Ray Shipman, SF, Pace – With two minutes left in the first half, Dunwoody sat their studs and pulled it out to run clock. Shipman sensed a weakness and attacked as Pace cut the lead from double-digits before the half. At this time of the season it pays to have a senior who is hard-wired to win. Shipman took the challenge and dumped 30 points and 10 rebounds.
Chris Singleton, SF, Dunwoody – The honest appraisal is that on talent alone you can't name 10 guys with more natural ability than this kid. Range past the line, a body NBA wings covet and athletic ability to boot. This Georgian has the talent to make a nice living playing the game. The FSU-bound forward posted 18 and 15 in 26 minutes. If he cuts back on the extra glances at opponents and the refs and focuses his energy on his game the ceiling is excitingly high.
Tom Pritchard, C, St. Edward – The Indiana signee has bulked up. He's alert around the bucket and frankly wasn't challenged. Chalk up 14 and 6 with the highlight being a lefty tip at the rim. He's the perfect candidate to toss at say Michigan State when it comes time to get down to business in the paint during Big Ten title chases.
Andre Jones, SG, Nansemond River – The Winthrop signee regained his senior confidence with a baseline fadeaway jumper to send the game into overtime. Jones dropped 17 points, teammate Nick Wright 19 and Quinton McDuffie 19. This was a classic game that could have gone either way.
Shawn Williams, SF, Duncanville – This young man has a reputation for shooting the basketball. For 36 minutes, he couldn't get it rolling. In the second overtime, Williams found his groove. The 6-foot-7 Texan dropped three rainbow --- and we mean rainbow – 3-pointers in a row and Duncanville hung on in double OT. Williams finished with 19 and teammate Roger Franklin had 22. Franklin's first half barrage of mid-range jumpers was a showstopper; Nansemond River took the shot away from him in the second.
Kendall Marshall, PG, O'Connell – We love the stat people at The Beach Ball and appreciate their timely efforts. However, this time we've got to step in. Marshall was a maestro in the first half as he directed O'Connell to a 27-point lead. He got a tad loose with it in the second but the damage was done and we had him with 9 assists and 7 points. Last year, Marshall was a deer-in-the-headlights freshman here; this time around it was a different story. Running mate, senior Jason Clark, dropped the hammer with 23 points.
Jean-Paul Kambola, C, Eastern Commerce – This guy has a long way to go (2 points, 3 rebounds) but the back-story is that his uncle is Dikembe Motumbo. He's 6-foot-9 and not ready to be productive in this setting but don't count him out long term.
Frank Ben-Eze has a stress fracture in his right leg and is playing on guts. The Harvard signee remains one of the season's biggest steals. …
Dunwoody junior guard Isaiah Grayson scored 18 in the first half (finished with 19) and caught the eye of programs. Right now he's a 5-10 shooting guard with mid-major potential and a very good stroke. …
Roger Franklin has tremendous touch from mid-range. What position is he? His body is saying undersized strong man but his game is more face up. Fact of the matter is until you get him on campus there's no telling what position he'll play. He's one of those guys that finds their way inside the situation. …
The line for Tyler Portwood begins with Eastern Kentucky and Coastal Carolina; the two schools who have called on him. … FDU and Syracuse have expressed early interest in Kambola. ...
Head Coaches -- Ernie Nestor, Elon.