PRIME TIME GAME
All-Ohio and Team Florida hooked up in a big time summer game. Led by Nick Calathes and Chandler Parsons (one of the hottest seniors on the circuit), Team Florida rallied to offset a 34-point effort from Delvon Roe (possibly the hottest junior on the circuit). Parsons was the man early and finished with 25 points. His July play has forced the Gators to make a decision on him and the programs recruiting him nervously wait to see if UF pulls the trigger. Florida ripped off 4 straight 3-pointers later – a trio by Calathes – to seal the rally. Calathes finished with 29 points and broke down multiple defenders in a key sequence to set up Lance Kearse who would get fouled. Parsons hit for 25 and Florida advanced in a thriller.
Va Tech's Gus Gilchrist
Greg Hill, SG, SYF – The big three get all the pub (and they deserve it) but there's a sleeper alert here. Hill is a shade under 6-foot-2 but he's a bucket maker. Look for him to head off to Bridgton for a prep year and blossom into a secondary high-major target because he simply finds the bottom of the net. At worst he's a stud mid level kid.
Matt Hill, PF, Connecticut Select – Qualified and ready to go, the 6-foot-6 (maybe) forward is off to the Tilton School. He's a bonafide mid-major prospect who brought first half energy against a big All-Ohio team before running out of gas.
Mike Scott, PF
Mike Scott, PF, Boo Williams – Memorize his name because he's becoming BWSL's latest high-major prospect. Scott signed with Temple but could be out of his letter by August and is heading to Hargrave Military Academy. Explosive and long, he's interested in checking out his options and he's going to have a bunch once the paperwork clears.
Bo Spencer, PG, La. Dream Team – It was rough sledding for the Baton Rouge native in the morning as he couldn't find his rhythm and never quite figured out Team Georgia Elite's pressure. The summer verdict on him appears to be outstanding mid level player who could go higher based on a program's need.
Xavier Gibson, C/PF, Georgia Blazers – There are some who will wrongfully say he didn't have a great summer and attach an anchor to him while dropping him in the rankings. Don't listen to them. This kid is a prospect who routinely shows flashes of what he can do. At his size he runs the floor swiftly, is a very good athlete and the talent is evident. Give him time and watch him prove himself as a player.
J.T. Thompson, PF, Charlotte Royals – In reality he's 6-5. Does it matter? Sure, but with the intensity and commitment to rebounding he brings to the table don't be surprised if he winds up in a big conference. He'd be a monster in the CAA but the big dogs are starting to think about his energy and mid-range potential while projecting him down the road.
Ed Davis, PF, Boo Williams – Quick, long and coming on strong. We opted to try him out in the Top 10 heading into the summer and he's proven worthy. Even on a loaded squad he's made his mark. He's shown flashes of brilliance in Orlando.
Oklahoma and Virginia traveled off site to evaluate Bo Spencer Sunday morning. … Florida Atlantic is expected to offer Javier Gonzalez. … Alabama, North Carolina and Cincinnati trailed Xavier Gibson a portion of the day. … The parade of head coaches continued for Patrick Patterson who had Tubby, Skip, Roy and Billy D. marking him. … Chris Wright felt the love from Skip Prosser, Sidney Lowe and John Thompson. …
Parsons vs. All-Ohio
There were stretches during Patrick Patterson's evening game that the term "man rebound" was the only phrase that could be applied. … In our minds, Patterson and Calathes punched their McDonald's game tickets at the AAU's (if not sooner). … Note to Disney: we have Chris Wright's home address if you want to charge him for damaging the rims. We weren't there but coaches were raving about the dunk-a-thon he hosted Sunday night. …
"That's the first time I've seen anyone play Pat like that this summer."