KDF Classic Notebook

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kentucky Derby Festival Classic is one of the top three all-star games and on Thursday we took in one of their practice sessions and got a chance to talk to a trio of uncommitted seniors.

Ater Majok vs Tyler Zeller – Often times the all-star practice sessions are nothing more than a few plays and free throw shooting, but the Black Team scrimmaged for nearly the whole practice and that gave us a chance to watch Majok and Zeller battle in the paint.

The match up turned out to be a competitive affair as each ran the floor well and managed a few easy buckets. Majok is long and lean, but still able to mix it up inside. He also has a great touch, which allows him to step away and knock down jumpers. Zeller got in a few shots as well and also showed off his impressive jump hook.

Terrell Holloway, PG, Harmony Prep – Although his team didn't do much scrimmaging the Xavier commit managed to standout. He broke defenders down and managed to get in the lane. Once in the paint he dropped off a few sweet dishes in traffic. Sean Miller and company got a nice pick up in "TuTu" as he's capable of coming in and competing for the starting spot.

Terrence Jennings, C, Notre Dame – At 6-foot-10 Jennings moves very well and likes to mix it up inside. Jennings showed off a nice pair of mitts when he caught a pass in traffic and made a nice finish with a defender draped on him. To go with his high level athleticism, he's capable of using either hand around the rim. Although he won't make the same impact Samardo Samuels will right away, Jennings is still a pretty solid prospect.

Chris Singleton, PF, Dunwoody – There aren't many guys in the 2008 class as versatile as Singleton. He's 6-foot-8 and capable of playing on the block or stepping away and taking defenders off the bounce. During practice today the best move he made was a drive from the top of the key that he finished with a finger roll. He also took a rebound coast-to-coast and swished a spot-up three.

Howard Thompkins, PF, Wesleyan – He doesn't get the same attention that some of the other big men in this game do, but he's certainly a big time talent. At 6-foot-9 he's skilled and capable of hitting mid-range jumpers.

Larry Drew, PG, Taft – After a nice showing during the McDonald's All-American practices and games, Drew looked solid in practice on Thursday. He got in the lane and showed off an effective floater on more than one occasion.

Ater Majok said that he's looking at four schools -- Kentucky, Memphis, Connecticut and Kansas. He's already taken visits to Kansas and Kentucky. He said that he'd like to visit Memphis and Kansas, but he hasn't set a date.

Paul McCoy, who didn't practice because his plane arrived late, said he's getting interest from Virginia, Kentucky, Washington State, SMU, LMU, California and Arizona. He's already been to Virginia and SMU. Following the game, he'll take a visit to Kentucky.

Maurice Sutton said he has interest from Boston College, Kentucky, Syracuse, Villanova, Seton Hall, Kansas State and Indiana. The Hoosiers were the most recent school to contact him. He plans to visit Kentucky after the game.

The 36th annual Derby Festival Classic is set for Saturday, April 19th. The dunk contest, 2-on-2 competition and 3-point shootout are Friday night at DeVry University.

Black Team: Larry Drew, Korie Lucious, Paul McCoy, Travis Releford, Jerime Anderson, DeAndre Liggins, Darius Miller, Chris Singleton, Howard Thompkins, Ater Majok, Tyler Zeller and Maurice Sutton

Gold Team: Dashan Harris, Terrell Holloway, Mike Rosario, Ray Shipman, Jared Swopshire, Luke Babbitt, Renaldo Woolridge, Yancy Gates, Emmanuel Negedu, Terrence Jennings, Jeff Withey and Kenny Kadji

Due to our AAU schedule this concludes our coverage of the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic.


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