Peach, Showtime News & Notes

We take a look at some other odds and ends, including plenty of school lists, after taking in plenty of action at the Peach Jam and at the Showtime National Championships. Lewis Clinch reveals a Top Five and Devon Downey has plenty of admirers.

There was a reason why high-major coaches flocked over to Kentucky in the past week for the Hoop Fest. His name is Lewis Clinch.

Clinch is a big-time player who has the potential to turn himself into a viable candidate for the McDonald's All-America Game before its all said and done. And to think – Clinch never even received an invite to any of the shoe camps.

Prior to the spring, it was Georgia, Auburn, Furman and Mercer.

Now, Billy Donovan, Paul Hewitt, Skip Prosser, Dennis Felton, Stan Heath and other big-time head coaches frequent his games.

Clinch played with the Smyrna Stars this past week in Atlanta and he'll play with them again at the AAU Nationals after running with the Georgia Hawks for the Super Showcase.

``I have a lot of soreness right now with my legs, but I'm loving all of this and just basically playing on adrenaline," Clinch said. ``Now I've made a name for myself a little bit and I know I have to back it up."

Previously, Clinch said that Georgia was the leader. However, now it appears as though the Bulldogs have fallen back into a Top 5 group consisting of Georgia Tech, Wake Forest N.C. State and Florida.

``I know wherever I go it'll be good academically, because my mother won't let me go there unless it's good," he added. "But I also want to go somewhere I can play early."

One player who has made believers out of coaches despite his size – or lack thereof – is Devon Downey.

The pint-sized 5-8 ½, 160-pound floor leader had a terrific week at the Peach Jam for the South Carolina Ravens.

``At the beginning of the spring, South Carolina was really the only one looking at me," Downey said. "Now it's Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Miami, Cincinnati and UMass."

``I want to go to a fastbreak team and somewhere that I'm needed," he added.

Rashad Woods wasn't even supposed to play against the young EBO team from California, but an injury wasn't going to keep him out of action.

Woods, who started the summer with the Houston Hoops but is now a piece on a loaded Houston Elite team that also features ultra-athletic Gerald Green and Javon Adams, said that DePaul is his leader at this point.

``They are coming at me real hard and have offered me," Woods said DePaul. "I really like them."

Woods said that the other schools he's looking at are Illinois, Oklahoma, Baylor and Arkansas.

2005 Notes: Brian Gilmore had a nice week at the Peach Jam for the Boo Williams squad, displaying a versatile game and the ability to known down the perimeter shot. The 6-7, 215-pound Virginia native was a big-time soccer player growing up, but now he's given up that sport and begun to excel on the hardwood. Gilmore, who played at Norfolk Collegiate last season, will head to Fork Union Military Academy (Va.) this year. Gilmore said that he's looking at Virginia Tech, Virginia, Clemson, N.C. State, Ohio State, Penn State, VCU, UNC-Wilmington, Baylor and Miami. … Julian Wright is now at 6-8 ½ and 215 pounds. He'll take all three of his visits – to Arizona, DePaul and Illinois – before making his decision. … Tabor Academy (Mass.) 6-5 guard Colby Santos provided a list of Miami, Arkansas, Florida and St. John's. … Tyler Hansbrough got the better of his head-to-head matchup with Richard Hendrix, but Hendrix got into early foul trouble that limited his minutes and effectiveness. … Don Bosco (N.J.) 6-7 senior forward Tyrell Biggs was banged up and it showed at the Peach Jam. Biggs listed Duke, Maryland, UConn, Pittsburgh, Villanova and Miami. … Richmond signee A.D. Vassalo will likely end up at Hargrave Military Academy and play for Kevin Keatts. Ditto for relentless undersized power forward Sam Young. Keatts will also have Tommy Liddell and Marc Edgerson. 2006 Notes: National Christian (Md.) 6-8 junior Kevin Durant is contemplating a move to Oak Hill Academy (Va.). The versatile forward, one of the elite players in the class, listed North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, Texas, Missouri, Georgia Tech and Georgia.

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