TheInsidersHoops.com Daily Roundup
John Gilchrist, PG, Salem: It just wasn't fair. Host Bishop Verot couldn't guard Gilchrist. The dynamo from the Tidewater Region scored 27 points on 11-for17 shooting. He was credited with 4 assists but I can guarantee he had at least double that. When you drive it to the rack, kick it out to open shooters and they knock down 3s, that's an assist and he had plenty of them. This kid creates shots for others and it'll be scary when he's driving and pitching to Chris McCray at Maryland.
Armando Surratt, PG, Oakland Tech: There's no doubt Fresno State has itself a quickster. Surratt is fast with the ball and loves knifing in traffic and looking for teammates. Today, his jumper was on target from deep and his first half was the main reason why Tech rolled out to a huge lead and never looked back. The Abramson guards weren't able to keep him in front of them.
Marcus Morrison, SG, Lakewood: see Tuesday's article.
Leon Powe, 6-7.5, 230, PF, Oakland Tech: Dominant. Enough said. Clearly one of the elite players in his class.
Trevor Ariza, 6-8, 190, SF/PF, Westchester: He continues to grow into his body. During one stretch, he had three dunks in as many possessions. He turned in the play of the day when he caught a miss with his left hand and threw down a nasty jam. He came up with two huge offensive rebounds late in the second half off missed free throws.
Warren Scott, 6-8, 220, PF, Abramson: Great looking body. He shoots a high-archer with a nice touch. He seems to have lost some weight since the summer. He hit for 21 points against Oakland but didn't do a lot in terms of post moves so it'll be interesting to watch him action again and get a better feel for his game.
Quintin Thomas, SG/PG, 6-2, 175, Oakland Tech: This kid is going to be a big-timer. Right now, he's fluid from the perimeter where he can make mid-range jumpers look easy. Having seen him only once, he appears capable of running some point and at this stage it's not out of the question to think he might develop into a big lead guard. Regardless, he's a high-major prospect on a good team.
Ivan Lopez, 6-8, 225, PF, 2003, Miami Christian: The competition level wasn't good, but Lopez played hard and with passion. He had 7 blocks in the first half alone. Has some offense but he runs, rebounds and finishes. Our first look screamed nice mid-major talent but he might be higher than that. He got to every loose ball, ran the floor with a purpose and his energy level was great. He finished with 10 points, 9 boards and 8 blocks.
Jesus Verdejo, 6-3, 180, SG/SF, 2003, Miami Christian: Impressive athlete with a good burst to the rack. His offense keyed a huge first half for Christian against Lehigh. It'll be interesting to see 1) how he reacts to landing hard on his tailbone and 2) how he does if he plays against stronger wing competition. Regardless, he seems to right in line for a high-major recruitment but this was our first eval on him and it pays to be conservative in the long run. How about 27 points for a guy on a bum wheel? Great performance.
When asked how good he thought Warren Scott was, Abramson assistant Robert Tillman responded: "I just got done talking to Roy Williams." … Abramson's Johnny Lewis signed early with McNeese State and once he irons out a slight hitch in his shot, he should be a very good scorer for the Cowboys. … Look for Cincinnati to make a serious push for College of Southern Idaho shooting guard Tony Bobbitt. … Miami Christian point guard Carlos Rivera is unsigned and could be a nice low-to-mid-major pickup. He struggled in the opener finding his offense … Lehigh junior center Jerome Springfield, a 6-8, 310-pounder, is academically ineligible until January. … Lehigh junior big man Mario Henderson is a Division I player. Right now he's 6-7 and 340 and that's just too heavy. Combine him with Springfield and Lehigh's frontline weighs over 650 pounds. That line would almost "dwarf" Oak Hill's Sagana Diop and Mario Boggan, last year's largest frontcourt feasters. … Lehigh swingman Anthony Paez has not signed. He scored 18 and grabbed 13 boards. However, his team was held to 13 first half points. ….
Oakland Tech 85, Abramson 58 Miami Christian 76, Lehigh 50 Salem 72, Bishop Verot 45 Westchester 73, Lakewood 66