City of Palms: Day Three

<b>FORT MYERS, Fla. –</b> It was another Seattle Prep star's turn to steal the show and this time Martell Webster left no doubt about who had the best performance of the day at the City of Palms Classic.

MONDAY'S SCOREBOARD

Seattle Prep 60, Milwaukee Vincent 54
Arlington Country Day 56, Episcopal 55
Niagara Falls 75, Denham Springs 60
Athens 83, Cape Coral 79 (3OT)
Dunwoody 65, Bishop Verot 58
South Gwinnett 86, Reserve Christian 65
Palm Beach Lakes vs. Fort Meyers, late
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Martell Webster, SG, Seattle Prep: There's good and then there was Webster on Monday night who got silly in his second game of the tournament. When he finally stopped raining 3's he had accumulated 37 points and 5 3-pointers. He finished with 37 for the night to go with 12 rebounds in what is his signature game of the year in front of a throng of NBA types. This was a very pleasing performance from every angle and he made it look pretty effortless. p>

Richard Hendrix, PF, Athens: It took longer than he would have liked but in the end, Athens got a hard fought win. As usual, their horse led the way with 32 points and 18 rebounds, including 8 offensive. However, it was the 8 blocked shots that will stand out in the minds of the crowd at the City of Palms.

Tasmin Mitchell, PF, Denham Springs: Since retro is popular these days, we'll take liberties with the reference and tell you that Mitchell had a throwback effort to his days as a sophomore when he ran with "Big Baby" and beasted kids inside. He's played with spirit at the City of Palms and had 30 points and 9 rebounds.

Louis Williams, G, South Gwinnett: His streak of bad luck continued at Bishop Verot High. South Gwinnett won the game and Williams had 25 points but it was another struggle from the field as he went 8-for-18. However, it wasn't the points that caught the attention of the NBA guys it was the turnovers and was credited with 7 of them and for a guard who is privately thought to be mulling the jump to the NBA, ball handling is a big issue for the NBA guys. Right now, Williams has not succeeded in replicating the effort and production that vaulted him to the top spot in the rankings of the Class of 2005 and you can bet other guys (Monta Ellis, Josh McRoberts, Martell Webster?) are chomping at the bit trying to takeover his spot. However, the big bright spot of the day for Williams was his 3-point championship. He bested 26 other contestants to win the prize. Last year Williams won the slam dunk competition at this event.

Marcus Landry, PF, Vincent: He's generally considered by most to be a Top 100 prospect and deservedly so. He's not so much underrated as he is under-appreciated. Again, it was his touch from mid-range that was "on" against Prep. You can pretty much count on him being a hustling, athletic power forward who gets things done in college. He just goes about his business with little fanfare and that should continue in Madison.

Sammie Hernandez, PF, ACD: A gaff with under a second when he was whistled for traveling almost his team but overall this was a strong game from the George Mason-bound forward. Credit him for picking a school and a level where he's going to be successful at. His game (inside strength, mid-range touch) translates well in the CAA. He's a hard playing defender in the post and his 11 points were pivotal in the win.

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Gerald Henderson, SG, Episcopal: His second double-double of the tournament was an 18-point and 10 rebound effort.

Wayne Ellington, SG/PG, Episcopal: At one point it looked like we were going to have a repeat performance of the Eddie Griffin Challenge (remember the 29 second half points?) as he closed the 3rd quarter with 7 straight points before cooling off. He finished with 23 points.

Paul Harris, SG, Niagara Falls: He had 14 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. He's not exactly a point guard but he does do a nice job of drawing attention in the paint and kicking it out to shooters.

Justin Porter, PF, Reserve Christian: A workman-like effort from the field should result in an increased number of looks from good mid-major programs. He had 17 and 10 today.

Tyrell Lynch, PF, Niagara Falls: After looking the part but doing surprisingly little in his first game, Lynch came to play Monday afternoon. The 6-foot-7 athletic four man went 7-for-15 from the field for 14 points and 9 rebounds and was a big part of Niagara's win.

News & Notes

Anjuan Wilderness, the 6-foot-5 junior out of Dunwoody (Ga.) High lists Arkansas (offer), Florida, Texas, Louisville, Ohio State and Georgia as some schools that are recruiting him. Wilderness will be drawn to a style of play that is fast and up tempo. …

LSU had an assistant coach in the building marking Tasmin Mitchell. … North Carolina assistant Steve Robinson was in the gym watching Gerald Henderson, Spencer Hawes and Wayne Ellington. Head coach Roy Williams is expected to be in town for Wednesday's games. …

Duke, UNC and Georgia Tech were here chasing essentially the same players: Ellington, Hawes and Henderson. … George Mason was in the house watching signed forward Sammie Hernandez. … Florida's Anthony Grant made the trip to see David Huertas, A.J. Stewart and Jason Bennett. … UCLA was in the gym for Spencer Hawes. … Kentucky sent Reggie Hanson to watch Wayne Ellington. …

Scout's Views

Elliott Johnson would have been one of the more talked about players to come out of the event but the athletic, rangy Milwaukee Vincent forward probably can't qualify and will need prep or juco next season. He had 13 and 7 Monday evening. …

Gerald Henderson and Wayne Ellington are elite caliber players but that isn't to say they don't have a few chinks in the armor. Tonight, they combined for 11 turnovers, most of them coming from routine ball handling mistakes. They're hard workers and you can bet this is an area they'll target in the off season. … Seattle Prep, in successive games, had two different players record 35 or more points. …

Just a suggestion but Louis Williams is too hard to get off the drive to settle for 27 foot 3-pointers. Either take a step inside the line or head fake from deep and use that smooth, athletic body to get to the rim. That might get his game kickstarted if he can get a few bunnies. …

DeMond Carter struggled from the field with an 8-for-28 morning from the field and made just 3-of-16 from deep. … Baker Reed of host Bishop Verot could find that some D-Is are interested in. The junior guard went 5-for-6 from 3 today. …

Josue Soto, ACD's hard playing point man, sank the game-winning free throws with under 4 seconds remaining to beat Episcopal.


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