Jayhawk Invitational: Day 2 Rundown

The first day of the Jayhawk Invitational was terrific and the great play carried over into day two where we saw a bunch of youngsters play at a high level.

Sarunas Jackson, PF, Pump N' Run – There aren't many 6-foot-8 power forwards roaming around in the 2008 class that can run, block shots and knock down three-pointers. Mid-majors in need of a power forward should make a call on this senior. Jackson said prep school is an option, but he's retaking his SAT's soon in hopes of raising his score.

Elijah Johnson, PG, Pump N' Run – With Johnson it's all about effort. When he turns up his game and gets aggressive, he's tough to stop going to the basket. However he doesn't always bring it and he showed that inconsistency today. With that said, the 6-foot-2 guard is a lock high major guard because of his athleticism, speed and an ability to score.

Andre Malone, SG, Atlanta Celtics – There's been a lot of buzz the past few weeks about Malone's spring and on Saturday he showed why. At 6-foot-5, Malone is an above average athlete that shoots it well from deep. With Favors dominating the block, Malone benefited from double teams and drained a bunch of treys in their morning game. He also had the dunk of the day when he slammed down a one handed dunk on a helpless defender.

Christian Watford, SF, Compton Magic – Watford was quick to point out that his versatility is among the best parts of his game and he showed that off on Saturday. The 6-foot-8 combo forward ran the floor, blocked shots and scored in the paint. Although he plays almost exclusively facing the basket, it might be more beneficial for him to do a little more work on the block because of his size and his athleticism.

Cory Jefferson, C, Texas Select – Apparently he went for over 20 points in one of his morning games. Later that night against the Las Vegas Prospects, he didn't score nearly as much. He did, however, show a nice mid-range jump and swatted some shots. Strength is still a concern, but he has a massive wing span and is a legit 6-foot-9.

Jordan Hulls, PG, Indiana Elite – This 5-foot-11 lead man has benefited from Ray McCallum's injury. Instead of splitting time with the 2010 prospect, Hulls has gotten a ton of time for Indy Elite and is playing very well. In the first round of the tournament, Hulls was crafty, ran the pick and roll to perfection and got in the lane. He's shoots it very well and even showed off a left handed floater.

Bobby Capobianco, PF, Indiana Elite – In Pittsburgh at the Pitt Jam Fest, Capobianco spent a lot of time hunting three-pointers, tonight he did a lot of work around the basket. To go with his strong buckets inside, he can set a mean screen and knows how to work the pick and roll. When Indy Elite got down to All-Iowa Attack in the first round of the tournament, this 6-foot-8 big man stepped up by getting key rebounds and tough buckets in the paint.

Hector Harold, SG, Pump N' Run – A shooter with size always turns into a hot commodity, and this 6-foot-6 wing certainly showed that he can stroke it. Not only did he hit a bunch of spot up threes, but he also drained mid-range jumpers. Harold still lacks strength, but is only a sophomore and still has time to develop.

Joe Jackson, SG/PG, Compton Magic – Known as one of the better guards in the sophomore class, Jackson played to his reputation, especially in the second half. With Compton Magic down by 17 with seven minutes to go, Jackson switched into attack mode and helped C.M. climb back to within one point. Jackson went for 30 points in the loss.

Harrison Barnes, SF, All-Iowa Attack – Up against some inferior opponents, Barnes went to work from both inside and out. He posted smaller defenders and scored over them, but also put the ball on the deck and attacked from the perimeter. He buried a few jump shots, but majority of his buckets were at the rim. His most impressive move was a baseline drive that finished with a two-handed slam on a defender.

Jamal Branch, PG, Houston Swoosh 15's – After a sluggish start, Branch got it rolling and began attacking the basket looking to drop in floaters or kick it out to open teammates. He's tough for defenders to guard because of his quickness and lethal crossover. Texas A&M locked up a good one early on.

Sheldon McClellan, SG/SF, Houston Swoosh 15's – Branch's running mate on Swoosh was McClellan, and just like Branch it took him a while to get in the flow of the game. At 6-foot-5 the Houston (Tex.) Bellaire prospect shot it well from three and also successfully attacked the rim late in the game. Going forward he'll need to be more consistent with his energy level, but he definitely has the makings of a high major wing.

Hector Harold, who is headed to Northfield Mount Herman next year, said he's picked up early interest from California, Boston College, Santa Clara, Stanford, Pepperdine and UCLA.

Joe Jackson, of Memphis (Tenn.) White Station, said he has scholarship offers from Memphis, Tennessee and Mississippi. He's also hearing from Arizona, Villanova and UMass.

Christian Watford said his recruitment is still open. He claimed scholarship offers from Memphis, Indiana, Alabama, Louisville, Tennessee, Arizona and Marquette. He's going to visit Indiana next weekend during the adidas May Classic. He's also planning to swing by Louisville during the trip.

Bak Bak, of Sun Valley (Valif.) Village Christian, is a 2009 prospect that is getting some regional interest. According to his AAU coach, he's heard from Oregon State, Georgia Tech and a bunch of programs in the Pac 10 and WAC.

Jordan Hulls, of Bloomington (Ind.) South, said he recieved calls from Indiana, Purdue and Duke in the past few weeks. He's also heard from Vermont, Toledo, Harvard and Ohio.


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