Peach Jam: Pool D

N. AUGUSTA, S.C. – We spent the first part of the day getting a good look at Pool D. Team Texas won a rivalry game against the Houston Hoops while Michael Dunigan survived an onslaught of bigs Pulley through his way.

Michael Dunigan, C, Mean Streets – With the big fella the theme has been aggression. Since the spring he's gotten better at looking for his offense. Pulley ran loads of bodies at him and he stayed within himself while overpowering guys. He scored 20 points and his confidence as an offensive player continues to grow.

Rotnei Clarke & Willie Warren, G, Team Texas – These guys were headed down the wrong path after a half. Warren's shot wasn't falling and the Hoops were rocking. However, eventually Clarke got a couple of triples to go down and Warren pumped in 15 second half points to reel their in-state rivals back into sight before narrowly winning a close game.

Jeremy Green, SG, Houston Hoops – The Stanford signee has improved steadily through the spring and the Cardinal's recruiting class ain't too shabby. Green is a good shooter with room to tighten his stroke. He's also good at getting to the rim and it's an area he could stand to become more aggressive in. He had 16 in a rivalry game vs. the Texans.

Chris Babb, SG, Team Texas – This is the unsung shooter on the club and he's made an incredibly astute college selection. The future Lobo patiently waits his chances and is always ready to shoot 3s. However, we think he'll be an outstanding 4-year player because he's not married to the line and has legit relocation game with his jump shot. The next step is getting a dribble-drive game going to the rim.

Royce White, PF, Pulley – This kid will grow on you. We had him for 16 points on 12 shots and did his damage inside of 15 feet. What sets him apart from his peers is his willingness to get clobbered, remain active and head to the line for free throws. High-major guy for sure and some will value his skills more than others.

Leslie McDonald, SG, Memphis YOMCA – This team was sleep walking through its 9 a.m. game and on the verge of getting dumped hard. However, they put the ball in McDonald's hands and he slowed the bleeding and trimmed the lead. Then, a strange thing happened: they abandoned the plan and wouldn't you know they took one on the chin. McDonald is a smooth young guard who is going to have to score it more for this team to compete against the talent in Augusta.

Tommy Mason-Griffin, PG, Houston Hoops – Sometimes you forget about injuries and we let it slip our mind that TMG had some issues in the spring. To his credit, he's been very good since the NBA Camp and that's continued here. We love the fact that this kid doesn't fall into the trap of having to sling it from past the line. TMG is content drilling mid-range shots and we respect him for playing to his strengths.

2009 wing Donte Hill lists Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Old Dominion at this early stage in this recruitment. …

Hall Is One To Watch
The Georgia Stars 16 and under team has a potentially strong frontline lined up for the next season. As it stands now, the anchor could be Kenny Hall, a 6-foot-9 good looking athlete with a long frame. Major programs will closely monitor his development. …

Marshawn Powell and Deshawn Painter stood their ground against the best post player from the Class of 2010, Jeremy Tyler. "I dunked on both of you," Tyler mentioned as he exited with 5 fouls. "You lost," Painter shot back. …

Leslie McDonald's crowd this a.m.: Kevin Stallings of Vanderbilt, Tubby Smith of Minnesota, Memphis' John Calipari and Tennessee's Bruce Pearl. Assistants from Ohio State, Georgetown, Louisville, Duke and Virginia. … Michael Dunigan drew head coaches from Purdue, Illinois and Florida. … The entire Virginia staff was on hand for Deshawn Painter in the afternoon. …


  • Teams Seen – Mean Streets, Houston Hoops, Team Texas, Memphis YOMCA, Howard Pulley, Georgia Stars 16, Seattle FOH

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