Bill Cole, PF, Richwoods – He hit up an undersized Gulfport team to the tune of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Richwoods has a chance to be an excellent team this year with Cole and Furman steal Justin Dehm at the controls.
Demorris Summers, SG/PG, Provine – If there was a senior who had college guys buzzing on Saturday, this was your guy. The combo guard showed an ability to attack and finish along with being a solid ball-handler. Mid-major programs should pick up the phone and find out what they can on this young man. He hit up Oak Hill for 17.
Kavon Lacey (right), PG, Alton – You'd think at this point in the year someone would have offered him. Well, until he declares for football, basketball or both, it's likely to be that way. One of the best unsigned point guards in the country spent a lot of time off the ball. He had 17 points, 3 assists, 4 turnovers and 7 boards. Why is he a good mid-major player? He's poised, strong and there is an air of confidence that follows him.
Jewuan Long, SG, Liberty Tech – Not too shabby for a guy who missed last summer due to injury. The future Murray State Racer, playing 20 minutes from his college choice and in front of his coach, scored 16 points. He'll be an OVC bucket maker because he shoots it on the move and creates off the bounce. A scorer and secondary ball handler, he'll be expected to contribute early.
Nick Evans, C, Carbondale – Southern Illinois will be happy with this 6-foot-10 signee. Evans plays his area inside, chases boards and finishes at the rim. His offense isn't quite there yet but there's tools to work with and he's the kind of big man you need to remain in the thick of things in The Valley.
Gabriel Charley, SG, ACD – The Apaches burned it up from behind the arc as Rex Morgan's bunch sank 21 3-pointers against Our Savior. Charley led the way with 9 trifectas and 31 points.
Brandon Jennings, PG, Oak Hill – Another sizzling performance at the lead guard slot. Once he was able to turn up the tempo in the second half it was like running downhill and the blow out was on. 21 points, 8 assists and 5 boards for the top-ranked junior point guard.
Scottie Haralson (left), SG, Provine – He came in averaging 28 points a game and that's the number he got against Oak Hill. Not bad for a guy who was a post player last year and was an average mid-major player last summer. He's worked on expanding his game and his jumper. Though he laid an egg in the 3-point contest he made them when it counted as he shot 8-for-12 from long-range in the game. He's a mid-level kid now but again, the progress since the summer is a great sign.
Trey Thompkins, PF, Oak Hill – Our unofficial stats had him with 14 and 13 rebounds. He might have shed his first name (he used to go by Howard) but his ability to rebound stayed with him. Did his work around the rim and blocked his share of shots.
Tyler Griffey, PF, Lafayette – His team was beaten surprisingly easy by Riverdale (Tenn.) High. In the contest Griffey put up solid numbers (17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks). A power forward cut from the face-up mold, high-majors are showing interest. To take the next step and turn that interest into offers Griffey will need to add muscle and meat to his frame. Then they'll want to see him crank up the aggressiveness on the glass.
Jontell Lindsay, PG, Richwoods – Transferred in from Central and has a chance to be a player. He comes off the bench and has the look of a player. Appreciated how he was able to get kids shots and could handle it and make a play. Liked him for his overall speed.
He's not in attendance but word came out of the St. Louis area that outstanding junior Scott Suggs is on the shelf. Apparently he broke his wrist and won't see action again until at least January. … Tubby Smith's security detail consisted of three law enforcement officers. They were aided by nearly 100 kids seeking autographs. One kid got his cell phone tattooed with Smith's signature. …
Head Coaches – Kentucky's Tubby Smith, Murray State's Billy Kennedy
Assistant Coaches In The Gym – Murray State, Middle Tennessee
Griffey is hearing from St. Louis, Purdue, Missouri and Kansas. Stanford, Louisville, Illinois and Ohio State have contacted him as well. … Lacey says Illinois State, Indiana State, Southern Illinois, Wyoming and Colorado State are interested; none have offered him. …
Taylor Stewart has been contacted by EKU, Western Kentucky, Holy Cross, Wright State and Tennessee Tech. … Florida is the acknowledged leader for Trey Thompkins. Toss in North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Georgia and you've got a strong early list. …
Riverdale senior guard Kevin Smith has grades and could become a Division I prospect in the backcourt as the season unfolds. To do so, he'd be wise to find a comfort zone with his jump shot. … Nick Evans of Carbondale has one trait you simply can't stress enough to young bigs: he dunks what he can. … Explain this: Anthony Sampson, a 5-foot-3 guard, snared a team-high 7 rebounds. …
Lexington Catholic small forward Taylor Stewart is only getting letters but the junior is a potential mid-major player. He's a hustler with a hoop IQ and he's an intense player. … It seems like we're always writing this but just when Oak Hill's engine needed a jump, Nolan Smith was there (21 points). Once the consummate "glue guy" started the engine, Jennings drove the car to 91 points. … Alex Legion's jump shot returned in the second half when he looked very comfortable on the perimeter. …
"Scottie Haralson is a flamethrower!"