Kingwood Classic: Day 2 Rundown

HOUSTON --- One of the longest days of the year proved to be very productive. Games tipped at 8 a.m. Saturday morning and continued past midnight as college coaches found the Kingwood Classic to be a festival of talent.

Brandon Jennings, PG, So Cal – This is not Kevin Love's uber-talented So Cal crew but it is Jennings' bunch and he's taking ownership. His team has managed to get behind in a few games here and he's had to drop the hammer and score buckets. The different gears and extreme speeds are on display. He's got a boa constrictor grip on the top point guard slot in this class.

Elliot Williams, SG, M33M – There are going to be some guys who come out of here with a boost to their stock and this versatile, multi-positional wing is one of them. Toss in a big time GPA, stellar high school resume and an impressive Saturday and you've got the ingredients for a shot up the rankings. The best part of his game is that he doesn't have to dominate the ball to look good.

Malcolm Lee, PG, Inland – The only time Ben Howland's been concerned about this guy is when he missed a few minutes with a dislocation in the game we saw. Once he returned the business of smoking 3s and showing a higher level of ability off the drive was on full display. He's a stud guard.

Al-Farouq Aminu, PF, Ga. Stars – He's got everyone chatting about his abilities and so far here (and this spring) he's more than met expectations. Belongs in the Top 10 and with the elite players in this class.

Tyler Zeller (pictured at right), PF, Indiana Elite – The reports out of Arkansas were spot on: he's making his mark. He runs better than last year, leaves an impact on games and makes you take notice. He's a mix of skill and ability to play to his size inside and he's piling up the offers.

Rayford Shipman, SF, Florida Rams – When he's economical with his shot selection he tends to look a lot better. In the evening he took shots within his comfort zone and played within his ability. Plus, he came out with tons of energy and really was an aggressive player. Solid in our Top 100.

Rotnei Clark, CG, Team Texas – He's sprouted up to spry 6-feet and 170 pounds. Clark found a few inches in height while keeping the same tape measure range on his jumper. While he's playing more off the ball on this club, you can see him getting burn at both spots collegiately. He's added a little floater and the ability to convert on the move which is a nice touch.

DeQuan Jones & Teondre Williams – In terms of sheer athleticism this duo is near the top. As they launched themselves at the basket in a freakish afternoon display of leaping ability you had to be impressed. They'll need to demonstrate the skill portion of the game but their ability to play over the rim is sweet.

Jordan Hamilton, SG, I-Can – Word on the streets was that he posted 44 in one morning game. When you're talking about elite players, not just wings, in the Class of 2009, his is in the conversation. Athletic, skilled and now making the game look easy. Impressive down here and the bar has been raised another notch going forward. When he separates and lets it fly you gotta believe its finding the bottom of the net.

Derrick Favors (pictured at right), C, Atlanta Celtics – The big fella is better than a year ago and showing no signs of letting up. He's just a puppy in his basketball life but screams "franchise" big man down the road. Extremely athletic at the rim and will continue to grow before eventually dominating within his class.

Noel Johnson, SG, Atlanta Celtics – They don't make 6-foot-7 shooting guards much smoother than this cat. Few with size shoot it the way he does. Man, the ATL is loaded in 2009 and has the look of a city about to kick out another pair of high school all-americans.

Elijah Johnson, Wing, Houston Hoops – The Hoops top prospect hails from the suburb of Las Vegas. We caught his act as we walked in, sat down and he promptly launched himself at the rim and threw it down on a couple of guys. Needless to say, it was impressive and then he did it again! A super athlete who can play multiple positions, he's got a way about him and carries himself like a player already.

Quincy Acy, PF, Texas Blue Chips – Basically reclassifying himself into the Class of 2009 because of his age and inexperience, Acy will finish his career out next season and then shuffle off to prep school. He's chiseled up, bouncy and tries to dunk everything he can around the bucket.

Michigan State's Tom Izzo is committed to keeping the Georgia/East Lansing pipeline open. A year after securing Chris Allen, Izzo looked at 2008'ers Dequan Jones and Teondre Williams. He's aggressively recruiting 2009's Richard Howell and spent time with each on Saturday. …

Tyler Zeller has been offered by the new Michigan staff. He's Purdue's top big man target and is hearing from Iowa, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Butler, Arizona, Tennessee and Arizona State. We think Indiana has offered him as well and the list is long and growing. …

Ga. Elite forward Toby Veal is being evaluated by Florida State, Florida, Virginia Tech, Miami, Clemson, Auburn and Alabama. … Jerel Stephenson us Auburn, UNC-Wilmington, Southern Illinois and Charlotte monitoring him. … Point man Reggie Middleton is under the microscope of Winthrop head coach Randy Peele. …

Willie Warren (and Rotnie Clark) drew the following crowd of head coaches Saturday morning: Bill Self, Roy Williams, Mike Anderson, Billy Donovan, Rick Barnes, Mark Turgeon, Bo Ryan, Scott Drew, Tubby Smith, Mick Cronin, Bruce Weber, Thad Matta, Mike Brey, Chris Lowery, Matt Doherty, Dave Odom and Sean Sutton. Clark said Arizona State, Oklahoma and Marquette are wearing him out the hardest. …

Sophomore sniper Noel Johnson said Memphis, North Carolina State and Texas are on him with the most intensity early. … 2009er Christian Watford said Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Marquette, Connecticut and Ole Miss have made an early impression. …

Elliott Williams is about to see North Carolina, Duke and Texas join his party. Mix in a little Oklahoma as well. Prior to the event his Top 5 were Tennessee, Memphis, Virginia, Clemson and Vanderbilt; each has wisely offered. … Gary, Ind., native Elijah Johnson (pictured at right)is fielding early heat from UCLA, Syracuse, Memphis, California and Iowa State. …

Forward P.J. Gaynor has Nebraska, Jacksonville, Iowa State, Mississippi, Appalachian State, Missouri and Richmond looking at him. … Pulley's Armond Battle is being monitored by Wisconsin, Minnesota, Penn State, Iowa State, Illinois State and Michigan State. … Dequan Jones has tons of interest from Alabama, Michigan State, Cincinnati, N.C. State, Georgia, Arkansas and Georgetown. …

Kenny Kadji has plenty of room to improve and we think he could become a force as the spring and summer rolls on. He shows frustration right now but the hands and tough catches in a crowd are enough to keep him amongst the top prospects at his position. He's a long term stock. …Malik Story's jump shot is a legitimate weapon. … Demar Derozan, who apparently is not committed after all to USC, is a super athlete who's game is rounding out. Teammate Renaldo Woolridge, son of Orlando, is on the verge of playing himself into the Pac-10. …

Repeat senior Isaiah Thomas rolls with the Arizona Magic where he continues to be one of the most creative finishes in traffic. Teammate Brendan Lavender is a steady shooting guard who isn't flashy but goes about his business. …

After a few knee injuries, Walter Offutt appears to have hit his stride. The athletic component of his game is back and he was explosive on Saturday. … DeAndre Liggins is one of the more unique players in the class. A superior passer and defender he might be best used in the role of point-forward. … Mid-level prospect Stephen Payne of the Dallas Mustangs came out and proved he could bust 3s. …

"I'm disgusted with the point guard play today."

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