Boo Williams: Day 1 Rundown, Part I

HAMPTON, Va. – Opening night at the Boo Williams was a showcase for the new $13 million facility that could make Hampton home to a number of events. Leslie McDonald drew the biggest pool of reporters.

Ben Eblen, Team Fla. vs. Phil Pressey, BABC (2010) – Two guys who are strong at what they do opened the event. Eblen, the rising senior, and Pressey the young rising junior, are guys with command of their teams. Eblen was out of the gates faster but it was Pressey's 5-point flurry late that won the game. Eblen is on pace to receive buckets of mid level interest and bigger programs will monitor him through the summer. Pressey is on a short list of exceptional passers.

Leslie McDonald, CG, YOMCA – He's a legit 6-foot-4 now and morphing into a combo role. He'll spend a few days in July at the Steve Nash Camp trying to expand the point aspect of his game. We liked his first half best when he was aggressive, confident with the ball and flashed an extra burst to the cup.

Derrick Nix, C, The Family – We love hearing these stories. This kid was way over 300 pounds and is now 275. We'll use the phrases nimble and good hands. He posts hard, still has a soft body but shows signs of being a player. Definitely liked him and walked away feeling encouraged about who he can become.

Reggie Buckner, PF, YOMCA – Definitely a guy worth tracking. Live body, plays in traffic and seems like a nice mid-major plus prospect. His best attribute is that he's bouncy and congestion won't bother him inside.

Rodney Williams, SF, Pulley – For a split second after a big time dunk we thought back to the days of James White. Ultra-athletic, he goes above the rim with dunk contest leaping ability. Saw him turn into a passer and more of an offensive threat.

Michael Gilchrist, SF, Team Final – Few have the natural ability he possesses. Graceful might be the best way to describe him. He's a youngster playing with older kids and the physicality may slow him at times but there's no questioning what direction he's headed. His coast-to-coast hit through traffic isn't something most 9th graders can pull off.

Missing In Action – Lakeem Jackson who is taking the SAT at Christ School. Team Odom was part of the American Airlines disaster coming out of L.A. …

I peeked in on Doron Lamb's game and there's something to his candidacy as top SG in 2010. … Speed is speed whether its at the Carolina Challenge or Boo Williams Invitational. Can anyone keep John Wall in front of them? … Okaro White (2010) has the look and feel of a prospect. He's playing "up" so you hope as the summer extends he becomes more comfortable. … Love the Phil Pressey floater; nervous that he leaves his feet to pass. …

N.C. State pledge Scott Wood has good size (6-5) and range on his jumper. He'll be a specialist from the outside for the Pack. … Mid-major shooter alert: Cedric Martin, Howard Pulley. … Word on the street has Dion Waiters at American Christian next year. … DaShonte Riley is a lot more prospect than producer now and that's OK. We can already tell he's more willing on offense than last year. …

Jamal Coombs saved his best for the second half. BABC would have been toast if he didn't step up and score. …


Nix Has Ability
Tulsa and Marshall have offered Ben Eblen. Interested parties include Tennessee, Miami, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Stanford, South Carolina, Davidson and Siena. … Reggie Buckner has an offer from UTEP. Interest is coming from Arizona (heavy he says), Mississippi, Memphis, Kentucky, and Southeast Missouri. …

Derrick Nix doesn't have any big dog offers but thinks Michigan State and Missouri are tracking him. … Cedric Martin is hearing from Indiana State, Drake, Iowa, Northwestern and Wisconsin-Green Bay. …

Leslie McDonald could decide in the summer and will use his family as a sounding board in his recruitment. The local head coaches (Tennessee and Memphis) are doing well with him so is Coach K and Roy Williams. The current list: North Carolina, Duke, Memphis, Tennessee, Ohio State, Georgetown. …

"My mom won't let me think about it until after my junior year."

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