News & Notes From Down South

After spending the first session at the Peach Jam, it was time to make the nearly three-hour trek down the road to Suwanee, Ga., for the adidas tournament.

PEACH JAM Before we left the Peach Jam, Boo Williams dismantled another opponent, The Family, in the final game of pool play. Duke Crews and Vernon Macklin had it going from the inside while Maryland-bound point guard Eric Hayes and rising junior Chris Wright really controlled the game.

Boo Williams also advanced in the quarterfinals, but they were tested in a 64-54 victory against the Illinois Warriors. Now Boo Williams will face SYF Players in one semifinal on Friday and the Houston Hoops go up against Spencer Hawes and Friends of Hoop in the other semi.

Macklin finished with 20 points in the victory against the Illinois Warriors. In other quarterfinal results, Hawes scored 20 points to lead Friends of Hoop to a 61-56 win against the Arkansas Wings; Jamil Tucker had 16 in SYF's 56-51 victory against Brandan Wright (20 points) and the Murfreesboro Stars; and Nice Wise had 31 in the Houston Hoops 83-75 win against Leonard Washington (22 points) and Louisiana Select.

Peach Jam Notes: Duke Crews' recruitment has basically blown up since April. He was once looking at Xavier and VCU; now he said he's gotten calls from Duke and UNC – and he also mentioned Florida, Florida State, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Georgetown. … Spencer Hawes is nearly ready to trim his list to five and the only one he admitted that will definitely be in that mix is hometown Washington. Sources tell us that North Carolina is a lock to make the cut while schools like UConn, Duke, Kansas, Arizona, Stanford and UCLA are in the mix. … Macklin lists North Carolina, Wake Forest and Georgetown. Don't be surprised if Ohio State is added to that list soon.

adidas notes: West Virginia native Patrick Patterson, a 6-7 forward from the Class of 2007, is someone to watch. Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser and Florida's Billy Donovan were front and center on Thursday night. Patterson runs the court well, rebounds – but needs to be more assertive on the offensive end. West Virginia was also in attendance – and has already offered Patterson a scholarship. … Hun School (N.J.) 6-11 big man Ross Trampler knocked down a few shots from beyond the arc in a loss to the under-16 Georgia Stars. Trampler mentioned Wake Forest, FDU and Albany. We happened to stumble upon Trampler in a side gym while there to take in Gani Lawal's game. Lawal, a 6-foot-8 forward from the Class of 2007, doesn't put up gaudy numbers – but he's going to be special one day. He plays hard, really excels in the open court and can also finish in the paint. Sometimes he rushes things inside, but there's a reason why his list reads: Georgia, Georgia Tech, Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky.


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