National Prep Tip-Off: Day One

BARRINGTON, R.I. – Marreese Speights looked outstanding for Hargrave but it wasn't enough to prevent the Tigers from falling to Notre Dame Prep on the first day of the National Prep Tip-Off Showcase.

Marreese Speights, C, Hargrave: His squad lost but the maturation of Marreese continues. Credit him with 14 and 12 but with strong big men on the floor he was the best offensive player of the bunch on this occasion. When it's all said and done, the Gators will have beaten everyone to the punch on a really strong player. On Friday he went right after guys, scored in a variety of ways and had the confidence to let them hear about it. His low block scoring package is diverse.

Edwin Ubiles, PF/SF, St. Thomas More: He's going to be a standout collegian. His energy provided a serious spark for his club. His 17 points flat out got it done and he has the ability to play facing the basket plus he'll rebound either position he plays.

Jeremi Booth, SF, FUMA: By far the best we've seen him. This guy is solidifying his mid-major status with his perimeter game. He went for 17 points and was the primary scoring threat for Fork Union.

Lamonte Ulmer, F, Notre Dame Prep: The 6-foot-6 forward did well for himself on Friday. While showcasing a live body inside, he made a few mid-range shots and was active and productive. The mid-majors are juiced about him, hoping he doesn't crank it up a notch.

Ricky Harris, SG, Winchendon: Armed with a scorer's mentality, this Baltimore native was the high-point man on the day with 30 (12-for-22). He'll probably have a few high-majors keeping tabs on him but he's got a chance to be a strong mid-major talent. Weekends like this one are made for guys to rise to the occasion and enhance their recruitment. We'll see where Harris is two days from now.

Greg Washington, C, Winchendon: Hofstra went in early and got this done and now Tom Pecora's bunch has a 6-9+ big man who can run, rebound, block shots and has just enough offense to be a player as a freshman in the CAA. He had 13 and 8 while looking the part getting it done.

Bobby Maze, SG, Patterson School: The resident Allen Iverson clone – he's got the gear, tats and arm pads to look the part – scored 14 in his opener, missing just one shot. The size dictates mid-major but then again with the speed, quickness and the fact that in two separate viewings we've yet to see anyone stay in front of him means the big dogs will evaluate him this weekend. He's a guy that wants to go fast. Plus, he's not committed as previously reported.

Qa'rraan Calhoun, PF/SF, Bridgton: The future Red Storm forward somehow got up 11 3-pointers (connecting on 3) and finished with 17 points. His stats weren't terrific but he's a high-major combo forward with a potential perimeter package. We've seen him board better but athletically he's ready to go and will be a player for St. John's.

Jeremy Hazell, SG, Patterson: He wasn't the high point man on his team but his 4 3-pointers were the spark Patterson needed in the first half to get up on Bridgton. The guy is going to be a strong scorer at Oral Roberts.

Vernon Macklin, PF, Hargrave: He's at his best when he can get out and run and did so in the opener with 17 points and 17 boards. "Ticket" committed himself to rebounding and his live body was tough to keep off the glass.

Paul Harris (pictured), SF/PG, Notre Dame Prep: We had him with 9 points and 10 rebounds in, by his standards, a pedestrian game. What the box score doesn't show is how he took control of the team and distributed the ball in the second half upset of Hargrave. The perimeter shot would not drop for him at all.

Davon Jefferson, PF/SF, Patterson: The NBA audition (2 scouts in the house) looked good on paper with 16 and 10 but this wasn't vintage Jefferson. The perimeter game that will be needed to make the leap will need to show better with professional audiences on hand. Now, having said that, he did some things athletically that the other guys can't even think about pulling off.

Teeng Akol, PF, Our Savior: Listed as a junior, this native of the Sudan has a skill package and size (6-10, 200) that will catch your eye. If you're talking more as a prospect and not straight game production then you see he's got great hands, is long and angular and can play on the perimeter possibly to the 3-point stripe. Will certainly need to fill out but he's a talent.

Darius Gabriel, PG Winchendon: He certainly didn't put up strong statistics but you can see the potential high-major talent. Though he shot just 1-for-7 from the field, he dropped 6 assists with the typical NYC flair that comes with being a point. He's re-classified and he's got a chance.

St. Andrews was led by junior post Garrett Kissell who had 27 and 12. … LaSalle is reportedly trying to get FUMA forward Ben Stywall on campus for a visit. … Two NBA teams had scouts in the building on Friday. Saturday is expected to be a much larger turnout when Paul Harris and Davon Jefferson tangle. …

Props to Charles Swiggett, a UW-Milwaukee signee who dropped 9 assists. … Wing Tyrone Hanson has a few high-majors in town checking on him. He scored 14 points (see shot chart) in a nice showing but to convince the big dogs to bite he'll need a steadier perimeter effort. Good player. …

Tyler Smith didn't shoot the ball well from deep today, but did exhibit a stronger mid-range game, especially on the baselines. Overall, his game is more well-rounded than it was at this time last season. He's got a better pace to his play. …

For a young Our Savior bunch to win, Daye Kaba will need to rebound from his 0-for-6 effort in the opener. … Lazar Hayward needed some time to get his bearings on the perimeter but did finish with 18 and 11. ...

URI signee Marquis Jones is a change of speeds scoring threat that should help the Rams. … Derrick Caracter looks to be a little heavier than needed. Against Macklin and Speights he scored just 6 points to go with 3 rebounds and some foul trouble. … Junior Rakim Sanders struggled with his perimeter shot but high-major wing talent permeates from him. Think Dion Glover body style and perimeter package. …

Hargrave's guards weren't user friendly in the opener. Armon Bassett and Stefan Welsh combined to 8-for-36 (6 assists, 5 turnovers) on the night and they simply don't need to be taking that many shots with the kind of firepower Hargrave boasts up front. …

Notre Dame center Mike Davis, a one-time Pittsburgh commitment, listed Southern Cal and Louisville as two schools he likes. Both had assistants in the building but it remains to be seen if Davis develops into a guy either offers. Davis termed himself as "open" after rejecting 9 shots. … Bobby Maze apparently is not committed to Delaware and is hearing from Georgetown, Clemson, Villanova and Fordham. …

Memphis head coach John Calipari was in to see Hashim Bailey and wing Tyler Smith. In fact, Calipari brought two assistants with him to see Smith. Charlotte and Iowa also had representatives in the building. …


The favorite out of bounds play of St. Andrews coach Mike Hart. Reading it doesn't remotely replicate the sound of him screaming it at the top of his lungs during a game. They also run "Van Gogh."

St. Andrews 86, MCI 75
Notre Dame Prep 79, Hargrave 63
Patterson School 88, Bridgton 70
Winchendon 78, Our Savior 61
St. Thomas More 61, Fork Union 58

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