City of Palms: Day Two

<b>FORT MYERS, Fla. –</b> The Saturday spotlight was supposed to shine on Louis Williams and Martell Webster but it was Seattle Prep junior center Spencer Hawes that stole the show. Hawes,'s No. 10 prospect, went for 35 points.

Seattle Prep 75, Dunwoody 65
Palm Beach Lakes 82, South Gwinnett 73
Milwaukee Vincent 57, Cape Coral 36
IMG Pendleton 55, South Miami 47
Mater Dei 79, Raines 70
Lely 83, Florida Prep 55
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Martell Webster, SG, Seattle Prep: You can see the level of skill he has in his game and there is plenty of strength in that body as well. He didn't have a particularly exciting night from the field (6-for-17) but he did score from different spots on the floor and rebounded well from his guard position to the tune of 14 boards. From an NBA perspective he did a nice job, but Huskies fans could sleep easy because it wasn't a performance that jolted his stock either way for now.

Louis Williams, G, South Gwinnett: This game was one he'd like to have back. A capacity crowd – chock full of NBA guys – was on hand and the bottom line was Williams just didn't have a good ballgame. The final numbers weren't pretty and they included a 7-for-23 from the field and just 3-for-11 from deep. Ball handling and shot selection were issues as well and we had him down for 7 turnovers. Yes, there were a few acrobatic finishes that few in the class are capable of but overall this performance was well below his standards, not to mention South Gwinnett was upset for the first time this year.

Marcus Landry, PF, Vincent: Sure, Cape Coral was missing its best player but Landry probably had no idea so all he did was go out and score 16 points to go with 17 rebounds! Now, the official stats shorted him on some boards because they gave him 13 total and we gave him 15 offensive! Furthermore, Landry played sparingly in the 3rd quarter and didn't play at all in the final period. Granted, he was following some of his own misses but the offensive rebounding totals are pretty ridiculous.

Juwann James, PF, Raines: The unsigned senior did what he could to keep Raines in the game once Derwin Kitchen got into foul trouble and did it to the tune of 37 points and 8 rebounds. This guy could have an excellent career at a mid-major program because he's tough and makes plays by being smart and active. His 37 today came in a workmanlike effort, one of those games where you might not have figured him for such a big number but he was so consistent that the points added up in the end.

Mike Gerritty, PG, Mater Dei: The difference in today's game for Gerritty was that he made outside shots: 3-for-4 from downtown to be exact. He went for 30 points.

Brian Asbury, SF/SG, South Miami: One of the signature efforts of the event thus far was defined by Asbury scoring 22 of his team's first 24 points before having to call timeout because he was exhausted. He's got excellent pace to his game and we probably need to find a spot for him in our Top 100 the next go round. When it was all over, Asbury accumulated 35 points to go with 12 rebounds. He went 12-for-26 from the field and made 4 3s.

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Spencer Hawes, C, Seattle Prep: The junior stole the show with the day's best performance which, according to Hawes, was his best game of the young season as well. Hawes went for 35 points and 12 rebounds and he looked outstanding doing it. He actually scored buckets in the paint with both hands, made a few face ups and got a transition dunk. Hawes had one of those nights that made you feel good about his No. 10 ranking in 2006.

Corey Claitt, SG, Palm Beach Lakes: Let's give him credit because he stared Louis Williams right in the eye and didn't blink. Now, Claitt has his issues from the field (9-for-26, 3-for-11 3s) but without his aggressive play P.B.L. doesn't hang in and win this one. Daniel Bryant was the big point man for the team with 26 points but Claitt's play set the tone.

Anjuan Wilderness, SF, Dunwoody: He had 20 points on 7-for-20 from the field. This young man is a big time athlete who excels in the open court and he'd be well served to pick a college that plays a really up tempo brand of ball that would accentuate his game.

David Potter, SF, IMG: The youngster showed a nice variety of jumpers on the perimeter from both mid and deep range. He also rebounded his position and had an impressive afternoon.

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Taylor King, SF, Mater Dei: The future Bruin went off for 28 points and his barrage from the outside to begin the second half set the tone for the Monarchs. All good shooters have an air of streakiness to them and King has proven that when he's feeling it look out. That's two good ones in a row for this skilled perimeter forward.

News & Notes

Cape Coral power forward Carlos Strong, a Philly native, did not play and can't until January because of his academics. However, Strong did weigh in on his recruitment saying that Virginia Tech and East Carolina were two of his favorites. He's been to ECU unofficially and will visit Virginia Tech after his next SAT gets completed. …

Mater Dei point guard Michael Gerritty said that he would like to play at the highest level. Some Pac-10's have inquired and Auburn has called as well. There were a number of mid-major programs eyeing him up here. Gerritty said he'd travel for school if he can find the proper fit. … Apparently Eastern Kentucky has the inside track on Florida Prep power forward Dalky Melendez. The 6-foot-8 Melendez had 10 points in the game and is a mid-major recruit. EKU was in the house today. …

Appalachian State had an assistant in the gym marking Juwann James. … Gators assistant Anthony Grant was in town all day taking in the event. … Spencer Hawes has a list of about 11 schools right now highlighted by all the big boys and he's being sincere when he says he's just not sure who is going to get visits at this time. …

Scout's Views

Is there a curse of Bishop Verot High? If you're Louis Williams there might be because last year he didn't play particularly well at the City of Palms and he didn't get off to a very good start this year either. … Mike Mercer had an uncharacteristic 5-for-20 from the field. Nobody wins when your stars combine to go 12-for-43 from the field with 10 turnovers. …

Elliott Johnson, an unsigned power forward with mid-major credentials had 16 for Vincent. … Martell Webster deserves a lot credit because the stage was set for him and he understood that Hawes had the hot hand (he didn't) and deferred to the big fella. How many seniors would feel comfortable doing that? …

Bryan Holm of Lely went 7-for-13 from downtown to lead his team past Florida Prep; he finished with 21 points. … Jacksonville Raines, a good high school team, suffered its second loss in as many days and really had little chance of beating Mater Dei once Kitchen picked up his 3rd foul early in the 2nd half. …

IMG's Ricky Sanchez has done some growing since the summer. He's sprouted up to 7-feet. With the accomplishment of getting to the magic 7-foot number comes the responsibility of rebounding and his 2 boards doesn't cut it. The perimeter player had a bad shooting day going 3-for-10 from the field and just 1-for-6 from deep. Rebounding is a great way for a scorer to get himself kick started. …

Most good players have a comfort zone and Marcus Landry of Vincent isn't a great perimeter player behind the arc but he will wear it out from the free throw line area. …

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