City of Palms: Saturday's Top Underclassmen

<b>FORT MYERS, Fla. –</b> B.J. Raymond of Toledo St. John's is putting in work at the <i>Classic</i>. Meanwhile, Louis Williams is struggling with the rims at Bishop Verot High School.

2005 Checklist

B.J. Raymond, SF, St. John's: How much more efficient can a guy be than to go 8-for-13 from the field, grab 6 boards, make all four of your 3-pointers and 8-of-9 from the line for 28 points? Raymond was terrific against Miami and played his second outstanding game of the event. He's picking up the slack with Zack Hillesland out of action.

Michael Mercer, PG, South Gwinnett: He's beginning to come into his own. At 6-4 he's long and can pass, handle and shoot it. He had 21 points and 5 assists in this one. Unfortunately, South Gwinnett, a team that likes to run, got beat by a team that was better at the running game.

Louis Williams, SG, South Gwinnett: The rims at Bishop Verot High haven't been kind to Williams. In his two games at the Classic he's gone 5-for-24 from 3-point range, including a 3-for-13 round on Saturday. Overall he's just 18-for-54 in two games. He is a legit offensive talent but that doesn't mean his shot selection couldn't stand improvement.

Derwin Kitchen, CG, Raines: It was never a contest against Naples and Kitchen understood his role: stuff the stat sheet and enjoy the remainder of the game with a good courtside view. He pumped in 19 points on 9-of-15 from the field. His team got up so big that the running clock rule Florida adopted this year for the second half went into effect 1 minute after halftime.

Zarron Cann, PF, Brandon: His game with Charlotte was never really that close. 23 points and 3 rebounds later, Cann and his crew recorded a 33-point win.

Marcus Johnson, SF, Westchester: During the Comets first-half run that essentially took the wind out of Parker's sails, Johnson was experiencing a lot of success. His offensive game included more skilled shots today than his previous games. He led the way with 15 points.

2007

Edwin Rios, PG, Miami Senior: He's so poised and has total control of his team that it leaves you wondering: just how could this guy be a freshman? The sweet-shooting Rios pumped in 16 points, including 4 3s. He's got a chance to be a big timer.


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