Robert Vaden, SF-SG, Spiece: Already committed to Purdue and for good reason. Vaden ranks among the top handful of underclassmen at the event. He hit for 20 in the game we watched. He's a definite big time player with scoring skills. His game is smooth and effortless, but he's also very strong. His strongest competition for top player in Indiana's Class of 2004 comes from …
James Hardy, SG-SF, Maximum Sports: Another big time wing player. He handles the ball a lot, has range to 3-point land and is about an inch taller than Vaden. He went off for 23 in the nightcap but that might have been his low output for the day. High-major schools are salivating over him and for good reason.
Kyle Thoms, SG, Maximum Sports: Mid-major programs take your pens out and write down his name. The 6-1 shooter connected on, are you ready for this? 10 3-pointers en route to 32 points in a win over Flint Affiliation. OK, so most of them were uncontested, but he made a ton of shots and his confidence level was out the roof. Most guys don't make this many jumpers in open gym but the 6-1 shooter had a field day.
Russell Robinson, SG, NY Gauchos: Another big time scorer. He has great body control and could be a fine defender.
Chester Giles, PF, Gary Payton Nike: This kid didn't seem to care who Martin Iti was and certainly wasn't concerned with presence. He battled the whole game. He showcased a high-major package that included a face up game and plenty of post moves. Not bad for a 6-9 frame.
Chris Lorton, SG, Kentucky Hoop Stars: If it weren't for Kyle Thoms, he might have been the best shooter of the day. Lorton has a sweet stroke and loves to let them fly. Caught fire and hit four in a row at on stretch.
Greg Stiesma, PF, Randolph Boys Club: This kid has wide shoulders and is going to be a really strong player. Already committed to Wisconsin. He challenges shots and erases the ones he gets to. Great feel and aptitude for the game. High ceiling in terms of potential.
Eronje Walton, PG, Flint Affiliation: Thought he was Flint's top performer in the two games we watched. Walton seems to have plenty of offense including a nice stroke and took it to the rim with confidence. Big time bonus points for the hustle plays.
Martell Webster, SG-SF, Gary Payton Nike: One could make an argument that he was the best prospect in the gym on Saturday. Unbelievable poise for a freshman. His range is to downtown and he's great off the bounce. The play of the day was when he saw Martin Iti coming to reject his shot and he wisely floated a 15-footer right over him. Savvy, skilled and so young. The native of Chicago has star power.