Commodore Classic: Day One

Scotty Hopson and Darius Miller both had big evenings, as they led both of their teams to solid victories. Following Hopson's game he commented on his complex recruiting situation.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A few of the best college prospects in the state of Kentucky were on hand Friday night at Tates Creek High School for the Commodore Classic and Scotty Hopson was the biggest attraction.

Hopson only had 8 points in the first half, but he put Hopkinsville (Ky.) University Heights on his back in the second session and carried them to a victory, as he poured in over 30 points in his second game of the year.

Hopson, who is ranked No. 11 overall in the 2008 class, got majority of his buckets by attacking the basket and finishing around them. He also scored off driving floaters and a few pull-up jumpers.

Most list Hopson around 6-foot-6, but he's closing in on 6-7 and his length is impressive, as he's capable of getting his hands on passes and shots. He's also clearly among the best athletes in the 2008 class, probably only behind Demar DeRozan.

For the game he went for an impressive 32 points on 16-for-21 shooting. Following the contest Hopson clued on his confusing recruiting situation. He's been committed to Mississippi State for sometime, but he didn't sign during the signing period.

"I'm still committed to Mississippi State, but I'm looking forward to the recruiting process," Hopson said. "I think I want to take a few more visits."

Louisville, Cincinnati and Kentucky were all on hand showing interest in the talented wing. Billy Gillispie was the lone head coach in attendance.

For now, Hopson is trying to focus on the high school season at hand. He's hoping to put recruiting on the back burner and let his mother handle his situation.

"Right now I'm putting [recruiting] aside and I'm going to let my family take care of it," Hopson said.

Darius Miller, SF, Mason County – Last week Miller went for 41 points in a scrimmage and Friday evening he put up a solid 28 points. He showed off his much-improved jumper, as he drained four three-pointers and hit a few mid-range pull up jumpers as well. Overall the 6-foot-7 wing was 11-for-16 from the field and snagged a handful of rebounds.

Shelvin Mack, SG/ PG, Bryan Station – Just as Miller did, Mack exploded for over 40 points in a scrimmage last weekend. Against Miller and Mason County, Mack went for 22 points and showed off an improved game. He's got a solidly built body, is quicker than he looks and is a capable shooter. We were most impressed with his ability to get to the basket and finish around the rim.

Tyshawn Edmondson, PG, University Heights – This 6-foot-2 lead guard is an above average athlete, that is capable of taking over a game offensively. He's got a solid jump shot from deep, attacks the rim and also recorded a handful of blocks. He's getting some solid mid-range interest and that's probably his level.

Tyshawn Edmondson claimed scholarship offers from TCU, Austin Peay, Western Kentucky, Morehead State and Murray State. He said he's also hearing from Witchita State, Vanderbilt and Tennessee.

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