Mike Williams, PF, Southeast Pump ‘n Run: What a way to celebrate his commitment to Texas! Williams went off for 26 points and 12 rebounds. He did his work in the paint and he did it well. Seriously, just an hour after picking the Longhorns he did his best work of the spring period. It was vintage Mike Williams.
Dwight Howard, C, Atlanta Celtics: OK, so Atlanta smoked the Illinois Fire in a mismatch. So what? Howard was awesome. He had 22 and 11 and looked like a franchise big man. Toss in a 10-13 effort from the line and you see why he's universally loved as a prospect. In truth, he left some balls on the rim or it would have been a signature effort against the Fire.
JamesOn Curry, SG, NC Gaters: There was an audience waiting for a virtuoso performance against Telfair and he delivered. Curry struggled in the morning but stepped up his game in the evening. He did what he does best – smoke jumpers – and finished with 24 points in a losing cause. Equally as important as the points were the three assists and zero turnovers. We've got to hand it to him, he rose to the challenge.
Sebastian Telfair, PG, Juice All-Stars: We had him down for 19 points and 6 assists against the Gaters. He went 4-for-10 from downtown but it wasn't about his scoring in this one. "Bassy" dropped a few big time assists and stepped it up in the leadership department to rally his squad.
Corey Brewer, SF, Tennessee Travelers: In one of the best statistics we've seen this spring, Brewer recorded 7 first half steals and 8 for the game against the Gaters. He was meeting guys at half court and taking their candy. He finished with a smooth 18 points on 5-11 from the field and 6-for-8 from the line.
Bryce Taylor, SG, Pump ‘n Run: The Michigan Hurricanes looked like they had some life in them in the early stages of the second half of their playoff game against PNR. However, four straight Taylor 3's later and it was over. He finished with 21 points and did what he does best: catch it and let it rip. The kid makes 3's at a high-major rate.
Cedric Simmons, PF, NC Gaters: We aren't kidding when we tell you that he improves every time out. In two games on Saturday, Simmons more than proved a capable mid-range shooter and even his footwork looked more developed than two weeks ago. Needless to say, North Carolina State fans were pleased with his efforts.
DeMarcus Nelson, SG, Belmont Shore: In a morning game, the Minnesota Magic could have placed armed guards at the rim and Nelson would have gotten passed them. He hit up the Minnesotans for 28 points and each was pretty easy to recall.
Rudy Gay, SF-PF, Cecil Kirk: This was our first time seeing him this spring and he's a legit 6-8. He likes to dunk and he can sure fill a stat sheet. Try 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists against Team Richmond.
Tyree Evans, SG, Team Richmond: The two-sport standout began the day with a barrage of 3-pointers that he unleashed against Cecil Kirk. Evans rung up a cool 26 and when the smoke finally cleared, he had 7 treys. You better make this guy put it on the floor or he'll bury you.
Jamar Butler, PG, Cleveland Basketball Club: People forget about because he committed to Cincinnati so long ago but that's a mistake. He had 23 versus Arkansas and he showed off his long-range capabilities. The guy has pace to his game and when he's clicking from deep like he was today, well, he looks like a stabilizing future force in the Cincy backcourt.
Randolph Morris, C, Atlanta Celtics: They say Morris has been turning it out lately and if Saturday was any indication of how he's been playing, well, count as among the impressed. Morris looked to be more comfortable than we've ever seen him. He was assertive and efficient on offense, using a variety of skill and power moves to score. Big thumbs up for this effort against the Illinois Fire.
Jermaine Bell, PF, Juice All-Stars: Say what you want about his lack of weight – he doesn't weigh 200 lbs. yet. But, Bell gets things done. He's got a sweet mid-range touch and he challenges everything in the paint.
Southeast Pump ‘n Run Sophs: Joey Cameron has been on the injured list a good bit this spring. Not on Saturday. If he wasn't blocking shots, he was finishing strong. He looked like the guy we loved last summer in Vegas. His 2005 partner, Tyler Smith, is simply a big time player. He's so explosive in transition that it's scary.