Charlie Weber Day One
Linas Kleiza, PF, Montrose: We credited him with 8 points and 10 rebounds while he played just a little more than half of the game in Montrose's win. The hands, the passing ability and the will to win define this rugged forward.
Josh Boone, C, Cecil Kirk: Didn't have a big offensive game but blocked some shots. What he does well is aggressively attack the rim when he gets the ball inside. Boone isn't afraid to take it to the rim and try and punch it.
Regis Koundjia, SF, DC Assault: The man's batteries continue to run longer and faster than anyone else. He's such a terrific athlete and he never fails to disappoint in that category. Tonight, he skied for rebounds, blocked some shots and generally played at the speed we've grown accustomed to seeing him run at.
Brian Johnson, PF, DC Stars: In our opinion, he tossed in the top performance of the day. Great players always come to play no matter the competition. Yes, the Maryland South Kings were a little overmatched and no one would have blamed him for throwing it into cruise control but that's not what he did. Johnson scored 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting, including a pair of free throws. He blocked 7 shots and get this, pulled down 19 REBOUNDS. It's amazing how complete a prospect he already is.
JR Smith, SG, Vince Carter Playaz: He says he misses football but he's not going back and for good reason. This guy has a bright future. He scored 12 points and had 7 rebounds but the key in this game was that the Playaz trailed by 3 in the 3rd quarter, re-inserted Smith and it was lights out.
David McClure, SF, Vince Carter Playaz: We write about him not because he had a huge game but because we like how he plays. This excellent student could wind up getting some high-major attention. He has a soft touch, fine hands and can really pass.
Michael Freeman, SF, Montrose: The lefty has an all-airport body and his game is going to be something a year from now. Has skills and can play inside and out. We love his demeanor on the court.
Sam Perry, SF, North Greenville (SC): He might have been the best pure athlete we saw all day. Perry launches himself at the rim. He had a few rebound dunks and skied to meet a shot at the rim. Didn't show much range but the 2004 prospect could be a mid-major athlete deluxe.
Babacar Thiam, PF-SF, Green Wave (MD): The Spingarn product is a superior athlete. He did get a little careless with the ball and didn't shoot it well. America East level schools will probably take a look.
Around The Gym
The South Carolina Ravens did not make the trip to College Park. One of their assistant coaches, Darrick Hart, died this week. Our thoughts and prayers with Dion Bethea and his kids. … DC Assault was without point guard Tre Kelly this weekend. He's on his official visit to Kent State. … The rumor of the day in Cole Fieldhouse puts Hassan Fofana committing to Maryland early next week. We'll see. …
DC Stars forward Brian Johnson listed North Carolina, Maryland, Florida, Duke and UCLA. … Cecil Kirk guard Tyler Smith was hot this spring but hasn't been able to recapture the hot scoring touch he showcased at the May Tournament of Champions. Maybe if he can get his jumper going then it will open up the rest of his game. …