City of Palms: Day 1 Rundown

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Opening night at the City of Palms motored along as predicted. Taylor King flashed his jumper, David Wear looked great and VCU's recruiting class was on display.

Taylor King, SF, Mater Dei – It was a strong effort in an opening night smackdown of overmatched Golden Gate. You could tell in warm-ups King had it rolling because he was moving farther and farther out with each bomb. He shot 7-for-14 from deep and had 33 points and 11 rebounds. Duke fans will warm up to the training he's already embarking on in high school. King consciously measures himself on the break and is getting his timing down for the vaunted Shane Battier transition trail 3-pointer!

VCU Rams On Display – A pair of Anthony Grant signees mixed it up opening night at The Classic. P.K. Young's Myk Brown and Port St. Lucie's Larry Sanders laced them up. Brown was the big dog for a very talented Young team that should factor into the state title picture. He stroked it to the tune of 4-for-6 from deep and finished with 25 points. What Brown can do for VCU is be the "now" guy; he's ready to step in and contribute.


VCU's Brown & Sanders
Sanders, who also should gain early playing time, is more of a futures stock and a good one. The last time we saw Sanders he was two inches shorter (legit 6-10 now). He's got strength issues but the package is there. His touch is coming around; he blocks shots and can run. Sanders has a nice ceiling to work with and given his natural progression could wind up being an excellent addition to a strong recruiting class. He had 17, 5 boards and 2 blocks.

Javier Gonzalez, PG, Dr. Krop – The point guard is a weapon the mid-major level. He's excellent at probing defenses and will be big man friendly. He got frustrated and fouled out but everything he did was aggressive. Tends to work a lot on the right hand side of the court but that can be adjusted. Remains one of the best backcourt options on the spring board. 13 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds.

David Wear, PF/SF, Mater Dei – With his twin in foul trouble, David cranked it up. Forget the opponent, he was impressive in the manner by which he scores. Clearly he's worked constantly on his game and can play a lot on the perimeter while not being intimidated in the paint. We credited him with 18 points (8-10 FG) and 8 rebounds. He and his brother are movers and shakers nationally for sure.

After an emotional 29-28 loss in the football state championship Saturday afternoon, Jeannette High's focus turns to basketball. Terrell Pryor and his team were set to have an early Sunday morning flight and play Monday here. …

Assistant Coaches In The Gym – Air Force, Massachusetts.

Javier Rodriguez says Duquesne, VCU, SMU, Hofstra and Washington State are in the mix. The Dukes, with a head coach that once provided tutelage to his friend Juan Barea, have made headway. "I think they got a very good coach. He did well coaching Juan." …


King's Opening Night
Max Groebe suits UMass' style of basketball. He's best served as a catch-and-shoot behind the arc player. He banged 6 3s in the first half and ended the game 7-for-14 from deep for a team-high 23 points. … Willie Powers, a Goergia Southern signee, is a perimeter weapon. He had 23 for Young. …

King's been a name on the circuit since his 8th grade season. He's been analyzed constantly and here's the conclusion we arrive at – the kid can play. He works had, has a measurable skill and he's going to project out as a very good college player. His stroke isn't going anywhere. … Mater Dei has another young power forward who has a chance to be at least a mid-major two years from now. His name is Andy Brown and they call him "The Triplet". …


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