Two of the top prospects remaining on the Blue Devil recruiting board squared off in the opening round Thursday when Seattle big forward Jon Brockman went head to head with California big forward Jamal Boykin.
In the end it was the Washington state prospect coming away with the victory after Brockman's 31 point, 12 rebound performance carried Friends of the Hoop to an 85-74 win over Boykin's Belmont Shore squad.
Brockman was his usual self in the paint, pulling down rebounds and battling anyone who dared get between him and his goal – usually a rebound or put back bucket. On his night he truly set the pace for FOH by scoring the first five buckets of the game for his team as the Washington based squad jumped out to a lead they would never relinquish.
Despite Brockman's big night, Boykin was probably more valuable to his team. The 6-foot-7 225 pounder scored 23 points and pulled down 13 rebounds while handing out approximately a half dozen assists. It's safe to say without Boykin this one would have been a laugher.
Boykin would have looked better, but he started to drift outside too much and jacked up a high number of perimeter attempts, only one of which fell.
If Duke could land both of these prospects in the class of 2005, it is safe to assume that no team will have two harder working players when it comes to attacking the basket on both ends of the floor.
Post game Brockman indicated that his list remains the same as it has for most of the summer with the list (as spoken) including Duke, Washington, Gonzaga, North Carolina, Arizona, and UCLA.
Editor's Note: Boykin is scheduled to visit Duke in September, and an offer may be extended on said visit [link].
Boateng Puts In Work
Though he didn't post impressive numbers in the points category, big England native Eric Boateng showed why he's got the potential to be a terrific big man in the near future. He finished the game with only a half dozen points, but did manage to come two boards short of 20 as the Delaware Sharpshooters fell.
Love Is Good. Real Good
In the few minutes before the outcome of the game was decided (for the opponents) the attention in the gym focused on 6-foot-8, 245 pound Kevin Love, who simply showed why he's going to be getting all kinds of attention in the next few years – most likely from the NBA.
Tonight there was no stopping him in the paint as he show cased a number of impressive post moves including a drop step that led to consecutive finishes at the rim. However he also showed off some range, taking his man outside only to drain an open three.
K watching Paulus
Coach K got a good look at his future floor general tonight as Greg Paulus dished out a whopping 16 assists for his SRAP team. Paulus, when surrounded by top players who can score, makes his team better and is a lock for this year's McDonalds game.
Thanks to Dave Telep, members of TheInsiders.com, Bill Lidyoff, and Scott Raish for their help in compiling this report.