City of Palms: Day One Notes

<b>FORT MYERS, Fla. –</b> Michael Beasley showed why he's considered one of the elite players in his class. Here's a look at a few standout underclassmen in addition to our <i>Scout's Seat</i> and <i>Notes</i> from Thursday.

2006 Checklist

Dwayne Collins, PF, Miami Senior: He's just 6-6 but he's got big old feet and if he gets taller could be a high-major projector. He had an excellent first half on the boards. He slowed in the second half but finished with 12 and 6. He's one to watch at the mid-major level.

2007 Checklist

Edwin Rios, SG, Miami Senior: He's only 6-0 but he's got a big ticker. He made 5 3s, all of which seemed to be of the clutch variety. He finished with 20 points.

2008 Checklist

Michael Beasley, SF/PF, IMG: He saved the day for his team. Just when it appeared that IMG was going to get blown out early in the second half, Beasley's jumpers bailed them out. He played with a bandage around his non-shooting hand and it affected him little. He's a reclassified 8th grader and sometimes you forget how young he is. He had 19 points and 7 rebounds.

Scout's Seat

IMG coach Tony Tucker said that Jerome Johnson has been playing well since his breakout game at the War On The Shore. … Walter Sharpe put two fouls in as many minutes on Johnson starting the game by facing him up. … 6-1 junior shooting guard Rod Smitherman had 25 points to lead Parker, most of which came from the perimeter. … Ariel Apolinario, a junior at Miami Senior, had 25 points, went 8-for-11 and made all six of his free throws. …

Miami Senior's zone really was a huge factor in their win. It really seemed to give Wilcox Central some problems. …

Glen Davis understands when to expend energy and when to conserve. However, he did look a little sluggish today but that was easily explained. Davis is recovering from a bout with the stomach flu. He'll be more than ready to play against Marvin Williams on Saturday. … Davis' teammate Garrett Temple ran the show for the Cubs. He looks a little more like a PG than he did this summer. …

Westchester junior Marcus Johnson didn't need to have a big game against Naples and for the most part, Westchester mercifully threw it into cruise control early. Still, Johnson got himself a few highlight reel throw downs. … In its upset win over Wilcox Central, Miami Senior started just one senior. The future is bright. …

News & Notes

In the mix for Walter Sharpe is Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and UAB. Auburn was in the house today. His high school coach said he'll be a qualifier. … IMG coach Tony Tucker said Jerome Johnson's recruitment has expanded since the War but he's just "taking it all in, focusing on his SAT score right now." … Indiana's Thad Fitzpatrick was in the house looking at Sharpe. …

Road Warrior: Van Coleman of Hoopmasters drove here from Iowa. Folks, that's 21 long hours. … Best Player In The Gym: Larry Bird. The Birdman has a place in Naples just down the road and he brought Pacers exec Donnie Walsh. … Ari Fisher, University High's head coach is a former LSU assistant. …

Westchester junior center Amir Johnson did not make the trip as he was ruled ineligible on Wednesday. A source at Westchester informed us that they filed appeal papers Thursday morning and hope he can return to the team in a few weeks. Johnson and a Westchester assistant came under the state association's watch for alleged recruiting infractions when he transferred last summer from Verbum Dei. … Glen Davis when asked if he missed football: "No, not at all." … Early school to really look for in the recruitment of Westchester junior Marcus Johnson are UCLA and Syracuse. …

Colleges In Attendance: Indiana, Auburn, Virginia Tech, Tulane, Michigan, Tennessee and Stetson. …


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