Beach Ball: Day Two Rundown
National Recruiting Director
Date: Dec 28, 2005
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Early round games can be a drag and unfortunately there were a few David vs. Goliath matchups on Day Two of the Beach Ball. Thankfully, Austin Freeman and Taylor King stepped up and made some noise.
Austin Freeman, SG, DeMatha – Every day has to have a signature performance and we'll go with the future Hoya based on how efficient he was with his chances; he shot 66 percent from the field. He's one of those big versatile wings whose game translates into pretty much any setting. The ability to pass, board and score in a 6-foot-5, strong body is what helps him excel. How about 28 points and a perfect 7-for-7 from the line in his opening effort. Not bad at all.
Taylor King, SF, Mater Dei – With the kind of head coaching attention that was sitting in the stands, the pressure was on. King made it happen with a tournament-high 35 points on 13-for-26 from the field. Now, he busted four 3-pointers along the way but that's not the story. Often times a kid with King's perimeter ability will marry himself to the 3-point shot. What King did well against Brophy was move around the floor and in particular on the blocks. He might have had a few fade ways from that area of the court rattle out on him but he never gave up on performing as a true inside-outside forward.
Jerai Grant (pictured), PF/C, DeMatha – The 6-foot-7 long, slender big man dunks what he can inside and plays aggressively. The son of a former NBA world champion would have made papa proud with a hard earned 13 points and 13 boards.
Aaron Pogue, C, Dunbar – Big difference a day makes. In his second game, Pogue's field goal attempts (3-for-9) were exactly the same as the day before but that's where the similarities end. If he's going to achieve at the collegiate level he's got to be as active as he was against Pace. He got himself to the line 9 more times than the day before, upped his rebounding totals by 6 to 13 and blocked 2 shots to go with 14 points. His slogan should read: activity yields productivity.
Rayford Shipman – This was a more complete effort than his initial game. Finished up with 22 points on 7-for-18 from the field but still hasn't found his deep stroke.
Daequan Cook, SG, Dunbar – Yesterday he was the lone double-digit scorer and they lost. Today he went for 17 points, 4 guys scored in double-figures and Dunbar won by 5. Cook hit on 6-of-11 shots and that was all his team needed from him as everyone got involved.
Brandon Powell (pictured), SG, Mitchell – He came out firing and made his first 4 3-pointers. By the half, it was 64-24 and he was already 6-13 from downtown. The future Gator, playing with assistant Donnie Jones in the stands, ripped it up for 24 points (all 20 of his shots were 3s). The next step for him will be adding a little perimeter diversity like a mid-range game and a drive and kick move to his arsenal and he'll fine sniping for the Gators the next four seasons.
Thaddeus Young, SF, Mitchell – Where are his manners? He brings his team into Myrtle Beach, soaks up the hospitality and then drops 26 on the host team in a 54-point thrashing? Shame on him. All kidding aside, this was one of the all-time mismatches and Young punched the clock with 26 points and 8 rebounds.
Nigel Munson, PG, DeMatha – Maybe the least heralded of the point guards coming into the ACC next season but he's a good player who is completely capable of running the ship for the Hokies. Strong pace to his game was evidenced by the 15 points and 7 assists. He's an improved scorer who will really help himself if he can get to the point where he's a knockdown guy from 3-point land.
Dwayne Collins, PF, Miami Senior – Forget the statistics (and they weren't that bad) because there is a lesson to be learned from the loss to King. Collins was recruited to play with inside activity, athleticism and toughness as a power forward. He's an explosive inside player, when he wants to be. Collins rung up strong stats after Miami was hit with the knockout punch in the first half. The only time the Stings appeared capable of making a run, Collins was doing his thing inside. He finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds but like we said spent too much time on the perimeter. We say this because he has talent but to max it out he'll have to understand his identify a little better.
How about this one for Taylor King. He drew Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and Jay Wright. That's one for the scrapbook. Planes were landing at a pretty good clip at a tiny airstrip in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday. Wright actually flew from Raleigh where he watched Chris Wright do his thing earlier in the day. …
How about some assistance? Miami Senior gets blown out and only Collins gets double-digits? Turning it over 23 times as a team didn't help the cause. …
Sophomore Korie Lucious scored 14 points (3-9 FG), went 6-for-6 from the line and had 3 assists and 5 turnovers while running the point. He'll be a better assist man with different personnel on the floor in college. …
Remember when Shane Battier used to fire away on the trail 3-pointer? Don't think that Duke isn't projecting Taylor King as a guy who can make that particular shot in their offense. It's mere coincidence that King dons the No. 31 jersey too. …
"I should have made half of the shots I missed. I can do better than that. You'll see."