Hoopfest: Scouts View, News & Notes

<b>BENTON, Ky. –</b> We take you inside Marshall County's Hoopfest and give you a front row seat for Saturday's action in this installment of <i>Scouts Seat</i> and our <i>News & Notes</i> section.

Scout's Seat

Shaun Livingston is missing a big friend. Central lacks a true post presence which doesn't give a terrific passer a target on his drives. If his assist total look a little low this season that should be taken into consideration because he's such a sensational passer and loves to find guys, even though he lacks the finisher that he'll have at Duke. …

Ty Rogers is going to be successful in college because right now he's having to create shots for himself as defenses focus on him. He's the judge and jury for Lyon County in that his high school team goes as far as he can take them. … Ollie Harrison, a 6-4 shooting guard out of Century in Illinois is a mid-major kind of player. He was playing with a sleeve on his knee but was still able to score at a pretty good clip. …

Matt Shaw is going to be a player at Southern Illinois but Saturday wasn't his day. PRP pressed Centralia from the tip and Shaw looked winded. He was still hustling but you could tell he was tired. … Farley has shoulders that will carry plenty of weight in college. He'll be more than capable of putting on the weight Louisville will want to put on him. Its pasta and potatoes from here on out for Farley. … Jarrod Litzinger scored 25 points and was Mason County's leading scorer. … Dayshawn Wright had 15 rebounds the day after he recorded 21. …

It's probably going to take Chris Lofton a few games to get his shooting legs back. Coming off football season he's going need some time to get into basketball shape. The transition is especially hard on shooting guards because of the skill level with which his position requires. … There might not be a team with better chemistry than Mason County. They line the perimeter with snipers and find the shooters as well as any high school team we've seen so far this season. … William Graves can take a page from the great ones and when you're struggling with your jumper the way he did on Saturday it's time to go to the rim and gets some layups to get yourself going. …

Rajon Rondo didn't finish like he did on Friday night. Rondo was whistled for three offensive fouls. He's so aggressive in getting to the rim that on occasion he can get a little loose with the drive. He might look into developing a floater, ala Andrew Lavender, to bail him out of some situations. … This weekend Josh Smith was outstanding above the rim and made some skilled jumpers. One thing he doesn't seem really fond of is just putting it on the deck and blowing by someone. …

News & Notes

Here's a stat for you: Oak Hill head coach Steve Smith has not been ejected from a game since 1980 when he was the head man at University Heights Academy. That's pretty wild, 23 years without missing a possession. … Larry Harris, an assistant with NC State was on hand to watch K.C. Rivers and William Graves. … LSU sent an assistant to watch Monta Ellis. … Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury and assistant Phil Cunningham were in attendance for Charles Rhodes and Ellis. Stansbury even brought his young son. …

PRP's Terrance Farley played last night and experienced swelling in his knee earlier this week. He had it drained on Friday. … "I used to watch hangtime," one autograph seeker said to Louisville assistant Reggie Theus. Apparently she forgot the 19,000 points he scored in the NBA. Theus signed and was happy to do it. …

Colleges In Attendance – Murray State, North Carolina State, LSU, Louisville.


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