Willie Walker, Illinois Wolves- The 6-foot-1 point guard really showed off an ability to finish on the fast break today. He completed a number of lay ups after receiving contact from the defender. Walker seems to be very patient when running his team and is always a pass first type of guy. He did finish with 15 points and knocked down a couple of threes in his team's victory over All-Ohio Red. Walker also mentioned that N.C. State, Wyoming, and Ohio State are recruiting him the hardest.
Elliot Engelmann, Illinois Wolves- Sometimes players just have one of those games where they feel like they can't miss, and that's exactly the feeling Engelmann had against All-Ohio Red. The 6-foot-7 forward hit 6 three-pointers and finished with a total of 27 points. Engelmann has a very nice touch and a mid-range game that compliments his ability to knock down threes.
Josh Chichester, All-Ohio Red- Chichester, who also plays football, hit the glass today and tried to keep his team in the game, but the Wolves were too much. Chichester grabbed a number of offensive rebounds that led to put backs. He's very athletic, can block shots, and runs the floor pretty well.
Michael Thompson, Rising Stars 16's- In the Legends Classic the 16's and 17's are in the same tournament, so the young Rising Stars team is playing against older competition. Led by Thompson, the Rising Stars beat the Louisville Legends in the morning game.
Thompson stands 5-foot-9 and knows how to run his team. He handles the ball well and consistently found the open man. This 2007 senior is a quality point guard and will turn some heads. He was the only reason the Rising Stars were in their game against No Excuses, as Thompson put up 25 points.
Jeffrey Jordan, Rising Stars 16's- Jordan doesn't don the expected number 23 jersey but instead the opposite, 32. Jordan doesn't look like he's going to reach his fathers height either, as he stands 6-foot-2. He did raise some eye brows when he dunked in traffic at the end of one of his games. Jordan is a good player but at this point there's work to be done in order to be talked about with the elite in his class.
Leroy Nobles, Louisville Legends- Against the Rising Stars, Nobles did just about everything to keep his team in the game. He shot the three well, was strong taking the ball to the basket, and is capable of using either hand when trying to finish. He ended up with 25 points.
A.J. Slaughter, Louisville Legends and Team Pride- It's not often you go to two different AAU tournaments and see a prospect play for two different teams, but it happened today. Slaughter played for the Louisville Legends in the morning then crossed the river to play for the Kentucky Pride at night. Slaughter is one of the best juniors in the state of Kentucky for sure, he's pretty good shooter especially off the dribble. He was Kentucky Pride's only hope in the night cap against O.J. Mayo and co. Slaughter's dad said that Kentucky was showing interest, but that Western Kentucky is showing the most interest.
O.J. Mayo, D-I Greyhounds- Every time I see him he seems to amaze me more. No doubt about it he is a very special player, and I think his jumper is better than it ever has been. One of the best dunks of the AAU seasons occurred when a Greyhound player put the ball between his legs and tossed an alley-oop to O.J. who threw it down on a helpless defender. Mayo had 20 and 15 in his two games tonight. He listed Cincinnati, Louisville, Indiana and UConn after the game.
Bill Walker, D-I Greyhounds- He had a dunk feast in the first game throwing down at least 7 dunks. His jumper seems to be improving and he continues to hit the boards hard. He's unbelievably strong close to the basket and not many are going to stop him from dunking.
Keenan Ellis, D-I Greyhounds- Because of an Ohio rule he can't play with the 17's until June 1st, but in the mean time Ellis is tearing up the 16's division. Ellis aggressively tries to block every shot near him, and most of the time he gets a piece of it. He has a very nice touch on his jumper, especially for a 6-foot-11 guy. After the game Ellis mentioned Iowa, Louisville, and said that he'd like to hear more from Kentucky.