Jayhawk Invitational: Day 1 Rundown

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The opening night of the Jayhawk Invitational saw a future KU center lace them up in front of a partisan crowd. Plus guards Tyrel Reed and John Roberson had a chance to play in the Phog.

Tyrel Reed, G, KC Pump ‘n Run – Very solid outing for the combo guard as he shot 6-for-12 from the field and finished with 16 points. He's a very good shooter who puts himself in a position to be ready to get his shot off quickly. Reed made 4 of his 8 attempts from behind the arc. Nice opening night effort.

John Roberson, PG, South Fla. Heat – Keep in mind that he's playing the point for just the first time this season. Roberson's comfort zone right now is making jumpers from the elbows. He's got good speed and understands that decision making is an area which needs to focus on going forward. He recorded one of the biggest assist nights we've seen on the circuit this spring as he dropped 10 dimes to go with 15 points (5-14 FG), 6 rebounds and 6 turnovers. He's originally from this area, grew up in Florida and won a state title in Texas this past season. He has an opportunity to be a speedy set up man.

Cole Aldrich, C, Minn. Magic Elite – It was a frustrating evening for the big fella. He's a little beat up (foot injury) during the overseas trip and simply didn't have a very good game in front of a strong showing of KU fans. Aldrich left balls on the rim and wasn't pursuing rebounds with the kind of intensity he's shown in the past. A scoreless first half yielded a 4-point (2-for-7), 8-rebound effort. He didn't appear to be in tip-top shape and conditioning likely is a factor right now.

Travis Releford, SG, KC Pump ‘n Run – He's shaking the rust off a long injury layoff and this was his first game action since January. He came off the bench, got out and ran a little bit as he regains his wind and stamina.

Jordan Taylor, PG, Minn. Magic Elite 16s – Good looking point guard who is probably going to be a guy the strong mid-majors try and acquaint themselves with early.

Steve Moore, PF, KC Pump ‘n Run – Those who know him well point to his improvement from last season and he's 6-8 with a high-major body. Should he continue the development you can project him at that level but for now he's a guy to put on the radar and keep tabs on throughout the summer.

Xavier Henry, SF/SF, Athletes First 15s – His 30 points in regulation and tip in to send it into overtime at the buzzer was impressive. Playing with the 15s isn't enough competition for this talented wing player.

He'll be a dominant scoring force throughout this tournament in the 15 and under bracket as he's physically more advanced and too talented for this grouping.

Daniel Orton (left), PF, Athletes First 15s – Long, athletic and agile, he has the makings of a top flight forward. Blocks shots out of his area and rebounds in traffic. The competition level wasn't great the effort he and fellow freshman Kyle Hardwick was there as the two hosted a good old fashioned block party on opening night.

Athletes First stud Blake Griffin has tendonitis and is not in attendance. Neither is teammate Cade Davis. …

Kansas City Select has a good point guard from the Class of 2009. Michael Dixon, regarded as one of the better guards in his area, was solid on opening night. … Pump ‘n Run's Conner Teahan is a good player with a chance to feel his way around the mid-major level and possibly a notch higher. He makes outside shots and his football toughness is evident. He's the kind of guy who gets on a roster and preaches winning. …

Xavier Thames, a 2009 point guard with the Compton Magic is a name to watch for. Unselfish and able to create for others, he did a nice job Friday evening. ...

The Oklahoma Sooners and Jeff Capel made an offer to John Roberson last week and they sit a top his list right now. His traveling team coach said Texas A&M offered, Arizona State is looking and Utah is in the mix. Illinois has inquired about a possible unofficial visit. …

Conner Teahan is going to attend Purdue's quarterback camp soon and is hearing from Boilermakers, Iowa, Stanford, Wichita State and Creighton. North Carolina and Kansas has thrown phones calls his way. …

Jordan Taylor said he's hearing from Penn State, Wisconsin, Wisconsin-Green Bay, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Georgia and Minnesota as interest comes from all over the board on this 2008 prospect. …


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