King James: Day One Rundown

AKRON, Ohio -- The first day of hoops at the King James Shooting Stars Classic was highlighted by one of the prospects from the host team -- Jakaar Sampson.

Jakaar Sampson, SF, King James – We've been waiting for a breakout game from this 6-foot-7 forward and he provided that in tonight's match up against Ohio Basketball Club. An active guy, Sampson hit the glass, blocked shots and scored around the rim. His ball handling looks much improved and although he just hit a pair of jumpers, it looks better. He could be primed for a big summer.

Zach Price, C, King James – Despite being strapped with foul trouble, Price, a 6-foot-9 big man headed to Louisville, had his moments. He had four good touches on the block and scored on three of them, including a nice spin to off hand finish. We like his tools (length, athleticism and size), but we are still waiting for him to put it all together.

Chase Fischer, PG/SG, WV Wildcats – This combo guard gave Team Takeover all they could handle. Fischer, who stands 6-foot-1, maybe 6-foot-2, showed a much improved handle, a legit jump shot and a court savvy that not many have. His mid-range game was on point, as he knocked down a half dozen mid-range jump shots. He's improving, and it's coming at the right time.

Trey McDonald, PF/C, Michigan Mustangs – This is definitely a guy we want to continue to watch develop. At first glance it's hard to not be impressed with his size (6-foot-9) and length. He moves fairly well, has a nice set of hands and showed good touch in the paint. With the lack of big men in 2011, this is definitely a guy for high major programs to monitor.

Junior Lomoba, SG, The Family – Coming off the bench, Lomoba provided a heck of a spark for the Nike backed program. His ball handling is improving and he has a sweet floater he likes to use when he attacks the rim. He'll need to continue to develop his long-range shot, but there's plenty to like about this junior wing prospect out of Wisconsin.

Elijah Macon said UCLA, USC, Connecticut, Syracuse and West Virginia were on his short list. He said he's hoping to take a trip to Connecticut in the near future.

Junior Lomoba has scholarship offers from Tennessee and Xavier. He also mentioned Marquette, Baylor, New Mexico State and Indiana State.

Carlton Brundage can really score. The Family's two guard has a strong build, shoots it well and can take contact on his way to the basket. Bishop Daniels hit a pair of big free throw to force overtime against All-Ohio Red. CP3 All-Stars ended up scoring the wing. Sometimes it seems like Michael Gbinije is coasting then you look at the score sheet and see he actually got a lot done. He's got a smooth game and although Takeover lost he hit a huge three-pointer late.


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