Next Level: Day 2 Rundown

DUNCANVILLE, Tex. – Day two at the Next Level Ballers National Tournament was solid as a number of talented 2009 prospects played to their reps, while a few 2010 kids took their games to another level.

Clarence Trent, PF, Arkansas Hawks -- The always-athletic Trent was up to his usual tricks Saturday morning. With a handful of coaches in the stands, the 6-foot-8, 210-pound big man ran the floor looking for dunks and also showed off his face up game. We'd still like for him to stay on the block a little more, but you can't question his talent and athleticism.

Shawn Williams, SF, Texas Select – In the half we saw Williams, he looked much improved from last summer. Always known for his shooting ability, Williams stroked deep jumpers, but also drained one and two dribble pull-ups. To go with his shooting ability, he worked the baseline for buckets and got in the passing lanes on defense.

Lamont Jones, PG, Metro Hawks – The former Louisville commit got hot in the first half of Metro Hawks' morning game. The 6-foot guard drained four straight triples and a few plays latter he hit a defender with a crossover, drove the line and dropped a no-look pass to a wide-open teammate. Jones is trying to play more of a point guard role and it worked for him today.

Aaron Dotson, SG, Friends of Hoop – We knew Dotson could shoot, and he backed that up in F.O.H.'s game against the Shockaz, but what we were surprised with was his ability to put the ball on the deck and attack the rim. He used shot fakes to get by defenders and finished well around the basket. Dotson is a solid shooting guard prospect that is tracking at the high major level.

Eblen Has Big Day
Ben Eblen, PG, Team Florida – When Team Florida needed a bucket, Eblen attacked the rim and got one. The 6-foot-2 lead man relentlessly attacked the basket and had at least a half dozen finishes at the rim. He also looked for drive and kick opportunities. Eblen went for 22 points in the afternoon contest.

Reggie Buckner, PF, Memphis YOMCA – It'd be tough to top Buckner's evening performance against the Rockets. The 6-foot-8 post prospect scored in the paint, swatted shots and hit the glass. When the dust settled, Buckner finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks in the double-digit win. Going forward, Buckner will need to gain some weight and further develop his back to the basket game, but overall he made a terrific impression on us in Duncanville.

Tristan Spurlock, SF, Boo Williams – The past few times we've seen Spurlock he brought his "A" game and that streak continued Saturday evening. In just the first half of action Spurlock buried three three-pointers and had a handful of finishes at the cup. The 6-foot-7 athletic wing has turned up his game and is playing with a lot of confidence right now.

Tony Freeland, SF, I Can All-Stars – The I Can All-Stars are full of athletes and among the most athletic of the bunch is this 6-foot-5 wing. Freeland attacked the basket early on and made a few plays above the rim. Before the game was over he also dropped in a 18-footer and showed a decent looking jumper.

Julian Washburn, PF, Texas Select – This 6-foot-7 forward is intriguing as he does a lot on each end and is pretty active. A sophomore at Duncanville (Tex.) High, Washburn has a capable face up game, but is also equipped to score on the block. He's also a pretty good defender, especially when it comes to the shot blocking department.

Stacey Poole, SG, Team Florida – This 6-foot-5 two-guard didn't wow us against Louisiana Dream Team, but he certainly intrigues us. He's got a strong, built frame and is wired to score, however he often times defers to teammates rather than getting the ball and attacking the basket. Either way, Poole is a talent and guy for high majors to keep an eye on.

White Shows Off Potential
Okaro White, PF, Team Florida – It's clear White is a heck of a prospect. The long and lean 6-foot-9 big man is becoming more active and has a nice touch around the rim. He still needs strength and to continue to develop physically, but White has a lot going for him as he's mobile and handles the ball well for a guy his size. High major schools are starting to throw scholarships his way and the offers are well deserved.

Kendall Marshall, PG, Boo Williams – In Boo Williams' night game against Naptown, Marshall set the tone. Right away he pushed the break and tossed out assists to open teammates. A true set up guy, Marshall is also a more than capable scorer. He hit a few spot-up three-pointers and attacked the basket, which led to a few lay ups. The 2010 class is loaded at the point guard position and Marshall is certainly one of the best. He's always under control and has a terrific feel for the game.

LaQuinton Ross, SF, MBA Hoops – The best freshman in the country showed off his arsenal against Team Arkansas. At 6-foot-8, he's a long, lean and equipped with a lethal jump shot from mid to long range. He handled the ball well, especially in the open court, and also was extremely active on the defensive end as he blocked at least five shots in the morning round game.

Aaron Dotson said he currently has scholarship offers from Georgia and Gonzaga. He said he's also getting interest from Kansas, Utah, California, Washington and Miami. Kansas,Washington and Miami are expected to be at his school on Monday.

Ben Eblen said he has scholarship offers from Miami and Tulsa. He's also heard from Tennessee, Florida State, VCU, St. John's, South Carolina, Clemson and Sienna.

Okaro White claims offers from Florida State, Miami, Clemson and Tennessee Tech. White is also being heavily recruited by Georgia Tech, Memphis and Florida.

Stacey Poole said he's picked up early college interest from Florida, VCU, Clemson and Kentucky.

"Hey ref in case you didn't know you can't walk in basketball. This isn't hockey. Quit playing! Give me your whistle!" – An AAU mom in the Arkansas Wings 16's game.

The stands were full for Boo Williams' early morning game against West Texas Elite. The head coaches in attendance included Billy Donovan, Travis Ford, Anthony Grant, Seth Greenberg and Dave Leitao. We also spotted assistants from UCLA, George Mason, Arkansas and Georgetown.

By the end of the day a number of head coaches rolled through the main gym. The head coaches we saw today included Billy Donovan, Travis Ford, Anthony Grant, Seth Greenberg, Dave Leitao, Bill Self, Mike Krzyzewski, John Pelphrey, Jeff Capel, Scott Drew, Matt Doherty and Mark Few.

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