7:04: In the first of three rounds of games on the main court, Martinsville (Va.) Carlisle and stud sophomore Thon Maker are locked into a tight contest versus Radnor (Pa.) Archbishop Carroll and junior wing Derrick Jones,
Carroll holds a slim lead, but Jones just picked up his fourth foul. Meanwhile, Maker has been the dominant player on the court. He has multiple slams and blocks, and he also hit one smooth turnaround jumper in the post.
7:33: Jones has missed a few finishes he normally makes, and Maker hasn't been as involved the past few minutes as Carlisle needs jump shots, but both players have proved their high-major quality.
For Jones, I would love to see the lefty improve his right hand dribble. He is too left hand dominant at present. Still, he is very effective thanks to a quick first step and length around the basket as a slasher.
7:41 Maker fouled out late and his team lost, but it is nearly impossible to quibble with him as a top five prospect. His fluidity and quickness around the hoop are matched only by his enormous reach. He also boasts impressive hand-eye coordination and already possesses alert passing skills. He even dribble up court once with his left hand.
Going forward, you do wonder when he will gain weight. He remains very thin and especially in his lower body, definitely something to monitor as he progresses.
7:44: Next up, Oak Hill Academy and its bevy of high majors will take on UNC-bound wing Theo Pinson and High Point (N.C.) Weslyan, That is No, 1 sophomore Harry Giles' team as well, but of course he continues to recover from knee surgery and will miss this season.
8:12: Oak Hill is suffocating Wesleyan with great defense. The score is 21-7, with the only FGs for Wesleyan belonging to Pinson, who has hit a pair of threes. Junior guard Terrence Phillips has been aggressive in the open court for OHA as part of a balanced attack.
8:35: There isn't much to say when a game is 36-14 at halftime, but this blowout isn't surprising. For Oak Hill, though, it has been nice to see N.C. State signee Caleb Martin back on the court. Both he and twin brother Cody have been volume shooters tonight, but they can get away with that in such a lopsided affair. As for Caleb, he is a very solid passer, while Cody has had some nice defensive moments matched against Pinson.
8:58: While OHA cruises into the finish line, let's take a second to examine the Martin twins more fully. The widely held opinion for years has been that Caleb is the better of the two, but you would not have known that the past couple weekends. At the minimum, the immense gap between them in the rankings should not exist.
At the same time, they may not complement each other as much as we believed, either. Still, if Cody replicates Caleb's skill set to the tune of being a more dynamic perimeter scorer, that's not a problem Mark Gottfriend will mind having.
The guy who was strangely quiet for Oak Hill was Virginia signee B.J. Stith. He isn't starting and perhaps that is disrupting his rhythm, but he also appears a little heavy and may benefit from an intense conditioning program. He certainly has the talent to help the Cavaliers.
9:30: In the nightcap, Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances is battling Jacksonville (Fla.) Arlington Country Day. UNLV holds a signature from spidery wing Dwayne Morgan, who is scorching hot from the floor. He already has hit two threes and two gorgeous fall away midrange jumpers as well. Though his shot release remains funky, he is knocking them down tonight.
ACD is the more talented team and relies upon Florida signee guard Brandone Francis, Okalahoma-bound forward Dante Buford and point guard Nate Mason, who is going to Minnesota. The game is very competitive so far.
Also, from court 2 earlier, word trickled in over here on court 1 that sophomore sensation Seventh Woods threw a dunk of the season type slam.
Final thoughts: Clearly, Oak Hill was the day's dominant performer and will pose a stout challenge to everyone at the event. That said, ACD also looks formidable and, if that final should occur, would make for an intriguing matchup.
Morgan ultimately cooled off in St. Frances' defeat in the final game of the evening, but even so I thought he looked the best of all the prospects.
On Saturday, I'll get a look at some of the teams that played on court two, so be on the lookout for the live thread.