Jayhawk Invitational: Day 2 Rundown

Lawrence, Kansas – The action continued Saturday afternoon in Lawrence. The only question was whether or not the action on the court could reach anywhere near the temperature of a sweltering Allen Fieldhouse?

Alex English, SF, KC Cowboys- The Jayhawk Invitational has been very good to English. Built like a college football player, the 6-5 junior showed off a much improved perimeter game. He hit on a few threes, put the ball on the floor and attacked the rim and did a nice job on the glass. You also have to credit English for being aware of questions regarding his attitude and taking strides to make sure that it won't be something people have to wonder about down the road.

Armond Battle, SF, Howard Pulley- The lean 6-6 forward admitted that he didn't have quite the April that he'd hoped to have playing in front of coaches. In Lawrence, Battle has looked quite comfortable playing on the wing and that's important because he's been considered a bit of a tweener in the past. He's improved his dribbling, has become a pretty reliable jump shooter to 17 feet and is in the process of raising his game to a new level.

Dwight Buycks, PG/SG, M33M Magic- Technically, Buycks is a member of the class of 2007 but he's on his way to prep school next year – likely Stoneridge Prep or Decatur Christian – to hopefully tighten up his academic standing. On the floor he's starting to flourish as he makes the transition from undersized gunner to creative playmaker. His crossover is as deadly and quick as they come and he plays with plenty of entertainment value.

Steve Moore, PF/C, KC Pump ‘N Run- At this point, the 6-8 235 pounder isn't a huge scorer, but he does what you'd like a big man to do. He's patrolling the paint looking to scrap, runs very well and has developed a few comfortable scoring moves over his right shoulder. On Saturday he was attacking rebounds above the tin with his elbows out and he was delivering precision looks up the court after landing, turning and firing. Is he a work in progress? Yes. But, he's working and that's the key.

Jeff Reid, SG, KC Pump ‘N Run 16's- Somewhere between the middle of nowhere and out in the sticks you'll run into Brewster. You'll also run into a surprisingly salty hooper with some flair and a terrific feel for putting the ball in the hole. Long, athletic and capable of putting the ball on the floor, he's got a chance at playing at a high level down the road. One thing is for sure, nobody is going to walk away thinking Reid's jumper needs help!

Rodney Williams, SF/SG, Howard Pulley- Athlete alert, Williams is quickly earning a rep for dunking on people. He runs like the wind, picks his spots to bry jumpers and has a nice pace about the way he plays. Despite his burgeoning skill level, his calling card is his athleticism and we're real interested to see just how bouncy and well rounded the 15 year old with high major potential can become.

Corey Jefferson, PF, Texas D-1 Ambassadors- Guys like this previously unheard of 6-9 forward are what spring events are all about. Is he skinny? Yes. But, he can run, has good instincts and he uses his live body to soar for tip dunks or spin for jump hooks with either hand. The young buck has more than enough to work with.

According to some folks close to Angelo Johnson, USC is hoping to have him eligible to play in the fall. Originally a class of 2006 kid who ended up in 2008, it's kind of interesting to debate whether he got eligible early or took his time. …

Even though he's been running it with his mainstay squad, the Las Vegas Prospects, early word is that Anthony McFarland is planning to play on the college level in the fall. According to his summer coach Anthony Brown, McFarland is measuring an offer from Colorado State against interest from Wisconsin and Minnesota. Interestingly enough, McFarland confidant Demarlo Slocum who was a staffer at each of USC and Idaho when the 6-5 wing committed to the schools is now at Colorado State. …

Leonard Washington (6-6, 250 pounds) still wants to hoop. The Louisiana native likely soared down the lane for the nastiest dunk of the day on a hanging one hander in traffic, but we'd still pay to see him in pads and a helmet. … According to the kids, and handlers of them, that we talked to about the NCAA's new standards on prep schools, there really won't be a difference in 2008. Then again, we watched today as Loren Jackson's Boys II Men Academy crumbled and we can't help but think it won't be the last. …Verdell Jones verified, again, that he's of the belief that newly appointed Kentucky boss Billy Gillispie has a scholarship waiting for him. …

At this time we'd like to officially welcome 6-0 PG Michael Dixon to the potential high major floor general party in the class of 2009. … Still just a baby-faced 16 year old, 6-10 C Jarred Berggren has made a terrific choice to play at Wisconsin. His speed has improved and he's looking to mix more power in with his above average finesse game. … Corey Jefferson isn't the only D-1 Ambassador who is long and can run. The 6-8 PF has worked hard in the past 6 months and the raise in his level of play is showing.. …

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