Expert's Take: Thursday Hoops

With the Peach Jam wrapping up and the Summer Jam kicking off in Wisconsin, TDD runs down the experts' take on the various performances of the Duke targets at both events.

Mitch McGary, C, SYF Players – With Robinson doing damage from the perimeter, McGary, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound big man, was locking down his area. Any board in his vicinity found its way to his mitts. He scored by facing up and attacking, off put backs and pumped in eight free throws. McGary finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks.

Tony Parker - C, Georgia Stars - Blessed with a massive set of paws, Parker has been dominant for the Georgia Stars so far this week. He establishes position really well (even though his team struggles to feed him the ball) and uses his long arms to rebound strong in traffic. He's even showing some deft touch on his little hooks and turnarounds.

Jabari Parker, SF, Mac Irvin Fire – During an afternoon game, Parker was nothing short of spectacular. He was hitting from distance, driving and hitting in the mid-range, and also really rebounding the basketball. In fact the only real way to be down on his game was by saying that he facilitated too much and didn't take over completely like he was capable of.

Andrew Wiggins, SG, CIA Bounce – In a big match up against Parker, Wiggins was definitely able to hold his own. The Canadian wing was getting to the rim and finishing with athleticism and then stepping back and hitting deep threes. There are very few holes in his game, going against guys two or three years older than him he is able to still standout.

Cliff Alexander, C, Team D-Rose – Nationally Jahlil Okafor and Dakari Johnson are the two centers getting publicity in the 2014 class. But it won't be long before Alexander is a household name among college coaches and those that follow recruiting.

A legit 6-foot-8, maybe 6-9, Alexander has a strong frame and is a solid athlete. His effort is one of the many attributes that stood out, as he was active and aggressive on both ends. He affected a lot of shots on defense and even knocked in an 18-footer on offense. He finished with 26 points in a playoff win.

Jabari Parker had head coaches from Duke, Washington, and Michigan State. Also assistants from Ilinois, Ohio State, Kansas, and BYU were courtside.

Perry Ellis had a number of coaches trailing him. We saw head coaches from Kansas State and Kansas, while we also spotted assistants from Duke, Kentucky and Memphis.

Mitch McGary had Ben Howland and Mark Gottfried on hand late Thursday night. Assistants from Kentucky, Duke, Maryland, Indiana, Texas and Miami were also present.


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