Hensley Memorial: Day 1 Rundown

FT. WAYNE, Ind. – A tribute to Bill Hensley, the director of the event who died last month, kicked off one of the top May outings on the calendar. Michael Dunigan put the finishing touches on a strong night at the Bill Hensley Memorial Run ‘n Slam.

Michael Dunigan, C, Mean Streets – When our new rankings come out this game will factor big time into his position. Against an all-star team made up of Reebok standouts that included William Buford and Malcolm Lee, Dunigan was the man. He scored 15 points while Kenny Frease and Philip Jurick combined for just 7. His buckets and defense were impressive and not only is he coming on strong he's getting a little nasty inside.

Matthew Humphrey, SG, Mean Streets – The mid-year shooting slump he endured with his high school team is over. Now one of the more confident players on the court, he ripped it for 5 3-pointers in a 62-60 victory over a loaded club which in their defense had been together for all of 20 minutes prior to playing one of the country's top traveling team units.

Iman Shumpert, CG, Full Package – Here's the deal: this guy is not only one of the fastest rising guards in the country he's one of the best. Period. After watching him play in consecutive weekends we've drawn a few conclusions. 1) If you play him at the point we couldn't argue with the strategy 2) if you love how he finishes athletically – with either hand mind you – and make him a shooting guard that's fine by us. The guy dumped pinpoint outlet passes and acrobatic finishes all in the first half. We didn't stay for the second but he cooled off a tad which is what happened last week as well. String together consecutive halves and the book will be complete.

Eshaunte Jones, SG, Blessed IJN – Francis Ford Coppola couldn't scrip two different halves if he had Stephen King writing for him. After a nightmarish beginning in which Jones couldn't will a bucket in, he flipped the switch at the break. Blessed got the tempo going in its favor and Jones started stripping the nets to the tune of 21 points. At one point down 30-8 with no hope in sight, Jones and his crew rallied big time.

Waters Can Stroke It
Stacy Waters, SG, Mich. Mustangs – This guy is going to make one mid-level program extremely happy to land him. From the left corner he shot 4-for-5 from downtown and finished 9-for-14 with 26 points.

Jason Washburn, C, Mich. Mustangs – This is one of those long term stocks a program will need to invest time into for the big dividend later. Watching him at this event made us think of Kyle Visser, once a borderline high-level recruit who turned in a solid ending to his career at Wake Forest. Washburn isn't as wide as Visser but he's young, has some post moves and he's catching onto the game. Could go either way as a mid-major or potentially slightly higher prospect.

Nick Freundt, SF, Ill. Wolves – Wasn't his night. We had with 4 points on 2-for-6 from the field and after leading big at the break, Blessed IJN caught them, passed them and eventually won going away.

There is a rumor going around that outstanding freshman Jared Sullinger has injured his foot and is in a boot. Early word puts him out a month but we weren't able to verify for accuracy. …

Stacy Waters has an offer from Virginia Commonwealth and interest from Penn State, Bradley, Fordham and Oklahoma. … Jason Washburn has an open invitation to commit from Oakland with interest from Michigan State, Michigan and SMU. … Tyler Storm of Martin Bros. is hearing from DePaul, Bradley, Northern Iowa and Illinois State (old staff). …

Billikens Push On Thompson
Brett Thompson said St. Louis with Rick Majerus and Porter Moser are pushing very hard. Indiana, Notre Dame, Purdue and Iowa State round out his favorite five. …

Michael Dunigan didn't name all of his schools but some worth noting are Georgetown, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana and Florida. … Matthew Humphrey said Oregon is on him the strongest. Oregon? That's right the Ducks are big in the Midwest with Hairston, Porter and Catron hailing from area codes outside the Pacific Northwest. Connecticut, Duke, Notre Dame, Illinois, Marquette and Michigan are factors as well. …

Lefty Danny Barnes was one of the only bright spots for the Wolves. He slashed and made enough outside shots to be the energy guy. … Terrance Hopkins of the Mustangs disappeared for a while but has resurfaced and can score it well enough to be a mid-level wing. … Team Reebok could not get the bucket it needed to get over the hump vs. Mean Streets. Buford has 3 good looks and couldn't get it to go down. Something tells us these teams might get to play again later in Ft. Wayne. …

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