DeAngelo Collins, PF, Inglewood: His range is to 3-point territory. His soft hook around the basket is impressive. He runs the floor as well as almost any big man in his class. He's strong. Collins, playing against a high-major junior talent, had his way. Will Sheridan had problems scoring over him and this one was a TKO for Inglewood, though Sanford fought hard.
Earl Miller, PG, Sanford: Tough kid. On at least three occasions Miller converted buckets that prevented Sanford from getting run out of the gym. He's a stand still shooter who makes them when they count. He's also a low-major recruit in need of a scholarship offer.
Kevin Bookout, PF, Stroud: Oklahoma State and Oklahoma are still slugging it out for him. In the meantime, he's having a terrific season. Maybe it's because he's gaining strength like Sampson from his hair. The previously bald Bookout posted a 39-point, 20-rebound effort in his first game here. How's 17-for-22 from the floor sound? He also blocked 3 shots. Basically, it was the efficient Bookout outmustling Troy inside. Every time he caught it, he pretty much scored. Great performance.
Let's also credit the entire Stroud team. Too many times the best player on the floor, especially when he's a big man, doesn't get enough touches. Stroud's coaching staff seems to have a done a nice job with a basic basketball concept: give the ball to the tallest guy and let your best player do most of the scoring. Sounds simple, but it's overlooked too many times.
Robert Heite, SG, Winton Woods: He rained a few treys in the first half and then came up with the dunk of tournament in the second. He drove baseline and the lefty threw down on Joynes, sending the big fella sprawling to the floor. It was awesome and his athleticism and jumper are looking terrific at this point.
Wade Dunston, SG, Bullis School: Unsigned senior Wade Dunston used a scorer's mentality to tally up a big morning. The lefty assaulted a box-and-one defense in the first half for 16 of his game-high 24 points.
Jason Fraser, C, Amityville: 22 rebounds. Need we say more?
Byron Joynes, 6-9, 280, C, Towson Catholic: Shades of Michael Sweetney come to mind. He's a little heavy right now, but has skills and is wide in the lane. He wasn't dominant in the first half, but really got after it in the second set. Touch is good around the basket and he's a long way from reaching his potential. He's a recruit for the highest level teams in the country.
CJ Anderson, 6-5, 180, SF, Winton Woods: He plays inside because he's the team's tallest player but don't be fooled. He's a 3-man once the summer rolls around. If you didn't watch him closely you might not fully appreciate what he did against Towson Catholic. He went 5-for7 from the floor and scored an efficient 13 points – he didn't miss until he challenged Joynes. His biggest contribution came in the form of 16 rebounbds. He was all over the glass and then drained two free throws with the game on the line. Nice job.
Kashif Payne, 5-9, 150, PG, Archbishop Carroll: If you like smallish PGs, then give him a look. He makes shots to 3-point range and finds guys off drives. We'll watch him more this tournament and offer up a final analysis later in the week.
Jerome Johnson, 6-9, PF, Bullis School: Looks like he's going to be a player. Right now, he's a tad mechanical but has some post moves and will face. Through natural development he looks as if he's going to be a good one and a high-major prospect.
Donnie Stith, 6-6, F, Salem: He only scored 6 points, but it was his layup as time expired that gave Salem the win. It's also the most memorable play of the day.
Matt Terwilliger, 6-9, PF, Troy: Barry Egan told us he had a good one and he didn't lie. Terwilliger has skill and though light he's going to be a be high level prospect. Great looking soph.
Anthony Farmer, G, St. Augustine: How about 18 points in your Slam Dunk debut? He led all scorers in his team's loss to Oxon Hill in the evening.
Michael Hall, G, Troy: How about 19 points in your Slam Dunk debut? He's also the brother of Dayton swingman Brooks Hall.
Bacon Boys Can Play
It's easy to see why Roger Bacon gave Lebron James and Co. trouble. While Bacon doesn't have high-major guys, they have kids like Josh Hausfeld (signed with Miami-OH) who can score. Their junior big man Monty St. Clair is at least a mid guy and senior forward Beckham Wyrick is a Division I player. So is senior forward Frank Phillips. They jumped Carroll 70-60 to get their tournament started.
Entering Wednesday's game with Bullis, Archbishop Spalding had been riding a 9-game win streak. They lost their first game of the year. Unfortunately, we've been attendance for both and promised head coach Mike Glick that we won't jinx him the next time around. … The box-in-one on Wade Dunston that Spalding used in the first half didn't work. The Bullis senior scored 16 on near-perfect shooting. … Spalding junior center Will Bowers looked much more active than our first viewing of him this year though he still has room for improvement. … The fashion police made a visit to Roger Bacon and cited the team for its poor choice in colors when it came to their uniforms. Fellas, brown and yellow didn't look good on the 1985 San Diego Padres and it doesn't work here either. However, the Bacon Boys did score points in the unity department with matching shaved heads. … Kevin Bookout followed a basic male principal in changing his appearance and growing his hair back after spending the summer bald. He listened to women. He says his girlfriend and mom made him grow the hair, especially for senior pictures. … MIA this week is St. Augustine forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu who is nursing a knee injury. … Gary Williams was in the house for John Gilchrist's game versus Christ The King. …
One of the problems with the Slam Dunk is its media pass policy. I saw about 50 members of the "media" but recognized about a dozen. Of the hundred in attendance, about 10 were actually working. Somehow, media credentials just aren't what they used to be. … Apparently, the Inglewood flight out of California was delayed due a possible security breach. No worries, all the boys are in town safe and sound. … Cinicinnati has already offered sophomore Matt Terwilliger and freshman Michael Hall, both standouts at Troy.
Roll Call (colleges in attendance): Delaware (Josh Oppenheimer), George Mason (Mike Gillian), UConn (Dave Leitao), William & Mary (Pat Skerry), Maryland (Dave Dickerson, Gary Williams), Georgia Tech (Cliff Warren), Pittsburgh (Jamie Dixon), Penn State, Saint Joseph's, Michigan, Wichita State, Wake Forest (Jeff Battle), Robert Lineburg (Southern Methodist), LaSalle (Roland Houston), Fred Hill (Villanova). Sorry if we missed you; come up and say hello next time!
Hodgson 61, Brandywine 61 St. Elizabeth 50, Cape Henlopen 42 Bullis 56, Archbishop Spalding 49 Winton Woods 55, Towson Catholic 51 Roger Bacon 70, Archbishop Carroll 60 Stroud 63, Troy 50 Oxon Hill 60, St. Augustine 53 Amityville 57, Bishop Loughlin 53 Salem 49, Christ The King 48 Inglewood 62, Sanford School 51