King James: Day 1 Rundown

AKRON, Ohio – A pedestrian opening night at the King James ended with Al-Farouq Aminu and Iman Shumpert showing their talents. Aminu scored 26 to lead the Stars past Full Package.

Al-Farouq Aminu, SF/PF, Ga. Stars – Maybe not an instant classic for the big fella but it was quite a beginning to the tournament. Aminu scored 26 points while turning in a dominant second half against Full Package. Normally when Aminu gets that number it's because his jumper is going down. On this occasion he made just one perimeter shot to go with an array of athletic finishes as he went 9-for-15. When it was time to take over, Aminu did just that.

Shumpert On The Rise
Iman Shumpert, SG/PG, Full Package – Somebody has to hand over a spot on our current Top 100 because Shumpert belongs on the list. A true combo, Shumpert scored 19 in the first half against the Stars; he finished with 22 and played through foul trouble. The guy can handle it, pass from the wing - including angular entries - and has no trouble scoring the rock. Maybe the definition of a late bloomer so don't be surprised when he rockets past bigger, more established names.

Stan Simpson, PF, Full Package – Our first look wasn't too bad, especially considering wealth of interior talent he faced in the Stars. We can see what everyone else likes: the size (pushing 6-9), an athletic frame and the ability to finish against legit bigs. If he cranks up the consistency he'd be a real riser.

Boynton Rallies Late
Kenny Boynton, SG/PG, Breakdown – The Breakdown/CBIZ game, on paper, looked like a No. 1 vs. No. 16 matchup. However, Breakdown literally got off the bus and headed to the gym where they didn't play with much energy.

Enter Boynton.

He cautiously picked his spots in the first half before erupting in the second. Boynton finished with 32 points and when Breakdown needed him he put them on his back. We're slowly beginning to see what could be an eventual evolution from scorer to scoring point man.

As one of the premier scorer's in the Class of 2009, it comes as no surprise that Boynton is beginning to receive scholarship offers. He said head coaches from Florida, Villanova and Louisville have put schollies on the table. …

D-One Sports center Sean Carter knows how important this weekend is. The senior out of Laurinburg Prep is playing for scholarship offers. "They're all coming to see me tomorrow," Carter told "All" means St. John's, Maryland, Oklahoma and Miami-FL. South Florida's new staff has also offered. …

Iman Shumpert has been to Wisconsin, Illinois, Northwestern and Bradley. Shumpert, who has a huge list, has been told that he's "the guy" for Illinois, Bradley, Marquette, Northwestern, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Tennessee. …

Tanner Smith has Auburn, Georgia, St. Joseph's, Oregon and Stanford taking a look. He's gone through the admission process with Stanford but hasn't been fully cleared yet. … Lateef McMullan is hearing from Old Dominion, Western Carolina, Elon and Charlotte. …

Freshman Brandon Knight struggled with his jumper in his first game here shooting just 1-for-7 from downtown and finished with 10 points. No biggie, he's been tremendous in his first few spring outings in other spots and the word is out about his talent level. … Logan Aronhalt of CBIZ toughed it out against Breakdown and the shooting guard should be an Ivy League contender. …

"If we don't get out on him that kid would have had 40 tonight!"

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