Andrew Smith, C, Indiana Premier – A lot of coaches from around the country have inquired about this 6-foot-9 big man, so we were sure to check him out on day two of the Hoopfest. Smith has a big frame and is a capable scorer in the paint. He even showed that he could use his off hand (left) to score on the block, and was active on the offensive glass.
Trevor Williams, C, Tru-Playaz Basketball – The 6-foot-8, possibly 6-foot-9, 220-pound big man has a great frame and terrific size to play in the post. At this point he's still a bit passive, but he did have a nice dunk in traffic on Thursday afternoon.
Asauhn Tatum, C, Spiece Gym Rats – In our first glance of Tatum we liked what we saw. At 6-foot-10, he's got great size and length. Tatum will, however, need to gain some strength. In the game we watched he swatted some shots and was active on both ends. Word is he has grades and is willing to take a red-shirt year.
Jeff Robinson, PF, Spiece Gym Rats – We caught the Purdue commit a few times in action over the past two days and we certainly liked what he brought to the table. The 6-foot-9 big man runs the floor, is good with both hands around the basket and is skilled enough to put it on the deck and finish in the open court.
Ben Avercamp, PF, Wisconsin Swing-Selk,-- On a big time stage, Avercamp stepped up his game. The Chicago-Loyola commit scored bucket after bucket inside against All-Iowa Attack, who is led by Harrison Barnes. The 6-foot-7 big man is a work horse inside that is tough to keep off the glass. We really liked his motor, but also showed a nice touch around the basket.
Harrison Barnes, SF, All-Iowa Attack – After trailing by nearly 20 points, Barnes strapped All-Iowa Attack on his back and slowly got them back in the game. At this point he's become one of the hottest names on the circuit and he's backing up the hype nearly every time out. In his night game with nearly a dozen high-major coaches looking on he went for 28 points in a four-point loss.
Zach McCabe, PF, All-Iowa Attack – The 6-foot-6 forward is scrappy inside, but also capable of knocking down deep jumpers. He was Barnes' partner in crime during All-Iowa Attack's run against Wisconsin Swing. He hit a number of key three-pointers and recorded a bunch of put backs. Mid-level programs should certainly take a glance.
Kyle Kelm, PF, Wisconsin Swing – This talented face up four man has a good-looking stroke and has range out to 22-feet. At 6-foot-9, he has great size, but still lacks the bulk and strength to bang much around the basket. He does, however, have an impressive skill set and a nice touch inside. Regional schools have taken notice and we expect some others to start dabbling with him.
R.J. Mehurin, PF, Spiece Indy Heat – Indiana State should be happy they locked this 6-foot-8 big man up early. The talented big man is skilled inside, runs the floor well and knows the game. He dropped in a pair of floaters on the break and showed that he's capable of facing guys up and knocking down jump shots.
Marques Teague, PG, Spiece Indy Heat – With a number of high major coaches looking on, Teague did plenty to impressive, especially in the first half of his 8 a.m. game. Teague, who stands 6-foot-1, is a high level athlete with the quickness to match. He attacked the tin hard in the first half and also knocked down a pair of three-pointers and a pull-up 18-footer. He finished with 18 points in his early game.
Marshall Plumlee, PF/C, Indiana Elite One – The more we watch the youngest Plumlee the more we think he has a chance to be really, really good. He's already 6-foot-9 and is equipped with long arms and an impressive motor. The Arden (N.C.) Christ School standout plays very hard, hits the glass and has a great touch around the basket. To go with his buckets inside, he also buried a mid-range jumper.
Michael Chandler, C, Indy Fastbreak – Teague and Plumlee are certainly big time prospects, but Chandler appears to be the best prospect of the three. He's already 6-foot-9, runs the floor with ease and can score around the basket. In an early evening game he didn't get many touches inside, but made the most out of the ones he got. Chandler's length causes problems as well as he's capable of getting his hands on a lot of shots.
Ryan Taylor, PF, Indy Fastbreak – Although just 6-foot-5, Taylor still gets it done inside. He's a high level athlete with some nastiness in the paint. He'll scrap for rebounds and put backs, and also showed that he's consistent with his mid-range jumpers.
Andrew Smith is getting a lot of inquiries, but he said the main two schools in the mix are Butler and Liberty. Both schools have offered him a scholarship.
Ryan Taylor has collegiate interest from Florida, Indiana, Cincinnati, Purdue and Ohio State.
Spencer Turner, who plays on the Indiana Elite One 15's can really shoot it. The 6-foot-3 guard hit a handful of deep three pointers. Michael Kibiloski continued his impressive play on day two and showed he could score with ease inside. Cody Zeller looks just like his brothers and plays just like Tyler. He's long and runs the floor looking to score. Greg Gantt, of Florida Elite, apparently lit it up again on Thursday and had a seven three-pointer game.
Harrison Barnes' afternoon game drew Todd Lickliter and Greg McDermott. Assistants from Kentucky, Georgetown, Kansas, Indiana, Duke and North Carolina also showed up. His evening game had Lickliter, McDermott, Billy Gillispie and assistants from Duke, Illinois, Kansas, UCLA, LSU, Indiana and Wisconsin. Marques Teague drew Purdue head coach Matt Painter, as well as assistants from Georgetown, Illinois, Ohio State, Indiana and Louisville. Ryan Taylor drew Painter and assistants from Illinois, Butler, Ohio State, Indiana and Georgetown in his morning game. Cody Zeller and Marshall Plumlee drew quite a crowd. Illinois, Purdue, North Carolina, Ohio State, Illinois and Louisville were all on hand for the talented duo. Michael Chandler had Cincinnati, Purdue and Illinois watching him against the All-Iowa Attack 15's. Torin Walker drew a crowd of coaches. He had Dennis Felton in the building to go with assistants from Auburn, Oklahoma State, Georgia State and Alabama. Thad Matta trailed 2010 commit DeShaun Thomas all day, while Matt Painter followed his 2009 recruits D.J. Byrd and Jeff Robinson.
The head coaches that we saw in Louisville for the second day of the Hoopfest were Matt Painter, Thad Matta, Gene Cross, Rod Barnes, Greg McDermott, Jeff Neubauer, Doc Sadler, Billy Gillispie, Jeff Reynolds, Mike Miller, Brad Stevens, Mark Schmidt, Travis Ford and Mick Cronin.
This concludes our coverage of the Kentucky Hoopfest.