Finally he did in the second half, but it was too little, too late. Lavender made four of his last five shots, including a trio of threes. In the end Team Breakdown dominated 105-64.
There is no doubt that Lavender has skills, but he has to learn the balance between getting teammates involved and being selfish. For once, I want to implore a guard to shoot evern more.
I keep hearing good things about Texas power forward Quincy Acy. He's a tad undersized at about 6-7 but has the athleticism to make up for it. The only problem was that he did not play with the energy that you usually see from smaller, athletic post players.
He has great hops and moves well. When he really works, he has great bounce, but all too often he was standing at the foul line. The good news is that he is a pretty good passer from the outside.
It's not like he plays lazy, but he does not have high energy either. He's got the ability to do some really good things, but I'd like to see him want it more.
Despite what I think, he's got a ton of elite interest, including the Wildcats and there is a long way for this 2009 player. Belmont Shore, with Jeff Withey and Brandon Jennings, is still alive. They downed Wisconsin Playground Warriors 81-69 and then beat Grassroots Elite 86-72. They will play Southeast Elite in the quarterfinals Thursday morning.
Some other news from around the Scout.com network:
Jerry Brown, SG, EBO – The 6-foot-5 wing hit shots, showed athleticism and got to the rim at will. The best dunk of the day came from Brown when he drove the baseline and tomahawked a one hander on a helpless defender. The San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart standout also drained a pull-up jumper on his way to 19 points. Brown mentioned Arizona, Southern California, UCLA, Washington, Kansas, Texas, California, Pepperdine and Arizona State.
Brendan Lane, PF, EBO –Many are comparing him to the Wear twins, and we definitely see the resemblance. Like the twins, Lane has a nice stroke from deep (probably shoots it deeper) and does a lot of his work facing the basket. Lane, who stands 6-foot-8, needs to add strength and muscle to his thin frame, but is definitely a fine high-major prospect. Lane claims offers from Southern California, California, Arizona State and Kansas. He's also hearing from Stanford, Washington, UCLA, Utah, Gonzaga and Kentucky.
Tracy Pierson of BruinReportOnline learned that Reeves Nelson's injured ankle will hold him out of action for 4-8 weeks depending on whether or not he needs surgery.