After missing his first four shots from the field, Sidney hit 10 straight on his way to a game high 32 points. The 6-foot-10 (maybe 6-foot-11) big man showed his full arsenal, as he scored buckets on the block, from three and even tossed in a few floaters. To go with his big effort, Fairfax won in blow out fashion.
Sidney's opponent, Tyler, struggled from the field throughout the contest and actually failed to score a bucket or even a point. The 6-foot-9 sophomore finished the game 0-for-10, he did, however, tally at least 7 blocks. Despite his bad performance, we know Tyler is a major talent, it'll be interesting to see how he responds in San Diego's game tomorrow.
Jared Swopshire, SF, IMG – It seems like Swopshire is getting it. The 6-foot-7 wing went off for 18 points in the first half and didn't miss a shot. He's playing a tougher brand of ball, knocking down jump shots and finishing with ease around the rim. Although he only scored 6 more in the second half to finish with 24, he's certainly playing the best ball of his career and there were a handful of scouts in attendance that took notice.
Kevin Foster, PF, Kathleen – George Mason snagged a good one in Kevin Foster. Going up against one of the best in the 2008 class, Al-Farouq Aminu, he displayed his full game on his way to 18 points. The 6-foot-7 big man is bouncy, rebounds well and even showed a jumper from 18-feet. Down the stretch he made plays to win the game, as he took a big charge and came up with a huge block with under 30 seconds left.
Renardo Sidney, PF, Fairfax – To go with his impressive 32 points, Sidney grabbed 9 rebounds and had a few blocks. The No. 2 ranked player in the 2009 class, was clearly excited about his match up against Tyler and after getting his first three shots blocked by the 2010 standout, Sidney made adjustments and began using his body to shield his defender. He's a versatile prospect that is also capable of stepping out and knocking down threes on occasions. This was a big time performance against a big time prospect.
Jordan Hamilton, SF, Dominguez – We saw a new side of Hamilton on Thursday, as his jumper wasn't going down from deep, so he started attacking the basket relentlessly. Not only did he finish at the rim, but he also dropped in a few floaters and showed an ability to finish with either hand at the tin. When it was all said and done he hit Urspring up with 25 points.
Richie Edwards, SF, Lakeland – This 6-foot-7 wing came out hot to start Lakeland's contest against Westlake Prep. He rained jumpers from mid-range and showed that he could put the ball on the floor and pull-up off one or two dribbles. For the game Edwards scored 16 points.
Tony Chenault, PG, Neumann-Goretti – The 6-foot-2 sophomore guard finished with 19 points (6-for-12 from the field) and 5 assists. Chenault got a lot of buckets at the rim, but he also knocked down at least one three-pointer and a pair of pull-up 18-footers. This is a talented young prospect that already has offers from high-majors.
One has to value the ability to shoot the ball and for the second day in a row Scottie Haralson has shown he can stroke it. He doesn't need much space to get his shot off and he's got some serious range.
David Loubeau, of Westlake Prep, was up and down on Thursday, but he got better as the game went on. He attacks the glass and displayed a nice mid-range game. He went 10-for-19 from the field and finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
Coming off a big time performance, Aminu struggled against Kathleen during an evening game. He did hit his first six shots, but then missed his next six finishing 6-for-12 from the field. He scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the loss.
Apparently Jordan Hamilton has cut his list of schools to five. The 6-foot-6 wing said he's down to Texas, Syracuse, Connecticut, USC and California. He's hoping to visit Texas, USC and Connecticut soon. According to him the Longhorns are in the driver seat.
Adam Jones, a teammate of Clanton's at Orlando Christian, said he's picked up interest from Georgetown, Florida and Maryland. The 6-foot-7 power forward is just a sophomore, so there's still plenty of time for his list to grow.
The amount of coaches in attendance picked up on Thursday, which wasn't surprising considering the amount of talent on hand. Although we still haven't spotted a head coach yet, we did see Connecticut, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville, Nebraska, SMU, Syracuse, Kansas, Florida, Texas A&M, Delaware, USC and Central Florida.