Kentucky Hoopfest: Day Two Rundown

Louisville, Ky. – Majority of the favorites got knocked out of the Kentucky Hoopfest early on and that allowed the Murfreesboro Stars to sneak up on the field and win the 2006 KY Hoopfest. They blasted the Spiece Indy Heat 92-61 in the final game.

Jeff Teague, PG, Spiece Indy Heat – After leading Spiece to a tournament win at the Run N' Slam in May, Teague looked to win another championship Wednesday night. However the 6-1 PG came up a little short against the Murfreesboro Stars. Even though Spiece lost in the championship Teague played well all day. He showed the ability to get to the basket when he wants and he usually finishes when he gets there.

Stephen Thomas, PG, Spiece Indy Heat – There was a lot of chatter about Thomas throughout the day by the coaches in attendance. Thomas is a 6-foot PG with a great jumper. He led Spiece in scoring in every game and shot the three ball as well as anyone in the event.

Keith Ramsey, SF/PF, Murfreesboro Stars – Apparently Ramsey is headed to North Atlantic Prep school. The 6-8 forward should be a great pick up after a year of prep. He shoots it well and as one coach put it he's very "intriguing" because of his ability to play on the perimeter, put it on the floor and mix it up inside a little.

Dante Jackson, SF, KY Hoopstars – What's interesting is the Kentucky Hoopstars didn't have a good turn out at the Nike Memorial Day Classic and they played that with out Jackson. But at the Hoopfest this weekend Jackson was in the lineup and the Hoopstars were blowing teams out, including a nearly 40 point win against the Spiece Central Stars. Jackson is obviously the difference maker and he proved a lot of things this week. He shot the ball well from deep; hit some tough mid-range jumpers and plays tough hardnosed D.

Matt Walls, PG/SG, KY Hoopstars – This kid gets better every time he steps on the floor. He should have gotten some ink yesterday, but we missed the boat as he played great leading in the Hoopstars to a bunch of big wins. He picked up where he left off yesterday by nailing 3s, finishing at the cup and displaying toughness.

Kenny Frease, C, CBIZ – Touches in the paint were few and far between for the 6-10 big man. However he played solid defense notching at least six blocks in his game against Dayton Metro.

Joshua Benson, C, Dayton Metro- At 6-9, 197-pounds Benson is someone high majors should definitely keep tabs on. He's extremely long, which helps him block shots and get some dunks inside. But the best part of his game, today, was when he faced up and knocked down jumpers, which did at least five times in the two games I watched.

Clarence Davis, PG, Murfreesboro Stars – In the championship game, Davis went to work knocking down threes and finding open teammates in transition. He stands 6-1 and can handle and finish with either hand. However, Davis could be hard to find as he's transferring schools and he's not quite sure where he'll be attending in the fall.

Fort Wayne (IN) North Side product Eshaunte Jones told that he's going to reclassify to the class of 2008. …

Apparently Robbie Hummel has scheduled a press conference for Monday and he plans on picking either Indiana or Purdue.

It sounds like Forest Oak Prep, formerly Millersburg Military Institute, is loading up on talent. They already have Matt Morgan and will add Marshall Moses, Malcolm White, Jeremy Jacob and rumor has it a 7-foot-1 kid from China.

Remember the name Laquinton Ross. He's just in the 8th grade and played with MBA at the Hoopfest. He stands about 6-5 and has extremely long arms. He'll be a player down the road.

Xavier coaches were showing plenty of love to Kenny Frease and Jeff Teague as they followed them throughout the event.

Joshua Benson, of Dayton (OH) Dunbar, said he's heard from Xavier, Dayton, Oakland and Louisville. He said his favorite right now is Xavier because of their coaching staff and academics.

Blessed IJN Elite's, Eshaunte Jones said he's hearing from Indiana, Cincinnati, UCLA and Kentucky. He claims offers from Indiana and Cincinnati.

Stephen Thomas mentioned Dayton, Kent State, Evansville, Xavier, Purdue, IUPUI and Indiana.

2008 PG Clarence Davis said he's hearing from Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida State, Illinois, Belmont and Lipscomb.

Matt Morgan, of Forest Oak Prep, said Maryland, Tennessee, Ohio, Cincinnati, Miami (OH), West Virginia and Florida State are recruiting him the hardest. He claims offers from Cincinnati and Miami.

Michael Jordan was in attendance again, as was Louisville legend and former Male High School superstar Darrell Griffith.

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