King James: Day Two Rundown

AKRON, Ohio – The stars played to their capabilities on Day Two at the King James Shootout. Derrick Rose did his thing, O.J. Mayo moved on to Sunday's playoffs and Donte Green will look good in Orange!


Jeff Allen, PF, Triple Threat – We had him ticketed for our 2006 Top 100 (to be released next week) but after the morning he'll probably rise a few slots. At Oak Hill this year he was a rebounder and defender. With Triple Threat, he was able to show off more offense and he appears to have become every bit of a high-major power forward.

Derrick Rose, PG, Mean Streets – He went for 33 points, including a special game-winning overtime bucket against the Michigan Mustangs. The word impact is way overused in recruiting circles these days but not in this case. This guy is a program changer. His Saturday night game had the place buzzing!

Donte Green, PF, Team Melo – Ask the college coaches who excites them as a prospect and the list won't get too deep without someone mentioning this young man. He's settling into a power forward role and bringing versatility to the position. Against D-One he was all over the place rebounding, sticking shots in the paint and using his athleticism. He's taken his place among the elite in this class. Actually, he did that last year but this spring he's eliminated any doubt.

Kosta Koufos, PF, King James Stars – He scored 14 points in his first game back from a broken foot last night and admittedly he's not back condition wise. However, he's elite any way you slice it. The injury allowed him to shoot and his stroke looks good. Remember to, he's always looked better in camps and high school games than with his AAU team. He's a 7-foot power forward with a perimeter package.

Kellen Thornton, SF, Ill. Bobcats – He came off the bench for his high school team and presently has no one recruiting him. He's 6-6 with size 14 kicks, plays to mid-range and has a long body. If he replicates what he did in the game we caught he's at least mid-major plus and we'd be interested in watching him intently from here on out.

Kalin Lucas, PG, The Family – When things get discombobulated he's the guy who can right the ship for his team. 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists against the Hurricanes and his best play came in the second half.

Teeng Akol, PF, NY Elite – Since the end of the season he's put on good weight up top and had a helluva game in the morning when he scored 19 points, including a few vicious slams. To keep improving he needs to continue developing a feel for the game so that in high level situations what he does well continues to translate.

Laron Dendy, PF, S.C. Celtics – Against King James he exploded out of the gates and the Celtics held on for the win. Dendy, who played passionately, scored 18 points.

Evan Turner, SF, Ill. Wolves – The high-major recruit (who draws good crowds) scored about 15 in his first game. He began the contest playing very aggressively and got himself to the line. His second half didn't mimic his first. Frankly, he's a good enough player that he can afford to carry himself with a little more swagger and confidence. As a savvy wing, good student and versatile performer, there's a lot to like and even more reason for him to play with a higher degree of confidence.

Anthony Crater, PG, Michigan Hurricanes – For the second day in a row we thought he was big time so we'll run with it again. In a very high level game against The Family he had 17 points (7-11 FG) and 4 assists. This talented team isn't the same if the ball isn't in his hands at the point. Try assembling a Top 5 list of 2008 point guards without him. He brings to mind memories of Mustafa Shakur but with a much stronger perimeter game.

Delvon Roe, PF/SF, King James – In a state loaded with talent, this is the guy making the most noise in his class right now. In every different setting he seemingly adds another component to his game. He's dumped the idea of playing basketball in favor of focusing on the roundball and we can't blame him. He's quick to his move and faster with his release down low. He's making his move.

Chris Braswell, PF, Triple Threat – This was the performance a lot of people have been waiting to see. Against the Wolves he was unstoppable on the blocks where he displayed a variety of strong post moves. There simply wasn't anyone who could handle him down low and the means in which he scored translate extremely well to the high-major college level.

William Buford (right), SG, D-I 16 – Last year, as a freshman, he was a shooter. This year, he's a bonafide scorer. He's playing with more athleticism and finding the bottom of the net different ways. He's drawing head coaching crowds as a member of the Class of 2008 and that alone tells you what the big boys think of him.

Darius Miller, SF/PF, D-I 16s – He's got a reputation as one of the top sophomores in Kentucky and we wouldn't argue. He's 6-7, a nice looking athlete and he's got bounce around the hoop. There's a lot to like.

Chris Prescott, CT Young Gunz – Only watched him for a half but that was all it took to recognize the talent in this 6-foot-2 scoring guard. Confident in his ability to find the bottom of the net, he's a name to watch in the northeast.

Henry Sims, PF, Baltimore Stars – Having seen him quite a bit prior to this run on the circuit its easy to see his game evolve. Basically, the more aggressive he becomes the stronger his game will be. He's now dunking what he can and he's a Cadillac body-wise.

Duke recruit Nolan Smith had an MRI on his knee yesterday. His mother reported that it was just a precaution and all should be well. Rest has been prescribed for now. …

Bruce Weber joined Dave Leitao and Thad Matta in watching Evan Turner this morning. Over a dozen assistants from different programs were also on hand. … Gary Williams was front and center for Jeff Jones of Triple Threat. … Chris Braswell had an audience of head coaches from Maryland and Virginia Tech plus assistants from Villanova and Virginia for his first game. …

Kosta Koufos was watched by Tom Izzo, Thad Matta and Gary Williams during two separate games today. Assistants from Louisville, UNC, Akron and Michigan were also on hand. … William Buford's afternoon crowd: Thad Matta and the entire OSU staff, Mick Cronin and Bruce Pearl. …

Memphis is trying to make a move with Derrick Rose. John Calipari flew in from Dallas to see one guy: a certain PG from Chicago. … Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson was eyeballing Mustangs center Josh Southern. …

Kosta Koufos gave us a five plus one which really shows his loyalty to Akron. Currently, the five schools are Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Maryland and Louisville. Toss in the Zips and you've got a list. …

Delvon Roe lists UConn, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. North Carolina and Ohio State watched him multiple times as well. … Jerry Wainwright, Jamie Dixon, Mick Cronin and Seth Greenberg watched Teeng Akol. …

Darius Johnson-Odom has an offer from the College of Charleston and is hearing from VCU, W&M, Clemson and Virginia. …

When the Hurricanes and The Family met, a number of key individual matchups took place. The Family's Corperryale Harris was a stud defender and chipped in on offense where he could. Darquavis Tucker was a man on the boards and opportunistic scorer. Neither player is much of a perimeter threat in a high level game but each will find ways to contribute. In the wing matchup, Durrell Summers and Alex Legion both started hot. Summers had the better overall game since he attacked the hoop stronger. Legion forced perimeter attempts but showed the unique ability to gain separation on his jumper. The game meant a lot to the kids and from an evaluation standpoint matching up like players (even Lucas and Crater) was interesting. …

O.J. Mayo and Tyreke Evans met with Mayo's team getting the "W". Evans bruised his tailbone in the game before but managed 24 while Mayo dialed it in for 32 points of his own. …

Tim Jarmusz of the Fox Valley team is a mid-major small forward who can stroke it and will be an intriguing recruit for someone. … 2006 guard Tim Ambrose erupted for 32 with a lot of coaches in the gym. He may prep next season. … One Big East coach referenced Antawn Jamison when talking about Delvon Roe. The comparison is this: Jamison got his shot off extremely quick, almost in a one-motion catch and shoot. It was unique to him and Roe seemingly has copied the move. …

Charles Corvin, an undersized 2007 power forward, had it rocking against King James. He stuffed a series of short jumpers and basically was the second half sparks the Celtics needed. He'll be a low-to possibly mid-major if he can replicate that effort. …

Down in North Carolina there are potentially 3 outstanding mid-major plus point guards who are going to get looks; 2 of them are here. Sam Grooms of D-I Sports is a vocal leader out of the Greensboro area. Representing downtown Raleigh is Brock Young of Broughton (not in attendance) and from North Raleigh is Darius Johnson-Odom of Wakefield High, the 4-A state title game MVP. For the enterprising coach, that's a strong recruiting trip!. … We didn't lay a set of eyes on him but the word is that Syracuse bound center Rick Jackson is making his move. …

Mid-major menace Tim Flowers could have a career in football should he opt to go that route. Right now, he's a mid-major Charles Barkley type who can't be kept off the glass. He had 25 against the Mustangs. …

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