T.O.C. Day One News & Notes

<b>DURHAM, N.C. –</b> Tyler Smith was one of the many players we had a chance to rap with during the first day of competition at the Tournament of Champions.

News & Notes

Houston Select point guard Henry Dugat says he's down to just a pair of schools. Apparently, Baylor and Texas are the only ones left and he's not going to make a decision until he sees the Texas campus. … Southeast Elite small forward Tyler Smith said that Tennessee, Duke, UNC, N.C. State and Kansas were recruiting him the hardest heading into the T.O.C. …

Tallahassee Wildcats center Abdul Herrera, a native of Panama, says that Connecticut, Xavier, Texas Tech, Miami, Florida, Florida State and Clemson are chasing him the hardest. … NE Playaz guard Antonio Anderson says he's got an offer from Marquette, St. John's and Massachusetts. UConn and Memphis are on him too while plenty of mid-majors like the College of Charleston have already offered. …

New Mexico State is going to have a visitor over the weekend. Former Playaz guard Jamal Warren is heading the school on Sunday to begin his official visit. … Colin McIntosh, a small forward with the NE Playaz, lists Boston University, Siena and St. Joe's as three schools recruiting him hard. However, he'd love to hear from Stanford (his ultimate school) and is interested in Rutgers, Providence, UConn, Northwestern and Georgetown. …

Sean McCurdy, the Top 100 point guard, has left the New Heights program. So did big man Ahmad Nivins who is here at the T.O.C. with the NJ Sure Shots. … Speaking of missing in action. Where are you guys? Amongst the no-shows on Friday: Ryan Reid, Kevin Durant, Jarvis Hill and Brayden Bell (whose team still won by 25!). …

Lance Thomas, a promising 6-7+ sophomore forward with New Heights, is already hearing from Arizona, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Maryland, Duke, Kansas, Rutgers and UConn. … Word around the gym was that Andray Blatche looked good in his opener as he stayed in the paint and also said that Syracuse leads for his services. …

Courtney Fells, the shooting guard with the Magnolia Stars, confirmed that North Carolina State is still his leader. However, he did say that Maryland recently got involved and listed Georgia Tech, LSU, Mississippi State, Mississippi and Alabama as possible destinations. …

Scout's Seat

Colin McIntosh of the New England Playaz has a nice touch to 3-point range but he's going to have to get stronger. Despite the lack of strength, he still competes. … Antonio Anderson of the Playaz rebounds his position extremely well and he's always looking to push the ball. … Academic school? Look into New Heights power forward Cameron Lewis. He's a post grad at Exeter with grades, a nice frame and the game to match. …

Tyrese Rice of Team Richmond is a noted scorer. However, on the mid-major college level he's going to need more elevation on his set shot from downtown or he'll either get a ton of shots blocked or won't be able to get them off. On a positive note, he's fast with the ball and plays in attack mode. …

The Michigan Mustangs are not very talented this year. However, they have a potential mid-major combo forward on Rodney Alexander who is 6-5 but plays like he's 6-8. He's crafty and a max effort guy. …

Booker Woodfox of the Dallas Mustangs made a ton of 3s Friday night. While his release is quite unorthodox, he splashes them in with regularity. Now, if you can make him put it on the floor the percentages will go down. … Gary Flowers of the Dallas Mustangs will start his career in college as a power forward. He plays with passion and intensity but offensively needs more diversity to his game. …

Courtney Fells has a chance to be an excellent defender because of his length. He'll get his hands on a lot of balls because he's active and long. ...


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