JaMychal Green, PF, Ala. Challenge – The kid kicked the tail of the Stars until they finally decided to chest up and stand their ground in the second half. Bullied his way to 22 points and double-digit rebounds, Green opted for the short route – through others – to the bucket and despite the loss had an outstanding opener.
Travis Leslie, SF, Ga. Stars – While Al-Farouq Aminu certainly had his moments; it was Leslie's energy level that changed the complexion of the contest. He came off the bench and brought fire and intensity. A super charged athlete, he's got the big boys looking hard. A jumper away from making another leap as a prospect.
Dan Jennings, C, Gauchos – Excellent chance he falls into the Class of 2009 category for academic reasons and that locks him into high-major status. Jennings' awakening has been slow but steady and now he's ready to move forward again. "I need to get the ball because I can score it," Jennings said. He couldn't be more correct. Plus he's chasing boards and guys are having problems scoring in the post over him. Watch for his ascent to continue.
Mike Davis, PF, Team Stat – His 23 points were big for Stat in the first game. Davis is a solid mid-level prospect who'll likely continue to be evaluated by programs from two levels. He's better now than the beginning of the spring and he's versatile enough to give you a look facing the bucket from mid-range.
Tyrone Lindsay, SG/SF, King of the Court – Really liked this guy as a rising mid-major player. Lots of bounce and made trifectas in the first game. Plus, Lindsay shot the basketball with both hands around the rim.
Deshawn Painter, PF, BWSL 16 – The book had him for 11 points but statistics don't accurately reflect the clinic Painter put on the young Ravens. Jump hooks, manly shot blocks and a measure of skill few bigs in his class have was the order of the day. Taking it a step further, his running mate Marshawn Powell ain't too shabby either. A year from now Boo Williams is in line for potentially the circuit's dominant frontcourt tandem.
Ralston Turner, Wing, Ala. Challenge – Noel Johnson is with the team ands he had 18 in the opener. While Johnson is the "known" 2009 commodity on the roster, Turner's another one to watch. He came off the bench smoking 3s and he's a solid bodied kid who is tracking as a high-major prospect.
The more we watch Tanner Smith the easier it is to appreciate the poise and competitiveness level he brings to a team. … Kemba Walker didn't have a great first half and the Gauchos followed suit. He kept his poise and went ¾ court for a driving layin to get it into overtime. Plus, no matter what, he defends the length of the floor. …
Travis Leslie's list (can't confirm reciprocal interest): Florida, Oklahoma, Clemson, LSU, Georgia, Minnesota, Tennessee. … Chris Fouch has offers from Siena, Iona, Fairfield, Drexel and Albany. George Mason and St. John's are looking. … Team Melo junior Andrew Fitzgerald holds an offer from Maryland and interest from Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida and Washington State. The Cougars? Yep. "They called my cell phone and we talked," Fitzgerald said. Can't blame them for trying. …
Skip Prosser, Roy Williams and Paul Hewitt gathered together to watch Aminu for the last time this summer. Following the game Aminu ended his recruitment in favor of the Deacs. … VCU's Anthony Grant was sitting in on Travis Leslie. That may be a tall order after Leslie rattled off a wish list capped by the big dogs. … Sidney Lowe watched Julius Mays. …
We're going to get this son of a gun up and running. I'm going to have it freezing again in here real fast!"
Teams Seen – Alabama Challenge, Georgia Stars, NY Gauchos, Team Stat, King James, SYF Players, BWSL 16, SC Ravens 16.