Boo Williams Invitational, Day Two
Alexander Kaun, C, Team Florida: After hanging 21 points and 7 boards on the SC Ravens, we feel pretty confident in stating that this must be one of the Top 5 centers in the country. The native of Siberia is big time. He plays with passion and a purpose and scores with power and determination. No one helped themselves more at this event that Kaun. His high school coach said that Hofstra offered and Stanford, Georgetown and South Florida inquired. Folks, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Big timers will line up and soon. If this guy needed a breakout game this was certainly it.
Al Jefferson, C-PF, Jackson Tigers: Against the Tallahassee Wildcats he fouled one guy out and another asked to be taken out. 36 points later "Big Al" emerged as the top player here. The guy dunks everything. The nimbleness and power are so impressive. Will he ever see a day in college? Don't count on it.
Jason Rich, SG, Team Florida: He went for 30 points against the Ravens. Rich heated up in the second half and finished the game 12-for-17 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line. He made a couple of 3s and did what he had to do when his team needed a second half push.
Tommie Liddell, SG, St. Louis: The guy is always making plays. He's been given the gift of scoring and he gets it done in our eyes. The lefty creates for himself and scores from a variety of places on the court.
Marquie Cooke, PG, Boo Williams: Cooke had 23 points (9-15 FG, 4-4 FT) as Boo Williams beat up The Family to advance in the evening. Cooke, a super driver who favors the left side of the hoop, makes you foul him and then is very tough at the line.
Jawann McClellan, SG-SF, Houston Hoops: He's starting to fill out his frame and the scoring package looks very good. The Arizona-bound swingman had 14 in one half we watched. He was built to score but will be sore on Sunday after getting fouled hard on one play.
Mohamed Tangara, C-PF, Georgia Elite: On Saturday he showed us much more offense than he ever did at Mount Zion and he played aggressively. This kid wants to learn and it seems as though he's starting to come around on offense without hurting himself at the other end.
Josh Dollard, SF, SC Ravens: This weekend is our first look at him. While we can't quite pinpoint his level, we know he's got a long body, makes threes and is pretty athletic. Think Brandon Bowman of Georgetown but not quite on the same level as a prospect at this stage.
James Gist, C-PF, DC Blue Devils: Like we've been saying for the past few months, this guy is on the rise. His overall length is starting to impact games at both ends. Defensively he's terrific and is gaining confidence on the other end.
Darius Washington, SG, Tallahassee Wildcats: He had 22 in the loss when we watched him. Forget the height, the guy can score. His jumper is sweet. Washington bruised his knee a few weeks ago and this was his first game action.
Richard Hendrix, C, Alabama Lasers: He was too much for the Illinois Warriors in the first game of the day. He liked the matchup he had and went to work. Big time talent who plays with passion and smarts.
Julian Wright, PF, Illinois Warriors: Talk about length, this guy's got it. Right now he likes to face up and take jumpers, but something tells us he's going to turn into a monster athletic four-man in the near future.