Gibbons TOC: Day 1 Rundown

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Opening night at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions consisted of 3 games on fabled Smith Center courts. Kenny Boynton was the big producer with 33 opening night points.

John Wall, PG, D-One – In transition and at the rim it was much of the same; he was uncheckable. He hit up the N.C. Fire for 29 points but the Fire roasted D-One in the second half. Wall's becoming a guy who can put fannies in the seats. The next step is bringing this unit together so it can successfully close out games. In one sequence D-One gave up a 3-pointer and before anyone realized what happened, Wall was at the other end finishing at the rim and getting hacked. He plays at one speed, everyone else another.

Derrick Favors vs. Milton Jennings – Score one for the officials. Nobody sitting in the gym after 10 p.m. on a holiday weekend to see guys in stripes aggressively blowing their whistles; both had 3 first half fouls. Favors probably blocked a half dozen shots, changed a handful more and scored 12. Jennings had 17 and powered through a foul-plagued Favors twice in the second half. Too bad the whistle didn't allow the matchup to pan out.

Kenny Boynton, SG, Breakdown – You didn't need to watch the game to know what happened. Cecil Kirk was hit up for 33 points by Boynton and then he was mobbed by reporters. Typically opening night for the rising senior star.

Marshall Henderson, SG, Dallas Mustangs – There's hot and there's stepping off the plane and going 7-for-10 from deep in the first half. However, Henderson cooled down considerably after his 23 points right out of the gate.


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Josh Davis, F, NC Gaters – His energy was one of the big differences in his team's opening win over the Mustangs. Shot it well in the first half, attacked as needed. A definite lower level prospect, Davis finished his chances and will receive looks this summer.

Earnest Ross, SG, NC Fire – He sparked the Fire with his intensity. Ross finished with 17 points. A strong man, Ross found a groove on the track and rode strong Friday night. The big boys will look because of his college-ready body and the summer will determine what level he settles in at.

Went to go watch Team Final only to learn that Lamar Patterson wouldn't play because of a twisted ankle. Michael Gilchrist and Dion Waiters weren't in town yet. … North Carolina chased three frontcourt targets down in 2009 already. This week it offered in-state standout Ryan Kelly. …

C.J. Harris of CP3 did his thing again. His profile is tough, attacking drives. His resume is laced with wins and he helps enact victories. ...

The Gaters Zach Faircloth has a place in Division I basketball on some level. He's got bounce and makes shot in different zones. Big South, SoCon schools should be peeking on him. … Nolan Dennis was excellent in attack mode early but struggled to dial in the jumper late. …

Sam Dower is a strong mid-level priority recruit with his size and finishing ability. … You can watch games (that's right, games) and not see a legit post move on the circuit these days. So, when Brian Coles throws up two jump hooks we notice!. …

Josh Davis said that UNC-Wilmington is showing a lot of interest but hasn't offered. … Sam Dower has offers from George Mason and Northern Iowa. Marquette, Iowa State, Drake and Gonzaga are looking. … Earnest Ross has a good bit of mid-level interest. Virginia, Florida State, UNC and Clemson have shown interest. …

Davidson, Charlotte, Harvard and St. Joe's are tracking Mike Grace. … Noel Johnson didn't hesitate to name Louisville and Southern Cal as the programs on him the hardest. … Derrick Favoris mystified reporters with a long list. "I'll go where I feel like home," he told them. … Coles has Iowa State, Nebraska and Georgia State showing interest. … Eric Bledsoe said Mike Davis is doing the best job of any head coach and the Blazers lead. UAB already has a Top 10 recruit in DeMarcus Cousins. Bledsoe would be huge for the Blazers. …


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