T.O.C. Day One Checklist

<b>DURHAM, N.C. –</b> Opening night of the Tournament of Champions and already Monta Ellis is in his element. The high-scoring guard put up 37 points in his first game.

Day One, Tournament of Champions

2005 Checklist

Monta Ellis, SG, Magnolia Stars: He went out and scored 17 in the first half and 37 for the game against the Michigan Mustangs who simply didn't have a guard that could slow him down, much less stay in front of him. The guy creates shots, has range and credit him for going hard and getting after it at both ends. He reminds you of Anthony Roberson with his shot selection at times, but the guy can flat out play.

Byron Eaton, PG, Dallas Mustangs: It wasn't like it was his best game ever and we had him for 20 points and 9 assists against Team Richmond. He's strong and a big time finisher. He can get in trouble when he leaves his feet to pass but on the plus side he puts a lot of pressure on defenses with his jaunts into the paint.

Tyler Smith, SF, Southeast Elite: He's asked to do a lot for his team and that meant he had to get 28 points in a blowout loss Friday night. His jumper wasn't on the mark but he used his strength and athleticism to create scoring chances.

Courtney Fells, SG, Magnolia Stars: The guy is 6-6 and has range past the 3-point arc. His stroke is extremely smooth and he's one of those thoroughbred looking shooters. He's playing on a new AAU team so there's an adjustment period to go through but his stroke would go down consistently if you put him on any roster.

Antonio Anderson, SG, New England Playaz: He's an extremely versatile guard who really can fill a stat sheet with the best of them. Against New Heights the young man had 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. He can get a little careless with his passes and reacts too much to the refs, but the guy has passion and is talented. Our first look at him was a good one.

Tomas Jasiulionis, C, Team Richmond: Never heard of him? We hadn't either until Friday night. It wasn't like he played a ton of minutes but when he was in there he showed a soft touch to 10 feet, good hands and a huge body at 6-10 and 230 pounds. Practically no one is recruiting him and this was his first time out with the team. The native of Lithuania is a prospect, likely starting his interest at the mid-major level but he could go higher.

2006 Checklist

Lance Thomas, PF/SF, New Heights: With two players leaving the team, the bulk of the scoring was left up to him and 24 points later he showed what his game is about. Thomas right now is a four-man with the chance to transition to the small forward. He can make shots to mid-range and is an instinctive player. His aggressiveness gets him to the line a ton.

Over At Reynolds Coliseum - Reports out Reynolds were that Korvortney Barber of the Smyrna Stars had 14 points and 7 rebounds in a loss. … Ben McCauley of the Pittsburgh Jots finished up with 15 points and 7 boards. … For the New York Panthers, guard Danny Green had 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting. … Meanwhile, Houston Elite wing Gerald Green finished 4-for-13 with 13 points and 6 rebounds. … Brandon Costner struggled with just 2 points and no field goals in his opener. …

From Cameron Indoor - Greg Paulus opened the event nicely with 27 points and teammate Andray Blatche reportedly did his damage inside which is always a good sign. ... We understand that Greg Oden was impressive and Josh McRoberts started to come on offensively in his game. ...


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