Kingwood Classic: Day One

KINGWOOD, Texas – Someone forgot to tell the Arkansas Wings Red that the Georgia Stars, who boast 9 Division I prospects, weren't supposed to lose on Friday night. Well, the Stars took one on the chin courtesy a 30-point performance from virtual unknown shooting guard Vakeaton Wafer.

Friday's Daily Update From The Kingwood Classic

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Vakeaton Wafer, SG, Arkansas Wings Red: It ended after midnight but those who stayed for the performance weren't complaining one bit. Wafer gunned down the Georgia Stars 71-67 as he hit for 30 points, including 4 3-pointers. Prior to this event, Wafer was getting attention from Kansas State, Fresno State and Louisiana Tech. That's about to change. The pride of Homer, La., and Pineview High School had himself a terrific evening.

Ekene Ibekwe, PF, Team California Select: When he plays inside, he's a force like he was on Friday night. On the interior, Ibekwe scores around the basket and is an active rebounder. His best trait might be his shot blocking ability. He has a decent medium-range touch but we like him best in the paint where he's truly a force.

Cartier Martin, SF, Houston Select: He scored 15 points in a win over the Portland Elite Legends, but that doesn't tell the complete story. The athletic Martin got himself to the line and was a perfect 8-8 from the stripe. Athletic, active and ready to further his reputation.

Blake Adams, SG, Houston Select: The state of Texas is so loaded with prospects that guys often slip through the cracks. Adams, a long-range specialist, won't be one of those guys. This kid has a great catch and shoot stroke. He's a fine looking prospect.

Marcus Williams, PG, So Cal All-Stars: Friday wasn't a big scoring night for Williams, but it didn't have to be. Williams ran the offense, took shots within the offense and played well in a win over Bloomington Red. He has plenty of offense, a nice little hesitation dribble he uses wisely and generally finds people off the drive.

Mohamed Abukar, PF-SF, So Cal All-Stars: He scored 16 on 6-11 shooting. He's a nice player who probably will occupy a combo forward role. His best offensive skill is his touch on his jumper. He can step out to 3-point range but really shoots it well on the baselines. Georgia and Kansas are in the mix; he'll visit Georgia next weekend. Apparently, Abukar had a workout and the Dawgs and Jayhawks came in for the workout, thus the reason those are the two he's considering.

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Jawaan McClellan, SG, Houston Select: This is a big time wing prospect. He's a great athlete who shoots 3s, fadeaways and floaters within the offense. His game is more mature than most kids his age. He's athletic and active.

Joseph Jones, PF, Houston Select: It's always nice when you are watching a game and out comes a 6-9 sophomore big man who you've never heard of but is a high-major player. Jones played 1-A basketball in Texas last season and is just learning the games. So far, the results are excellent.

NOTES – Marcus Williams sported an Oak Hill t-shirt and will transfer to play his final season with Steve Smith. ... Expect Mbania Narmbaye, a center from Burlington Life Center, to play with the Bloomington Red. His legal guardians live in Noblesville, Ind. ... Bloomington forward Nick Brooks doesn't arrive until Saturday. He had a track meet on Friday. ... Speaking of late arrivals, Georgia Stars guard Tim Morris is a healthy scratch for the event. He attends the prom this weekend. ... Mike Davis and Matt Doherty were in the gym watching Trevor Ariza. Ariza's team went up 20 points before having to fight off Memphis YOMCA He scored 11 points in the win...

Jerry Wainwright is a smart man. At Wilmington, he lived in the state of Texas. On Friday night, he attended a few games involving Texas prospects along with his assistant Rodney Terry. Expect Richmond to continue working the Texas pipeline. ... New FSU assistant Stan Jones spent time watching Memphis YOMCA on Friday. Jones has strong Memphis ties so expect FSU to get involved with kids in that area; especially some of the young kids. ...

Play of the Day: We'll take Dekovan Holloway's slash down the middle of the lane and rise up to the rim for a big time throw down in traffic. This guy can sky with the best of them.

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