Gibbons T.O.C.: Day 2 Rundown

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The second day of the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions was a long one. From Elliot Williams to Dominic Cheek, we've got you covered. Plus, we've got the latest on who's been hit by the injury bug and what played picked Rutgers over the weekend.

All photos courtesy of Jim Hawkins


Williams Digs In On "D"
Elliot Williams, SG, M33M – There are bound to be a slew of glowing reviews written about Williams following this event. One that shouldn't go unnoticed is the youngster's willingness to give up his body, take his licks and head to the line. We caught his act when he had 25 points and the overall poise and court awareness stand out. The area for improvement is behind the line but he'll get there.

Verdell Jones, PG, Ft. Sooy – For him its not about the talent because he's got that. Now at the 17 and under level, he's running into bigger, more physical guards and that's got him frustrated. He's a tough evaluation because you know he's talented but there's the obvious question: can he put on the weight needed to make the transition to college?

Rayford Shipman, SF, Fla. Rams – This guy spearheaded the offensive onslaught against Ft. Sooy and delivered the knockout punch in the first half. When he brings that much aggression and offense he's a load. Shipman went for 29 and you trust him more each time out on the floor because he's making good decisions with his shots.


Clark Emerges On The Scene
Andre Clark, C/PF, Ark. Hawks – He had zero interest prior to the start of the AAU season and now's he's landing high-level offers. The 6-foot-8 insider has enough athleticism to be a force at the rim. The lefty's confidence grows each time out and he's on guy who can slip into the Top 100 by summer's end.

Tony Mitchell, SF/SG, Hoop Planet – Another guy who deserves more ink than he's gotten. Love the size and the offensive ability. Mitchell has a tendency to become married to the 3-point shot. He's a lock high-level player.

Tyler Zeller, PF, Indy Elite – It's been another strong weekend for Zeller. Before the tournament he was offered a scholarship by North Carolina and on Saturday night he connected on his first 6 shots. At this stage his spot in the Top 25 is solid as the late bloomer continues his spring ascent.

Emmanuel Negedu, PF, Indy Elite – The power forward should have a different outlook than anyone else on the Dean Dome because he saw the building through the rim. The future Arizona Wildcat was at it again, showing off for the crowd with powerful throw downs. His most impressive move? A slick high post dish to a cutter for a hoop.

Dominic Cheek, SG, Playaz – For a guy who is playing on a busted up ankle he's sure been good. Cheek went for 30 in the morning and 18 in the afternoon. In the second game he got 16 in the second half as the Playaz outperformed the S.C. Celtics in the second half. His body is growing so fast he's got Tayshaun Prince qualities to his frame. He's rapidly moving into elite status in his class.

Jamil Wilson, F, Wisc. Playground – We've been to 8 events in the last two months and he's been at over half of them. How he hasn't run out of gas yet is beyond us. In the last two months his confidence has skyrocketed, he knows he's a player and each event he shows more of his game. In Chapel Hill, it's looked pretty easy for him.


Cheek Having Super Spring
Lance Stephenson & Lamont Jones, Juice – The pair knocked DC Assault out of the playoffs as they combined for 30 first half buckets. Juice went up nearly 20 at the break and rode it on home for the win. Jones, a feisty competitor, dropped 16 in the first half. Meanwhile, Stephenson was bodying guys up and dishing slick passes. They're going to be tough to knock out they way they're playing.

Zeke Marshall, C, Pittsburgh Storm – He scored a mere two points so why are writing about him? For starters he's 6-foot-11 and is a defensive presence. If we're right, by the end of the summer he'll add a little more offense and people will begin chatting about him. At any rate, he's got a chance to be a player and worth keeping a close eye on.

Stephan Van Treese, Indy Elite – Trying to come back from mono in the middle of AAU season is a tough call but SVT's on the road to recovery. He's out here getting his wind and sharpening his game.

Tashawn Mabry, F, CP3 – They don't win the game without his big first half. Mabry surprised attendees with a serious traffic jam and was his team's offense until Damian Steadman kicked in 15 points of his own, most coming in the closing half.

Olu Ashaolu, a Top 100 power forward, committed to Rutgers on Saturday. The Canadian forward confirmed the news after his last game of the night at the Dean Dome. He's Fred Hill's second Top 100 recruit from the class as Mike Rosario led the way earlier in the spring. …

The World Wide Renegades and Florida Rams honored Dante Anderson with commemorative t-shirts. Anderson died last Friday night in a car accident. … Erik Murphy missed the T.O.C. with a knee injury. Still, his trip to Carolina was deemed a success when he toured UNC and Duke before the event. … DeAndre Liggins could have sustained a broken foot, according to Elite coach Mark Adams. …


Zeller Adds UNC offer

This is a list you want to be on: Dominic Cheek. The savvy sophomore has UConn, Maryland, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, Syracuse and Rutgers on his mind and he's good enough to wear the uniform at every one of them. … Tyler Zeller's offers: Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee, North Carolina. …

Van Treese has offers from Indiana, Purdue, Xavier, Kentucky, Ohio State and Notre Dame. Florida and Duke are looking. … Point guard Terrance Joyner has offers from Oregon State, Arkansas and New Mexico. Washington State is interested. … Elliot Williams visited Duke this week and the list reads the Blue Devils, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Memphis and Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers lost assistant Rob Lanier to Florida this week and he was the lead recruiter for Williams. … …

Terrance Henry indicated Mississippi, Miami, Baylor, Kansas and Kentucky have made him a priority. … Southern California offered Rayford Shipman in the past two days. UNLV offered and Florida called. Shipman said Florida and Miami are on him the hardest. His top five are Florida, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Kansas State and Miami. .… Dago Pena has rides from South Florida and Florida Atlantic. Xavier, Kansas State and Penn State are looking. …

Andre Clark has offers from Colorado, Baylor, Tulsa and Oklahoma. Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Tennessee are looking. … Tony Mitchell boasts offers from Alabama, Cincinnati and South Carolina. …

St. Patrick head coach Kevin Boyle has a son playing in the event and guess what: he's a tough kid. Go figure. … Dago Pena of the Florida Rams is hitting his spring stride and confidently strokes his jumpers. … We haven't been able to watch a complete game of the Connecticut Basketball Club but the short glimpses we've seen of David Gibbs have been favorable. UMass has itself a gem of a point man in this guy. …

Johnnie Lacy of Wisc. Playground doesn't take long to get used to rims. The tiny scorer dialed in quickly from deep at the Dean Dome. … There's another Booker in the Clemson pipeline. Devin Booker, a 6-7 power forward, isn't as nasty (yet) as his brother but he's even more athletic. …


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