Showtime Nationals: Second Report

SUWANEE, Ga. – EBO won the big boy bracket the Showtime while the Memphis Celtics captured the 16-and-under division. The end of the Showtime marks the end of the first session of the summer.

Jeff Goodman will have a report from the finals of the Showtime on July 16; EBO defeated the Charlotte Royals in the finale

Willie Kemp, PG, Memphis: His team lost but in the first half he had complete control of his game. It was a tough week for Memphis because they entered the event as the favorite but finished outside the Top 20. Regardless, we view this young man as one of the best point guards in America.

Stephen Curry, PG, Carolina Miners – Here's the facts: this son of a former NBA long distance shooter has 1) gotten bigger each year 2) can run a basketball team and 3) has improved each time out. He's a legit mid-major target, especially if you continue projecting him as a player. From the looks of it, he's not done growing and this just might be one of those kids who blooms a little later and turns into a standout player. Just a hunch, but he deserves some attention.

Thaddeus Young, SF, Memphis – He went for 27 points in his team's final game. You can't quite seem to put your finger on it when you see him, but you know this isn't the same guy who had it going in April at The Real Deal. He dealt with injury in June and surely he's got to be looking forward to Vegas as a chance to get it going again on an elite level.

Julian Vaughn, PF, DC Assault – He looked pretty good while battling a cold on Friday. Vaughn continues to make jumpers and his interior game is coming along nicely.

Austin Freeman, SG, Assault – When he's making his jumper like he was on Friday, Freeman looks terrific. He even had it rocking from mid-range.

Randy Culpepper, SG, Memphis Celtics – His team won the 16 and under title and he was the big gun in the championship game with 44 points (15-30 FG, 5-14 3s). Culpepper is a scoring guard at 5-foot-10 and this isn't the first time he's gone for a big number. It'll be interesting to see who moves on him, but somebody needing a scorer is going to find that he knows the way to the bottom of the net.

Howard Thompkins (pictured), PF, Atlanta Celtics – His name is one you are going to be hearing a lot about in the next year. A strong week in Suwanee led to head coaches waiting him on the final day of the Showtime. His stock is big time on the rise as a good student, solid inside player and skilled mid-range shooter. Write the name down, he's going to be a popular kid.

Austin Freeman said that he's felt like Maryland is picking up its recruitment of him during the month of July. He lists the Terps, UConn and Syracuse as the schools currently on him the hardest. Notre Dame, Miami, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and North Carolina State had coaches in the crowd for his morning game. …

Thaddeus Young's crowd included head coach John Calipari and assistants from Kentucky, UNC and Georgia Tech. … Julian Vaughn listed Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, NC State, Miami and Clemson as schools that offered. He also likes UNC, Duke, Ohio State, Kansas and UConn. …

The crowd for 2008 forward Howard Thompkins was Georgia's Dennis Felton and assistants from UNC, Florida State and Georgia Tech. … Mark Gottfried of Alabama has been at every one of Jodie Meeks' games that we've seen here. Meeks said that he's got offers from the Tide, Florida, Boston College, Arkansas and Georgia. Bama, UF and UGA sent head coaches on Friday. …

Skip Prosser has been a frequenter of Patrick Patterson's games in Suwanee this week. Patterson lists West Virginia, Wake Forest, Florida and Virginia Tech as programs that have shown a tremendous amount of interest. … Standing underneath the basket watching 2008 stud Xavier Gibson run thru the layup line was Alabama's Gottfried and Auburn's Jeff Lebo. …

One of the great things about Willie Kemp is that he's not afraid of being vocal. Can't teach that skill unless you've been doing it a long time. … Jonathan Mandeldove's offense is sporadic but his defense isn't. Mandeldove will reject as many shots as he can and he's a natural at it. ..

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