Edwin Rios, SG/PG, Miami Sr. – If there's one major constant with Rios' game its his jump shot and he's always stroked it a high level. Against Galena he was tickling the twine big time to the tune of 37 points (13-30 FG, 7-17 3s).
Here's our theory: he's a weapon when he's asked to score it and make 3s and that might be the most efficient way to play to his strengths in college. We see him cast more in a combo role than straight PG. He'll shoot a high percentage and the Hurricanes will play to his strength from the outside. To his credit, a bigger Babbitt made him work for his shots and was still knocking them down.
Dino Gregory, PF, Mt. St. Joe's – The young man showed a diversified, amped up game against the host team. From the shot fake into the mid-range jumper to an attention to detail in the paint, he made an impression. If it was your initial viewing you came away with a positive impression. If you'd seen him before, even though the competition level was minimal, noticeable improvements were on display.
Luke Babbitt, PF/SF, Galena – His coach said that he starts the 5 guys who practiced hardest the day before and he wasn't on the list so he came off the bench. Well, if that's what fires him up then mission accomplished.
Delvon Roe, PF, St. Edwards – The nation's No. 5 recruit gave himself a "C" for the evening. Hey, his team won in sleepwalk and he had a dozen and 6 boards. One the day after the one year anniversary of his coming out party here at the Beachball, we'll cut the young man considerable slack. Besides you don't win the championship the 2nd day and St. Edwards should be in the hunt. "I didn't reach my full potential today, but it's a long (tournament)," Roe said.
Bud Mackey, PG/SG, Scott Co. – Undoubtedly he'll experience better nights with his stroke. As a player, you like the potential, athleticism and natural ability. We'd guess he's making the transition from two guard and he's working out the kinks.
Henry Sims, C, Mt. St. Joe's – Like many of his classmates, his progress is incremental and that's OK because the important aspect is that he's showing improvement. We love his hands, an improving disposition to rebound out of his area and his overall length. 16, 9 and a pair of blocks.
Frank Ben-Eze, C, O'Connell – A name that's come up a lot this season, he's a ruggedly built insider who is new to the States. More aggressive late than early he'll likely be recruited high-major if he finishes chances inside and works to improve his touch around the cup. The more he plays, the better he'll get.
Kendall Marshall, PG, O'Connell – Statistically it wasn't a game that would blow you away. Then, during a pivotal stretch of the 2nd half Marshall made of series of plays that would decide the outcome of the game. He canned a pair of 3s in a row and then found Ben-Eze off a set in-bounds play. 13 points and the final two free throws in the closing seconds. Lots of potential and talent with room to improve.
Eric Atkins, PG, Mt. St. Joe's – Man, there's a wealth of talent through the D.C.-Baltimore corridor! This young man has a measure of poise and leadership to his game. He's receiving heavy minutes on an outstanding team. He's got high-major tagged all over him.
Pe'Shon Howard, PG, St. Edward's – If he's the third best-looking young point guard prospect in the building then the Classic has an outstanding crop of young ballers. He's now on the national watchlist!
UNC and Ohio State sent representatives to see Delvon Roe Wednesday night. … Matt Walls has been offered "preferred walk-on" status at Kentucky. Morehead State, William & Mary and Eastern Kentucky laid out schollies. Ole Miss is watching. … No movement on the Roe Front. The list reads UNC, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State and Kansas. His team practiced at UNC yesterday on the way down to Myrtle Beach. …
Shooter Alert: Tristan Hill, Galena. He's got grades, a stroke and only D-IIs on him. He strokes it at a 52% during the season. … Toss Tom Pritchard, a power forward out of St. Edward's onto the mid-major watchlist. Programs like Butler are evaluating him already. …
Looking for something new out of D-Roe? His passing ability was the brightest spot on his resume Wednesday night. Always a basketball IQ type, he unselfishly shared the rock and let it be known that he's got court vision. ...
According to his coach, Henry Sims is essentially looking at Virginia, Maryland, Clemson, Georgetown and Boston College. "He's better than last year and not yet where he'll be next season," Pat Clatchey said of his big man. Florida, Clatchey said, is dabbling with him. …
Head Coaches In The Gym – None today.
"It started here for me and it can start here for (my teammates). It only takes one play, one moment for everybody to say that guy's pretty good."