Boo Williams: Day 1 Rundown, Part II

HAMPTON, Va. – The first day of the Boo Williams Invitational is in the books and we came away with a good look at a number of junior big men and also saw a pair of sophomores go for over 30.

John Wall, PG, Carolina Ravens – The Guachos are known for having quick guards, but there wasn't anyone on their team that could keep Wall from getting in the paint. He did struggle to finish around the rim today, but he also did plenty to make up for that, as he found guys in the open court and dropped in a few floaters. Wall went for 23 points, including a three-pointer in the loss to the Gauchos.

Ryan Kelly, PF, Carolina Ravens – Although not the best setting for him to excel, Kelly was able to display his skill set. He ran the floor well, knocked down mid-range jumpers and had a few finishes inside. At 6-foot-9, Kelly is capable of putting the ball on the deck and pulling up for deep jumpers. He's certainly a guy to continue to monitor as he improves every time out.

Andrew Fitzgerald, PF, Team Melo – Built with a strong frame and a wide body, Fitzgerald can often times over power defenders in the paint. The 6-foot-8 big man played hard and was very active against the Georgia Stars, who happened to have a handful of guys over 6-8. We like where he's going as a prospect and high-majors should take note.


Taylor Shows Athleticism
Dante Taylor, PF, Team Melo – Although he'll be with the National Christian Academy team the rest of the spring, Taylor played alongside Fitzgerald on Team Melo today. Much like his running mate, Taylor was active and scored off put backs. The 6-foot-8 forward is a high level athlete with some skill. He even scored a bucket off of a strong drive from the top of the key.

D.J. Cooper, PG, Meanstreets – Last year the Tai Streets' ball club had a handful of horses leading the way, this year it seems to be this 5-11 lead man. Cooper, a product of Chicago (Ill.) Hales Franciscan, went for 24 points and in the process buried a bunch of three-pointers. He also worked it from mid-range, recorded a handful of steals and created open looks for his teammates.

Augustine Rubit, PF, Houston Hoops – At 6-foot-6 Rubit is a tad undersized, but he's got a wide frame and is a load in the paint. Rubit got to the free throw line numerous times, showed off a right jump hook and scored nearly all of his 17 points in the paint.

Georgia Stars Bigs -- As usual the Georgia Stars are loaded with a bunch of talented big men. Kenny Hall and Kammeon Holsey lead the way, but they also bring Kadeem Batts (6-8), Terrell Barnes (6-8) and Raymond Gregory (6-9) off the bench. It looks like Batts has gotten taller and physically stronger, it'll be interesting to see how he develops this summer.

Doron Lamb, SG, NY Gauchos – The ‘Chos always have a few guards that can play and this year their go-to scorer is Lamb. He torched the Carolina Ravens for 32 points and scored them in a variety of ways. His mid-range game was on point as he tossed in at least six buckets from eight to 18 feet. He also nailed a pair of threes and scored when the Gauchos needed buckets. Lamb is an elite level scorer and is making a strong case for a top 10 ranking.

Mychal Parker, SF, Team Georgia Elite 16's – A long and fluid athlete, Parker has high major wing written all over him. The Terra Ceia standout dropped in a few floaters, made a nice up and under move on the baseline and recorded a bunch of buckets in the paint. While his offense was impressive, his best play of the day came when he pinned a shot on the backboard with both hands.


McKie Goes For 31
Travis McKie, SF/PF, Boo Williams 16's – Although he's forced to play out of his position on his AAU team, McKie is certainly an effective weapon. He played well in the first half, but missed on a few key jumpers. The second half was a different story as he led Boo Williams to a blow out victory over Team Georgia Elite.

McKie did his work above the rim, from behind the three-point line and also buried a pair of free throw line jumpers. McKie finished with an impressive 31 points. Keep an eye on this 6-foot-6 forward this spring and summer as he's a guy that will likely continue to make a national name for himself.

J.T. Terrell, SG, Carolina Ravens – After a so-so first half, Terrell came out in the second half against the Gauchos and scored some important buckets. He seeks out jumpers and he knocked down a pair of pull-up 18-footers and also a deep three-pointer on his way to 13 points.

Augustine Rubit has interst from a variety of schools. He's got early interest from South Alabama, Utah, Tennessee, Wichita State, Clemson, Texas A&M and Baylor.

Durand Scott said Wake Forest is the most recent school to enter his recruitment. He's also hearing from Xavier, Arizona, Memphis, Connecticut, St. John's, Virginia and West Virginia. He claims offers from all of them.

Andrew Fitzgerald said he has five main schools that he's looking at. He mentioned Miami, Kentucky, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh and Maryland. He said the Pirates and Panthers have offered.

Dante Taylor claims offers from Pittsburgh, Maryland, Charlotte and South Florida. He's also picked up interest from Georgetown, Southern California, Indiana, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Louisville.

Travis McKie will likely continue to hear from more schools as the spring goes on. Thus far he has interest from Boston College, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia, VCU, Maryland and Georgetown.

Doron Lamb has a bunch of suitors. He claimed offers from Louisville, St. John's, Rutgers, Auburn, Georgia Tech and Xavier. He also mentioned Connecticut, Memphis, Georgetown, Syracuse and Seton Hall.

Tevin Baskin said he's really open and is looking to see which coaches show up during the spring and summer. He did say that UMass, Seton Hall, St. John's, Xavier and Rhode Island have offered.

Tommy Mason-Griffin is back on the board. The junior guard said he decommited from LSU last week. Already he's been in contact with Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas A&M.

Demarcus Harrison, a sophomore on Team Georgia Elite, already has a variety of interest. He mentioned Clemson, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Florida, Stanford, BYU and Wake Forest.

D.J. Cooper said he's heard from Bradley, Dayton, Valparaiso, Kansas State and Temple.

Dan Jennings, of the Gauchos, had the best dunk of the day. The 6-foot-8 big man took off in the middle of the lane, cocked the ball back behind his head and threw down a vicious dunk in traffic.

The Boo Williams Sportsplex is an amazing facility. The gym features eight courts, bleachers on every court and even has flat screens in the hallways.


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