Tobias Harris, PF, Albany City Rocks: There's a direct correlation between his rise as a player and the development of his body. Harris thrust himself into all-america contention and he's done it because he's more mobile. The toning of his body has allowed for the expansion of his game and he's turned himself into a face up forward who can create, score it a bunch of ways and rebound. He's got so many ways to beat you he's now an extremely dangerous weapon. He went off Sunday night (again).
Jeremy Lamb, SG, Ga. Stars: This is going to be a guy who leaves the Peach Jam with plenty of admirers. The Currys (Seth and Steph) have taught us that it's ok to be frail as long as you can score. Lamb has game and came into the event as a mid-major target. He's now got bigger schools asking themselves if their guy.
Terrence Jones, PF, I-5: We know he's been banged up the last month but he always answers the call. Against Boo, who is sorely missing James McAdoo, Jones came out making 3s before going to work inside. His traffic rebounds late went a long way toward sealing up the win. Kid's got heart and game.
Harrison Barnes, SF, Pulley: If his team is going to advance, they'll likely need him to lead this event in scoring because Pulley doesn't have enough firepower to sustain it against some of the top tier teams. Barnes played well and made his jumper early. Showed that he can pass. Good game, not enough help and he could be in for a long event. Later in the day he cut his hand and could be out for the remainder of the event.
Andre Stringer, PG: No question he's one of the top shooters in the Southeast and that is going to bolster his SEC recruitment. Had it going in his first game.
Tobi Oyedeji, PF, Hou. Hoops: He's worked hard to develop his rolling hook shot and as long as he's not playing against too much height, he's getting that thing off. Super first game and his energy level was the best we've seen him muster this summer.
Austin Rivers, PG: One of the best halves we've seen him string together. Against Pulley, Each One Teach One blitzed its opponent and Rivers was toying with defenders. Behind the arc, to the basket you name it. One of the best early efforts of the summer.
Rod Days, SF: Team Fla. 16: Liked what we saw this afternoon. He's 6-6 and has plenty of natural athletic ability. We saw a guy that could pass and go into traffic for rebounds. Flicks his 3-pointers. Overall, impressed with his commitment to rebounding. Going to see his stock improve after this week.
Shannon Scott, PG, So. Kings: It's amazing the different watching a guy in camp versus seeing him with his team. Scott epitomizes the term pure point guard as he's a pass-first, run-your-team player. Belongs on our national list and that'll get corrected next time around.
Matt Giorski, C: All we're looking for is measurable improvement with the big fellas and Matt's heading in the right direction. Introverted as a sophomore, he's coming out of his shell, communicating on the court and finishing with a presence. Has good touch and should receive plenty of high-major recruitment.
Michael Gilchrist and Rakeem Christmas, Team Final: Against the outmatched Wings, they were practically fighting over shot block attempts. Combined they swatted nine but chased everything. Christmas blocked one 3-pointer and just missed on two more closeouts behind the arc. Team Final rolled big.
Michael Gbinije, SF: After a strong NBA Camp, Gbinije's first game at the Peach was a good one. When he's making his jumper like has this summer it really opens up all facets of his game.
Darion Atkins, PF, Takeover: We've got a new name in the game. This guy goes about 6-7, has a live body and is beginning to rise as a prospect. He'll have a chance to be recruited high level if he can keep building on his first effort.
L.J. Rose, PG, Hou. Hoops: Bright, bright future. One of the elite point guards in his class. Excellent at passing and distributing the ball. Makes enough shots to keep defenders honest. High-level guy.
Brandon Knight said he doesn't think about recruiting all that much. A good portion of the process runs through his folks. "I know who is coming to the games because my parents talk to (the coaches)," Knight said. We asked him who said he's priority No. 1 for their program: Kentucky, Florida, Miami, Connecticut, Florida State and Wake Forest. … Let's not forget about gold medalist James McAdoo. He's got a torn labrum and will be out for the summer. …
James Bell is at his best when he's got a swagger and plays with confidence. … Pulley's Jacob Thomas is a mid-major wing with a jumper and mindset to score. … Brandon Knight is going to be the best defensive guard in this class. When his shot isn't falling he can impact games on the other side. … Marquis Teague got double-teamed and was rendered ineffective in a 42-point loss in the morning. Takeover did a great job making it hard on him. …
Dorian Smith, a burgeoning junior forward for Boo's 16 team, has plenty of tools and can block shots. … Didn't see the game but Barnes had 28 and Deshaun Thomas 27 in the nightcap. … I-5's Garrett Jackson and Stephen Madison were hot from deep. Both should gain plenty of mid-level attention. … Boo's Kendall Marshall tried hard to keep his team in the game. On the final play he went behind his back and lost the ball against I-5. Tough loss. …
Ugo Okam plays sparingly for Each One Teach One but said Stanford, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech and Loyola Marymount have shown interest. He's 7-feet tall. … Darion Atkins has offers from George Mason and Virginia Tech. … Matt Giorski hears from Wake Forest, Maryland and Virginia Tech. … Stephen Holt has offers from Portland, Utah, Utah State and San Diego. Stanford, Washington State and UCLA are watching. … Stephen Madison has offers from Colorado State, Eastern Washington and Portland State. Washington State is looking. …
Rashad Perkins was good at Reebok last week and not too bad this morning. He said Alabama, Mississippi State, Missouri and Arkansas have offered. Ole Miss, Marquette and UAB are looking. … Rod Days has Louisville, South Carolina, Miami, Florida, Florida State and Stanford chasing him. … Dorian Smith hears from Old Dominion, VCU and Virginia Tech. … Jeremy Lamb has an offer from UNC-Greensboro and Georgia State. Old Dominion, VCU and Virginia Tech are looking. They'll have company soon. …
The lineup for Harrison Barnes' first game: Coach K, Greg McDermott, Bill Self, Billy Donovan, John Calipari, Roy Williams and Jeff Capel. … Head coaches for Marquis Teague's first game: Calipari and Thad Matta. … Saw Jay Wright and Calipari eyeballing Gilchrist and Christmas. … Tobias Harris crowd: Gary Williams, Calipari, Kevin Stallings, Billy Donovan, Norm Roberts, Fred Hill, Paul Hewitt, Bob Huggins, Mike Brey and Dino Gaudio. Big time crowd. …