Derrick Favors, PF, South Atlanta – It's hard to question Favors' number one ranking after the way he played in Muncie, Monday afternoon. The top ranked prospect went for 30 points and 21 rebounds and was perfect from the field, going 12-for-12.
A long, versatile post prospect Favors went to work inside, had a monster dunk on two helpless Duncanville defenders and scored nearly every way imaginable. He worked it from mid-range, hitting a couple jumpers, but also showcased the right hook over the left shoulder. His effort on the glass was impressive too, as he went after every rebound in and out of his area.
Stephan Van Treese, PF, Lawrence North – The future Louisville Cardinal didn't have a great shooting day, but he still managed to impress on lookers with his athleticism, rebounding and ability to get up and down the floor. He did have the dunk of the day as well. Lawrence North broke a press and Van Treese received the ball at mid-court. From there he attacked the rim and threw down a two-handed slam in traffic. He scored 8 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Perry Jones, PF, Duncanville – Over the course of the past few weeks, Duncanville has traveled the country, playing in nearly every major event. The coast-to-coast events have put Jones on the map more than ever before. Already highly regarded, the 6-foot-9 has made the most of his opportunity.
Matched up with Derrick Favors, he had a tall task and was doomed from the get go as Favors was his dominant self. But Jones did show why many think he could be a top 10 prospect. He knocked in a spot-up jumper from 12 feet, hit a short hook over his left shoulder and was active blocking shots. He finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Dominique Ferguson, PF, Lawrence North – Behind Favors, Ferguson had the signature performance of the night. Listed at 6-foot-9 (might be closer to 6-foot-8), the talented big man had no problem scoring inside, whether it was a right hook or a midrange jumper. He ran the floor well and showed off his versatility. For the game he was 8-for-11 from the field and finished with 18 points.
Justin Martin, SF, Lawrence North – It wasn't until the fourth quarter until Martin really got it rolling. For the game he finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. He's a long, athletic wing that attacks from the perimeter and is capable of adjusting his shots at the rim. Also a capable shooter from long range, but he'll need to continue to develop is mid-range game to be a more complete player. Martin finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Ryan Taylor, PF, Lawrence North – You can't get more active than Taylor. The 6-foot-6 undersized post prospect plays extremely hard, contests shots and spends a lot of time on the glass. He'll need to continue to develop his skill set and become a more consistent shooter, but Taylor is a bouncy prospect that likes to play above the rim. He scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the win.
Ryan Taylor said holds scholarship offers from Louisville, Cincinnati, Indiana, Purdue and Kentucky. He said Marquette, West Virginia and Florida are also involved.
Nick Watkins did a good job for South Atlanta. The senior guard finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists. On the flip side he did have six turnovers. The 5-foot-11 guard is capable of playing lower level Division-I ball. South Atlanta sophomore Nick Jacobs, who stands 6-foot-7, certainly had his moments on Monday. He's active, athletic and capable of short hooks in the lane. Shawn Williams really struggled from three on Monday. He's going to have to find a way to get easy buckets when he's struggling from deep, it'll help him get his rhythm back.
Louisville had a pair of assistants at Worthen Arena to watch the Lawrence North/Garfield game. IUPUI and Indiana also made appearances.
An hour before Garfield's game against Lawrence North, the Seattle superintendent apparently called Garfield's Athletic Director and coaching staff and told them Wroten couldn't play. The saga continues.
Garfield and Duncanville will play at 1:45 on Tuesday, while South Atlanta and Lawrence North match up in the championship game at 5:15.
After playing South Atlanta and Derrick Favors, Roger Franklin had this to say, "Derrick Favors, he's got to be number one. That's where I'd put him."