Javaris Crittenton, PG, Atlanta Celtics: After an extremely slow start, due in part to the fact that he wasn't feeling well, Crittenton took over the game against the Illinois Fire by scoring a game-high 27 points (10-13 FG, 7-10 FT). He played in attack mode the entire time and wasn't settling for anything but tough finishes and dunks. In fact, he finished just about everything he wasn't fouled on. The guy's speed and quickness – at both ends – was evident. There's still room to improve on his decision making but he dropped 7 dimes in this one.
Blake Wallace, SF, Pump ‘n Run: Like Crittenton he was slow getting out of the gates until the second when he turned up the heat on Gateway's perimeter gun, shut him down and in turn got himself going on the offensive end. At 6-foot-7, he's got a nice feel, doesn't force perimeter attempts and is committed to playing both ends of the court.
Dustin Maguire, SG, Gateway: He recently committed to St. Louis and the Billikens have to be excited about his stroke. In fact, his 22-point first half performance was one of the highlights of the spring and he busted 3s from all over the court. Then, in the second half with Wallace giving chase, he had problems getting the same looks. He'll have issues when big, athletic defenders check him but leave him open and you can count it.
Calvin Haynes, SG, Pump ‘n Run: This guy made all kinds of perimeter shots – pull-ups, 3s, leaners, you name it he connected on it. Scored a game-high 27 points. He got hot early and stayed that way throughout the contest. West Coast mid-majors probably have him on speed dial and he says some bigger are checking up on him.
JuJuan Johnson (pictured), PF, Spiece Central Stars: His 20 points helped Spiece take apart a talented young Pump ‘n Run 16s team. At 6-foot-9 (at least) Johnson is far from a finished product but he's athletic, runs, rebounds and changes shots on defense. He's a strength program away from blossoming into a big, big timer in his class.
Dane Suttle, SG/PG, Pump ‘n Run 16s: The L.A. Westchester soph had himself an impressive first half as he tackled both guard positions and stroked 3s. He cooled down as the game progressed but you can see the talent. His AAU coach told us that his father is the all-time leading scorer at Pepperdine and dad has passed along the genes to his son. This was our first time seeing him and he made a positive impression.
Senario Hillman, SG, Atlanta Celtics: The lefty skies to the rim and then goes over it. This is one of the elite athletic specimens in high school hoops. He's goes high and gets there fast. In the opener he made some mid-range shots and even showed good vision. He's a high-wire circus act in the making and a sure-fire dunk contest winner at some event.
HOT NEWS & NOTES
Hot off the press is a Lorenzo Wade commitment to the Washington Huskies. Wade, a freshman, transferred from Louisville back to his native West Coast roots. … Illinois Bobcats wing Jarvis Walker isn't going to Ole Miss. According to his coach and brother, Walker is looking for a prep school instead. …
According to sources close to the Blessed IJN program, Maurice Thomas is not a done deal to UTEP and Arizona State has entered the picture seeking a visit early next week. … Jonathan Mandeldove, who signed with VCU this year, is heading to prep school at Hargrave. Mandeldove is attracting early interest from Memphis, Indiana, Illinois, Wake Forest, Auburn, Georgia, Middle Tennessee and Washington. He says a return commitment to VCU is unlikely. …
Trevor Booker is playing with the Atlanta Celtics this weekend. Prior to the event, the 6-foot-7 power forward made a commitment to Clemson. "Coming up, I always wanted to play in the ACC and Clemson is my chance," Booker said Friday night. South Carolina was his other finalist. …
There's considerable disappointment at the May Classic as it was confirmed that Greg Oden will not play with Spiece this weekend. Instead he's in New York visiting a cousin who is graduating. It's not like Spiece missed a beat as Eric Gordon made 6 3s en route to 28 points and Mike Conley dropped 20 of his own. …
Calvin Haynes is hearing from Houston, Washington, Southern Cal, Oregon, Oregon State and Florida. … Blake Wallace, a Scout.com Top 100 prospect, has offers from Southern Cal, California and Hawaii. UConn, Gonzaga and Wake Forest are on him too. He's got relatives in Hawaii so you figure he'll take that visit! "I really don't have a preference," Wallace said. "I want to go somewhere to win a national championship."