Big Time Day One Checklist

HENDERSON, Nev. – Day One at the Big Time is on the books. TheInsidersHoops.com followed the usual plan of sitting down at midcourt of the main gym. In doing so, we saw 22 teams on Monday. Here's a rundown on some of the performers who made an impression.

2003 Checklist

Olu Famutimi, SG, Mich. Hurricanes: Apparently, he was disappointed that he we didn't mention him as a candidate for No. 2 player in the class. Today, he drilled jumpers vs. Connecticut Select and showed even more offensive improvement. Big time player. Rick Pitino and Mick Cronin represented Louisville, Tony Harvey and Quin Snyder from Missouri and Arkansas sent an assistant while Stan Heath went and watched Ronnie Brewer. Get this: Memphis is in there now, which explains John Calipari's presence.

Brandon Bass, PF, New Orleans Jazz: In the early morning game, he dominated Emerald City on the glass. He exploded for rebounds and dunks. He's a bulldog with tremendous explosion. He's an all-conference player early in his college career.

Hassan Fofana, C, Middlesex Magic: He had a huge day blocking shots. Truth is, we love the big fella and think he's going to be a fine college player. Middlesex got a nice win and his defense and scoring helped the cause.

Andres Sandoval, PG, Middlesex Magic: I'll need some leeway here, but bear with me. Sandoval is like the guard version of Ousmane Cisse in the sense that he pretty much plays at one speed – fast – and all you need to do is point him in the direction of the basket. He brings great energy on offense and attacks with the best of them. Defensively, he's a pest. The entire UMass staff was here to see him in action!

Richard McBride, SG, Ft. Sooy: The boys from Sooy somehow managed to cast away a 16-point lead. However, in the first half, McBride was instrumental in helping get that lead. When he didn't settle for jumpers, he made some nice finishes.

Ekene Ibekwe, PF, H Squad: Salt Lake Metro pushed H Squad to the limit before losing 62-59. Clearly, the team didn't play up to its potential, but we were happy with the play of Ibekwe. Speaking on him as a prospect, he's got a lot going for him in the paint. He has pretty good feet and is really a presence when he's active and doesn't stray too far from the hoop.

2004 Checklist

Timothy Pierce, SF, Oakland Slam & Jam: Fresh off the heels of a fine outing at ABCD Camp, Pierce led a rout in which Oakland slammed and jammed Major Wingate and Beach Ball Select. At the half, Select trailed 42-16; it was that ugly. Regardless, Pierce had a fine performance, making jumpers and being athletic. It's a good month to be Timothy Pierce.

Albert Weber, SG, Mississippi Panthers: Having never seen nor heard of him before, it was very pleasing to see his talent level. The 6-2 athlete has range on his jumper and is a top-notch athlete. He made plays all night long. We loved him. Here's his deal: he's listed as a 2003 prospect, but he told us that he's enrolled at Mount Zion and plans on reclassifying as a member of the Class of 2004.

Marvin Williams, PF, Seattle Rotary: In the first half, his teammates didn't get him the basketball. In the second half, he went out and got it himself. He has great bounce at the rim and showed that he's not afraid to mix it up. But, he has skills off the drive for a guy his size. In short, this is a big time prospect.

Off The Dribble

Recent Florida commitment Ryan Appleby struggled going 2-for-8 from downtown. He scored 14 points, had four assists, 3 steals and 2 turnovers. … Or bad, we thought N.O. Jazz small forward Shane Foster was a senior. Incorrect, he's a junior and looking better each outing. … Props to the Gym Rats Eugene Kotorobai. The native of Russia and former resident of Canada is a mid-major shooter and a damn good one. … Play of the Day: So far, it's Olu Famutimi with the coast to coast drive and one-handed flush. … Looking for some mid-major athleticism? Try Byron Davis of the Michigan Hurricanes. …

Marquis Kately is back in Vegas for a return trip. The former Cal commitment is headed to Maine Central next season. … Alex Popp of the Middlesex Magic showed again that he can shoot the basketball with range. He's a low-major (possibly a mid). … With Ben Braun sitting in the stands, Wesley Washington delivered a pair of thunderous dunks. …

Michigan Mustangs wing athlete David Hoskins is a serious MAC target and for good reason. He had a terrific game tonight. … With Tom Crean watching intently, Brandon Bell had a pretty good night. The brother of Charlie Bell, he's a darn good shooter. The Golden Eagles might be thinking offer here. …


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