Southern Slam Fest: Day One & Two Rundown

HAMPTON, Va. – Justin Coleman, a 2010 small forward out of Virginia, is a new name to learn. The momentum built Friday night and reached a crescendo Saturday afternoon at the Southern Jam Fest.

Justin Coleman, SF, Petersburg Elite: This is a bad, bad boy. He can hoop. He's close to 6-foot-5 and plays above the rim. Not sure what was more impressive: his stroking 3s or the two-handed block at the rim. Coleman's seemingly all over the court and in many situations he simply took over the game. Eventually, Elite lost a backyard brawl to Boo but respect was paid to him after the game. This is a sleeper national Top 100 recruit and the most impressive performer of the day.

Reggie Bullock, SG, CP3: We should all be so calm and cool. Bullock's game is unique. He's the rare star that doesn't feel the need to prove his individual worth each time out and truly understands "team" and what it means to be a good teammate. Against the N.C. Stars, he hit the accelerator when he needed and help salt away the win with a few jumpers. However, his biggest contribution was recognizing Detrique Baker was hot and having the fortitude to keep getting him the ball. Baker scored 10 straight points and Bullock (and others) empowered him with confidence.

Davante Gardner, C, Petersburg Elite: We've liked him both days. He's in the neighborhood of 300 pounds. Our rule is if you're that big, know how to use your body and he's quite sure what to do. Against Carolina Flight he hung 21 points and fought the entire time. He's got good hands and is quick to his scoring move. Think Dexter Pittman in terms of overall size and what could happen if his conditioning improves.

Tyreek Duren, PG, Team Final: It's been a great spring run for him. This young man's strength is his feel for the game and balanced approach. It's a gift to be able to play at different speeds and always keep your balance. Atlantic 10 levels will (and most have) push all in with him.

C.J. Barksdale, PF, Squires: He's added 15 pounds since we've last seen him. Hard playing guy who boards with a passion, has developed a sweeping move to the cup. He's still managing to operate below the radar (maybe because he's 6-7) but he could be a summer mover.

Quincy Miller, PF, D-One: He's settling into a power forward role that is comfortable for him. He's able to face and attack but is surprisingly diverse with his post offense. Gaining confidence in his role and a high-major talent.

Trevor Cooney, SG, Team Final: This kid is out on the circuit working on his game. A noted shooter (and he's big time), Cooney isn't settling for the long jumpers. He's mixing in attempts to get to the rim and mid-range jumpers. His game going to the basket is something folks wanted to see and he's sprinkling in enough runs to the rim to let you know he's been working on it.

Bishop Daniels, SG, D-One 16s: We saw him erupt in the first half of a game. On Friday night he went for 32 and scoring is easy for him, its what he does best. He's got a natural feel for putting it in the net and against his peers in the 16 and under division, his athleticism and burst shine the spotlight his way.

T.J. Warren, SF, Garner Roads: This is a name you are definitely going to hear in the coming months. At least 6-4, Warren is smooth. Finishes effortlessly and his size and overall game are impressive. This is a player who is already tracking as one of the top kids in his class in North Carolina.

Montrell Harrell, C/PF, NC Gaters 15: A quick look revealed a long, athletic looking prospect who should have a chance to get to 6-8 or better. He's joined inside by a skilled power forward named Adam Coble.

Patrick Holloway, PG, Hoop Booth: Baby faced guards are "in" these days (see the Currys). Made his threes, came off the bench and voiced himself as a leader. Good looking young guard prospect.

The Carolina Flight has a pair of good wings in the form of Jeremy Jeffers and Anthony Thomas. They both fared well in the first half of the game we saw. … Deuce Bello of D-One is an elite athlete in every sense of the word. Because he's such a leaper (think James White) he is a super helpside shot blocker. …

When its time to raise his game, Reggie Bullock simply drops the hammer, does what's needed and moves on. … D-One's Chris Wilson, a sophomore, competes, talks and leads. Mix in his strength and you've got a powerful lead guard. ...

D.C. Assault wasn't challenged at all on Saturday until the evening against Team N.J. Like Bullock in his playoff game, Hairston put together a mini-run that sealed the deal. … Markus Kennedy has the body and game to impact Villanova significantly. Outside of his confidence, his touch has been the biggest improvement this spring. … Youth Interlock boasts Maurice Nelson (2011) who is Jameer's younger brother. It also features mid-level post Daniel Stewart. …

Maxie Esho's frame is getting stronger. The UMass pledge has added good weight and is a strong fit for the Minutemen. … Freshman Tyler Lewis' name is always bantered about in the gym. No matter the setting, he gets it done and people realize his talent. …

Davante Gardner hears from North Carolina State, Western Carolina, Radford and Virginia Wesleyan. … Jay Canty is getting touches from Boston College, Xavier, Marquette, Elon, VCU, Providence, Buffalo and High Point. … Quincy Miller said South Carolina, Southern Cal, Memphis, Kentucky, Wake Forest and Duke are interested. …

Brennan Wyatt scored 30 for Mid-State. Harvard, Richmond, Cornell and Bucknell are looking. … C.J. Barksdale indicated Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Florida are on him the hardest. … Shooter David Robinson has interest from VCU, Richmond, Davidson and Navy. The previous Liberty regime had offered. … Tyreek Duren owns offers from LaSalle, Buffalo, Massachusetts and Houston. Miami, Providence, Virginia Tech and Temple are looking. … Justin Coleman has interest from Maryland, Florida, VCU and Virginia Tech. … Daniel Stewart likes Houston, Delaware, Siena, Rutgers and Mount St. Mary's. …

How about Donyell Marshall coaching his own AAU team? Pretty cool. …


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