Racing To The Rim: Day One

GEOREGETOWN, Ky. -- With a handful of big name stars in town for the Racing to the Rim Showcase, it was a local prospect -- Tamron Manning -- that stole the show.

Sir'Dominic Pointer, SF, Quality Education – For the second weekend in row Pointer played with energy. The 6-foot-6 active and athletic wing headed to St. John's finished with 14 points on 7-for-13 shooting and 12 rebounds. He had a few too many turnovers, but overall he continues to impress. He's relentless attacking the basket and that's where the majority of his work is done.

Charles McKinney, SG/SF, Quality Education – A scrappy, hard playing wing prospect, McKinney got after it on both ends of the floor. His coach touts his ability to defend multiple positions, and he's right, as he moves well laterally and he did a terrific job defending L.J. Rose. McKinney scored a game high 16 points and 7-for-13 shooting.

Branden Dawson, SF, Lew Wallace – Rebounding is Dawson's calling card and that was on full display in a loss to Scott County. The 6-foot-6 wing forward grabbed nearly every ball in and out of his area. A high-level athlete, Dawson threw down a number of dunks and was aggressive when he caught the ball low. Going forward we'd like to see him expand his scoring options away from the basket, but he was still effective on Friday, scoring 22 points and securing 16 rebounds.

L.J. Rose, PG, Second Baptist –'s No. 2 lead guard has seen better days. He finished just 2-for-13 from the field and had a few too many turnovers. But it's important to keep in mind that this was Rose's second game back off his foot injury that kept him out for the past couple of months.

Rose, a 6-foot-3 guard, is a very good handler, can whip passes across the court with both hands and despite his poor percentage today is a terrific long-range shot. Both of his baskets on Friday were threes. He finished with eight points and the book only had him for three assists, we charted him for at least double that.

Tamron Manning, SF, Scott County – The biggest star of the day was this 6-foot-4, 185-pounder. For the Cardinals he does a little bit of everything and even spends quite a bit of time playing on the ball. Manning is a terrific passer with great vision, but he's also starting to develop a pretty good shot from three and he's becoming more aggressive on offensive. He scored 32 points, grabbed nine rebounds and recorded five steals in Scott County's win over Lew Wallace.

Khadeem Latin, PF, Second Baptist – Just a freshman in high school it's easy to see the talent flowing through Latin's 6-foot-8 lean frame. He moves up and down the floor with ease, possesses pretty good athleticism and plays with energy on both ends. Latin finished with seven points and 11 rebounds.

Wright State head coach Billy Donlon was at Scott County on Friday with one of his assistant coaches. Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne was also in the gym for day one of the Racing to the Rim event.

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