Daniel Gibson, PG, Houston Hoops: Remember now, only recently did Gibson have the cast on his non-shooting hand removed. Having said that, he was terrific today. He was his old self when it came to finishing tough plays and hit a crucial game-tying 3-pointer down the stretch. Did we mention he played on an upset stomach that acted up on him during the game?
Shane Dansby, SG, Tennessee Travelers: Entering the event only mid-majors were sniffing around. After his early Saturday morning performance that's about to change. He effortlessly drilled 3-balls. If this was his best effort of the spring, he couldn't have picked a better time.
Dorell Wright, SF, Southern Cal All-Stars: He's going to spend a fifth year at a prep school and he's probably going to have his pick of colleges. He's got big time moves, all kinds of offense and he can handle the ball. Major college head coaches were in attendance for his game.
Corey Brewer, SF, Tennessee Travelers: He went for 20 points in the morning in front of a throng of head coaches. He's probably a Top 50 caliber player with a tremendous upside.
Trent Plaisted, PF, San Antonio Wildcats: Welcome to the world of high-major recruiting. This lefty has inside moves, gets creative when he needs to and impressed everyone in the gym. He will be one of the names to emerge from this event.
Kenneth White, PG, Texas Top Prospects: In a year in which the PG spot is a little down, we think "Red" might be able to make some noise. He was super against the Houston Hoops and made at least 4 3s in the game. He's probably a very good mid-major point man.
Brian Johnson, PF, DC Blue Devils: Apparently, he's just starting to get into shape after a long bout with flu-like symptoms that bothered him during and after the high school season. That makes sense considering he's not nearly as active as he was at the end of last year's AAU season. He's just not playing with his normal intensity level. But, he will do some things to show the flashes of greatness he's got in his game.
Lamarcus Aldridge, C, Team Texas: He's a long drink of water and easily one of the five top prospects in the class. The young man has Chris Bosh-like skills and an upside that makes everyone envious.
Chamberlain Oguchi, SF, Houston Select: For the second straight weekend, he's been very good. The guy can flat out stroke it. He's a powerful athlete on the wing.
Justin Cerasoli, PG, Ft. Sooy No Limit: Our first look was a good one. He had 17 points in a losing playoff effort. He should slide nicely into our Top 10 point guard list entering the summer.
Tyler Hansbrough, C, St. Louis Eagles: He had 20 points in a losing effort against the Dallas Mustangs. He can really score in the paint and absolutely wowed us when he stepped out and made a 3.
Jonathan Adams, SF, Tennessee Travelers: This young man is going to be a big time scorer. He's got a great body and you know it when you see it.
Justin Wilkerson, SF, Texas Top Prospects: You can see why Bobby Knight and the Red Raiders took him as an underclassman. He's got a terrific stroke.
Off The Dribble
Jason Horton barely scored in his morning game as he struggled with his jumper. However, he was terrific in getting everyone involved and handed out double-digits assists. … Arkansas has itself a good one in Steven Hill. He's going to one day have a major league SEC body and already is one of the better post passers we've seen so far in 2004. … The evolution of James Gist continues. The DC Blue Devils post is long and ultra athletic and someone is going to get a big time player and not even realize it until a year down the line. …
Isaiah Swann had a nice game for the Blue Devils. When he rebounds well it sets up his offense, including his perimeter game. … Jawann McClellan had four 3-pointers in the first half of an afternoon game. … We didn't see it, but apparently DeAaron Williams was impressive with a 16-point outing in the afternoon. …
Illinois Wolves power forward Ollie Bailey is one of the toughest customers on the circuit. He fights you for every inch in the paint and is a warrior. … The entire Dallas Mustangs team, save one power forward, are rising juniors. This team is in the Sweet 16. …
We didn't see him but we heard that Shane Foster, a small forward with Gulf Coast, went off and LSU might make a move on him. … We loved the Louisiana Panthers guard tandem of James Perkins and Shaun Dumas last weekend. However, we think they're more mid-major guys than high-major players. Regardless, they can ball. …
News & Notes
The first head coach in the gym on Saturday morning? Try Buzz Peterson who rose early to catch the Tennessee Travelers. … Corey Brewer drew a head coaching crowd of Peterson, Memphis' John Calipari, Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings, Rick Stansbury of Mississippi State. He's the reigning state high jump champion. …
Did you know that Tennessee Travelers star sophomore Jonathan Adams' mom played hoops at North Carolina State? … Dorell Wright, a big timer, likes Iowa, Southern Cal, Florida and Connecticut. Billy Donovan was in the building today. … SCA's Arron Afflalo did not play in the morning as he's battling a bout of food poisoning. Last week he turned an ankle so he's had better runs. …
Traveler's guard Shane Dansby's list prior to Saturday: Georgia Tech, UT-Chattanooga, Belmont and Lipscomb. … Back to Dorell Wright for a second. In addition to Donovan, Rick Pitino was in the gym watching him. … North Carolina assistant coach Steve Robinson watched Alexander Kaun in the morning. The Siberian has officially blown up. …
Jason Horton drew a heckuva crowd today. At one game Herb Sendek, Stan Heath, Rob Evans, Pete Gillen, Bill Self, Leonard Hamilton and Quin Snyder were in the gym. … Speaking of Self, he's blown up too. The new KU head coach was spotted signing autographs for little kids on their arms. (Note to kids: get some paper, mom won't be happy). …
UNC watched Lamarcus Aldridge today as well. … Stanford assistant coach Eric Reveno was in the gym watching Kevin Langford today. … Tennessee is doing some work. They'll visit with Tello Palacios next week. … SMU head coach Mike Dement spotted watching Paulius Packevicius and Trent Plaisted today. … Arkansas coach Stan Heath watched his future post man Steven Hill this afternoon. …
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams spent an hour watching DC Blue Devils forward Brian Johnson. … Plaisted likes to list Utah, Texas A&M, Rice, BYU, Nebraska, Baylor, Creighton and SMU. … Whispers tell us that James Gist could wind up picking between Georgia Tech, Providence, Kentucky and Maryland. American has also done a nice job with him but is a long, long, longshot. Paul Hewitt was in the gym today. …
Speaking of American, they signed Andre Ingram, a shooter from Richmond, this week. … Boston College likes Matthew Wheaton of the Houston Hoops. … Kansas is high on sophomore power forward Josh McRoberts. … We've validated this rumor: Kansas is no longer being considered by Shaun Livingston. … Quin Snyder and Bill Self were in the stands watching St. Louis Eagles center Tyler Hansbrough. Missouri has the very inside track on that one and could wind up with a commitment and braggin' rights down the road. …
NC State head coach Herb Sendek was on point
guard patrol today. He watched Jason Horton and
Cerasoli. … Speaking of Horton, he says that his top schools are Missouri,
Arkansas, NC State,
Arizona State and
Florida State. … Georgia
Tech head coach Paul Hewitt was in the gym late night watching
Robinson. … On Monday, Boston College and Tennessee will be meeting with