There were quite a few of sweet match ups in pool play. Greg Monroe and Al-Farouq Aminu played each other for the second time this spring, however neither played inspiring ball. Another big man battle took place between JaMychal Green and Draymond "Day-Day" Green, and the Alabama native came to play and willed his team to victory.
Although there weren't many surprises, Ralph Sampson III displayed a new and improved game that should have high-major coaches making this 7-footer more of a priority.
JaMychal Green, PF, Alabama Challenge – Known as one of the best bigs in the south, Green certainly backed up the hype. The Montgomery (AL) St. Jude standout threw a block party and invited the entire Family squad. The 6-foot-8 PF blocked at least eight shots and showed tremendous length, athleticism and timing. Green did work on the offensive end too. Although most of his points came off of dunks, he did show a jump hook and a drop step move.
Draymond Green, PF, The Family – He worked and played hard, but struggled up against JaMychal Green. The Alabama Challenge product's athleticism bothered Green and forced him to the perimeter. Green did, however, knock down a pair of threes and finished on a few strong drives. If he devotes himself to getting in shape, he can be a solid high-major undersized PF at the next level.
Greg Monroe, PF, Louisiana Select – His match up with Al-Farouq Aminu never fully materialized. Although they were matched up against each other at times, Monroe's squad couldn't keep up with the Stars and the nations top rated player struggled to finish. He showed some big time moves and did turn some heads, however it wasn't vintage Monroe.
Al-Farouq Aminu, PF, Georgia Stars – The 6-foot-8 wing was good, not great against Monroe and company. He played his typical versatile game and was able to make things happen driving the lane. While his deep balls weren't falling its clear he has legit range.
Julius Mays, PG/SG SYF Players – This isn't a player that's going to wow you with many facets of his game, however, he's a solid ball handler with an impressive mid-range game. His step in jumpers, pull-ups and deep balls were on point in his opening game against Boo Williams, as he went for 22 points.
Rotnei Clarke, PG, Team Texas Elite – Clarke is clearly a long range specialist, and he can certainly shoot it with the best of them, however, he's an underrated ball handler with possibly one of the best floaters in high school basketball. The 6-footer can handle pressure and loves to toss up floaters over outstretched arms. He put up 32 points in a win against Memphis YOMCA.
Johnnie Williams, PF, Memphis YOMCA - Although he didn't have much competition in the paint against Team Texas, the 6-foot-8 PF showed a nice skill level and an ability to finish around the basket. He clearly needs to develop a few more moves in the paint, but the spin move into a jump hook certainly caught our eye.
Rodney Williams, SF, Howard Pulley – The Panthers have themselves quite an athlete in Williams. The 6-foot-6 long, slender wing did majority of his work around the basket by flushing put backs and throwing down jams on the break. He'll needs to expand his game, but there's clearly a lot of potential in this freak athlete.
Durand Scott, SG, New York Gauchos – Coming off their Arizona Cactus Classic championship the Gauchos looked sluggish in the first half of both of their games today. Scott was, however, one of the main bright spots. At 6-foot-4 he has a sweet looking stroke and is crafty with his finishes at the rim.
Xavier Gibson is in attendance, however, the 6-foot-9 PF isn't playing. According to his AAU coach the plan is to hold him out until NBPA camp due to an injury to his right hand.
Kemba Walker, who is clearly the best remaining point guard in the 2008 class, has scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Florida State, St. John's, Connecticut and Miami. Kentucky and Memphis are in the mix.
"It's a grown mans shoe with just a touch of whip lash" – An aging courtside scout said when asked to describe his fresh Air Forces.