Friday At The Spiece
On Rosters But Not In Attendance: Shagari Alleyne, NY Gauchos; Steward Twins, Gary Payton Nike; Chris Taft, NY Gauchos; Drew Naymick, Grand Rapids (will arrive Saturday).
Justin Doellman, SF, Cincinnati AAU Red: He announced for Xavier earlier in the day and then went out and scored 8 points (3-6 FG) in a win against Northern California Elite. Doellman picked up a lot of fouls early and sat a lot in this one. However, it was clear that at 6-7, he's a fairly skilled player. Can really pass and looks to have a nice touch to 3-point range.
Mike Henderson, CG, Martin Brothers: Headed to Iowa State. Very quick and likes to get to the rim. Will shoot some floaters on the move and the occasional jumper but his game is really predicated on using speed in getting to the rim.
Parnell Smith, SF, Spiece Central Stars: Here's a guy still making the transition from power forward to small forward. However, he's going to be a mid-major signee at some point so his efforts aren't going unnoticed. He's a fine athlete. He attempts plenty of perimeter offense and likes to go to the medium jumper. It wasn't his night because the shots weren't falling. But, he's a work in progress and looks pretty good.
Eric Van Buskirk, PF, Cincinnati AAU Red: Loved his hustle and energy. This wide-shoulder mid-major prospect ran the floor, rebounded and tried to show a face-up game. While he didn't make a lot of jumpers, it's clear he has some versatility to his game.
Sebastian Telfair, PG, NY Gauchos: Not listed on the roster but definitely was in the building. He scored just over 20 points in his team's win over Spiece but it could have been more. The Gauchos fell behind 11-0 early and then Telfair cramped up. Just when it looked dismal, he came back and got his jumper going some and found a nice little scoring rhythm. Sees the court really well and is able to watch plays develop and make the correct decisions. Though it wasn't totally his night, his team won and he was still able to look good.
Adrian Joseph, PF, NY Gauchos: Really was a good sparkplug this evening. Got on the glass quite a bit when the Gauchos really needed someone to get them going. Has a chance to be a really good rebounder.
NOTES – Jake Hogeboom is a guard on the Grand Rapids storm. You might remember his father, Gary Hogeboom who played quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. … Here's a first. I saw a kid wearing a No. 70 jersey. In basketball? … Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart are reportedly taking the SAT this weekend. … We didn't see it, but apparently Andrew Lavender was really key in his team's big opening round win. … Northern California Elite had a rough go of it on Friday. They couldn't hit a layup, get a call from a ref or make a jumper. Star sophomore Demarcus Nelson wasn't able to get on track and the NorCal boys lost big to Cincy Red.