2002 Top Performers
Rashad Anderson, SG, Tallahassee Wildcats: In the game we caught him, he was a quiet 12-21, including 4-8 from downtown, for a total of 30 points. Anderson talks of improving his game to an NBA level via strength and conditioning and good old fashioned hard work in the gym. He's working on his game off the bounce and he's looking fast and strong.
Allen Ray, SG, NY Ravens: Ray was 8-11 from the field and 2-5 from deep for 24 points in his team's nightcap. He's still playing his way into shape after an injury at the Big Time but he was calmly efficient in this one and was held back for probably a full quarter while he continues to regain his stamina.
Travis Garrison, PF, Face Systems: On Saturday, we caught him in person and he hit for 23 points. His jumper from the perimeter looked terrific and now his face up game is one of his main strengths. He's a great looking forward prospect.
Jarrett Jack, PG, Boo Williams: Though his team struggled and is rebuilding having lost JJ Redick and John Gilchrist, Jack looked his usual explosive self to the basket. He just has a great frame, is strong and is just what the Jackets need at the point. He'll be Tech's second consecutive four-year starter at that position as he's set to takeover for Tony Akins.
2003 Top Performers:
Robert McIver, SG/PG, Boo Williams: Our first look at this Georgetown commitment and he showed a nice game off the bounce and can hit from the outside, though we imagine he and his team will eventually have better days.
Tre Kelly, PG, DC Assault: He's looking really good off the dribble and it appears the strength of his game is starting to surface as he's very adept at getting to the rim and finishing.
Aaron Gray, C, Jersey Shore Warriors: A newcomer to the AAU scene, this young man is 6-10 and goes about 260 from Emmaus High in Pennsylvania. He averaged just 10 points a game in high school last year and his season was cut short after he broke his right foot. However, he's huge and can score around the cup. Right now, he's a tad mechanical, but there's no denying his size and he'll be a high-major recruit next season.
South Carolina Ravens Frontcourt: OK, these guys got upset in an afternoon game, but there's no denying a frontcourt that goes 6-9, 6-8 and 6-8. The members are Damien Harris (2004), Re'Sean Dickey (2004) and Brandon Wallace (2003). Harris and Dickey provide the power inside and Wallace is the swingman. Now we fully understand why Dave Odom took the job at South Carolina. If he can get at least one of the sophomore big men, he'll be in great shape.
Brian Johnson, PF, DC Stars: He's the most polished underclassman big man at the Charlie Weber. He has a fine touch to medium range, a good feel for the game and simply looks the part out there despite his age. He attends Bishop O'Connell and his basketball pedigree is looking good. Remember, he was one of the top underclassmen at the Nike Camp in July.
Marcus Ginyard, SG, DC Stars: He's yet to play a game of varsity basketball at Bishop O'Connell and still he carries himself extremely well, as he has the confidence and demeanor of a young Joseph Forte. He's quick with the ball and he's certainly one to watch on the national radar.
Anthony Farmer, SG, Penn Jersey: Another one to watch for. Farmer attends St. Augustine's and looks like a fine wing scorer with good athleticism.
Tim Wall, CG, Long Island Roadrunners: He was the 8th man on his varsity team last year but this junior is savvy and can shoot on the move. He could wind up being a nice low or possibly mid-major guy before he's done.
Ulrich Kossepka, SF, DC Assault: As an offensive player, he has a lot of work to do, but this senior is a talent at the defensive end where he guards and challenges shots regularly. He's from Central Africa and has only been in the country for nine months. His recruitment might have been stymied by his phone number changing so coaches could have experienced difficulty in getting in touch with him. He's a fine mid-major prospect with a workhorse attitude.
Gordon Klaiber, SF, PG Select: The brother of former UConn player Antric Klaiber helped gun down Boo Williams with his jumpshot that was on the money from medium-range. He's a nice athlete with a fine mid-major future.
Louis Hinnant, PG, PG Select: He had the dunk of the tournament when he elevated over Boo's Casey Taybron for a ridiculous slam. He has over a 3.0 GPA and has heard from George Mason, Richmond, Wagner, Miami-FL and Central Florida. He averaged 13 points and six assists last year. He's fast, athletic and is a solid mid-major prospect.
Sterling Ledbetter, CG, PG Select: He's a calming, steadying influence who can drive, shoot and score from both guard spots. He's hearing from George Mason, Niagara, Central Florida, Quinnipiac and Boston and he's more than capable of playing for those programs. He'll take the SAT in October.
Steve Danley, PF, Face Systems: He was a backup big man at DeMatha last year but expect his role to evolve this season. He's in the 6-8 range and is really is a good rebounder and terrific outlet passer. Just a junior, his recruitment will start at the mid-major level.
Ismael N'diaye, SF, Tallahasee Wildcats: Truly one of the finest athletes in the senior class. All of his buckets are products of his athleticism. His offensive game has a long way to go before catching up with his defensive abilities, but the sheer athleticism will make mid-majors and possibly some late highs take looks at him.
News and Notes:
We woke up early to see South Carolina forward Rasmi Gamble but apparently he didn't make the trip. That's sad news because we've been hearing a lot about him and he might have missed a chance to open some eyes. … Metro Boston junior swingman Dwight Brewington looks like a high-major prospect, but that's not what's most impressive. Brewington is deaf and played this morning without the benefit of hearing aides because his batteries were dead. Tough kid, good player. … Just why did Jarrett Jack commit to Georgia Tech you ask? Well, Jack knew that Deron Williams was scheduled to go to Atlanta for his visit this weekend and Jack didn't want him to take the grant. He had a tough time telling Michigan State no during an in-home this week, but Tech was his first choice. … Thumbs up to New York Ravens junior point guard Daon Merritt who continues to improve his jumper and he's trimmed down and in the best shape we've ever seen him. … In July, DC Assault got new uniforms and the word "Assault" was misspelled "Assualt." Here's to hoping the uniform company gets around to replacing the jerseys for them. … Tallahassee Wildcats center Kevin Young was a little frustrated with his performance today. In the first half of the nightcap, Young couldn't get a bucket to go down. However, in the second he used a variety of moves to score in the paint, as things got better.
If you are wondering why you haven't been reading much about the Tim Thomas Playaz I, well there's good reason. We bet that the Playaz would be around deep into Sunday and that's when we plan on seeing them. Jim Salmons' bunch appears to be the favorite to win the event and the addition of Jason Fraser, normally a regular with the Long Island Panthers, certainly doesn't hurt the Playaz's chances.