Day One, adidas Texas Classic
Derrick Roberts, SG, Houston Select: David Salinas told us he had players but little did we know just how good a few of them are. Take Roberts for instance. He's a sleek guard with a good handle and looks every bit like a high-major guy. He had a drive and baseline dunk that was awesome. He had 11 points on 4-for-6 from the field in a romp over Team Detroit.
Joe Jones, PF-C, Houston Select: The big fella got his 8 and 11 and took a seat for the remainder of the game. While his offense continues to improve, his rebounding prowess has never been in question. Jones got manly rebounds against Team Detroit.
Jerome Habel, PF, D.C. Assault: The kid must have had 7 blocks in a loss to the Long Island Panthers. Habel, a lefty, really showcased his overall game tonight. He made a few faceups but it was his rebounding and defense that set the tone.
Brian Laing, PF-SF, NY Ravens: The kid plays the same role for the Ravens that a former Gary DeCesare-protégé – Chris McCrae – did a few years ago. He's a warrior who will get on the glass and stay there. He bangs, hustles, rebounds and plays his tail off. He was one of the lone bright spots in the Ravens loss to the Illinois Fire.
Javan Adams, Houston Superstars, SG-PG: He's probably a little undersized to be considered a full-time shooting guard but that's where he'll likely wind up at the mid-major level. We were impressed with his offense, in particular his mid-range game. He had 17 in a game Friday night.
Steven Neal, ATH, Team Minnesota: Neal ran a lot of point guard in his team's opener. The guy can pass and handle well. He didn't shoot it from deep on this occasion but he did play in attack mode and get to the rim. He's a superior wing athlete and a high-major one.
Greg Johnson, PG, NY Ravens: This NYC product is prepping in Massachusetts but he's balling with the Ravens this weekend. The kid can flat out distribute the rock – did I just sound like Dick Vitale or is it just me? – and sees the floor well. If you're open he's going to find you.
DeAndre Thomas, PF, Illinois Fire: He had a great game against the Ravens. The 6-8 soph was aggressive and played his tail off. He's got nice hands and isn't afraid to get in there and finish with contact.