North Augusta, S.C.--Tyler Hansbrough is putting fannies in the seats at the Peach Jam. More on who‚s chasing him and many others as we take you around the gym.
Faces In The Crowd
*You know you are a big time recruit when you're injured and coaches come specifically to watch your team just to be seen by you.
*Watching Alexander Kaun watch his team play was Izzo and Billy Donovan.
*Tyler Hansbrough is pretty much drawing the biggest crowds at this event. Among the head coaches on the sidelines were Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams, Quin Snyder, Bill Self, Billy Donovan, Tom Izzo and Mike Brey.
*Paul Hewitt joined Dave Odom in a morning viewing of Zam Frederick and two Kentucky assistants were also in the crowd.
*Russell Robinson can pack them in. Jim Calhoun, Bill Self, Tubby Smith and numerous assistants headlined a stellar group of suitors.
*Ball State head coach Tim Buckley was on Cyrus Tate patrol again.
News & Notes:
You just know this list is going to get much longer before it gets shorter. Andrew Brackman's current list reads Butler, Dayton, Cincinnati and Ohio U. The possibilities for his list the next time we speak are endless.
*Fashion Trends: baseball caps. The college coaches are wearing them in full force this year. Go figure.
*DeAaron Williams is going to see how the month ends, but he favors DePaul and Wisconsin right now and they are the two schools recruiting him the hardest. Both were in the gym at Peach Jam.
*All-Ohio guard Brian Roberts was smokin' threes in the first half of the game against The Family. We hear a lot of schools recruiting him as a point guard. Why? This guy is a shooter by trade and a good one at the mid-major level.
*Stock riser: Marcus Crenshaw of The Family. The guy is quick, defends and he's making shots. The mid-majors love him.
*Malik Hairston does a lot of things well, but the one-handed rebounds in traffic really get your attention.
*Jason Rich is a versatile guy. He'll play as many as four positions for Nike Team Florida.
*Andrew Reed, a mid-major post man, is making headlines with his athleticism.
*NorCal guard Trae Clark does an excellent job of finding guys.
*BABC's Charles Burch is a blue-collar player. He's slightly undersized, but he's bringing it all the time.
*Gerry Corcoran is having some trouble. Teams are really getting out and guarding him hard on the catch and he's not nearly the shooter if you make him bounce it.
*Julian Wright of the Illinois Warriors is so athletic and fast that he sometimes gets ahead of himself. He's ultra-talented and is a legit three-man target.
*It's time we start classifying Vernon Macklin properly. After seeing him numerous times this spring and summer, he's looking more and more like he's going to be a small forward rather than a power forward. He's athletic enough to pull it off and there's little doubt he's more comfortable on the wing than inside.
Andrew Brackman, PF, All-Ohio--Never heard of him? No clue who he is? Don't be ashamed, he's just bursting onto the scene. This forward from Cincinnati Moeller has transformed his recruiting from a solid mid-major battle to what could wind up being a high-major war. But wait, not only is his stock going through the roof, he's a big-time pitching prospect and a guy who'll be a major league draftee. Brackman entered The Peach with a few mids chasing him, but after showing grit inside and a jumper as well, he's the talk of the event amongst coaches.
Tyler Hansbrough vs. Ra'Sean Dickey--We love those inter-class matchups. In this one, Hansbrough went off for 25 points (14-14 FT) and 10 boards. Dickey had in the neighborhood of a dozen and his team won in overtime. For most of the game, Hansbrough was the aggressor. It wasn't until late in the second half that Dickey stepped up. A surprising spin move from the corner got him past Hansbrough and all the way to the hoop for a monster dunk.
Hansbrough is one of the top underclassmen here and he's got an amazing ability to fill the seats. College basketballs heavy hitters--you name them--they were ALL here on Tuesday watching him. The elite of the elite were lining the walls of the gym and the kid didn't disappoint.
Ron Coleman, SG, The Family--The rap on Coleman is that he tends to be one-dimensional. Well, he took steps towards diversifying his game. Coleman did some perimeter work, but it was another facet of his game that caught our attention. Apparently he liked the matchup and drove to the post numerous times today. He did some nice things either with his fadeaway or his passing ability from that spot.
Jason Rich, SG, Nike Team Florida--With Alexander Kaun on the sidelines, the burden of scoring and being a leader falls squarely on his shoulders. He had 22 points today and this team is asking a lot of him. Nice effort.
Zam Frederick, SG, SC Ravens--Apparently he's played pretty well here. Instead of settling for his jumper, the guard showcased a few more facets of his game as he took it to the rim and rebounded as well. He had over 20 in the win against St. Louis.
Gauchos Guards: Traditionally, New York guards terrorize opposing AAU basketball teams. Down in Augusta, the Gauchos trio is doing work. Led by scoring machine Russell Robinson and joined by sharpshooter Ronald Ramon and the versatile Sundiatta Gaines, the Gauchos should be strong in the playoffs. Each of these guys can stroke it and they are tenacious on the ball. Robinson had 22 in the game we caught and went 10-for-10 from the line.
A.J. Price, PG, Riverside: There are four gyms at the Riverview Park Athletic Center and we can't be everywhere. However, the word gets out fast each time Price plays. Like we said yesterday, he's moving up the charts with his stroke and command of the pace of the game.
Chris Douglas-Roberts, PG, The Family--He was outstanding in the game we caught today. First of all, the guy can really pass and he's about 6-5. Today he got to the rim and finished with some creativity. Meanwhile, he was guarding his man hard on the perimeter.
Cassan Breeden, F, SC Ravens--You talk about an athletic specimen, Breeden's the guy. He looks to be multi-positional and supremely athletic. Once the pieces come together he's going to be a terror. He was rejecting shots and stealing boards today.
Keith Brumbaugh, F, Team Florida: You're going to hear a lot about him in the coming season. He's got all kinds of gifts, is left-handed and really knows how to score. From the range on the jumper to the crafty spinners in the lane, he's one of the best scorers in the class.