Nasir Robinson, SF, Team Final – We'd have no issues with him if he tattooed "Pitt" on his forehead because that's what his game screams out to us. He's the junk yard dog, strong finishing, tough-minded player that thrives in Jamie Dixon's system. He had 15 points and the guy loves getting hit and playing through contact.
Matt Gatens, SF, Martin Bros. – He scored 20 points but his club lost to the West Coast All-Stars at the buzzer. The kid has an innate feel for the game and can stuff the stat sheet. He's not an athlete, he's a player and his ability to play without the ball is equally as important as what he does when he's got the rock. They make instructional videos based on his approach to the game. Tonight he posted up, knocked down shots, passed and came up with just about every loose ball he could get to.
Kemba Walker, PG, Gauchos – With the Gauchos struggling to stay in the game Walker went on a run of 3s and also set up his guys. His play gave them some balance as they crept back into the contest and eventually earned a "W."
Jarrod Jones, C/PF, SYF – He's a guy the high-majors will evaluate throughout the spring. At this stage his rebounding is his strength and he takes care of his area. To turn interest into offers, the big guys are going to want to see point production in the paint.
Scott Haralson, SG, Jackson Tigers – This is one of those niche players who could standout at the mid-major level or potentially fill a role in a higher level program. A good shooter, to take the next step he needs to work on being able to relocate without losing his effectiveness.
Damien Eargle, PF, King of the Court – He's kind of a Randel Falker knock off. Mid-majors will like his length but at 6-foot-6 he's got to replicate his intensity in each half. He was shut out in the first but roared back with 13 points in the second stanza.
Hollis Thompson, SF, West Coast AS – It's not like he had a big game production-wise but the kid has talent. An excellent student he boasts of young Brandon Bowman body, has athletic ability and does a few things in the course of a game that not only catch your eye but indicate he's got long range potential.
P'Shon Howard, PG, King of the Court – The youngster knocked down some 3s and deferred to the older kids. Talented and we'll be hearing plenty from him in the coming years.
Matt Gatens is anxious to get up with the new staff at Iowa but has yet to speak with Todd Lickliter. There's no doubt that conversation will take place in the near future. … Lefty Robert Curtis, a 6-foot-8 power forward, is headed to prep school. The West Coast All-Stars center was getting it done until the fouls piled up. Oregon State likes him and he'll be a good catch after a prep year at Findley in Vegas. …
Damien Eargle is hearing from Xavier, Akron, Miami-OH, Dayton, Memphis and Wisconsin. … P'Shon Howard has seen the campuses of Ohio State, Indiana and Michigan. … Kemba Walker's hardest pursuers are St. John's, Cincinnati and Providence but is clearly hearing from a number of programs. Worth mentioning are Florida State, Miami, Memphis and Rutgers. … Jarrod Jones is hearing the most from Indiana and Purdue. …
Anthony Crater made his debut with King of the Court and really never got into sync. You know he's a stud but this isn't his normal crew and there's an adjustment period. … Julius Mays is the primary scoring option for the SYF Players. Probably a combo long term in college, his job this spring will be to get buckets. Right now the strength of his game is his jump shot and his ability to relocate and hit from mid-range as well. … Kenny Frease is recovered from a punch he took during the season. His impact inside for Xavier should be significant. There aren't many giants in the A-10 that will be able to look him in the eye. …
Kudos to L.A. Pomlee who is coming off an injury. He showed off a shot blocking element to his game Friday night. He sent back a last second shot only to have a guy get off the game winner as time expired. … It was a rough night for Tyreke Evans. His team rolled into the gym fresh off the bus and they looked it. Evans had 22 on 8-for-23 from the field. … Chris Fouch of the Gauchos is on the low-to-mid-major bubble, largely due to his size. Somebody will value his ability to stick J's. …
"I know where I want to go."
Teams We Saw – Memphis YOMCA, Martin Bros. Select, West Coast All-Stars, Team Final, King of the Court, Jackson Tigers, New York Gauchos, SYF Players.