Darrington Hobson, SG, H-Squad – Had a breakout game. After playing a role with the Southern Cal All-Stars in April, he was in attendance with H-Squad and was the best player on the floor in an afternoon win against the South Florida Heat. Did a lot of everything and collected a triple-double. Played the point – and handled it extremely well. Posted up smaller defenders, rebounded extremely well and if this game was any indication, Hobson is back on track.
Johnny Flynn, PG, GC Ballers – He's worked his way up the charts in the spring and this weekend was no exception. No offense to Paul Harris, but Flynn is much better now that he's got the ball in his hands much of the game. Showed a tremendous amount of poise, makes it easier for his teammates and can score by getting to the basket and also by knocking down shots from the perimeter. Kudos to Syracuse for getting an early pledge, because if Flynn was still on the board, he'd be one of the most coveted guys out there.
Jerrell Williams, PF, New Heights – Give the bigger of the Williams twins credit for sticking with it, but he was overmatched in a matchup against GC Ballers Tyrell Lynch. He kept taking it hard and the ball kept coming back at him. The Northfield Mount Hermon rising senior was active on the boards and in the paint.
John Roberson, PG, South Florida Heat – The Florida native, who moved to Plano, Texas, is a great floor general. He's a little on the diminutive side, but he shot the ball well from the perimeter and also controlled the tempo. Played much better with the ball in his hands and appears to be a guy who wants to take the big shot.
Jamal Owens, SF, South Florida Heat – It was his first tournament with the South Florida Heat and a productive one at that. Gets a lot done. Owens is 6-foot-5, plays much bigger than his size and is a guy that mid-majors will likely be all over – especially down south.
Joey Accaoui, G, New England Playaz – He may be small, but the kid can really shoot it with the best of them. Hit six trifectas in a loss on Saturday afternoon, but basically kept the team in the game. Ivy's and Patriot League schools should be all over him and his 3.9 GPA. Has tremendous work ethic and his point guard skills are improving.
Jabari Edwards, PF, Panthers – Edwards didn't get a whole lot of time last season at St. Benedict's, but that's likely to change this year because Dan Hurley is planning on adding a prep team. Edwards is long, displayed a nice turnaround and ran the court well. It was his first tournament of the spring. He's 6-9 ½ and has impressive grades as well – 2.8 GPA and a 1700 on the SAT. He's wide-open in terms of his recruitment, mentioning only Penn State and Vanderbilt.
Antonio "Scoop" Jardine, PG, Playaz – After a sub-par summer a year ago, Scoop is back. He's getting past defenders, is making shots from the perimeter and appears to be having fun playing again. After watching him of late, he's back among the elite floor leaders in the class.
Angelo Johnson, PG, Howard Pulley – The 6-foot, 180-pound floor leader was extremely impressive, getting to the basket and creating opportunities for his teammates and himself. He is able to use his quickness to create havoc. Able to set people up and also finish around the rim. Also displayed a nice mid-range pull-up on several occasions. Finished with 31 points and a half-dozen assists.
Troy Gillenwater, PF, H-Squad – Appeared tired in the first half of an afternoon game and with good reason. The boys from the west coast had a 8 a.m. ET tip-off in the morning. However, Gillenwater and Darrington Hobson just plain dominated in the second half. Gillenwater, a Massachusetts native, just went to work in the paint after the break. He's a combination of power and finesse and when he gets the ball, he's aggressive and virtually impossible to stop. The one facet we'd like to see him improve is his perimeter shot.
Matt Simpkins, PF, H-Squad – He showed glimpses, but was virtually a non-factor in the game. He stepped out and made a trifecta, but that was about it. Wasn't very active, but again, Simpkins and his mates were clearly tired after having an early tip-off.
Jamal Coombs, Boston Saintz – The Lawrence Academy (Mass.) wing usually plays with BABC, but he decided to play with the Saintz this weekend. He's smooth, does a little bit – make that a lot – of everything. Terrific feel and has plenty of versatility to his game.
Erik Murphy, PF, BABC 15's – The son of former BC standout Jay Murphy is coming along at a rapid pace. He scored 40 in his first game and added 33 on Saturday night. Runs the court well, is extremely skilled and battles in the paint despite needing to put on weight. Murphy has a chance to be an elite national player in the Class of 2009.
Lawrence Academy (Mass.) smooth rising sophomore wing said that he's already received offers from Iowa State and Northeastern – and Rutgers, BC, Virginia and Temple have all expressed interest. … New York native and former Rice High (N.Y.) athletic wing Elijah Whitehead, who attended Proctor Academy (N.H.) this past season, will head to Winchendon this year. … Matt Janning, who was playing with Howard Pulley, committed to Northeastern this week. The 6-foot-4 Janning needs to get stronger, but he can really shoot the ball. Janning knocked down six trifectas in an afternoon victory. He put up 32 points per game this past season for Class 2A Watertown Mayer High (Minn.). … Angelp Johnson attended Patrick Henry High (Minn.) last season and plans to re-classify into the Class of 2008 this year and attend Stoneridge Prep (Calif.). He mentioned Georgetown, Wisconsin and UConn. … Darrington Hobson said he is strongly considering heading to Brewster Academy next season. He also mentioned Texas, USC, Texas A&M as those who have offered with Arizona, UCLA, Washington, UNLV and Illinois also in the mix. … Seketoure Henry said he's leaning towards heading to New Mexico State in the fall, but he could also end up doing another year in the prep ranks. … Troy Gillenwater mentioned Arizona, USC, Kansas and Washington. … Matt Simpkins said that Arizona has offered. He also said he likes UCLA, UConn, Washington and Cal. … National Christian 7-footer Anthony McClain said Georgetown is no longer his leader, but he's still considering the Hoyas. Add UConn, Wake Forest, Syracuse and Maryland into his top five. … Devin Ebanks was not in attendance, instead opting to attend the Florida team camp. Ebanks will likely wind up at either St. Thomas More or National Christian in the fall. … NBA player J.R. Smith was in attendance watching his brother, Chris, who plays with the Playaz.