Southern Inv't: Day 2 Rundown

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Ed Davis and Isaih Armwood looked like strong prospects during the second day of the Southern Invitational.

Darryl Partin, SG, Carolina Crusaders – He's a qualified post-graduate player who will visit LaSalle this week. He's also looking at Delaware State, San Diego and East Carolina. Hopefully he finds one he likes soon because if he can't decide he's committed to another year of prep school and that opens up the possibility of being recruited over.

Ed Davis, PF, Boo Williams – In Saturday's final playoff game Davis scored it every way imaginable and set the tone for the Boo blowout. His ascension to the No. 2 in Scout.com's latest Top 100 was steady. His play this spring has been spectacular!

Henry Sims, C, Balt. Stars – Close your eyes and picture the prototypical Georgetown center. Now mix in the temptation to let a jumper or two fly and you've got Sims. He'll be a good player for the Hoyas. His highlight and we've never seen him do this, came when he faced, bounced it and hammered it down on an unsuspecting defender.

Quintrell Thomas, PF, NJ Elite – Sometimes the truth lies somewhere in between two points. For instance, Thomas could be listed either 6-foot-6 or 6-foot-8. The Harlem native says he's 6-7 ½ without shoes. If one splits the difference you arrive at 6-7 and that's about right. Anyway, it's one thing to be slightly undersized. It's another to be labeled that way and possess the motor and explosion he does. Bullish in his approach, Thomas merely wants to dunk every basketball and grab every board. He slid into the recent Top 100 and he's not going anywhere soon.

Kris Joseph, SF, DC Assault – His knee has been bothering him this spring but he's told the staff he's playing right on through it. This is a talented Canadian who's yet to get a grasp for the AAU style. Having said that, all you needed to see was the rebound he pulled down over three guys in traffic. Talented but not quite confident he'll figure it all out eventually.


Cooper Is A Sleeper
Chris Cooper, PF/C, Hoop Booth – Hadn't heard of this guy before Saturday. He's at least a very good mid-level prospect who fought Triple Threat's big men and made his mark. Cooper's below the radar but not for long as you can add his name to the must see list in the summer.

Jacob Iati, CG, The Blast – For a 5-foot-10 guard he's fearless. He's got that Archie Miller let-me-pull-up-on-you game. He's a lower level guard with big time range and guts.

Dee Bost, SG/PG, Carolina Raptors – This much we know: Bost has improved each time we've seen him this year. From his senior year at Concord High through the spring, Bost appears quicker, more aggressive and even more comfortable. He's hitting his stride and feasted on backcourts in Charlottesville that couldn't challenge him and wingman Damier Pitts.

James Tyler vs. Nick Jefferson – Jefferson, a North Carolinian, held his own for a while as he used speed and length. Jefferson should be a low-major guy who with a redshirt has a nice ceiling to work with. Meanwhile, "Shaq" eventually used his bulk and skill to create the separation. Tyler has tremendous hands and should he trim up his body and take care of business in the classroom there's a real player in there.

Isaih Armwood, PF/SF, Balt. Stars – Easily the most impressive underclassman we saw during the day. This guy's ceiling is substantial because though a power forward now, he's showing traits of perimeter potential and developing his ball skills. The guy went coast-to-coast and flipped a behind-the-back dish in traffic.

Dante Taylor, PF, National Christian – He had 16 and 8 in the game we saw. Very long and a strong athlete, he can face up and be effective. He'll play high-major basketball if he continues to track at this pace. He had 21 in the game we saw.

David Diakite, SF, National Christian – Engineered to play up-tempo, fast-paced basketball. Capable of getting out and running in transition plus finishing with athleticism. Mid to high depending on who's looking.

This week we reported that Jamar Samuels is headed to Kansas State next fall. That's still up for debate but according to DC Assault sources, he may need more academic seasoning to make that happen and a post-grad year seems likely. …


Thomas Has Suitors
Quintrell Thomas has offers from Rutgers, Maryland and Marquette. We think Pittsburgh, Houston, Miami, Seton Hall and VCU may have offered as well. Marquette, Seton Hall, Maryland, Rutgers and Miami have told him he's their top guy at the PF slot. …

Isaiah Armwood is fond of Villanova, Louisville, Maryland and Syracuse. It's just a guess but we imagine they're fond of him too! … Chris Cooper is hearing from St. Joseph's, Marist, Akron, Fordham and American. …

Wing Max Kenyi has Marquette, VCU, George Mason and Holy Cross chasing him. He's looking for a mix of academics and hoops. That usually means the hoops tops the list. … Triple Threat's C.J. Garner has George Mason, Loyola, Hampton and Columbia's attention. … Tennessee Mavericks combo guard Dominique Taylor is hearing from Tennessee Tech, Murray State and Alabama. He's got an offer from UT-Chattanooga. …

Nick Jefferson has been contacted by Appalachian State, Charleston Southern, UNC-Greensboro, Gardner Webb and High Point. … Donte Taylor has been scouted by Cincinnati, Georgetown, Connecticut and Maryland; and they like him. … East Coast Fusion power forward Bryan Benson has a 4.0 GPA and should be a Patriot/Ivy priority. …

Bryan Benson has no scholarship offers but heavy interest from New Hampshire. … Damier Pitts has an offer from Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Wake Forest, Kentucky, South Carolina and Georgia are evaluating him. …

Phillip Jurick will have a chance for a good career at Tennessee if he approaches every game with more intensity. He's got legit low post game and you just want him to commit on every possession. … Terrence Boyd crammed down a nasty jam. Still needs to find a comfort zone on the perimeter. …

CP3 freshmen Reggie Bullock and Tayshawn Mabry both have chances to be good prospects. Bullock is efficient and smooth with his jumper; Mabry is talented from mid-range and inside. …

Ty Walker just missed a triple-double in the afternoon. While he sometimes doesn't finish, understand that a year from now once more weight and core strength is added those plays will be dunks and trips to the line. … Credit freshman Kendall Marshall for playing with poise as he runs the show for one of AAU basketball's juggernaut teams. Not many freshmen could assimilate into the role he's been asked to carry out. …


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