Terrance Ross, SG, Montrose: The last time we saw Ross was the end of last year's high school season and he's not the same guy. He played today with a purpose and intensity. He's 6-6 and made 7 of 16 threes. He also took and made pull-ups and is a driving game away from really taking the next step. Apparently this hasn't been his only big game and we saw a guy playing at an all-american level on Saturday.
Kendall Marshall vs. J.T. Terrell: O'Connell won by 6 in overtime and it wasn't as aesthetically pleasing game. However, it did have a tinge of drama. Down with 1 second left Terrell dropped a 3-pointer with Marshall draped all over him. Terrell would finish with 27 points (8-23 FG, 3-13 3s). As much as Terrell struggled with Marshall chasing him, Marshall had his own off night on offense. He scored 2 points (1-9 FG) but had 7 assists.
The two are polar opposite players. Terrell is the marksman with a scorer's DNA. He's had enormous scoring nights in Charlotte and 27 is a big number but the defense tonight was chased him all over the floor and contested his shots, forcing him into tough pulls. His elbow mid-range game was outstanding as he shot 3-5 from that area of the court. Marshall doesn't have a big man and lacks outlets for his passes. He's not a scorer, he's a facilitator. We've said it before, with weapons around Marshall there is not be a better distributor.
Josh Hairston, PF, Montrose: Guys get better under Stu Vetter, especially if you are a worker. Hairston always has been a threat with his jumper but he's added more confidence and a few feet of range. He's a committed board man and a rock solid high-major prospect.
Josh Turner, SG, Ryken: This time of the year you aren't afforded too many surprises. That's why when you see a guy like this who has mid-major stamped on his forehead, you have to investigate. Turner is a native Floridian who scored from the perimeter against Montrose Christian; its his first year at the school. He's got good size and will be a qualifier. Mid level programs in need of a scoring boost would be wise to investigate. If you saw the Florida Rams "B" team you might have seen him this summer.
Mikael Hopkins, PF/C, DeMatha: He's delivering on his potential. The offense looks great for the start of his junior year. Hidden behind his 15 points (6-10 FG) and 7 blocks was the ability to pass out of the post and relieve his double teams by finding open teammates. This guy is headed in the right direction.
Michael Gbinije, SF, Benedictine: Smooth, efficient are two words that come to mind. He was 7-for-10 from the field for 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. At first, Victor Oladipo had him in his back pocket but Gbinjie gradually was able to get his space. Gbinije has plenty of room to be more aggressive and for Benedictine to deliver on its potential, he's going to need to get up more shots.
Quinn Cook, PG, DeMatha: There's a lot to like when it comes to Cook. He's vocal, is a strong leader and now his jump shot is becoming strength. Cook's also fearless on his drives and just athletic enough to be able to slide past defenses and make strong finishes. He's the definition of a high-major point guard who can score and will be a coach on the floor. 22 points and 4 assists plus when he cranked up his game, the Stags pulled away.
Ronald Ross, SG, Mountain State: The Indy native has his stock firmly planted at the mid-plus level. Great body, good scorer. There's a lot to like, especially if he tightens up his handle because he's already a reliable shooter.
Coleman Johnson, PF, Paul VI: He's only 6-foot-5 but if he grows he's got a nice ceiling. Super long arms allow him to play bigger. Good touch around the rim and instincts are there to chase balls down. Gets off multiple jumps on the glass. Mid level based on ability and effort; could be higher if he grows.
Stanford Robinson is a freshman small forward for Paul VI that is going to be a player. … Justin Martin is money if he catches on the wing in rhythm. Count it. Excellent spot up shooter with terrific size. Had 12 points but he's got to increase his energy level. … Remi Dibo is a guy we like. He's got range and size. Today wasn't his best performance and if he's going to turn the high-major looks into offers, he's got to bring it on the glass too. … I bet Kendall Marshall would trade his $500 Dr. Dre Beats headphones for a 6-7 guy who could catch and finish. O'Connell doesn't have a big. …
Justin Anderson stuffed the stat sheet with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Plus, he attempted a pair of high-wire act drives per usual. … O'Connell's Jordan Burgess and Larry Savage are two physically strong juniors. The weight room has been kind to O'Connell as Marshall is stronger than ever too. … Junior guard Jacoby Davis and sophomore wing Julius Hamilton showed well for West Charlotte. … File this name away: 2013 post man BeeJay Anya from DeMatha. …
Ronald Ross has offers from Ohio U. and Middle Tennessee State. Virginia Tech, Cincinnati and Xavier are looking. … Remi Dibo has offers from Wyoming and Nevada with interest from Wake Forest and Kentucky. … Nobody is really on Turner hard … yet. UMass, Ohio and Jacksonville know about him. … Hopkins likes Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami, Syracuse, Florida, Florida State, Villanova and Pittsburgh. …
Head Coaches: Tony Bennett, Virginia; Derek Kellogg, UMass.
Montrose Christian wing Terrence Ross did not sign with Maryland but is committed to the Terps. Gary Williams has been out to watch him in the last few weeks. There's always a concern when guys don't ink and for that reason the Terps are having a big presence at his games. … Daryl Traynham resurfaced at hometown Dr. Henry Wise High School. …