Day One News & Notes

PEARLAND, Tex. - It was rather quiet in the gym on Friday. Still we were able to come up with a handful of recruiting tidbits of interest.

Off The Dribble:

The Illinois Fire has quite a tandem on the wing in Aramis Brown and Jeremy Pargo (brother of Lakers guard Jannero). Brown does everything from behind the arc, and little inside it. Pargo, like his brother, also prefers to shoot it but he can get in the paint too. They combined for 37 in their first game. …

Ravens small forward Gavin Grant was held in check against the Fire. However, we did give him 7 big rebounds as he did his part and got on the glass throughout. … One of the most athletic plays we've seen all spring was turned in by Kiwan Smith of the Long Island Panthers. He ripped down the rim when a Josh Wright layin came off the front of the iron. Smith was there for a rousing dunk. …

Joe Jones and Derrick Roberts seem to be the two best prospects on the Houston Select roster but Chamberlain Oguchi isn't bad either. He can shoot it with range and is athletic as all get up. … Xavier got a good one in guard Darryl Garrett. The Team Detroit standout has not a good looking stroke, but a great looking stroke. …

News & Notes:

LI Panthers swingman Rashon Clark did not play in the evening game because he needed to get stitches after diving on a loose ball earlier in the day. … Two teams that did not show were Hunting Park and Inland Empire. … Gavin Grant says he's got "a lot of schools." Pittsburgh was recruiting and Ben Howland has him on his list at UCLA. …

Remember the tennis star Yannick Noah? Well, he's got a son, a big son. Joakim Noah is a 6-10 big man with the Long Island Panthers and he can play, basketball that is. … Houston Select lost the services of Jawann McClellan who opted to join the Houston Hoops. …

Houston Select guard Derrick Roberts lists Texas, Texas Tech and Texas Christian as schools he likes. We can see him at all three places. … His running mate, Chamberlain Oguchi likes Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Kansas State, New Mexico, St. John's and Colorado State. …

Jerome Habel says he needs some press. The 5th year forward is hearing from Charlotte and Virginia Commonwealth but that's about it. He certainly had a good night on Friday. ..

Saturday will be a big day at the adidas Texas Classic. We'll be seeing some terrific players, including a handful like Al Horford that we've never seen at all. Plus, the college coaches will be in the stands and the kids will take up the level of play to another notch. …


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