Kingwood Classic, Day One
Brett Hoerner, PF, Belmont Shore: He wasn't the best player we saw Friday night but he scores big points for improvement. Hoerner finished strong last weekend at the Vegas Showcase and admittedly now his confidence is sky high and his play reflects it. Still in need of a lot of strength, he's finishing plays with dunks and blocking shots at a good clip. He had 15 points as Belmont aced the Illinois Warriors.
Levance Fields, PG, NY Gauchos: When it comes to slapping a press on somebody, the Gauchos are amongst the tops in the business. This year's leader of the crew appears to be Fields. He's stocky and strong and scored 11 points on just 3-for-11 from the field; though he was 5-for-5 from the line.
Greg Paulus, PG, SRAP: He's a game manager. He had 27 in a triple OT win when it wasn't his best night shooting it. Still, he hung in there and got the win. Paulus doesn't have a ton of players alongside him on this team so his hoops IQ can get squandered a little with SRAP. Regardless, he can get guys shots and is very competitive.
Jamar Smith, SG, Illinois Warriors: Coming off a subpar Boo Williams effort, Smith made it happen with his jumper Friday night. Not only did he make shots, he connected on jumpers from mid and deep range with skill.
Tony Freeman, PG/SG, Illinois Fire: He came out on the losing end of a 3OT affair but really played well in the second half of one game. Freeman has a big time stroke. He made four of them in the game we watched and did a nice job late in creating for himself and others. Still need to see more PG out of him but he can score it.
Andray Blatche, PF, SRAP: Prior to this weekend he'd been having some outstanding spring efforts. Friday night was not one of them. The Blatche we fell in love with last year was a monster inside. Against the Illinois Fire, he played too much facing the basket, over handled the ball and as a result wasn't nearly as effective as he could have been.
Jamal Boykin, F, Belmont Shore: We had him with 16 points and 5 rebounds against the Illinois Warriors on a night when he made two 3's and went 5-for-10 from the floor. He's a max effort, old school guy.
Julian Wright, SF, Illinois Warriors: His team didn't win, but he stuffed another stat sheet. On a night in which he scored 14 points (6-for-13 FG), Wright grabbed 14 boards. He had a few assists and involved in a lot of plays. If he can develop his perimeter game he can be one of the truly elite prospects in the country.
Henry Dugat, PG, Houston Select: There's room to maneuver up the PG charts if he can just string together some consistent games. Select won in a route Friday night so he wasn't really needed much. He's got loads of potential we'd just like to see him string together an entire weekend's worth of action. He's more than capable. He had 10 points and 2 assists in the win.
Jai Lucas, PG, Houston Hoops: Playing against O.J. Mayo and Co. he was outstanding. This guy is only 5-9 but he's tough and can get into the lane. He's got vision and plays like he was born to be a point guard. Lucas finished with 23 points.