Mfon Udofia, PG, Miller Grove: Georgia Tech won last week when Derrick Favors said he was ready to be a Yellow Jacket. Sure, his addition is clearly huge. However, Udofia's toughness in the backcourt will be a welcomed addition on North Avenue. His ability to step up in the moment is his best trait. Pair that with a big time motor and determination, Udofia is just what the doctor ordered for Georgia Tech. He was outstanding in the marquee match-up of the day.
Udofia finished with 34 points (12-21 FG, 5-6 from 3, 5-8 FT), nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals. Any concerns about Udofia's perimeter game were quickly thrown out the window. The lefty buried four three-pointers in the second quarter. From start to finish, Udofia set the tone for how the game would be played and owned the match-up against his long time friend Lorenzo Brown.
Lorenzo Brown, Sr., Centennial: Few players in the Southeast are having as good of a senior season than the N.C. State bound guard. He came into the Hardwood Classic on a high note after two big and taxing wins over the weekend. However, playing against Udofia, a future ACC rival, Brown had his hands full against one of the top teams in the Peach State. Brown finished with 23 points (7-13 FG, 8-10 FT, 1-2 from 3), six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.
Sasha Boronvjak, PF, Veritas Christian: The 6-8 big man pounded his way to 33 (13-19 FG, 7-9 FT) points against Dunwoody in the opening game of the event. The unsigned senior scored at will in the post and the majority of his made buckets came off of a simple but effective post move. He hit a pair of midrange jumpers, too. Athletically, he is fairly average. Nevertheless, he produced in a big way in a one-point loss.
Manny Atkins, SF, Tucker: Many have wondered how well Atkins will translate in the ACC because of his foot speed and overall athleticism on the wing. And while the concern is legitimate, Atkins has always been a fine rebounder and productive player in the post. He snagged 18 rebounds and scored 17 points in a hard-fought loss to GAC. He knows where he is effective and that will serve him well as he finds his groove in college.
Taariq Muhammad, PG, Norcross: Available point guards are hard to come by these days in the class of 2009. So when the seasoned state champ comes out and drops seven assists in 16 minutes, the 20 or so colleges in the building took notice. Muhammad made great passes in the half court to the right players at the right time. His phone should be ringing a little more than usual this week.
Brandon Reed, SG, Whitfield Academy: The 6-2 lefty could be the signature recruit for John Brady at Arkansas State. Reed signed early because he felt wanted at the Sun Belt school and his play will certainly be welcomed right away. Reed knows how to score the ball from deep and with his athleticism at the rim. Reed could have waited for something bigger. Instead, he picked the right level and should have a career that is memorable and enjoyable.
Jershon Cobb, SG, Columbia: Right now he's teetering between the mid-major and high-major level. After his 31-point, nine rebound, three assist and three steal game, the 6-3 guard certainly played his way onto some more "watch lists" for the quality mid-major schools and some lower end high-majors. Cobb is a smooth customer and dominated the foul line in a tough loss.
Donte Williams, PF, Miller Grove: His numbers will never blow anyone away. In fact, if you glance at a box score the 6-9 forward will probably get overlooked. But watch him and you'll see a player that can become a producing post player at the college level. Clearly his best days are ahead of him. Williams uses his length to go and grab rebounds and he shoots well in the midrange. Williams finished with an effective eight points and 10 rebounds.
Ian Miller, SG/PG, United Faith Christian Academy: Despite feeling ill, the future Florida State guard came alive in the second half, scoring 17 of his team high 23 points. He shot the ball well, attacked the basket and challenged defenders. Miller is wired to score and he had little trouble putting the ball in the hole.
Kadeem Green, PF, United Faith: Prospect alert. The 6-8 Canadian import scored 14 points and grabbed an equal amount of rebounds. He went to work down low and went hard after rebounds. His best days are certainly ahead of him.
Edge Warren, PF, Veritas Christian: Warren played well in his team's high-low game and fed the post with efficiency. He passed the ball into the post and scored from the elbow. The sophomore reeled in eight rebounds to boot. It's early but Warren will likely find himself a home at the mid-major (or higher) level. Warren put up a respectable 13 points and eight rebounds.
Dai-Jon Parker, SG, Milton: The wiry youngster came out strong right from the start against Columbia, scoring 10 points in the first quarter. In a nutshell, that was how the game was going to be played by the wiry 6-3 sophomore. Parker finished with 23 points (10-11 FG) and was about as efficient as a guard could be against a quality opponent. His only miss was a three-pointer.
Julian Royal, PF, Milton: Offensively, it was a quiet game to Royal's standards but he crashed the boards (15 rebounds) against a big and deep frontline. Royal mixed it up with three assists and three blocks to boot. The 6-8 forward chipped in with 10 points.
Shannon Scott, PG, Milton – The talent is clearly there for Milton and Scott is the team's Elmer's glue. He puts all of the pieces together perfectly and when it is time to score, he can is at his best with a jet quick and aggressive drive to the basket. Scott finished with 14 points and four assists in a win.
Peter Jurnkin, C, United Faith:At 7-feet tall, the young center kept a number of fans around for the last game simply because they wanted to see him in action. He played well above his shoulders and has some bounce for a long and lanky import.
Tony Parker, C, Miller Grove : There weren't many big men better inside Centennial's gym on Monday than the mammoth 6-8 freshman. Parker continues to live up to his billing on the big stage. Parker scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the top game of the day. A lot of his success came at the hand of Udofia, who knows how to take care of his big men.
Evan Nolte, SF/PF, Milton – The locals wanted to see something out of Columbia freshman Jordan Price but it was Nolte that stole the show in the morning session. The high school rookie scored 23 points and hit four three-pointers in the contest. The 6-6 wing also grabbed five rebounds and handed out four assists. Older brother Connor is a sophomore on Furman's team.
According to Veritas Christian head coach John Jordan, Borovnjak will visit Penn State some time in the next three weeks for an official visit. Jordan said N.C. State is involved while East Tennessee State has offered and College of Charleston is highly interested.
Dunwoody junior Javon McKay said he has offers from Tennessee Tech and Wofford. The athletic wing visited Auburn unofficially last week and has interest from the likes of Florida State, Georgia State, Florida International, UNC-Greensboro, South Carolina and Clemson.
Julian Royal said Georgia has offered him a scholarship, his first offer to date, while Texas, UCLA, Xavier, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Florida, Georgetown, Georgia Tech and Southern Cal have all been in to see him this season.
Shannon Scott said Southern Cal recently offered him, joining the in-state teams – Georgia and Georgia Tech. Texas, North Carolina and Florida are in the picture. ... Dai-Jon Parker's list of suitors grew to an even bigger number after his performance on Monday. Already high on the wish list for "almost all of the ACC and SEC," Parker says, Texas and Xavier are hot in the mix. Parker said he has visited Virginia Tech, Texas, Georgia and Georgia Tech. ...UConn, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Xavier and Clemson were offered up by Kam Belin when asked about what schools are looking at him at the moment.
Davonta White said Georgia State, Fordham, Virginia Tech and Appalachian State have offered while UAB, Florida and a host of mid-majors are looking at him. ... Donte Williams of Miller Grove says his only offer is from Georgia State. That may change after this weekend. The long-armed junior said Xavier, LSU, Coastal Carolina, South Florida, Cincinnati and Florida State are in the mix. ... It is early but the big timers are starting to extend the branch to freshman Tony Parker. The big fella said Georgia, Auburn, Xavier, Virginia Tech and Duke have shown interest. ... United Faith big man Kadeem Green said Oklahoma, Virginia Commonwealth, UAB, South Carolina and New Mexico State are recruiting him.
Columbia junior JerShon Cobb struggled from the floor (8-21 FG) but was nearly perfect from the foul line (14-15)…Try finding a better big man in Georgia with a better set of hands than freshman Tony Parker. Great mitts on the young man…Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson broke a lot of heart at the mid-major level in hoops. He will sign Miller Grove wing Stephen Hill. The 6-5 wide receiver cut his face on the rim with a dunk. There are very few athletes better than him regardless of the sport nationally…Rough day at the office for freshman Jordan Price. The 6-4 shooting guard for Columbia took a lot of questionable shots and finished with a cool nine points on 4-14 shooting from the floor…Greater Atlanta Christian big man Trent Wiedeman didn't have his best game but he still scored 21 points. The junior will be a good mid to low-major target in 2010…
Norcross senior Zach Lamb pumped in 33 points in a frantic win over East Hall. The 6-1 shooting guard was 14-16 from the foul line. A year ago he was inserted into the stating lineup for the Blue Devils and without his play, Norcross doesn't win a third state title. This could be his moment to get a Division I scholarship. Coaches were certainly watching his efforts from the sidelines…East Hall has a prospect to watch in sophomore Kymmon Woods. He's 6-4, athletic and can shoot…Radford picked up a very solid player in Blake Smith. The 6-5 wing is a producer at his position. He scored 25 points in a win over Whitefield Academy.
There were a number of coaches at Centennial on Monday. Assistants from Alabama A&M, College of Charleston, Colorado State, Florida International, Gardner-Webb, Georgia, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, Mercer, Oklahoma, UNC Greensboro, SMU, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, UAB, UNLV, Virginia Commonwealth, Virginia Tech, Western Carolina, Winthrop and Xavier. ... Georgia Tech head man Paul Hewitt and Tennessee State head coach Cy Alexander were the only two head coaches in the house on Monday.