T.O.C.: Day One Rundown

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions tipped Friday night. The big guns were B.J. Young and Bobby Parks. The emergence of 2012 forward Montrezl Harrell fun to watch.

B.J. Young, PG, Gameface: His high school resume is incomplete at best but on the spring circuit he's been as disruptive a force in the backcourt as we've seen. Reportedly he neared the 40-point mark (again). Guarding him with his 6-3 size and athleticism is not fun and few can stay in front of him. Basically, he did what he wanted against Team Carolina and in the process, earned himself and invitation to the NBA Players Camp. Young's a kid who allowed his academics to slip early and dug himself a huge hole. He'll take a long path to college but hopefully this super talent uses the game for big things.

Bernard Sullivan, PF, Team Carolina: This was vintage Sullivan and he raised his own bar. His play was inspired and urgent. The knee injuries are a thing of the past. His athleticism and finishing were outstanding. Here's to hoping he replicates this kind of effort the remainder of the spring and into the summer when the coaches are on the circuit.

Bobby Parks, SG, M33M: Parks has played better each time we've seen him this spring. The combination of his deep touch and fearlessness served him well. He may have gone 35-plus in the game we watched. Parks can get himself in trouble going to the rim but as a shooter and energy guy, he scores high marks. He'll play with the Phillipino 18 and under team this summer where he'll no doubt benefit from being the leading man.

Rashaud Bell, SG, ATL Celtics: These are not Dwight Howard's Celtics circa 2004 so they'll take offense wherever they can find it. Bell's corner 3s caught everyone's eye. He's a football and basketball player with a body like former Celtic Greg Tinch.

Montrezl Harrell, PF, Carolina Elite 16: Sooner or later he was going to have a coming out party. The flurry began at the March Carolina Challenge. On Friday, he hit up J.P. Tokoto's team for 29 points. We weren't even watching the game but when you swat that many shots, dunk it hard and stick the occasional jumper, it's a tough act to miss. This is a high-major forward.

Prep school bound forward Kadeem Jack was claimed on two opening night rosters. He must have not cleared waivers because the free agent was nowhere to be found. (We're kidding, there are no waivers in AAU ball but it's late at night). …

Tyler Lewis made his last shot count. With three seconds remaining, his 3-pointer gave Team Loaded an opening night win. Lewis finished with 24 and 7 dimes. … Nick Jacobs will produce when he gets touches. … Cullen Neal (2013) is the son of New Mexico assistant Craig "Noodles" Neal. Clearly, Cullen knows his way around the court. …

Jeremiah Davis of Indiana Elite has too good a frame to settle for 3s. He's sliding into a combo role on his AAU team. Davis plays alongside the ultra-quick Yogi Ferrell. … Alex Murphy had 30 and Damien Leonard went for a big number in a loss to Murphy's team. … Kevin Ware is trying to transition to the point. He's uber athletic but is still working on his pick-n-roll reads. …

Harrell sports offers from South Carolina (on him the hardest), Clemson, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Duke and North Carolina State are showing interest. … Sullivan owns offers from Clemson, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Davidson and Virginia. … Bobby Parks has offers from Providence, Memphis and Mississippi State. UCLA is looking. … Bell has offers from Tennessee Tech and Colorado. Jacksonville is looking. …. Anthony Stitt has offers from East Carolina, VCU, Richmond, Charlotte and Appalachian State. …


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