Boo Williams: Day Two Rundown, Part B

HAMPTON, Va. – Dion Waiters, Tobias Harris and Will Barton were three of the outstanding 2010 performers we saw on Saturday. Mix in a dose of Austin Rivers and Brandon Knight in the same backcourt and Day 2 at the Boo wasn't too shabby.

Will Barton, SG, Balt. Elite: Every year somebody gets serious and decides its time to shoot up the rankings. Barton put his foot on the accelerator this weekend and blasted off. His size is a help when it comes to rebounding but at the end of the day he's hard-wired to get buckets. Strokes it behind the line, on the move and every way in between.

Tobias Harris, PF, Albany City Rocks: He's down 15 pounds from last year and it's aided his overall versatile game. Sees the floor, has diverse offense and he has the potential to be an instinctive rebounder. In short, the young man's savvy and skill package will place him high on the wish list of college programs. He can play at a lot of schools because but the ones who use their fours to in different spots of the floor and value versatility will covet him the most.

Okaro White, PF, Team Fla.: Seems to have improved significantly and is now poised for a big summer. His jump shot is in good shape and he's sporting an athletic frame that is designed to face and attack. Good one for the Seminoles.

C.J. Leslie, PF, D-One: His first half was more significant than the second but overall, his intensity and effort remains high. The Carolina Challenge was the starting point and he's heading in the right direction. With big timers on the floor versus Team Final, his athleticism and play at the rim was excellent.

Jereme Richmond, SF, Ill. Fire: At this point in the season, it's not tough to see who has made strides with their overall game. Richmond has found a nice balance between perimeter and inside and he worked it for 22 against Pulley. Solid improvement for an already elite level prospect.

Harrison Barnes, SG, Pulley: Two days in a row he's had the place buzzing. He couldn't close the deal against the Fire but he was the best prospect on a court laced with serious talent. Coast to coast for a dunk in transition that nearly ignited a winning rally. The jump shot is surprising only when he misses and his floor games is nearly flawless. Execution, athleticism and results.

Brandon Knight, PG/SG, Stat: The term student-athlete gets tossed around a lot this time of the year. Knight is big time on and off the court. Against the Metro Hawks, they were physical with him. He got popped in the bicep, stepped on and clubbed going to the rim. Nevertheless, he got his 20+ and looked good doing it.

Markus Kennedy, C, Team Final: Apparently he's not a morning person and prefers the afternoons. The Challenge had no answer for his presence inside. Kennedy is a sure-handed post player who takes care of his area and handles the responsibilities of his position. His body is coming around and he'll find his way into a big league.

Dion Waiters, SG, Team Final: Waiter's trimmed up his body since the last time we saw him and after missing most of the season he's in good form. Always a scorer, he's smiling and having a good time and why not? Team Final is rolling. Look for him to impact the ‘Cuse and be a prime scorer as a freshman.

Andre Stringer, PG, Jackson Tigers: He's cut from the Nic Wise body-style of point guards. Looks like his top attribute is his jump shot and he's not only confident but accurate with it. If he becomes equal distributor and scorer, this 5-10 general brings a different look at the point. If you like smaller points, his ability to smoke 3s will grab your attention.

Austin Rivers, PG, Stat: He's a jumbo point guard with size, elite level quicks and finishing moves. Mix in his competitive edge and shot making ability and there's another candidate for the No. 1 slot in his class. Billy Donovan has potentially the best player he's ever recruited locked up. Cerebral, talented and his ability to recognize and exploit advantages is not something to be taken for granted.

Michael Gilchrist, SF, Team Final: Between he and Waiters there's plenty of scoring pop. Gilchrist's body is getting stronger and his ability to play at both ends with intelligence and athleticism puts a nice bow on a super package.

Johnny O'Bryant, PF, Jackson Tigers: He's got fast-twitch muscles, very good hops and a body that can go nowhere but up. Dominant in high school, he can do that out here and in time he should. When he puts it together and comes strong each time, he's going to make big leaps. Long, athletic and when he wants, a load.

Brandon Knight said head coaches from Miami and Florida have been prevalent at his games this season. He also mentioned Jim Boeheim and Jim Calhoun as attendees but stressed how he doesn't keep a list as of now. …

Adreian Payne said West Virginia is chasing hard as are Dayton and Xavier. … Bryan Coleman likes Michigan, Providence, Dayton, Oakland, Central Michigan and Penn State. …

Team Final has a luxury: shooters. When it spreads the floor, sophomore Trevor Cooney and junior Dion Waiters can make teams pay. Waiters wait is in a good place and he looks ready to ascend. … Tyreek Duren is a strong mid-major point with court presence and an overall balanced game. … Team Takeover's Jerian Grant has been working on his jumper and it shows. … Rotary's Josh Smith can put a hurting on opponents with his sheer size. His conditioning isn't up to speed at this stage. …

By summer's end, power forward Adam Jones could be an under the radar guy. Long, athletic and efficient he's not there yet but in time he'll be no less than an elite level mid-major recruit with a ceiling. … Nick Johnson was at it again. The 2011 point man hit for 21 against the Jackson Tigers and took command of the game in the second half. … Jackson has a freshman wing named Ladarius White who is going to be a strong player. … Harrison Barnes is the most mistake free wing in the country; all classes included. … Balt. Elite's C.J. Fair is sporting a bulky knee brace. He's got a soft perimeter touch. …

Georiga Stars guard Jeremy Lamb should be a solid mid-major. Wafer thin, he came off the bench for his high school team but he's a baller. Great touch. … Devonta White of the Stars is shifty and confident with the ball. … Rotary's L.C. White loves contact and plays through it. … Team Fla.'s Anthony Lee is one of those long, athletic insiders with shot blocking potential and upside. … Tobi Oyedeji has super hands. … Balt. Elite's Jonathan Graham was outstanding on the glass. …

We spent a brief amount of time eyeballing the 16 and under bracket late night. The Playaz freshman Kyle Anderson has a chance to be the next one for his squad. A 6-6 point guard, he hasn't grown into the frame yet but when they do, wow. … Speaking of the Playaz, center/forward Desmond Hubert is coming along as expected. … The Southern Kings appear to have been led this event by point guard Shannon Scott. … Brad Beal, a quick triggered yet balanced and efficient wing, was getting 20+ a game for the St. Louis Eagles. … BABC youngster Nerlens Noels (2012) is 6-8 and has a significant upside. When Leo Paplie sings the praises of a young guy, you listen and he was spot on! …

Markus Kennedy has offers from Villanova, West Virginia, Miami, Penn State and Temple. … Tyreek Duren has an offer from Houston, Mt. St. Mary's, Robert Morris and Siena. Temple, Miami and Providence are watching. … Adam Jones has offers from Fairfield, Old Dominion, Appalachian State and Miami is nosing around. …

Andre Stringer has LSU and Alabama at the top of his leaderboard. Mississippi State is in the next cut. … Desmond Simmons sports offers from Washington, Oregon State and St. Mary's. Cal is close and he said Stanford is looking. …

Jeremy Lamb is hearing from UNLV, VCU, Cincinnati, Tennessee Tech, Denver and Richmond. … Anthony Lee likes Ole Miss, Florida Atlantic, N.C. State, Alabama, Florida State and Auburn. … Tobias Harris said he's getting hit up hard by head coaches from Connecticut, Syracuse, Maryland, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Tennessee, Rutgers, Notre Dame and Oklahoma but hasn't sliced a lengthy list. …

"I've never really had a list.

Brandon Knight


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