Nike MDC: Day 1 Rundown

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As is always the case at the Nike Memorial Day Classic, the first day of the event was a 12 hour day filled with solid hoops from the top teams on the Nike circuit. Although there were a number of top performers, it was Lakeem Jackson that stole the show.

Robert Goff, PF, Spiece Indy Heat – Goff certainly won't overwhelm you, especially on the offensive end, but the 6-foot-8 athletic forward gets the job done. He runs the court well, is active on the glass and plays hard on both ends. Word is he's headed the Junior College route.

Lakeem Jackson, SF, Charlotte Royals – During the opening round games, Jackson nearly led the Royals to a win over Athlete's First. Despite the loss, Jackson certainly showed his stuff. At 6-foot-5, Jackson already has a college ready frame. He's a freaky athlete that gets majority of his buckets off drives to the rim. Passing is also a strength for Jackson and he found open teammates for lay ups on at least four occasions.

Deshawn Painter, PF, Boo Williams – It's certainly been an up and down spring for the recent Florida commit. His performance in a loss Saturday morning was among his better efforts of the AAU season. Offensively, he hit a pair of jump hooks and attacked the offensive glass for put backs. On the other end he managed a few blocks, but could have rebounded better. Painter finished with 17 points against Seattle Friends of Hoop.

Glen Rice, SF, Georgia Stars – The offensive game was in full force for the 6-foot-5 wing during the Stars' afternoon game against Spiece Indy Heat. After hitting a pair of deep threes in the first half, Rice attacked the basket and scored at the rim. His slender frame lacks bulk and strength, but he's a smart prospect that knows how to score.

Wilson Shows Athleticism
Jamil Wilson, SF, Playground Elite – His point and rebound totals weren't all that impressive in an easy win against Team Odom, but Wilson still showed an impressive game. The 6-foot-7 forward runs the floor well, is an above average athlete and is effective in the open court. Wilson also hit the glass hard, especially on the offensive end and managed to get a few put backs. ‘

Kammeon Holsey, PF, Georgia Stars –Holsey had trouble scoring on his first shot attempts against Spiece Indy Heat, but it was his follow up effort that caught our eye. He was all over the offensive glass and fought inside for rebounds. He dropped in a pair of right hooks and was more active than we've seen him in the past. Although we don't have the final tally, he must have recorded close to a double-double.

Glenn Bryant, PF, The Family – When we saw Bryant at Boo Williams, he wasn't nearly as aggressive and nasty as he was playing with The Family. The 6-foot-7 forward has high level hops and they were on full display during a match up with Team Florida. Bryant's thin frame and lack of strength often times hinders him in the post, but if he's as active and aggressive as he was today he can make up for it.

Kendall Marshall, PG, Boo Williams – Orchestrating Boo Williams' office can look easy when Marshall's running the show. During a stretch where Boo built a 14-point lead against Seattle Friends of Hoop, Marshall tossed out perfect passes in transition and created opportunities for teammates. The 6-foot-3 lead man also went to the rim aggressively and broke down defenders with quick crossover dribbles.

DeShaun Thomas, PF/SF, Spiece Indy Heat – Playing with more aggression and passion than he did in our last glance in December, Thomas looked like a completely different player. He was active, knocked down tri-fectas and scored around the rim. He's 6-foot-7 and we stille have our worries about him becoming a full time wing forward, but he's certainly a talent and among the top prospects in the class at this time.

Caldwell Gets Hot
Kentavious Caldwell, SG, Georgia Blazers – When we sat down to watch the Blazers match up with Team Stat, we were looking for Austin Rivers to steal the show, and he certainly had a big game, but it was Caldwell that grabbed the spotlight.

The 6-foot-4 freshmen came out stroking deep jumpers and mixed in some finishes in the open court. By the end of the first half he had 17 points. Although he failed to get on the board in the third quarter, Caldwell woke up and buried four more three-pointers to lead the Blazers to a close win. He finished with 29 points.

Austin Rivers, SG/PG, Team Stat – Despite playing against Caldwell in his coming out party, Rivers still managed to show off his game. The 6-foot-3 guard spent majority of his time off the ball, and that's certainly where he's more comfortable now, but he's a legit combo guard.

After a slow start, Rivers started draining three-pointers and at one point was trading deep three balls with Caldwell. To go with his four three-pointers, Rivers also worked in a floater and a strong finish at the tin. He went for 18 points in the loss.

Keep an eye on Team Florida big man Kyryl Natyazhko. The IMG Academy product is 6-foot-10 and equipped with a huge frame. He played just OK when we watched, but apparently had a big time morning game.

After hitting up prom Friday night, Jordan Hamilton hopped on a plane and made his way to Nashville. Shortly after getting off the plane the 6-foot-6 wing hit the floor for Team Odom. After the game he stated that he is officially part of the 2009 class and will definitely be at Dominguez next season.

The Georgia Blazers played a number of underclassmen up in the 17's division. To go with Caldwell, the Blazers also have freshman Tim Dixon, of Columbus (Ga.) Kendrick. He's already 6-foot-8, 190-pounds and moves extremely well. He's still more prospect than player at this point, but he's definitely one to watch.

Lakeem Jackson mentioned that he recently took a trip to South Carolina. To go with the Gamecocks, Jackson also mentioned Georgia Tech, Clemson and Marquette. He's hoping to take an unofficial visit to Marquette.

Jamil Wilson said he's still hearing from the same group of schools, but has added some to the mix. He said Memphis, Georgetown, Texas, Duke and Michigan State have all recently jumped into his recruitment.

Johnnie Lacy said he has a scholarship offer from Marquette. Lacy also mentioned Tennessee, Texas and Minnesota.

Kammeon Holsey is down to a pair of schools – Georgia Tech and Clemson. The talented big man plans to have a decision by August.

Donnie Hale said he holds a scholarship offer from Purdue. He said Xavier, Kentucky and Indiana are in the mix.

"I need you to put him in the top 10, so I can keep my Nike contract," -- One AAU coach said, while watching one of his top youngsters score at will.

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