Spiece: Day 2 Rundown

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A long day at Spiece was highlighted by the toughness of a pair of guards. Kalin Lucas has his team chasing a championship while 2008's Lewis Jackson proved even though he's 5-foot-9, he's battle tested!

Kalin Lucas, PG, The Family – We watched him break 20 in a pair of games and The Family remains alive going into Sunday largely due to his play. Down 17 at the half in an 8 a.m. game, Lucas went to work with 10 points in the 3rd quarter to go with 4 assists. There is a strong argument that can be made for him as The Family's best player and overall prospect; he's having that kind of spring.

Dominique Jones (right), SG, Fla. Elite – He's had a strong run the past few weeks and he showed well at Spiece. A 6-foot-2, scoring guard, Jones is a guy who will get looks at two levels. He's Elite's No. 1 scoring option and 2nd ball handler. Jones can get into the paint and has a strong body that he isn't afraid to use.

Brent Barz, PF, Martin Bros. – Northern Iowa was onto something with this commitment. The 6-9 Barz is a skilled four-man who can pass. Equipped with a soft shooting touch, expect very big things out of him the next four years.

Matt Howard, PF, Spiece Central Stars – In the spirit of the NHL playoffs, let's just say Howard is the No. 1 enforcer on the circuit. Already playing with a black eye (it happened in practice going against JaJuan Johnson), Howard nearly got into a pair of scuffles and that was just in the first half of a game. Why is he prone to pugilism? He's an irritant to others. So far this spring we've yet to see anyone box out with the intensity he displays. On the flipside, he's a tireless early morning riser who works on his game and has no problem deferring offense to the numerous shooters on his team.

Evan Turner, SF, Illinois Wolves – His crew is alive for one reason: his defense on Dominique Jones in the first half of a playoff game set the tone. Turner got into Jones and even chatted him up a bit. During the process of holding Jones in check, the Wolves built up a lead and strapped on their seatbelt to hold on for the victory. He's a blend guy at the high-major level who finds way to chip in and contribute.

Lewis Jackson (left), Indy Elite vs. Kevin Dillard, Mean Streets – Stack them on top of each other and you barely break 10 feet but they went at it. Two of the quicker guys we've seen this spring made for an interesting matchup. Jackson is a tough customer. He was absolutely flattened by a screen that wasn't called out and all you heard was a thud as he fell to the ground. Shaken up, Jackson walked off on his own, sat out about a quarter and then returned.

The 5-foot-9 guard's eggs were scrambled upon return but he answered the call in the game's closing seconds when he launched himself (Jerome Bettis style) at the bucket and scored the game's winning hoop on a tough lay in. The two little guys put on a quite a show driving it at one another and scoring 20+ combined in the first half.

Angel Garcia, PF, C.A.P.S. – His European big man style game was in full bloom as he dropped 21 on The Family. Garcia, who made his debut at Spiece last year, is a perimeter oriented forward who is still getting used to the physical aspect of the game. He's got plenty of talent and size to play at the high-major level. He made 4 3s in his final game in Fort Wayne.

Walter Offutt, SG, Indy Elite MG – Here's a good you pretty much root for. He's had surgery on both knees and is out here at 80%. Indy Elite was putting the screws to one team and Offutt still didn't want to leave the court. They're obviously working him back slowly.

Delvon Roe, F, King James – One of the big risers from last weekend's event in Akron, Roe isn't showing any signs of slowing down. In Saturday night's last game he hit for 39. "I was shooting jumpers, post ups, a little bit of everything," Roe said. The former hardballer chuckled at the notion it was baseball weather outside; he's committed to hoops.

Korie Lucious, G, DTA Wisconsin – The crew advanced through Saturday night into Sunday's quarters. Lucious is a good player who unfortunately hasn't added an inch since his ballyhooed debut two years ago. To advance his game, the point guard element will be needed to compliment a very good outside stroke.

A.J. Darby, PG, Iowa Barnstormers – Wow, is this guy competitive at such a young age! He's also a good jump shooter and steady playmaker. Toss in the fact that he's 6-3 and no less than 180 and there's little reason not to like him. Add in his father being an all-american football player at Iowa who sipped a few cups of the coffee in the NFL and it all makes sense.

DeShawn Thomas, F, Indy Elite S.A.C. – We didn't see him but there's a buzz going around about him. The 8th grader is a 6-6 combo forward and everyone is talking about his talent.

Jordan Crawford, a wing with The Family, is heading to prep school next season and he'd like it to be Hargrave. Crawford hinted that he will go into the prep season uncommitted but really has a thing for Xavier and the Musketeers, he says, have offered. …

Dominique Jones has an offer from Western Carolina but interest is steadily picking up. Wake Forest, Georgetown, UMass, Arkansas and South Florida are hitting him up after a big Charlie Weber. … Matt Howard said Purdue, Butler, Valparaiso, Xavier, Miami-OH and West Virginia are tagging him. … Marquette and Michigan State have standing offers to Korie Lucious, according to a person close to the guard. …

D-One Greyhounds, a blend of the remains of the original crew with K.C. Rocktown, was a pool play casualty here (advancing in silver bracket). However, Alex Tyus was wearing it out from mid-range with his jumper. … The Michigan Hurricanes never got on track out here and also didn't make it out of pool play but remained alive in the silver bracket. ...

Matt Gatens of Martin Bros. is a tough, hard-nosed solid college basketball player. He had 20 in a morning game. … JaJuan Johnson of Spiece showed why he led the city of Indianapolis in rejections. There's still weight to be put on but he's got talent. …

Corperryale Harris is one of those consummate stat stuffers. … Micah Koehn of Minnesota Elite 16s has a super stroke. … Willie Reed of K.C. Blue is a 6-9, long, athletic prospect. He passes the look test and is one of keep an eye on if he can become a consistent producer. …

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