Boo Williams: What We Learned

The Boo Williams Invitational kicked off our traveling team coverage last weekend. After countless hours in the gym, Dave Telep and Evan Daniels dropped a few nuggets.

Dave Telep's 12th Boo Williams yielded the following thoughts …

Boyd Demonstrates Improved Range – The report card on Terrence Boyd after last summer was incomplete. The biggest area for improvement was his jump shot. Would he be an AAU transition warrior or develop his game? As of last weekend, we're beginning to think he's put in quite a bit of gym time. You can't fake how well he shot the rock.

White Makes Amends – Admittedly we were concerned to hear that Royce White was dismissed from his high school team during the season. He was omitted from our Top 100 update last week. His play on the court warrants re-entry onto the list, as he was impressive with the Howard Pulley Panthers.

White Was Strong
Put Your GPS, Mapquest In The Glove Compartment – Twelve years ago at my first Boo Williams, I locked my keys in my car, called AAA and missed almost an entire night of ball. Fast forward to 2008 when I arrived at the gym, stuck my keys in my backpack and settled in for 15 hours of continuous basketball on Saturday. Boo's new facility eliminated the tedious drives around town and kept my GPS device in the box.

Move Over Bobby Cox – Back in the day the Atlanta Braves had the deepest pitching rotation in baseball. John Smoltz struggling? No problem how about some Steve Avery, Greg Maddux or Tom Glavine? On the AAU circuit, The Family's Speedy Walker has a bullpen with his own depth. If DaShonte Riley isn't hitting, it's Derrick Nix time. James Still gets his chances and Donnavan Kirk is ready to answer the call. College teams are having trouble deciding which ones project down the road. Expect Walker to be speedy with his hook and ride the hot hand of the insider who's feeling it the most.

Paging The Point Guards – Without harping too much on this, somebody has to step up from the Class of 2009 point guard crop. At the Boo, only 1 Top 10 point was in attendance and his name was John Wall. There were a few guys to like but we walked away wondering who will emerge or how tough it'll be to convince Jontel Evans to walk away from football.

Evan Daniels' first trip to Hampton got him thinking …

Best Junior Shooting Guard In The Country? – After watching Doron Lamb tear it up this past weekend at the Boo Williams Invitational, it'd be tough to put another two-guard in the 2010 class ahead of him. Lamb seems to have the full package as far as scoring guards go. He has a feathery stroke, with range, and is capable of taking defenders off the bounce and creating his own shot. When our 2010 rankings come out don't be surprised if Lamb makes towards the top spot.

Spurlock Is A Full Time Wing – The Boo Williams 17's team had a number of players that could have been named MVP and one of them was Tristan Spurlock. The Rockville (Md.) Montrose Christian standout put his full game on display this weekend. At 6-foot-7 he can shoot it from deep, but he's also capable of taking defenders off the bounce and once he gets to the rim he has no problems finishing. Spurlock is a full time wing and he's a pretty good one at that.

McAdoo and Rivers Stick Out In 2011 – We are starting to get a glimpse of some of the better sophomore-to-be prospects and the top two we saw this weekend were James McAdoo and Austin Rivers. McAdoo, of Norfolk (Va.) Christian, is a 6-foot-8 power forward that runs the floor well, is active on both ends of the floor and already has a developed post game. Rivers, who is the son of Doc Rivers, on the other hand is a 6-foot-2 combo guard that can score, but also run the show if needed too. Both prospects team made the championship games in their respective divisions and these two were the main reasons why.

Orton Is Tough To Handle – When Daniel Orton decides to bring it, there aren't many in the 2009 class that can stop him. He brought the "A" game on a few occasions this weekend and it was impressive to watch. Because of his size and strength, he's tough to handle on the low block, but defensively is where he's at his best, as he gets his hands on shots and is an enforcer inside.

Walker Is A Guy To Watch – Prior to the event we had a handful of college coaches inquire about Torin Walker, Columbus (Ga.) Northside. We made sure to check out the Georgia Blazers big man against some quality competition and we were intrigued with what we saw. He still has a ways to go as far as being active and consistent, but he's a prospect that to keep an eye on because of his size (6-foot-9, 225-pounds) and potential. Most big his age don't have a go-to move, but Walker was dropping in right-handed jump hooks on a consistent basis.

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