Checking In With The Class of 2003
Tim Morris, CG, Georgia Stars: AAU stats can be sketchy at times but we counted Morris with 20 points, including 2-5 from downtown. He's expanded his game and ran a lot of point tonight. His move of the evening was an explosive jaunt from the wing, which culminated in a thunderous dunk. Stanford, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech are calling hard, so they say.
Patrick Ewing, Jr., SF, Georgia Stars: He's an early candidate for defender of the year. He might have scored just 8 points, but his defensive presence – blocking shots, challenging, guarding and rebounding – was awesome. He's gotten bigger and hasn't lost his athleticism. He's coming into his own and as we said, will lock you up.
The Brookhaven Boys: PG Andrew Lavender and SF Brandon Foust: They came out on the short end of the ledger but it was apparent that these two are pretty darn good, and for different reasons. Lavender, the 5-7 guard, is a jet who finds guys and gets steals. Foust is also a tough defender who doesn't like to let it fly but plays aggressively.
BABC Guards, PG Will Blaylock and CG Steve Hailey: The helped BABC overcome a 19-point second half deficeit. Actually, it was Hailey's second half scoring (19 total points) which proved to be the most crucial. He's really an undersized shooting guard at 5-11 while Blaylock is more of the point man.
Brandon Wallace, SF, South Carolina Ravens: His game is predicated on shooting the basketball from the perimeter. In this one, he got open looks and made 3s en masse. Not much of a rebounder at the high-major level, largely due to strength, but he'll make deep jumpers.
Brian Randle, PF/SF, St. Louis Eagles: He didn't look particular interested in the game we watched and tallied only 8 points. His coach said that he was playing on a bum wheel. However, teammates Greg Dilligard and Randall Falker, a pair of 6-7 towers, more than picked up the slack. Falker scored the points and Dilligard blocked the shots.
Checking On The Class of 2004
Re'Sean Dickey, PF, S.C. Ravens: All he did was walk onto the court and get himself 30 points and 18 rebounds. He was the best prospect we saw all day long, in any class. He's stronger than his peers, athletic and plays with intensity. He's a cross between Elton Brand and Jason Parker. His game is tough and he's easily a Top 10 player in the class, probably even better. He's an unbelievable rebounder in traffic and usually claims everything within his reach.
Kalem Grimes, C/PF, St. Louis Eagles: He didn't do a ton or score a lot but you have to talk about his potential. He's not as offensively polished as Dickey but he has that kind of power inside. Flashed a little jump hook and pulled down some big-time rebounds.
Davis Nwanko, 6-9, PF, DC Blue Devils: He would have been even better if Dickey wasn't in the house. However, this kid is a shot blocker and high-major prospect in his own right and certainly distinguished himself as a player today against some pretty good competition. Here's one for you to file away: he's a College Park, Md., native.
Ronald White, SG, S.C. Ravens: Never heard of him or seen him before this evening. Loved his overall skill set and athleticism. Not even close to being a finished product but he's one to watch and has high-major potential.
New TCU head coach Neil Dougherty is in Hampton this weekend. He has a son playing on the Team Texas squad. … Damion Harris, a sophomore with the S.C. Ravens, skipped the event to play in Memphis this weekend. … Pulley Panthers forward Kris Humphries is reportedly on vacation as was not in attendance. … We didn't see it but reportedly Tack Minor was very good. He was fast and outran everyone with the ball. … DC Blue Devils power forward prospect Ryan Lambert is a senior and we hear LaSalle or prep school next season. … Thumbs up to Pulley Panthers power forward Dan Coleman who showed that at 6-8 he could step outside and make shots. … The NC trio of Jeremy Ingram, Anthony King and Bobby Perry got out of the blocks well against the Georgia Stars but couldn't replicate its first half in the second stanza. Perry had 16 and King had 15, unofficially. …
We Never Heard Of You Special Of The Day
Georgia Stars coach Norm Parker said watch for small forward Morris Almond and he was right. The 6-5 Almond is a mid-major guy at worst who will likely receive attention at a higher level. He's a fine rebounder, is always making plays and seems to have an IQ for the game.