Brian Randle & A Rising Junior Impress In Cameron

Brian Randle and a 6-6 rising junior made solid impressions Friday in the Tournament Of Champions games in newly air-conditioned Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Most recruiting gurus were in Chapel Hill Friday night checking out future UNC phenom Raymond Felton and others. I chose to cover the Fort Sooy No Limit (Urbana, IL) versus Coast to Coast from Florida. in air conditioned Cameron Indoor Stadium. Team No Limit features two players still on the Blue Devils recruiting list and a rising Junior that you'll soon hear about.

Team No Limit had little trouble disposing of Coast to Coast in the Ninth Annual Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, cruising to a 88-75 win. Duke target Brian Randle (6-8, 200) showed he belongs in the Top 35 players nationally by putting up 18 points, along with 7 boards and 3 blocked shots. Brian showed good hops, as he controlled the action down low against the smaller Florida team. He showed the ability to draw fouls, ran the courts well and positioned himself well in the post. He got back on the defensive end and showed patience and was comfortable in traffic. He altered a few shots, leading his team with three rejections. His main offensive skills were underneath where he used the glass well. 

I saw little of his outside game, but he showed good patience and seemed to know his role. He did have his knee taped, and it was worked on during the game due to tendonitis.

Another player some link to Duke is Richard McBride, a 6-4 210 pound off guard. Richard has a well defined upper body and is an adequate ball handler. After starting slow, he drained a three that started a run. He tallied 11 points and dished out 5 assists. It was hard to judge him defensively, as No Limit played strictly zone. I was not overly impressed with his skills, but I have only seen him play one time. He was a bit overshadowed by teammates, and the Sooy bench played significant minutes.

The player that really caught my eye was a rising junior, Shawn Livingston. Shawn stands a long and lean 6-6 and weighs 165 pounds. He is listed as a SF, but got the majority of his time bringing the ball up the court. He has superb ball handling skills and could cover a lot of ground quick. He was quite adept at runners in the lane and covered his defensive assignment well with his long arms. He filled the passing lanes and was quick to loose balls. While he forced a couple of shots, he showed range well outside the three point stripe. This kid can play, and once he grows into his body - watch out. Shawn put up impressive numbers to the tune of 21 points, 5 steals and 5 assists.

It would be fair to note that McBride and Randle played well together, and that Saturday, they take on Cleveland Basketball at 3:20 a.m. in the Dean Dome and then the New York Ravens at 7:00 p.m. Also, the game between the Georgia Stars and Team Assault from D.C. was canceled, as the Georgia team was stuck in traffic in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Michigan Hurricanes are scheduled to play in Cameron at 11:30 tomorrow. They have high school sensation LeBron James listed on its roster, and Duke target Olu Famutimi. Some say Olu is linked to Michigan State.

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