caught the ball four steps from the basket, took a few strong bounces, and took off dunking on a Hurricane defender. After being down 8 with three minutes to go Budinger keyed a big run to push it to overtime, and then willed his team to victory.

Heath White, D-I Greyhounds-After seeing him a few times over the past few weeks, I've decided he might be one of the more underrated players in the 2006 class. He's extremely athletic and always finishes at the rim. His arms are extremely long and he plays hard tough defense.

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