NPSI: Day Two Rundown

KINGSTON, R.I. -- The second day at the National Prep School Invitational easily passed the first as a number of highly regarded prospects played up to their potential.

Michael Haynes, PF, Heat Academy – After sitting out on Thursday, Haynes looked ready to go on day two. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound stocky undersized forward went to work inside. Blessed with a strong frame that could easily pass for a football player's body, Haynes muscled his way into rebounds and good position inside. He's a good leaper, has range to 18-feet and is a tough kid with a strong motor. He finished 8-for-14 from the field with 19 points and eight rebounds.

Jameer Hanner, PF/C, NIA Prep – At events like the National Prep School Invitational there's usually a guy that really improves their stock. Today it was Hanner. In a match up with Brewster, the 6-foot-8, 205-pound big man was all over the place. Hanner grabbed every rebound in or around his area, and was active contesting shots as well. Offensively he maneuvered inside for buckets and also showed a mid-range jumper. For the game, Hanner went for 20 points and 17 rebounds.

Maurice Walker, C, Brewster – Over the past two days, Walker certainly had his moments. He definitely has a nice set of hands and is a space eater, but in order for him to reach his full potential it's imperative that he spends time getting in shape. He definitely has some tools, as his touch around the rim is soft and he can lock down great position in the paint, but his lack of speed and lift do hinder him at times. He was 4-for-5 from the field for 12 points.

C.J. Fair, PF, Brewster – For the second day in a row, Fair, a 6-foot-7 face up forward, certainly showed some bright spots. He stepped away from the basket and took his defender to the rim. He also corralled a number of rebounds and contested shots around the basket. He finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in the loss.

Eric  Ferguson, PF, Winchendon –Georgia Southern head coach Charlton Young got a complete steal in this 6-foot-8, 200-pound prospect. The lengthy forward is a high major player that has the ability to run the floor, can makes plays around the rim and has impressive athleticism. Arguably the best dunk of the day came from Ferguson went he threw down a one-handed slam on one of St. Mark's big men. Ferguson finished with 17 points and seven rebounds in the loss.

Nate Lubick, PF, St. Mark's – As usual the Georgetown commit put together an all-together solid effort against Winchendon. Up against Winchendon's athletic front line, the 6-foot-8 big man maneuvered his way around defenders, showed great touch in the paint and even knocked down jumpers to 21-feet. To go with his efficient stat line of 12-for-16 from the field, 27 points and seven rebounds, Lubick also knocked in an 18-footer at the buzzer to give St. Mark's the win.

Melsahn Basabe, PF, St. Mark's – While Nate Lubick and Alex Murphy were racking up the points for St. Mark's, Basabe, a future player at Siena, was corralling rebounds. The 6-foot-7 hard working big man finished with 15 rebounds to go with his 10 points. Basabe should be a nice player for Siena, as he works hard, is beginning to develop his offensive game and is clearly a willing rebounder.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG, St. Andrew's – There was a lot to like about Carter-Williams against Westwind Prep. The 6-foot-4 guard showed a terrific long range shot that connected six out of 11 times on his way to a day high of 36 points. Although it's clear that he's lacking in the strength department, he had no problem getting his shot and showed great touch around the basket. St. Andrew's relied on him as a handler and he fulfilled those duties and also proved to be a reliable passer.

Alex Murphy, SF/PF, St. Mark's – While we are leaning to listing him as a small forward, we aren't quite sure what position he projects to be, but at this point it's irrelevant. Murphy can play. His skill set for a 6-foot-7, possibly 6-foot-8, forward is impressive. He showed deep range on his jump shot, but also wasn't afraid to put the ball on the deck and attack the rim. In this one Murphy was looking to score at every opportunity, but he also proved to be a quality passer that sees the floor well. He went 10-for-15 from the field for 27 points.

Ricardo Ledo, SF, St. Andrew's – Although Ledo, a 6-foot-5 wing, struggled to find his mark from long range, it's clear he's loaded with talent. He appeared comfortable attacking from either side of the court, and wasn't afraid to post up the opposition. Like most sophomores, he still lacks strength, but that didn't stop him from getting his hands on a number of rebounds. This guy is a good-looking prospect and one that high major coaches are already following closely.

Khem Birch, PF/C, Winchendon – At 6-foot-9 this lengthy and athletic Canadian is loaded with raw talent. Inside he holds down the paint and doesn't let many shots get past him with out deflecting or erasing them all together. Offensively, Birch showed a left jump-hook, which looked good, and he was a willing runner as he moved up and down the floor fairly well. The final tally had him for four blocks, we'd bet he had close to double that number. He had nine points in the game.

Shaquille Thomas, of NIA Prep, said Syracuse and Providence have offered him a scholarship. Arizona, West Virginia and LaSalle were also among the schools he listed.

Jameer Hanner said Charlotte and Seton Hall were the only schools he knew were recruiting him. That will likely change following his monster 20-point, 17-rebound outing.

Michael Haynes claims scholarship offers from Marquette and South Florida. He said Iowa State as well as the two schools that have offered make up his top three schools.

For the second day in a row there was an impressive amount of assistant coaches in the building. We took note of a number of coaches (if we missed you we apologize). Among the schools we saw were Delaware, TCU, Boston College, Drexel, Oklahoma, Bradley, Kent State, St. Bonaventure, East Carolina, Memphis, Rutgers, Iowa State, S. Louis, SMU, Evansville, South Florida, San Franciso, NJIT, Duquesne, Rhode Island, Nebraska, Utah State and Boston.

A day after his double-double, Andre Drummond put up six points and eight boards in a five-point loss to Heat Academy. Tre Bowman struggled from the field going just 6-for-18, but it's clear he's a guy that can stroke it. James Frazier, of NIA Prep, has proved to be a talented shooter over the past two days. He's got a pure stroke and deep range. Although Shaquille Thomas, who informed us that he's in the 2011 class, wasn't quite as good as yesterday, he certainly made some plays against Brewster. He scored 10 points. Melvin Ejim is an active undersized post. He was 6-for-7 from the field for 14 points and seven rebounds in the loss to NIA.

Javarez Willis, a Texas Texas commit, can really shoot it. He hit at least a half dozen three-pointers in Humble Life's win over Worcester. Junior Chris Coleman was solid for Humble Life. He came off the bench and provided a spark inside. Anthony Ireland, a 5-foot-10 point guard at Winchendon, had a solid outing against St. Mark's. He scored 17 points and could get to the rim anytime he wanted to on Friday. St. Mark's big man Kaleb Tarczewski, a 2012 prospect, is a 7-foot big man with long arms and an ability to run the floor. Strength holds him back some but down the road he's going to be a pretty good player.

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