Mason Plumlee, PF, Christ School: We love it when guys go double-double in the first half like he did. In the second, foul trouble followed him and he ended with 15 points and 16 rebounds. How many bigs drops five assists AND six blocks? His versatility with the ball and athleticism around the rim are a unique combination on the high school level.
Lakeem Jackson, SF, Christ School: He brings athleticism and energy to the Gamecocks. When he's at his best he's driving and attacking the rim; he'll turn the corner and hunt the dunk. Most kids with an athletic game prefer summer basketball to the structure of the high school season but he's the opposite. What he did well was not only get himself in position to score but make plays off the drive for teammates.
Ryan Kelly, PF, Ravenscroft: Mark the Duke signee down for 32 and 12. Kelly had his share of rimouts in a 13-for-29 night from the field. Ravenscroft didn't match the energy and athleticism of Miller.
Odell Turner, PF, Myers Park: Go out and get 28 points and 15 boards in a pre-Christmas event and see what that does for your recruitment. The 6-foot-6 Turner owned his area and worked it for those numbers. A Big South, MEAC prospect for sure, his wingspan allows him to play bigger than his height.
Milton Jennings, PF, Pinewood Prep: Pretty much the kind of game you'd expect out of a guy rated where he falls. Give him 20 points, 8 boards and a couple of trifectas. When Pinewood needed to flex its muscle, he was in the mix.
Marshawn Powell, PF, Miller: It's not how you start, it's how you finish. Powell took time to get it going before scoring 24 points, including 8-10 from the line.
Devin Booker, PF, Union County: This is one Union would like to forget. Booker had 19 points and 8 rebounds but his crew needed much more. They came out flat and as a result the final score wasn't pretty. Booker did things in spurts. If they tossed it he made a move but as the biggest guy on the floor he's got to assert himself more than one offensive rebound.
Michael Green, PF, Ridge View – The expectations were high following his 8-for-8 effort the first night out. Green again shot it well from the field but his 14 points were quiet. He's long, and a nice looking athlete who does like to block shots. Next step to ascend from mid level status as a prospect will be adding weight and strength. Those additions should bolster his confidence and aggression. Being the focal point isn't for everyone but with his size and potential, that's the expectation for him. He's got to engage and get himself involved.
Kenny Manigault, PG, Pinewood: Greenville's biggest issue was they couldn't slow down the penetration of Manigault. At 6-3, he's long and has an athletic step in the lane. The senior scored 24 and shot a lot of layups. His shining moment came on an alley oop off the backboard, which Milton Jennings crushed. Shared the ball but has to value it; eight turnovers against moderate high school pressure is too many.
Keith Clanton, PF, Orlando Christian: This is called stuffing the stat sheet. Clanton had 13 points, 15 boards, 4 assists, 6 blocks and 7 turnovers. He's a jumbo power forward with a skill set that allows him to free lance facing the basket some while paying attention on the glass.
Mychal Parker, SG, Miller School: His 15 points and 8 boards, plus athleticism on defense caused problems for Ravenscroft. Strong and a good athlete, Parker's next move is to tighten up his jump shot.
Tony Kimbro, SG, Christ School: He made a number of key contributions off the bench. New to the team, it's impressive to see him be vocal as an underclassman. At 6-4, he's well built and sees the floor well. His 13 points and 7 rebounds were needed.
When he gets some lift he'll be extremely dangerous. What was impressive was his finishing ability and confidence. Freshmen aren't supposed to chest up, take contact and score like he did. Tracking as an elite player in his class. 14 points, 8 rebounds vs. the best frontcourt combo he'll see this season.
Oliver Purnell had a two-for-one today. He got to see Milton Jennings and Devin Booker in the same gym. Mike Krzyzewski also got the twofer: Plumlee and Kelly in different games. … Purnell and Darrin Horn were in the gym marking Michael Green. Horn and his staff were front and center for Jackson as were a number of Gamecock players. … Horn and Coach K had to like what they saw from freshman Parker. …
Mason Plumlee does a lot of things well. One in particular is outlet passing. Sounds simple but to chase boards and immediately trigger breaks with solid passes is a huge deal. … Miller Grove senior wing Stephen Hill can play somewhere. Athletically he's a contributor and there's a spot for him at a lower level program. …
Mfon Udofia is dealing with an ankle injury but the game was too big for someone as competitive as he to miss. His shot wasn't falling but it matters little. He's high-major all the way with his motor, presence and toughness. …
Devin Booker is physically equipped to be a monster (see his brother). What we'd like to see is a sense of urgency. His team needs him to be aggressive all the time. Conversely, his guys have to help him out and feed off his ability. No reason for them to lose by 33 points. …
Miller junior Brice Kofane, a 6-8, brings a dose of athleticism and his recruitment should begin at the mid level. … Ravenscroft freshman Madison Jones was given extended playing time and did a nice job in man-to-man situations and is a good passer. … Richland NE junior small forward Marcus Rhett has a chance to be a chance to be a mid-level forward. Loved his instincts as a shot blocker; needs to polish up his jump shot. Lots of bounce. …
Mychal Parker's fave five right now: Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida, Clemson and Maryland. Oliver Purnell watched him today. … Michael Green listed offers from South Carolina, Auburn and Utah State. VCU, Clemson and Virginia Tech are looking. …
Head Coaches: Duke, Clemson, South Carolina
Assistants: UNC-Wilmington, Charleston Southern, Fairfield, Auburn, Duke.