Devonta White, PG, Centennial – It didn't take White long to get the jumper going against Marion-Franklin. The future Georgia State lead guard had 14 points after the first frame, including four three-pointers. He gets good elevation on his jumper, has good-looking form and range to 21-feet. White, a 6-foot, 160-pounder, has just OK speed, but sees the floor and handles the ball with care. Appears to be a pretty solid pick up for Rod Barnes at Georgia State. White finished with 28 points, six rebounds, six assists and zero turnovers.
Brandon Knight, PF, Pine Crest – Early on Knight struggled and even admitted that after the game, but in the fourth quarter when Pine Crest needed some buckets, Knight responded. He was just 9-for-28 from the field, with one of those field goals being a three-pointer with 3.1 seconds left giving the Panthers the win. Knight finished with 33 points and six assists. His game
Jordan Sibert, SG, Princeton – In the first quarter Sibert, a 6-foot-4 guard headed to Ohio State next season, had the jumper working. He buried two three-pointers and a pair of pull-up 15-footers. From there it went down hill for the Top 100 recruit, as he struggled to get shots to fall. He was 5-for-15 from the field scoring 16 points.
James Bell, SF, Montverde – Bell, a future Villanova standout, has made strong improvements to his long-range jump shot. He's good to 21-feet and his jumper seems to be much more consistent. To go with his high level hops, he's a solid defender that moves his feet and contests shots at the rim.
Tristan Thompson, PF, Findlay – What impressed us the most about Thompson's game was his aggressive nature inside. In the first quarter he managed to score over both shoulders and for the second week in a row showed a strong motor and a scorer's mentality. Thompson scored 17 points and 10 rebounds in Findlay's four-point win over Benedictine.
Elijah Macon, PF, Marion-Franklin – Although he wasn't as active as we've seen him the past, Macon still impressed us with his ability to snag offensive rebounds and score close to the rim. At 6-foot-7, the lengthy power forward does move well, has nice touch inside and has a soft pair of hands that caught everything thrown his way. He locks up his area rebound wise and that showed in the box score, as he corralled a game-high 12 rebounds. He finished 5-for-10 from the field scoring 15 points in the win.
Tony Parker, C, Miller Grove – Getting in shape was clearly a priority for Parker. According to the big man he's lost 30 pounds and it's noticeable on the court, as he's moving better and is more conditioned. Parker, a 6-foot-8 post prospect, has a nice set of hands that caught everything thrown his way, soft touch around the rim and good footwork. Parker finished 5-for-10 from the field with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Tony Farmer, PF/SF, Garfield Heights – It's still very early in Farmer's development, but he certainly has the look of a possible high major prospect down the road. At 6-foot-6 he's got a nice frame equipped with a long set of arms. He ran the floor well and is a solid athlete.
Knight's recruitment is still holding steady. He's still listing six schools – Kentucky, Kansas, Miami, Florida, Syracuse and Kansas. He said his final official visit, which will be to Miami, will be taken in the next few weeks.
With a number of college programs playing on Saturday there weren't many college programs in attendance at the first day of the Flyin' To The Hoop. We did, however, spot assistants from Toledo, Indiana and Xavier.
Trey Lewis, a 2011 shooting guard, went for 25 points on 6-for-18 shooting from the field. He tossed out four assists, but turned it over seven times. He's got some talent and can shoot it from long range. Donte Williams was 2-for-6 from the field finishing with six points just two rebounds. The 6-foot-8 big man has a long, slender frame. Going forward he must gain strength and develop his post moves. Future Villanova standout James Bell has made strong improvements to his long-range jump shot. He's good to 21-feet and his jumper seems to be much more consistent. We liked our first glance at Mark Williams, a freshman at Cleveland (Ohio) Benedictine. He's a 6-foot-7 big man with a good frame. He was up against Tristan Thompson and although he didn't stop the Top 10 prospect, he didn't back down. Cory Joseph had the jumper working for Findlay in the late game. He went for 17 points. Cameron Wright struggled against Findlay Prep. He was just 4-for-17 from the field during the final game of the day.