Boo Williams: Day One Rundown

HAMPTON, Va. – Mr. Basketball in Florida had quite an opening night at the Boo Williams. Nick Calathes dropped 33 in a win while a host of rising seniors showcased their games!

Nick Calathes, PG/SG, Team Florida – What a week for Florida! First the national title and now their stud 2007 recruit is playing his tail off at the Boo! Basically, the D.C. Blue Devils couldn't guard him. He put the icing on a 33-point night by stroking 4 free throws in the closing minute. From feeding the post to shooting on the move, Calathes made the case to be included amongst the Top 25 players in his class. Outstanding beginning to his spring run.

John Flowers, PF/SF, DC Blue Devils – Our first look at him revealed a versatile forward who hasn't settled in on a position yet because his game is likely developing. He made most of the shots he took on the perimeter. A very good player who can face you up, drive it to the goal and though it's a little unorthodox, demonstrated the ability to make outside shots. He's a high-major level player who had 19 points and 7 boards.

James Anderson, SF, Arkansas Wings – If you like wing players who hawk the ball and make plays, this is your man. A 6-foot-5 ball of energy and athleticism, Anderson is a high-level athlete who gets after it at both ends. Has some room to tighten his handle and his stroke (though he made his share of 3s), it's easy to see why high-major head coaches have already laid eyes on him.

Patrick Patterson, PF, Boo Williams – At the end of the summer we'd be surprised if he's not one of the better rebounds on the circuit. Patterson really gets after it and his athleticism seems to be on the rise. They'd like him to be more aggressive in looking for his offense. He's got a chiseled up frame and is hitting his stride.

Chris Wright, PG, Boo Williams – His evening began a little up and down but he got it sorted out in the second half when he dropped a ton of assists. The scoring point guard played unselfishly and went for 13 points on a night when he wasn't himself from the perimeter. Sometimes he'll overdrive the ball but it's a product of being aggressive.

Solomon Alibi, C, Team Florida – AAU ball isn't conducive to bigs getting a ton of touches. Having said that, despite limited court time, you can see why the interest is there. The guy is all of 7-feet, mechanical offensively but when he unfurls his wingspan he's tough to score on. More prospect than producer right now, there will continue to be interest as we watch him develop the next few months.

Greg Monroe (pictured), C, New Orleans Panthers – He's got a pair of the widest shoulders you'll see on the circuit and there is plenty of room to fill out his 6-9 frame. Even though he started slow and didn't get enough touches late, Monroe dumped 16 points and 19 rebounds on Team Texas.

The Panthers were dead in the water until he got it rolling midway through the game. For a big fella he can pass and has tremendous feel to go along with a wingspan that beckons to be measured.

Ed Davis, PF, Boo Williams – The word was that he looked awfully good in his first game and then followed it up with an efficient 12 points (6-6 FG) and 8 rebounds in the nightcap. He's 6-8, lean and dunks what he can inside. Basically, this son of a former NBA player is going to continue figuring it out this spring through the summer and has vast potential.

Xavier Gibson, C, Georgia Blazers – They're bringing him along slowly and this youngster has the tools to be a standout player. Right now he's more prospect than producer which is likely a byproduct of a lack of muscle. You can see him gaining confidence – a late-game dunk over a defender will help – and once he gets some muscle you'll begin to see him figure it out. We're probably a little aggressive with labeling him a Top 10 prospect right now but he clearly has the tools to become one.

Rotnie Clarke, PG/SG, Team Texas – He says his comfort zone is at the shooting guard and who can argue when you drop 5 3s in the first half? However, at his present size (5-10), the point could be his final destination barring a nice growth spurt. Apparently he was a prolific scorer in high school. Though not quite as big now, he's got some Blake Ahearn in his game. A hoops IQ, feel for the position and a 4.0 GPA are going to get him places. He finished with 25 points in his spring debut.

Team Texas sophomore Willie Warren did not make the trip. According to his AAU coach Wes Grandstaff, Warren is plagued by a few injuries, including a bulging disc in his back. His first event could wind up being the Nike All-American Camp. … Portland Elite wing Kyle Singler did not make the trip but word is he'll emerge next weekend in Las Vegas. …

Rotnie Clark, just a sophomore, has already been watched by Missouri State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Iowa State. … Rumor had it that Dorenzo Hudson of the Charlotte Royals had 23 in the first half of a game and finished up with 49. We'll work on getting to the bottom of that this weekend. …

Sophomore Greg Monroe is already hearing from Baylor, Louisville, LSU and Mississippi State. … John Flowers says West Virginia is on him hard and he likes the Mountaineers quite a bit. Virginia Tech, St. Joe's, Michigan, George Washington, LaSalle, Virginia and Maryland are in contact and each is recruiting him. … Wings standout James Anderson says Oklahoma State and Arkansas, along with Baylor are on him early. Stan Heath and Sean Sutton have already seen him in person this year. …

Kyle Austin is playing with the Wings this weekend but he's a Pasadena, Calif., kid. He's got relatives in the South and is reclassified since he just turned 17. Pacific has offered. San Francisco and San Diego have had him on campus and UNLV would like him to come to Vegas for some face time. …

Xavier Gibson says Alabama, Florida State and Georgia Tech have shown a lot of early interest. … New Jersey All-Star power forward Todd O'Brien lists offers from St. Joe's, St. John's and LaSalle. Boston College is interested along with Penn State and Xavier. …

New Orleans Panthers power forward Jon Andersen says Tulane, Lipscomb and Nicholls State are interested early. …

G.J. Vilarino is a 2009 assist man with a long, slender frame that has a chance. He's playing up a few levels and doing a nice job. … Greg Monroe is a terrific outlet passer and often times gets the break started with lengthy assists. …

Team Florida's Chandler Parsons couldn't find the range on his normally reliable 3-point stroke. … Chris Wright can get himself into a bind off the drive largely because he'll leave his feet to pass in the paint, reducing his options. … Kyle Austin is a very good mid-major combo forward. Very good. … 7-footer Brandon Baker rolls with the Georgia Blazers and he doesn't get much PT but he begs to be watched long term. …

Jason Clark is coming off the bench for Boo Williams but you can see the talent in this 2008 combo guard. …

"He says I'm the top, top priority and I love the attention that he's given me."

  • John Flowers on West Virginia's pursuit of him


    Teams Watched – Arkansas Wings, Georgia Blazers, Team Florida, D.C. Blue Devils, Team Texas, New Orleans Panthers, Boo Williams, New Jersey All-Stars

  • The Devils Den Top Stories