Kingwood: More Day One Notes

Bryan Harvey and Ryan Reid are two of the players we spoke to, but we've got much, much more from the first night - an abbreviated session - at the Kingwood Classic.

Bryan Harvey doesn't put up big-time numbers at Compton Dominguez (Calif.) and he's just one of a handful of talented players for his SoCal All-Stars squad (Marcus Johnson, Taylor King, JayDee Luster), so it's no wonder why he sometimes gets overlooked.

However, the 6-5, 200-pound junior is worthy of mention with some of the other elite wings in the Class of 2005.

There's no question his shot selection can be better, but Harvey can score in a variety of ways – he can knock down the trifecta, take it strong to the basket and finish – and also pull-up for the mid-range jumper. He finished with 13 points in a loss to the Georgia Stars on Friday night.

He'll still need to work on going to his right with more regularity, but there's no question he has a chance to be better than his older brother, Tony (ex-Utah Ute) down the road.

For now, Harvey really likes Kentucky – partially because former Dominguez star Tayshawn Prince came out of the Wildcats program. He also mentions Syracuse, Arizona State and Oregon State. UConn has also jumped into the picture of late.

``I'd really like to go somewhere that gets up and down the court," Harvey said. "It doesn't matter how far I go. I just want to go somewhere that I'll get better."

______ It was a tug-of-war for Ryan Reid – and the 6-8, 215-pound junior forward opted to play with the Tallahassee Wildcats.

Ryan was also considering running with the South Florida Heat, but the Boyd Anderson High (Fla.) star decided to play for John Adkins this spring and summer.

Reid is coming off a junior campaign in which he averaged 18.5 points, 13 boards and 5 blocks per game. He's athletic, aggressive around the basket and can also step out and knock down the mid-range shot.

Reid, who scored 14 points against the Illinois Wolves on Friday night, said that the relationship with coaches and players will be the primary factor in determining where he ends up for college.

His current trio of leaders is UConn, Kansas and Florida. None of them have offered yet, but he's hoping that will change any day.

``I don't think that people really know about me yet," Reid said. "I played for smaller teams last summer, so I'm looking for a chance to get a little more exposure this year."

______ Notes: Gauchos sophomore big man Curtis Kelly did not play in the win against the Atlanta Celtics on Friday night. He played with the under-16's, but is expected to suit up for the 17's on Saturday. … Freshman O.J. Mayo finished with 31 points, including a trio of trifectas. … In SRAP's triple-overtime victory against the Illinois Fire, Andray Blatche ended up playing the point in the final two OT's after Greg Paulus fouled out. Paulus finished with 27 points and four 3-pointers and Blatche had 13 points and a big-time block at the end of the second regulation that forced a third extra frame. … SoCal All-Stars' ultra-athletic wing Marcus Johnson had 27 points and 11 boards in a loss to the Georgia Stars. Freshman Taylor King, who has committed to UCLA, was off-the-mark from long range and scored 5 points. … Illinois Wolves combo guard Bobby Frasor, hit big shots from all over the court against the Tallahassee Wildcats and finished with 16 while it was Panama native Abdul Herrera who was nearly unstoppable with 19 points. … Compton Magic's Davon Jefferson was held to just six points in a loss to the Meanstreets. … YOMCA's Thaddeus Young scored a team-high 20 points. … Reserve Christian (La.) eighth-grader Martez Walker didn't put up a ton of numbers, but the 6-6 Louisiana Future Stars forward is a player to watch. He's poised, passes well and can also score – although he needs to look for his own shot more. … Illinois Fire's Jeremy Pargo played out of control at times and isn't nearly the outside shooter than his backcourt mate, Tony Freeman, is. … Our Savior's James Tchana is still getting over the severe injuries suffered months back in a van accident. He's not quite the same player he was prior to the accident. … So Cal's got a pair of guys headed to the prep ranks – Lowell Grissom (Cliff Levingston's son) and Lamar Roberson. ... Look for New England Playaz versatile swingman Antonio Anderson to emerge. He's a terrific athlete who gets things done and is the younger brother of UMass senior guard Anthony Anderson.


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