Kyrie Irving, PG, NJ Roadrunners – Easily the best performance of the day, Irving, a 6-foot-1 lead guard, did anything and everything for his New Jersey squad. Using his speed, Irving often times sliced up the court in transition and dropped sweet one handed bounce passes to open teammates. A true point guard, Irving is capable of whipping passes to teammates with either hand and has a impressive court vision.
While he's a guy that definitely looks to set up teammates, he can certainly score as well. In his game Friday night, he buried a number of three-pointers, including four in the first half. Majority were off the catch, but he also proved he could score off the bounce, as he showed a great mid-range pull-up and even tossed in an off hand floater.
Josh Henderson, C, East Coast Fusion – If Irving was the most impressive performance of the day, Henderson, a 6-foot-11, 230-pound big man, was the biggest surprise. For a guy his size he has great hands and a pretty good skill set around the basket. While we'd like to see him be more aggressive defensively and on the glass, his ability to face up defenders for jumpers, score off hooks on the block and find open teammates from the high post slot was notable.
Ray McCallum, PG, Team Detroit – On a team loaded with players, McCallum, a 6-foot-1 lead guard, stood out the most. In the second half of his game Friday night, McCallum went on a scoring spree that consisted of three three-pointers and a handful of finishes around the rim. We were especially impressed with the pull-up floater he used in transition to avoid a charge. But McCallum doesn't just excel at scoring, he's actually more of a set up guy that understands how to run a team. He's always control and seems to always have a firm grasp of his ball club.
Kendall Griffin, SG, Spiece Select – We've heard some rumbling about Griffin in the past, and this was our first glance at the 6-foot-5 wing. It's easy to see he's equipped with a pretty good jumper with some range, but he's also a fairly decent athlete that can put the ball on the deck a few times for mid-range jumpers. He helped lead Spiece Select to a relatively easy win in their opening round game.
Tony Springmann, PF, Spiece Select – Without Springmann, Spiece Select would have had a much tougher time against the Kendall Madision Playaz. Springmann, a 6-foot-6 post prospect, was a bull in the paint, as he tried to snag every rebound in and out of his area. Springmann also showed a set of soft hands that caught everything thrown his way. Once the ball reached his mitts the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Dwenger standout usually scored. He also showed a face up game, as he buried a 15-footer.
Stevie Taylor, PG, Ohio Bball Club 16's – Crafty and quick are two words that describe Taylor's game well. In the open court, Taylor is especially fun to watch, as he usually finds an open teammate or creates a look for them. He's strapped with a pretty good jumper too. Whether it's off the catch off pulling up in transition he finds the bottom of the net more often than not.
Percy Gibson, PF, Team Detroit – We only caught a half, but it was enough time to know that he deserved some print. A 6-foot-7, 215-pound sophomore, Gibson is a guy that has a nice set of hands, soft touch inside and the ability to maneuver on the block to score.
Cameron Anderson, a 6-foot-7 bouncy power forward, had his moments for the East Coast Fusion. He's an energy guy that does his best work at the rim, where he can clean up misses. Kirby Wright, of the Ohio Bball Club 16's, is a rangy 6-foot-7 power forward that likes to face up defenders. In the contest we watched hit a trio of three-pointers. Trey Zeigler struggled from the field today, but it's clear he's a scorer. The 6-foot-5 wing has a solid frame and appears to be able to score in a variety of ways.