Bob Gibbons Day One

Chapel Hill, NC-- The first day at Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions was a solid warm up for tomorrow's fully loaded day of basketball. Chase Budinger of the Southern California All-Stars put on quite a performance, Earl Clark put in some very inspiring defensive work, and Eric Wallace tried to will his team to victory.

Player Breakdowns

Chase Budinger, Southern California All-Stars-Budinger, who stands 6-foot-7, displays a very polished game with a lot of bounce. He runs the floor and can step back and knock down the three. The senior-to-be from La Costa Canyon HS is very smooth and handles the ball well for his size. Budinger did it all against the Alabama Challenge scoring 33 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. After the game he said he narrowed his list to UCLA, USC, and Arizona.

Taylor King, Southern California All-Stars-King was hyped up at such a young age, and while he’s a good ball player, he hasn’t improved that much over the past few years. He’s a good spot up shooter and plays hard, just out of control at times. King finished with 13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 6 assists in his game against the Alabama Challenge.

Earl Clark, The Playaz-What a difference a year makes. Last year at this same event Clark was playing point guard, throwing up crazy shots, and didn’t play much defense. In his game yesterday, against Inner Strength, Clark put together an impressive defensive display. He finished with 6 blocks, and altered a few more. Clarks plays both ends of the floor and is as versatile as they come. He said after the game that Louisville and Villanova were his top two schools.

Corey Stokes, The Playaz-Playing alongside Ellington, Henderson, and Clark can often take the focus off of Stokes, but he is definitely a big time player. Stokes, who is ranked in Scout.com’s top 15, is very athletic and can shoot the ball from deep. He finished with 12 points in his teams blow out victory. Stokes said Pittsburgh, Duke, Rutgers, Villanova, Kansas, UNC, and UConn are recruiting.

Austin Freeman, D.C. Assault-The 07 guard handled the ball well and took it to the hole strong. On consecutive plays he finished on the break then showed he could knock down the mid range jumper on the break as well.

Anthony McClain, D.C. Assault-Standing 7-foot-1 McClain isn’t lacking size nor skill. He’s got pretty hands, keeps the ball high in the post, and has a soft touch close to the basket. He utilized a jump hook to perfection knocking down two or three of them. McClain said that he’s looking at Georgetown, Kansas, and Virginia Tech.

Eric Wallace, D-One Sports-There’s no doubt about it Wallace definitely has a great basketball body. He’s strong and slashes well to the hole, and had a very nice block on the defensive end. His weakness is probably in his shooting, if he can find a jump shot he’s going to be a very good player.

Roland Fitch, Alabama Challenge-Fitch was the only player on his team really active in his teams game against the Southern California All-Stars. He hustled for rebounds and got a lot of points. He finished with 17.

Deonte Vaughn, D-I Greyhounds-The Indiana commit is very strong with the ball, and goes hard to the basket. He’s stocky and plays hard on both ends.

Aaron Pogue, Spiece Indy Heat-The Sean May clone is big and mobile and has a very soft touch for a guy his size. Pogue said that Cincinnati, Kentucky, and Louisville are the three schools recruiting him the most, and the three that he likes.

Early Bird Special

Brandon Jennings, Southern California All-Stars-The Dominguez HS product is very quick, he can get in the lane and consistently finds the open man. He didn’t put up big numbers scoring only 2 points, but he efficiently dished out the ball and concentrated on his defense. Look for this guy down the road, he needs to put some weight on his frame, but he could develop into a real good one. Jennings early list consists of Arizona, UConn, Syracuse, and Louisville.

Mevlin Tabb, D-One Sports-Tabb isn’t going to graduated high school for five more years but keep an eye on the 6-foot-5 seventh grader. He’s a slasher with a nice touch.

Lance Stephenson, New York Panthers- This class of 2009 prospect played well for the Panthers and is sure to be a high DI prospect in the coming years. He made some shots, played well defensively, hustled, and even took a charge in a 60+ point win for a talented New York Panthers squad.


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