Jordan Hulls, PG, Indy Elite – Been missing him at events but finally caught up to him and now realize why the Hoosiers moved on this local product. Against athletes all day he stood the test of time. Hulls stroked 3s, had command of his team and passed the ball to his friends in the paint. He's got the making of a solid Top 100 kid in this class and he's legit in the Big Ten. Hulls was worth the wait.
Dominic Cheek, SG, Playaz – Thank goodness there's a shooting guard in America who makes it his business to board (well, Xavier Henry does too!). We used to picture him as more of a shooter but he's rounded out to the point where in some combinations he can play SF in college if he has too. Super in the outings we watched.
Daniel Miller, C, Ga. Ballers – Built like a young Jared Reiner. This is his first year of AAU basketball. At his position, frustration comes with the territory on the circuit. Miller is a prospect and at 6-foot-10, there aren't many of those unaccounted for. High-level programs will quickly evaluate him this summer (or beg him to come to elite camp) and we'll take his temperature in July.
Mason Plumlee vs, Rakeem Buckles – Two different forwards. Plumlee's part of one of the top teams in the nation and he's got help. Buckles was able to face and be tough to guard. With Plumlee guarding him he made plays. On the flipside, Plumlee's ability to handle and find the rim was evident. He was also able to score over Buckles. Strong outing for each.
Plumlee vs. Dante Taylor – Contrasting styles here. Plumlee is a size and skill while Taylor is strength and athleticism. Plumlee rattled in 9 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in a walloping. Taylor acquitted himself well. At 6-foot-9 he's a loaded athlete who plays well above the cylinder. Both of these guys are rated properly right now.
Ian Hummer, PF, Va. Rapids – If he's whisked away to a mid-level program he'll be a star on a good team. Higher programs will love his energy and hustle. Hummer wants to be a 4-year starter. Excellent passer, works his rear off and brings the lunch pail.
John Jenkins, SG, Tenn. YOMCA – It was a rough weekend for this crew as it went 0-3 in pool play. Like Hulls, this was the first time we caught Jenkins. He made a couple of 3s and has a solid frame. Good bet he prefers structure to the style of AAU ball.
James Padgett, C, Juice – During the high school season you could see his confidence mounting. Now he's got swagger to go with fast-twitch muscles inside. His final game was a tale of two halves. In a dominating first half he himself put Team Breakdown on the ropes. In the second he didn't receive the touches and couldn't finish when he did. Breakdown caught onto his foul shooting troubles and sent him to the line. He's made significant improvements and will be a big school signee.
Russell Byrd, SG, Blessed IJN – When you've got a stroke as sweet as his you know there's a hoop at home (which we confirmed there is). This kid is the deal behind the line and with the 3-point line moving back, he'll be someone's weapon.
C.J. Leslie, PF, WW Renegades – Give credit where it's due. One of the most talented prospects in his class is turning into a regular producer. Applauded the hustle in Cameron. So gifted with his ability to score at the hoop and with his jumper, which works well to mid-range. The pieces are coming together.
Joe Jackson, PG, Compton Magic – The Memphian came off the bench and immediately was inserted at the point. He's on record in the past as preferring the two. However, now he's into transitioning are the tools are there. A few ill-advised tosses were quickly corrected and he's talented enough to make it work. We applaud his effort on Saturday; it's tough flipping the switch on a new position.
Michael Gbinjie, SG, Richmond Squires – Bright future for the good-looking wing athlete. Heard he can shoot it a little but it was the game to the hoop that caught our eye. Terrific slasher in traffic and already strong enough to finish in traffic. He seems to have a knack for scoring.
The St. John's Red Storm is bringing a native home. Malik Stith, a 2008 point headed to prep school, told Scout.com this morning that he intends on committing to St. John's. The NYC native was the MVP in the 4-A N.C. state championship game for East Mecklenburg this winter. Fast with the ball, Stith splits double-teams with ease and he wins. …
Compton's Joe Burton is going to be a good player in college. He's got some issues scoring versus height so which level he picks is imperative. … Once Grassroots 16s put the ball in Corey Joseph's hands the ship sailed a lot smoother. … Love Josh Hairston's natural ability to play inside-out. …
Brian Oliver's skill behind the line is his calling card. The stroke was "on" when we saw him. … Grassroots Kadeem Coleby is a 2009 big with a thick body and solid finishing ability. Mids and highs alike may take a look. … Liked what we saw in NCA power forward Thomas Robinson. Live body, works at rim. Has to round out his skill set and get himself a go-to post move. …
Another reason why we like Kenny Boynton: he posts guys up. The kid is savvy. He's got a mean streak that allows him to rebound and if he must-have a hoop he'll dive to the block and make a play on occasion when he's got a match up he likes. …
2010 guard Ian Miller was recently offered by Florida State and UNC-Greensboro. Georgetown and Georgia Tech are looking. … Joe Jackson indicated that he's got an offer from Memphis and the Tigers are chasing him harder than anyone. … Roberto Nelson indicated Ohio State, Nebraska and USC are in good shape with others coming on. Florida, he said, is peeking. …
Russell Byrd has Michigan State (offer), Louisville (offer), Iowa (offer), Notre Dame (offer), Baylor and Michigan (offer likely). … Shannon Given lists Drexel as coming the hardest with offers from Rutgers, LaSalle and Quinnipiac. Stanford, William & Mary and Seton Hall are looking. … J.P. Kuhlman is hearing from Belmont, Richmond, Stanford, Murray State and Wright State. …
Ramon Galloway has South Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Virginia and N.C. State sniffing around. Central Florida and South Florida have offered. … Daniel Miller has offers from Chattanooga, Furman and Minnesota. Georgia, Georgia Tech, Harvard and Illinois are looking. …
Three kids – Dominic Cheek, Terrell Vinson, Isaiah Armwood – indicated that Villanova's Jay Wright was doing the best job. Cheek has Wake Forest and Texas high on the list. Kansas and a host of others are showing lots of interest; most Big Easts are trying. … Armwood favors Nova, Texas, Ohio State and Syracuse. …
"Is everyone on the team going to Duke?"
The potential No. 1 pick in the draft, Michael Beasley, was in attendance. Sporting a Guns ‘n Roses t-shirt it was good see Beasley out supporting his old D.C. Assault program.