Boo Williams: Clint's Player Notes Pt 1

TDD recruiting analyst Clint Jackson was on hand this weekend at the Boo Williams Nike Invitational. Here are some of the top players in attendance and some comments on their performances.

Jon Brockman 6-7 PF Seattle -- Insider's analyst Eric Bossi told me that I'd like this kid and he was on point. Brockman is a true warrior in every sense of the word. He's a good athlete with plenty of strength and a relentless will about him that forces him to play every play like the game is on the line. He has GREAT hands and does everything with maximum effort. He dunks with authority, grabs boards in traffic and finishes with a nice soft touch around the glass. Not the most versatile guy in the world -- but in a time where everyone wants to be a wing forward, Brockman stays in the paint and simply dominates. Think Greg Brunner at Iowa.

Richard Hendrix 6-8 PFAlabama -- Hendrix is the best PLAYER that I saw all weekend. He's a man amongst boys at this level and just showcases some of the most polished post moves -- including an incredible drop step and step through -- and grabs rebounds by the truckload. He's improved his agility and kept his weight (255) while adding more lean muscle mass to his body. Someone is going to have to go through Hendrix before being labeled as the best power forward in the 2005 class. Total stud here folks.

Micah Downs 6-8 WF Seattle -- Skilled wing forward with a fine handle. He looks, walks, talks and plays just like Michael Dunleavy. One of his drives to the hoop against Georgia was just a thing of beauty. Downs shook some peeps off the bounce and hung in the air between two defenders, only to emerge on the other side with the ball. He then dropped in a long hanging finger roll from the baseline. It drew a lot of attention from the audience. Smooth and skilled -- Micah is silk.

Tyler Hansbrough 6-8 PF St. Louis -- Everything that you've read about him is true. He's tough. He's aggressive. He's a warrior. Plus, he's one heck of a free throw shooter. This kid made a living at the charity stripe this weekend. Approximately 60% of his total points were scored from the free throw line. And the reason that he gets there so often is because of the manner in which he tries to score. He attacks the basket and forces the defense to foul him or get dunked on. A consistent competitor.

Jeff Adrien 6-7 PF BABC -- BABC's lone warrior, Adrien attacks the basket with a vengeance. He's long, pretty athletic and strong. Plus, he's got really quick feet in the paint -- which forces the slower post players to either get beat or foul. He's in need of improving his shot and his free throws, but he's going to be a good high major role player at the next level.

Kyle Singler 6-7 WF/PF Oregon Select -- Another freshman from Oregon who was really impressive. He's got a great handle and touch for someone his size and doesn't mind getting physical in the paint. He can play both forward positions and has a smooth feel to his game. Once we found out that this kid was a freshman -- we knew we were seeing someone with big time potential. Keep an ear out for this kid down the road.

Stephan Welsh 5-11 SG Boo Williams -- Welsh, a sophomore, is a finely tuned athlete. He runs and runs and runs and never gets winded. A gifted scorer who is known as a streaky shooter, Welsh, is one of the most talented sophomores in the state of Virginia. He's got a stroke from the arc and is nearly impossible to defend because of his relentless ability to run at full speed for 40 minutes. If this kid doesn't make it as a basketball player -- he could be a marathon runner.


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