Devin Ebanks, SF, STM – A mentor once told me, "don't ever forget the guys who can do things others can't." Well, Ebanks, at 6-foot-8, has a package advanced compared to his peers. He's no longer needing to dominate the ball all the time and is paying attention at both ends. He scored 27 points (12-21) to go with 10 boards and 4 assists. He'll challenge for Top 10 status for sure.
Aaron Austin, CG, Massanutten – He won a matchup with Quasim Pugh, a College of Charleston signee. There's a good chance you'll see him on the all-conference list in the Big South one day. A scorer by nature, he's got to learn to adapt to handling ball pressure but a talent for sure. Radford has a commitment from him. 26 points, 10-13 FG.
Terrence Jennings, C, Notre Dame – The next step for Jennings, who is a great prospect, is to become an impact player. Still a raw talent, there are flashes. He had 10 and 9 in the first half but then lost focus in the second before turning in with 12 points and 15 rebounds which is completely respectable. However, with Jennings you know the talent and ability so he gets held to an even higher standard. There's a lot to work with and Rick Pitino could be the guy to get it out of him.
Nigel Ajere, PF, Summit Prep – There are a few guys using this event to check their stock and this is one of them. This young man, an outstanding mid-major prospect, committed to Cal State-Fullerton. He's a 6-foot-5 rebounder with a chip on his shoulder. Excellent reflexes can pass and he's the undersize guy programs crave this time of the year. Excellent looking mid-major prospect as 11 points and 12 boards can attest. Ajere said he's committed but looking to see what this event can do for him.
Larry Anderson, SF, Winchendon – Mike Byrnes' team needed someone to deliver offense and Anderson cranked it up with 29 points (14-28 FG). He's one of those guys who gets loose on the baseline and works for his points. Expect strong mid level interest to begin the weekend and we'll see how he finishes up.
Daman Starring, PG, Summit Prep – Long bodied point guard with a herky jerky game and should project as a very solid mid level prospect. He's got the body for the position and his overall size gives him an advantage. His floor game is sound.
Darius Johnson-Odom, SG, Patterson – His team was missing a trio of its top scorers and offense was available so the Raleigh native let it fly. Playing with confidence, the strong mid-major prospect hit for 18 points. The athleticism and ability to score will get him looks from different levels.
Mathiang Muo, F, Patterson – The former Sudanese refugee caught the attention of college coaches. Bouncy and a good finisher, he's somewhat of a tweener position-wise but he'll bring the energy and showed ability from mid-range. 17 points and 13 rebounds in this setting can go a long way.
Chris Chaney, 37, notched his 500th career win Friday night. While the coach wasn't about to make a big deal of the milestone, it's completely noteworthy. Here's to 500 more! …
Will O'Hauregbe of Fork Union battled against Terrence Jennings. Until Jennings figured out he was a lefty, the UNC-W signee put a couple of post buckets on him. … Ahyaro Phillips of FUMA has a chance as a 6-7 power forward. He's improved since September and could sneak into lower mid-level contention. … John Riek dropped some weights on his knee and did not play (which was expected). …
Albany secured a strong commitment from combo guard Anthony Raffa. Whether the play him at the point or off-guard (he may be more comfortable early off the ball), he should help Will Brown's club out. … John Hegarty, a 7-foot, 350+ pounder is pretty nimble for a kid his size. … Hargrave's Dexter Moore continues to improve each outing and Coastal Carolina has itself a future starter early in his career. …
Daman Starring counts an offer from Montana State. Binghamton is also showing interest. … Larry Anderson indicated that Xavier is recruiting him the hardest at this stage. …
Massanutten 71, St. Thomas More 59
Notre Dame Prep 75, Fork Union 71
Hargrave 83, Winchendon 73
Summit Prep 74, Maine Central 59
Patterson 75, Bridgton Academy 69