Richard Howell, PF, WW Renegades – He's figuring out his strengths and playing to them. Open jumper, knock it down. Chance to show you're IQ by passing from the post? Good idea. Against Mac Irvin he set the tone for his club and brought the energy. Average athlete who is figuring it out as he goes along and making his presence felt.
Lorenzo Brown, SG/PG, LouWill – Some are trying to box him in at the point but we've always seen him as more of a two guard. When he's free of the responsibilities of making a play for others, he's at his best offensively. Hard-wired to be a scorer, he can certainly create shots as a natural combo man. At times it appears effortless.
D.J. Richardson & Darius Smith, Ill. Warriors – So far of all the seniors from the state we're thinking Richardson's spring resume is the best. Having said that, Smith's admirers are lining up and who knows what his highlight reel will look like at summer's end. Smith kickstarted the Warriors with his athleticism and attacks while Richardson closed the deal as he again made shots late.
Wally Judge, PF, Assault – He played half the season for his high school team so there's a little rust that's developed. His body is filling out and his mistakes are those of aggressive play. Down the stretch he stepped up. Judge rebounded a free throw miss that sent the game into overtime. He's a Top 50ish prospect and we can't help but like him for his approach.
Jamaal Coombs, PF, BABC – When this kid is being aggressive its hard not to like him. At this stage in his career, he's expected to step up and take shots to help his team win. He was productive from the perimeter and mixes in the bunnies in the paint as well.
Khris Middleton, SF, SC Celtics – He's another player the mids are coveting and highs evaluating this month. His strength – shooting 3's – makes him a specialist who should have options. However, along the way whether he goes mid or high level diversifying his offensive arsenal and adding a mid-range and attacking move would be advised.
Ramon Galloway, PG, Fla. Rams – This is a kid sits right on the fence. He's got the look of a higher-level player and may simply need time to grow into the role. If not he'll be chased by the best of the best mid level programs. Very intriguing.
Chris Colvin, PG, Chicago Express – After getting a lot of pine time during the season, seeing Colvin on the court and playing is productive. He's got a live body for a bigger potential point guard and will drive his man looking to create. What we'd like to see him do is take care of the ball and utilize higher percentage passes and decisions. Definite talent right on the mid to high fence.
Crandall Head, SG, Mac Irvin Fire – You hear the rumblings and once you see it for yourself it all makes sense. Athletically he's a superior being. He's got traits his peers don't have and to go along with a jacked up frame. The traffic alley-oop catch in the morning was ridiculous. There's room to improve the shot but two years from now it'll be called nitpicking an elite player. His talent level is evident and his ceiling is high. Between Head, Bullock and Lamb we've got quite the trio of talent at this position in 2010.
Ray McCallum vs. Phil Pressey – This point guard matchup will be played out over time. In the first half, McCallum's defense frustrated Pressey. A prideful Pressey came out strong in the second. They're different kids. McCallum's game is about balance, Pressey's passing. Both could stand to improve their perimeter game; McCallum is playing on an injured groin. Two lock high-major points and it's fun chronicling their progress.
Keith Appling, PG, REACH – This young man was next on our checklist of 2010 point guards to see. He's wiry long with good scoring tools. Say to safe he's in the stratosphere of higher-level point guards, just shy of the first cut which at the moment is exceptionally strong and deep.
Daryl Traynham, PG, Assault – After missing a pair of throws that could have ended the game in regulation, the leader went about making amends. First, in OT Traynham redeemed himself by connecting on his next two tosses. Finally, he drilled a trifecta at the buzzer for a playoff victory.
Friday at King James was rather bland. We're beginning to fully appreciate what these travel days are about and the toll it takes on a body. The kids seem more refreshed on Saturday and the action crisp. … WW Renegades PG Russell Powell is going to be a super mid major point man. …
If Buckles realizes that prospects of his talent level are expected to replicate their efforts more frequently, man, he could be outstanding. Last year he deferred to seniors, by summer's end it'll be his show. … Bobby Capobianco isn't going to win a dunk contest and he's a below the rim player. What he does very well is communicate and lead. There's value in the intangibles he brings. …
A lot has been written about Mason Plumlee and all we'll say is he's delivered the goods each time anyone laid eyes on him this spring. … Alex Oriakhi has the talent and the frame. It's now time to produce in the paint. … NLP has an athlete in Brandon Paul and a passer in Lenzelle Smith. Some kids are wired to score, Smith is programmed to pass. …
Mac Irvin's team didn't need Crandall Head as much in its upset over the Atlanta Celtics because guards Tony Nixon and Terry Johnson were dialed in from downtown. … We weren't there but apparently Zeke Marshall held a block party and scored a ton of points. Could this be the breakout? … Brandon Paul is a serious athlete. …
Nik Garcia, a young man who we thought could command attention because of his stroke, drilled 7 triples in one game today. … Kenny Manigault can pass the basketball. Not a scorer, he's an assist man. We aggressively inserted him into the back end our Top 100. While he's unlikely to stay, we'll keep a close eye on his progress. There's something about him we really favor. …
Lorenzo Brown has offers from North Carolina State and Florida with Memphis showing interest. … Khris Middleton has St. Joseph's giving chase with interest from South Carolina, Charlotte and Georgetown. … Andre Marhold has an offer from Clemson with Virginia coming strong. Kentucky calls him, Rutgers is on him and Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and LSU are looking. …
Tony Nixon could accept an offer from Montana State, Northern Illinois or Howard. ….
Wisky's Bo Ryan got his fill of Diamond Taylor. … N.C. State sent its entire staff – including Sidney Lowe – to one of Lorenzo Brown's evening games. … California trailed Darius Smith a portion of the day and appears likely to jump into the fray. … Mark Gottfried was spotted at at least two of Nik Garcia's games. … Xavier's Sean Miller, Miami's Frank Haith and West Virginia commander Bob Huggins took in Durand Scott's final game. …