Gilbert Brown, SG-SF – The Pittsburgh-bound wing has plenty of athleticism and that's no secret, but what has been a little surprising is how far Brown's outside shot has come in recent months. Brown never really got a chance to take a lot of shots this past season at South Kent, but with the shorthanded New Jersey All-Stars, he's getting plenty of looks.
Lance Thomas, F – Another big-time effort for the energetic forward from St. Benedict's. Once again, he went to work from 15 feet and in – and put up 20 points in a loss to the South Carolina Ravens. Work ethic is practically unmatched on the court – and intangibles are impossible to truly measure.
Doneal Mack, SG – Playing with the South Carolina Ravens, Mack scored all 16 of his points from inside the 3-point arc. Got to the basket and finished.
Jon Scheyer, SG – He wasn't the only one who struggled for the Illinois Warriors in a bad loss to the SYF Players. Scheyer hasn't really had his outside shot working like he did a year ago here, but he's still doing plenty of other things to make his teammates better.
Jamil Tucker, SF – The long, slender forward who said he has not even been offered a scholarship to Ohio State yet really has good ball skills for a 6-9 kid. Puts it on the floor and can get past bigger defenders. Still needs to rebound better, but he's skilled.
Edgar Sosa, PG – He had it going against BABC, especially in the first half. He went for 17 points prior to the break – including a trio of trifectas. Also sped down the court as time ticked off and the Gauchos up one point to seal the victory.
Anthony Gurley, SG – He's making Wake Forest assistant Jeff Battle look good, pouring in 27 points in BABC's loss to the Gauchos. The Newton North (Mass.) shooting guard can score in a variety of ways – and that's exactly what he's done here all week.
Nic Wise, PG – The Arizona-bound floor leader seems to play his best basketball at the Peach Jam and this year is no different. The stocky point guard scored 23 points in the nighcap, a 71-62 victory against the Tennessee Travelers. Wise knocked down five shots from downtown and also was solid in distributing the ball.
Michael Washington, F – The long Arkansas Wings forward is more comfortable drilling 3's, but he also went down, posted up and scored a couple buckets with his back to the basket. Finished with 15 points.
Obi Muonelo, G – The well-built, powerful combo guard had arguably his best game of the event, drilling five 3-pointers and doing a nice job of setting up his teammates while finishing with 21 points in a rout against the Portland Legends.
Seth Tarver, SG: The Portland Legends wing has a lot more pressure on him to score without Kevin Love and Kyle Singler in attendance – and the athletic Tarver had it going from mid-range – and even knocked down a pair of 3-pointers.
Arbury Butler, F – A long, thin forward from the Arkansas Wings is considered more of a mid-major kid right now, but high-majors will monitor him because he's so active and gets a ton done. Works hard and really runs the court well and blocks shots on the defensive end. Had a team-high 17 against the Peach Jam Select.
Mike Holmes, PF – The Lee County (S.C.) and South Carolina Ravens forward did most of his work from the paint, but he can knock down mid-range jumpers. He was relentless on the boards and also had a few nice passes. Holmes finished with 21 points before suffering a knee injury late in the victory against the New Jersey All-Stars.
Jeff Jones, SG – He's never played the point prior to winning MVP honors at last week's Eastern Invitational, but he's done a nice job over the last two games of picking his spots to score – and also running the club. He'll need to continue to work on his decision-making, but he's handled the pressure fairly well.
Hamidu Rahman, C – Hasn't done a whole lot to impress. He's been the one whose suffered the most from the New Jersey All-Stars only having six active bodies on the team. Needs to get into better shape and become tougher in the paint.
Gary Johnson, PF – He might be the Class of 2007's version of Lance Thomas. Plays hard on every possession and gets a ton done in the paint. Finished with 13 points against the Tennessee Travelers with most of his scoring done on putbacks and inside baskets.
Blake Griffin, F – The younger brother of Oklahoma freshman Taylor Griffin plays a lot like his older brother, but is more athletic. Did a nice job on finishing in the paint and running the floor. Had 16 points and 10 boards in the nightcap. 2009 CHECKLIST
Alex Oriakhi, PF – Just turned 15 years old and is headed to the Brooks School (Mass.) for his freshman season in the fall. Has plenty of promise with a good body. Rebounds well, blocks shots – needs to work on his offensive game, but again, he's just 15.
NEWS & NOTES
Metro Hawks wing Doneal Mack has received recent interest from UConn and Florida, but Virginia Tech continues to occupy the lead spot. … Brandan Wright's top three remain unchanged: Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina. Louisville, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Kansas are on the outside looking in. … Mike Holmes lists South Carolina, Clemson, Wake Forest and North Carolina. His high school coach, Jabari Deas, added Virginia Tech and Auburn. … Jamil Tucker, in addition to Ohio State, mentioned USC, Indiana, Arizona and Miami. … Obi Muonelo likes Oklahoma State, UConn, Illinois and Texas. … Gauchos guard Terrell McKenzie sat out the morning session due to disciplinary reasons. … Blake Griffin said that Oklahoma (offered), Illinois, Tulsa, Wichita State and Nebraska are in the mix while he'd like to hear from Kansas. … Gary Johnson's list stands at seven: Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, Texas, Arizona and UConn.