Gibbons T.O.C.: Day 2 Rundown

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Eric Gordon's 49 point outburst was the individual highlight of the day at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. However, it wasn't the lone outstanding effort. Guys like 2009's Lorenzo Brown didn't look too shabby either!

Eric Gordon, SG, Indy Elite – His squad is still alive and doing well. In fact, they play JOTS in what should be a slugfest Sunday morning. How did Gordon do on Saturday? Well, he hit somebody up for 49 points in a pool play game. Scout.com's No. 5 prospect in the country apparently had it working and though we didn't witness the big number contest personally, you could this kind of an outburst building in his game.

Rick Jackson (right), C, Playaz – Against Team Breakdown he was a beast inside. He came off the bench and played like a man on the boards then overpowered everyone inside. He's had a great spring with no signs of slowing down. We'll even forgive a Ben Wallace-like effort from the line because he was such a man inside.

Evan Turner, SF, Ill. Wolves – Having seen him a lot this spring, the game against Tallahassee stood out as the best we've seen him ring up this spring. He scored it in the mid-20s. He was aggressive, confident and plays to his strengths.

Chris Allen, SG, W.W. Renegades – The Michigan State-bound wing was the team's top player all weekend long and scored 19 in a playoff loss. There's no doubt that he's among the best at his position in the nation and this was another strong outing.

Julian Vaughn, PF, D.C. Assault – Mike Beasley got tagged with early foul trouble and someone needed to set the tone against the W.W. Renegades. Vaughn was faced with an ultra-aggressive Trevor Mbakwe in his way and the Minnesotan seemed intent on blocking shots (he played pretty well too). However, Vaughn wouldn't be denied and he set the tone for the Assault win early. He's got to finish off games but his first half was pivotal in the win. We had him with 12 and 9 in the first playoff game.

DeAndre Jordan, C, Houston Swoosh – The big fella knows all about the criticisms: doesn't bring it all the time. Well, he brought it Saturday morning to the tune of 23 points and, by the way, some used to say the same things about Lamarcus Aldridge. Here's the deal: few kids in the country have the body, ability and athleticism neatly tucked away in a package like he does. Give him time to work out the kinks.

Demetri McCamey (left), PG, Ill. Wolves – Like Turner, we caught him on a superb day when got in the paint and made buckets. He might be the most physical point guard in college when he gets there.

Marcus Morris, SF, Hunting Park – The game was saw probably wasn't his top effort and we still liked him. He's going to be a kid who can shoot and create for himself and others at his position. He's a legit Top 75 kid and multi-threat player.

James Harden, SG, BWBA – Coming off an MVP outing at the Cactus Classic there seems to be no letdown in this young man. The lefty is smooth and efficient with his offense. We caught him on an 18-point night in which he made 4 of his 8 3-point attempts.

Rico Pickett, PG, SE Elite – He hit for 28 points on 13-for-17 from the field in the efficient outing we caught. The guy can score and he'll play the point in Tuscaloosa. The next step is becoming more of a floor general and making his teammates better.

A.J. Stewart, PF, Tallahassee Wildcats – Here's a kid who trusts both his post-up game and his mid-range arsenal. He made shots off the fadeway from the post and looked good doing it. Coming along nicely.

DeJuan Blair, PF, JOTS – He's been really consistent here and steady with his play. A surgically repaired knee is becoming less of an issue and he's doing a nice job of becoming a strong presence inside.

Brad Redford, PG, Mich. Mustangs – One of these days folks are going to get wise to the notion that this kid can play. All he does is bury 3s and take care of the ball. Nobody takes it away from him and he goes about his business. Against the Atlanta Celtics in a 16 year old game, he was the best performer on the floor and had a skillful 18 points.

Chris Singleton, PF, Atlanta Celtics 16 – Talented player. Kind of in limbo position wise as he's more comfortable (or at least appears to be) on the perimeter as a small forward. Collegiately, because he's an athletic 6-foot-8 he's going to be asked to work it out inside; kind of like the same dilemma Donte Greene worked through a year ago before becoming an elite power forward.

Lorenzo Brown (right), SG, Inner Strength – All year long we'd heard about this kid out of Georgia. Well, after a sleepy first half he absolutely killed it in the second. Maybe it's because we were in the UNC practice facility but his game has a strange resemblance to that of Joe Forte. He's smooth, confident and scoring isn't a problem. This is one of the best 2009 guards we've seen this spring!

Russell Powell, PG, Inner Strength – While we're on the subject of comparisons, Powell is a look-a-like and play-a-like, in other words a dead ringer, for Andrew Lavender. The only disappointing part of our viewing came when we asked him about Lavender and he had no idea who the Xavier point guard was. He's a good player, albeit a tiny one, so we'll forgive him.

Spurs center Alexis Wangmene is heading on an unofficial visit spree. He'll trip to Wake Forest and Virginia the next 2 days upon conclusion of the event. … What's the latest on Evan Turner? Well, in addition to a lengthy list of schools, Duke is now showing interest. So far that's the extent of it but the interest is there. … Assault's Nolan Smith needs 2 more weeks before he can test his knee out in game action. …

Adam Allen is going to decide next week between Florida, Alabama and Florida State (dad played there). He'll sign a hoop schollie but also play baseball. …

The Morris Twins are getting hit by LaSalle, Rutgers, Virginia, Miami, George Washington, Temple, George Mason, Indiana, Georgetown and Kentucky. Who's on them the hardest? That would be LaSalle. … DeAndre Jordan plans on trimming his list soon but indicated that Texas, Texas A&M, Indiana, LSU and Kentucky had offered and were giving chase strongly. …

DeJuan Blair, a Scout.com Top 100 prospect, has offers from Indiana, Rutgers, Miami, Pittsburgh and Xavier. He's earned that kind of attention. … James Harden is going to need the visitation process to pick a school. Washington, Washington State, Southern Cal, Arizona and now Arizona State are making a run at him. …

Brad Redford, a 2008, relayed an early mutual interest list of Xavier, Valparaiso, Washington State, Wake Forest, Michigan and Michigan State. Valparaiso has already offered. Good move, Valpo! … Garvin Hunt has offers from Western Illinois (WIU) and FIU. LSU, FSU and TCU are keeping tabs. We can confirm that you don't have to have 3 letters in your abbreviation to recruit this young man, it's just working out that way. …

Tallahassee's Ladarus Hall has VCU, South Carolina, Miami, UAB, Florida State and Virginia Tech taking a look at him. … Jonathan Hall of Team Breakdown is going camping at Wichita State and the Shockers have a tie with him through new assistant Scott Spinelli. …

Wildcats wing Adam Allen tried to gut it out but torn ligaments in his right ankle relegated him to strictly jump shooting before he had to call it a tournament. … Kenny Boynton was gearing up for a big game against the Playaz when he went down with an ankle injury. … Keeping with the medical theme, Markieff Morris missed significant action in the morning when the injury bug nipped his leg. …

The second half of Johnny Thomas' day went well for the Gaters. He had 19 against the WW Renegades. … Minnesota Magic Elite wasn't very good here as a team but Al Nolen plays with a lot of energy and activity. He's coming along each time out. Meanwhile, Jon Leuer and Cole Aldrich had rough events. With Leuer signs point to him having a breakout summer. However, now that he has the ball rolling he's got to keep the momentum and this weekend wasn't consistent with his play. Aldrich is likely banged up and didn't fare well here. …

When it comes to identifying identical twins, you need every advantage possible. We asked Marcus (left) and Markieff Morris' high school coach how he does and his answer was astoundingly simple: Marcus has a thinner face. … Blake Cussinburry buried 5 first half trifectas for the young Michigan Hurricanes in a morning game. … The best player from the Bahamas at this tournament (OK, he's the only one) is SE Elite center Garvin Hunt. He's got a chance as a shot blocker if he can boost his confidence level. …

Kenny Belton seems to have shed a little weight in his chest and he played more fluidly for D.C. Assault. … A lot of people are wondering about Tim Jarmusz. We didn't get to block out a time and watch him intently but each moment we looked up Saturday night he was making a perimeter shot. … There wasn't much drama to the guard matchup between Edwin Rios and Antonio Jardine. However, Jardine dropped a game-winning dime at the buzzer. …

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