Jayhawk Invitational: Day 2 Rundown

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Jon Leuer had it working for Minnesota Magic Elite. The 6-foot-10 forward turned in one of the more eye catching efforts on Saturday. Info on Leur plus more from the Jayhawk Invitational in this report!

Jon Leuer, PF, Minn. Magic Elite – You can see him oozing with more confidence each game. The 6-foot-9, thin power forward is an ace stroker from downtown. He's a lock mid-major stud at this point and his skill level will catch your eye. If he can add some beef to his frame and play some inside his stock would be even higher. The thing about him is as the day went on Saturday, he began doing more things each time out. In his final game of the day, he looked every bit like a high-major prospect.

Cole Aldrich, C, Minn. Magic Elite – He made no excuses for his opening night performance and began the rebuilding process Saturday morning. In his first contest he posted 16 points and 9 rebounds; numbers you would about expect from him given that he doesn't have the history of being a dominant scoring force and is nursing an injury. In his second game, Aldrich finished his chances and posted 13 points and 7 rebounds. By the time the late night game rolled around, Leur was feeling it and Aldrich was hurting. We left the gym with his team up 20 and the center icing his shoulder on the bench.

Justin Hurtt, SF, Rocktown – Against the Wichita Flight, Hurtt showed off a more aggressive and athletic game. Credit him for making strides this spring and you'll see more and more strong mid-major programs giving him the love. He came off the bench and provided energy, athleticism and scoring pop.

George Goode, PF, Rocktown – In the two games we charted him, Goode accounted for 20 rebounds. His best offensive work came inside though he did make 3 of his 7 perimeter chances in the games and block 5 shots.

Travis Releford, SG, KC Pump ‘n Run – His team was on the ropes against the Cowboys and then Releford made a few plays. Actually, it was his defense that turned the momentum in Pump ‘n Run's favor as he got out and played the passing lanes, getting himself 6 quick points in the second half. Dialing it in from the perimeter is going to be a process but he's getting his wind out here.

Verdell Jones, PG, Ft. Sooy – In the last calendar year he's grown 3 inches and his body style is leaving open the idea for another growth spurt. He grew up watching Shaun Livingston and he's got that same frame. Sometimes he'll hunt his offense a little much but he's got a feel for the position and can pass the basketball. He's a prospect that begs to be monitored closely.

Alex English (left), SF, K.C. Cowboys – He played sparingly in the post as a freshman which is kind of hard to believe. He's a muscular wing forward who attacks and finishes plays. He'll be on the high-major radar as one of the top prospects in K.C. and if he can pop that jumper with range and consistency he would certainly have a chance of playing high level college basketball.

Renaldo Rhone of the Compton Magic (via the suburb of Oklahoma City, Okla.) has played well out here. The wing athlete is likely tabbed for a junior college program. … We didn't see the game but Team Texas coach Wes Grandstaff was bragging on his shooter Rotnei Clarke whom he said drilled 11 3-pointers in his final game of the night on Saturday. Clark is one of the most accurate shooters around and he's a member of the Class of 2008. …

Steve Toyloy of the South Florida Heat signed with Miami Dade JC but their head coach is leaving for the Hurricanes and he's being treated as fair game for the rest of America's JC programs. Toyloy is a tough insider who chatters more than any guy we've seen this spring. Nobody talks more smack but since he's chiseled up, Toyloy gets a lot of leeway from opponents. …

Quincy Owens is playing for the Compton Magic out here. He had a mid-afternoon game where he made 3 trifectas and hit for 20 points. …

Leuer said he's hearing from Minnesota, Iowa State, Wisconsin-Green Bay, St. Louis, New Mexico and Rice. … Ty Abbott, the standout from Arizona Premier, is being evaluated by UNLV, Loyola Marymount, Northridge, Portland, Santa Barbara and Washington State. …

Tyrel Reed is hearing from most of the Big 12, including Kansas State. Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and North Carolina like him from the ACC and many are mulling over potential offers. … Justin Bocot said that DePaul and Purdue are on him the hardest. We would imagine a slew of regional mid-majors are waiting on him as well. …

Rocktown's beast inside, Jaryd Cole, told us that Virginia is cranking it up with him. They haven't offered but could be close. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri and Iowa are in the hunt. If he goes mid-major Missouri State would be the choice. … Justin Hurtt is hearing a lot from Nebraska, Missouri, Missouri State and Wichita State. …


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