With James S. Trent Arena at capacity, fans were able to see Gorgui Dieng emerge as a high major prospect, plus the local team -- Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar -- gave Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young all they wanted in a blow out win.
Gorgui Dieng, C, Huntington Prep – As far as surprises go this one rates up at the top. We expected Dieng to be good, but didn't expect him to flirt with a triple-double. The 6-foot-10 slender big man went for 18 points (8-for-11), 15 rebounds and nine blocks. Dieng locked down his area, swatting shots and grabbing every rebound in his vicinity. Offensively he showed a nice set of hands, great touch inside and dropped in a right hook over his left shoulder. On the other hand, he showed tremendous timing and made it difficult for the opposition to get any easy looks inside.
Justin Coleman, SF, Huntington Prep – One of the top remaining wings in the 2010 class took the court at the Flyin' To The Hoop. Coleman, a 6-foot-4, 190-pounder, struggled to get it rolling from the field against Kettering (Ohio) Alter. He finished 4-for-10 from the field scoring nine points. A high level athlete, with an ability to stroke it from deep, Coleman couldn't get a three-pointer to drop. He did show flashes of his ability every now and then, especially when he snagged a one handed rebound over a defender and tossed it in.
Geron Johnson, PG/SG, Dunbar – In between the lines Johnson, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, has the talent of a potential top 50 to 75 prospect. Unfortunately there are some other issues that will force him to a JUCO, according to sources close to the situation. With all that said, Johnson can play basketball. A quality athlete, Johnson has great court vision and can really pass, but has the speed to get into the lane and finish around the rim. He finished with 13 points, six rebounds and five assists in the monster win.
Anthony Johnson, SG, Whitney Young – If there was a bright spot for the Dolphins it had to be Johnson, a Purdue commit. While the rest of his team struggled to handle the ball and score, Johnson was pumping in points. Johnson shot it well from long range and also displayed his mid-range floater. Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 175-pounder, finished 8-fo-13 from the field on his way to a 20-point outing.
Greg Gainey, PF, Thurgood Marshall – This 6-foot-4 strongly built forward plays with some intensity. In a battle against Luke Cothron and Flora MacDonald, Gainey had his hands full, but he certainly didn't back down. Gainey used his strength and athleticism to attack the rim, score inside and snag rebounds. Gainey secured a double-double in the overtime loss, notching 20 points and 10 boards.
Luke Cothron, C, Flora MacDonald – A high level talent, Cothron put that on display at times against Thurgood Marshall. Early on Cothron showed his versatility by knocking in a mid-range jump shot. He quickly followed that up with a monstrous baseline drive and dunk. But what puzzled us was how much time he spent roaming the perimeter hunting long-range shots. When inside he's a guy that can lock up the glass, block shots and score. For the game, Cothron scored 29 points (8-for-25) and grabbed 14 rebounds.
Jerome Seagers, PG, Flora MacDonald – End to end, Seagers, a 6-foot-1 floor general, is pretty quick. He pushed the tempo at every opportunity and it led to points for himself and teammates in transition. Going forward he'll need to show improvement in his jump shot, but he's at least a solid mid-major prospect. Seagers finished with a double-double – 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Rayvon Harris, PF, Flora MacDonald – Luke Cothron may be Flora Mac's enforcer, but Harris isn't too far behind him. Harris got his squad off to a great start by showing his toughness and motor from the jump. Solid athletically, Harris, attacked the rim aggressively, finished once there and made big plays for the Cougars. Harris finished with 19 points in the win.
Thomas Hamilton, C, Whitney Young – Through our first two days at the Flyin' To The Hoop we didn't see a better prospect than this 6-foot-9, 230-pound freshman. Despite his team getting blown out and him sitting out majority of the second half, we saw all we needed to of Hamilton. He's got great hands, soft touch inside and even showed a face up game. His range extends to the three-point stripe and he's OK putting the ball on the floor for a bounce or two. It'll be tough to find a better freshman in the country at this stage in the game.
Deontae Hawkins, SF, Dunbar – It's still quite early for Hawkins, but this 6-foot-5 future wing has a great frame that is equipped with long arms. He moves well, has good speed and didn't back down against high-level competition. He managed to finish some buckets inside and despite missing on his jump shot attempt, his form looked good. This is certainly one to watch in the Midwest.
Justin Coleman said Louisville, Kentucky, South Florida, Providence and Arkansas were all in the mix. He recently visited Louisville and said he hopes to take trips to Providence and Arkansas in the near future.
Gorgui Dieng accompanied Coleman on his trip to Louisville and said they are firmly in the mix. He's also been in touch with Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgetown, Marshall, South Florida, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Shawn Robinson, a 2010 prospect, did a great job alongside Greg Gainey for Thurgood Marshall. The 5-foot-10 guard has good speed and can really score. He finished 6-for-10 from the field with 17 points. Jermaine Morgan, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward for Whitney Young, didn't put together his best game, but he's a long, slender power forward with a bright future.