Peach Jam: Day One (evening)

<b>NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. –</b> We're still waiting for that signature performance here at the Peach Jam. The second session of pool play saw Louis Williams and the Georgia Stars rebound.

Peach Jam, Day One (evening)

2005 Checklist

Louis Williams, SG, Ga. Stars: After getting blown out by 30 in the first game, the Stars won by 20 in the evening. Williams had a handful of blocks, a boatload of deflections and the usual big time scoring package that we've come to expect. This guy does things that others simply can't and he makes them look effortless. "Has there been a better guard in the last few years?" remarked one coach. Maybe, maybe not.

Devan Downey, PG, S.C. Ravens: With a throng of big time (and we mean big time) college coaches in the gym, Downey was average at best by his standards. His team got drilled and he started slowly before coming out of halftime with some energy. It's not the end of the world, but this wasn't the best time for a subpar outing.

Obi Munelo, SF, Athletes First: If he was trying to capture the attention of the coaches, then his 28 point effort certainly was heard. Coming off a good Nike Camp, Munelo is beginning to hear from the high-majors. He's a mid-range shooter and slasher that is very intriguing.

Jaron Griffin, SF, NJ All-Stars: The Rutgers-bound Griffin probably doesn't receive enough ink. He's a nice player who uses his athleticism and gets a lot out of it. He'll be an energy guy for the Scarlet Knights.

Taylor Griffin, PF, Athletes First: Like Munelo, he's on the cusp of a high-major recruitment. However, Griffin understands that going up a level could mean less playing time and he's weighing that option. Regardless, he's a workhorse guy who goes all out. Still, he's going to have trouble scoring against bigger players on a consistent basis at the high-major level as athleticism catches up to him.

2006 Checklist

Jonathan Mitchell, PF, Metro Hawks: His body is changing and his game is looking more complete. The lefty routinely bangs mid-range jumpers. He'll go to the glass and has excellent touch. He's a bonafide high-major recruit right now.

Around The Gym (we heard it but didn't see it)

Antonio Pena must have continued to hold a hot hand as he posted 26 points and 12 rebounds in the evening. … Speaking of hot, Keith Brumbaugh went for 26 points. … Richard Hendrix punched the clock with 28 points and 21 boards in one game. …

News & Notes

UGA coach Dennis Felton was front and center for Louis Williams. … In the gym at one point or another watching power forward Tyrell Biggs was RU's Gary Waters, Duke, Georgia, Penn State, Maryland, Wake Forest, UConn, Seton Hall and Pittsburgh. …

Virginia Tech received a commitment today from 6-10 Dutchman Robert Krabbendam. He's from Hoorn in The Netherlands. …

Daniel Emerson, a promising mid-major recruit from the Ga. Stars drew head coaches from Western Kentucky, South Alabama, Middle Tennessee, Marshall and an assistant from Mercer, the school his brother attends and hoops at. … "I think Wake is getting ready to offer," Billy Humphrey said. The Deacs, Auburn, Tennessee and Georgia Tech are in contention. The Jackets have not offered. …

Devan Downey drew the full staff from both Tennessee and South Carolina. He also had Gary Williams in the house along with Oliver Purnell. Assistants from Florida, Arkansas and NC State watched him. … We think Missouri head coach Quin Snyder might have been taking a peek at Athletes First forward Taylor Griffin. Michigan State recently called on Griffin and he's hearing a lot from Kansas State, Dayton, Penn State, Stanford, Oklahoma, UNC-Wilmington and Texas Tech. …

The crowd for Andrew Bynum was plentiful. Jim Calhoun was in the house. So was Jamie Dixon, Norm Roberts, Gary Waters and Paul Hewitt. … Lute Olson watched Nic Wise have one of his better games of the summer. … Mike Krzyzewski stopped by to check in on junior center Brian Zoubek. …

Scout's Seat

Alade Aminu gets no hype. Zero hype. Folks, this guy is a developing player and a great shot blocker. He's going to be one of the surprises in this class. … The New Jersey All-Stars forgot about their horse. The Stars didn't get the ball nearly enough to Andrew Bynum, despite head coach Frank Burg pleading with his troops to "feed the big man." It happens sometimes in these settings. …

Team's Watched – S.C. Ravens, Metro Hawks, Athletes First, New Jersey All-Stars, Georgia Stars, Houston Hoops.


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