Chris Richard, PF, Tallahassee Wildcats: Take a close, hard look. Richard is developing right before our eyes. He's filling out his frame and his game is coming into its own. In turn, he's playing with more confidence. In Monday's win over the Illinois Warriors, Richard was the hero. Darius Washington's missed layup was flushed home by a thunderous slam from Richard as the horn sounded.
Jeff Horowitz, C, Charlotte Royals: Prior to Chris Richard's heroics, Horowitz was the man of the hour in Gym 2. He scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in his team's win over the Arizona Stars. However, it was his layin at the buzzer that won the game for the Royals. Horowitz's father played college basketball at Davidson and Wildcats assistant coach Matt Matheny was in the building this morning. The potential mid-major prospect reportedly has offers from the College of Charleston and William & Mary.
Stephen Verwers, C, Team Texas: Sometimes guys just surprise you. On Monday, Verwers did just that. The home schooled big man played the best game we've seen him play this spring and summer. He looked extremely comfortable and confident. He was running the floor, blocking shots and calling out defensive assignments. Earlier in the spring he seemed much more introverted. Now, he's looking like a legitimate mid-major prospect and who knows what else he'll accomplish this summer.
Marcus Heard, F, Illinois Warriors: Played better today than he did at Nike Camp. Heard was active at both ends. He made some jumpers, blocked some shots, got on the glass and was very productive. He could fit in at a lot of mid-major schools and even some high-major programs.
Jason Horton, PG, Team Texas: He did some nice things this morning. One of them was creating shots for other kids. Because he can drive the ball, he has the ability to find guys. Team Texas is a group of youngsters so they'll need his leadership in the coming years.
Darius Washington, PG, Tallahassee Wildcats: He's a terrific offensive talent who has put up points at a pretty good clip this summer. He did it again today against the Illinois Warriors.
Off The Dribble
Blake Ahearn of the St. Louis Eagles hit a big 3-pointer in his team's early morning game. This mid-major prospect has one of the best strokes in his class. He shoots 3s well, that's what he does. … Jamal Tatum, the point guard for the St. Louis Eagles, made one 3-pointer today. His game isn't behind the arc, it's inside the arc. He's a really good shooter from medium-range and in, but loses his consistency when he steps behind that line. Maybe it's just one of those mental blocks. … Colin Falls, another terrific shooter, wasn't able to get many down in his morning game. As one college assistant astutely pointed out that the reason he wasn't as effective could be that he's being asked to do more on offense since Shannon Brown and Charles Richardson are not playing with the Warriors at this event. …
Around The Gym
Michigan assistant Charles Ramsey was in the gym watching point guard Jason Horton. The Wolverines signed Horton's brother last year. UNC assistant Fred Quartlebaum was also in attendance. … Daniel Gibson may have the flu and Ndudi Ebi's knee is bothering him. Both may miss action this evening. … Steve Alford was in attendance watching Lance Harris of the St. Louis Eagles. We've heard the Hawkeyes have offered Harris.
SMU coach Mike Dement seems to be shadowing Team Texas big men Chris Low and Stephen Verwers. … DePaul coach Dave Leitao was in the building watching Falls and Heard, two guys the Blue Demons have offered. Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey was also in the gym watching Falls as was St. Louis head coach Brad Soderberg. … Speaking of Soderberg, he watched point guard Jamal Tatum today. … Akini Adkins drew a crowd of Leonard Hamilton, Mark Gottfried and Buzz Peterson this morning. … Thumbs up to Nike for making Tallahassee's uniforms with a special logo commenorating the loss of coach Matt Adkins who was killed in April.