Saturday's News And Notes

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – On Saturday, 12 teams began the final session of pool play with 3-1 records. Eight of them advanced to the quarterfinals and there were some hard luck losers when the smoke cleared.

Pool Winners: Team Texas, Playground Warriors, Charlotte Royals, The Family.

Advanced To The Quarters: Pulley Panthers, BABC, Illinois Warriors, Athletes First

Riverside Ousted

Howard Pulley sprung a serious upset when it not only defeated Riverside Church, but it knocked them right out of the tournament. Riverside had been sitting pretty in the point differential column but when it lost by 18 and then saw The Family defeat the Georgia Stars by nine, the Hawks were on the outside of the playoff bracket looking in.

2002 Morning Standouts

Bobby Jones, SF, California Team Select Schools are beginning to accept him for what he is and fall in love with him. Jones has now proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt that he can 1) get to the rim; 2) finish with athleticism and 3) defend. He shot 58 free throws in five games. Now, on the flipside, he does have problems shooting from the perimeter. However, as a prospect he's heating up.

Marshall Strickland, SG, BABC Maybe more than any kid in our pre-summer Top 50, Strickland has gotten it done since July 6. He's proven to be a much better shooter than expected and he's turning in some clutch performances in big games. Indiana recruited him to play the point, but it still looks like shooting guard is his best position. Translation: there is room for John Gilchrist at Indiana in our estimation.

Keith Butler, C, BABC Again, another big riser since the start of the month. Butler's M.O. is defense. He simply changes the flow of the game with his presence in the paint. He's not a good shot blocker, he's a great shot blocker. He also throws a solid outlet pass. His stock is seemingly strapped to a rocket and it's aimed at the moon.

Rashad McCants, SG/SF, Charlotte Royals If it seems like we're writing about McCants everyday that's because we are. On Saturday, he had one of nastiest dunks we've seen this summer. McCants, playing against the Houston Hoops, drove the lane, parted a few defenders and threw down a tow-handed slam over that knows who in the paint. Nasty. After the dunk, McCants was so pumped up he screamed, "Oh, my God." And he was right.

Around The Peach

SG Bracey Wright dropped 27 on Bloomington Red. Wright went 7-9 from 3-point land. He's 16-38 for the tournament. … Sean May, following a huge Friday night performance, was only able to muster 8 points and 5 rebounds in the loss to Texas. … Hassan Adams isn't in the playoffs but he is the leading scorer at the event averaging 23.8 points. … Kendrick Perkins is the top scoring underclassmen at 19.4 and is also third overall after the completion of pool play. …


Donte Minter, PF, Charlotte Royals A number of schools ranging form Xavier to Wake Forest to Marquette are in the process of deciding on Donte Minter. Remember, Minter had a poor USA Basketball Camp when matched against some of the nation's top big men. However, he's been very good at The Peach and has drawn looks from tons of schools.

News and Notes

Rick Pitino was Leo Papile's employer when he was the head coach of the Boston Celtics. Papile is a scout with Boston and is the head coach of BABC. A few years ago, Papile helped Pitino get Michael Bradley at Kentucky. Now, Pitino desperately wants BABC C Keith Butler. Any questions?

Torin Francis draws big crowds these days. Matt Doherty, Mike Brey and Craig Esherick watched him this morning.

Don't sleep on the Gators. Last year, Billy Donovan sprung a mild upset when he hung in there and landed David Lee. This year, Florida is looking for an even greater upset. People around the tournament are talking. Coaches are chatting. Everyone in Augusta is hearing it: don't sleep on the Gators. There is no question that Florida is making its July move with Shavlik Randolph right now. Our source says the aggressive Gators have made a connection with the kid and he's responding to Donovan's intense pitches to continually challenge himself. This one isn't over by any stretch.

Bob Huggins and Pete Gillen were among of group of coaches watching TN swingman Derrick Byars this morning.

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