Tom Herzog, C, Michigan Hurricanes: There are a couple of things not debatable with Herzog. The kid is 7-feet tall and he's got upside. What does that mean? Well, it means he's got good hands and skill around the basket but hasn't maximized his game yet. Why? Well, he's not strong enough and loses some balls he should corral. We're banking he gets there and regardless he's one of the best shot blockers in the country, a trait he showed off Friday night.
Tory Jackson, PG, Michigan Hurricanes: Offensively it wasn't the kind of beginning to the tournament that he'd hoped for as Johnson endured a 3-for-13 evening, including making just one of 10 3-point shots. HOWEVER, instead of getting frustrated he buckled down on defense and pressured the ball extremely well. Finished with 10 points in the opener.
Reggie Redding, SF, MJC: Nice player. He's got some old school in his game in the sense that he scores like an instructed, fundamentally sound small forward should. The master of the pump fake, he'll bounce it left or right and stick a mid-range jumper on you.
Brook Lopez, PF, EBO: The seemingly more athletic of the two twins, Brook did a few nice things in a route of the Midwest Storm. He attacked the basket aggressively in the first half and fought for some traffic rebounds, including a strong one-handed rip. Good player who will make his mark at Stanford as he'll hunt his offense more than Robin at this stage.
Derrick Jasper, PG, EBO: Good for him as Jasper is much more confident in himself than he was at the same stage last year. That might have something to do with him being stronger but he looked solid in the role of point man and is a much better, and more accomplished passer, than we gave him credit for coming out of his sophomore season. Says he wants to be a point and on this night he certainly looked the part.
Tre'Von Willis, SG, EBO: Settling in at the shooting guard role nicely. He can be slick off the bounce and slashed his way to a pair of tough hoops. Give him an inch and he'll stick 3s too. He didn't score a ton of points, but with so many scorers on the squad he didn't need to. Instead he picked his spots and shot 80% from the field!
Darquavis Tucker, SG, Michigan Hurricanes: The lefty has one of those Kareem Rush type bodies. While Rush burned you from the outside, Tucker can shoot it from there but he's more athletic and will attack the rim when he can. His 360 dunk wasn't expected and wasn't bad for opening night!
NEWS & NOTES
Michigan has offered and came down last week to check on Tory Jackson. Among the others in contention for his signature are Illinois, Kansas, Florida and Miami, all of whom are recruiting him on various levels. Miami is coming to see him next week. … Speaking of Michigan, they are among the four teams Tom Herzog is listing these days. Along with the Wolverines, Herzog says Illinois, Notre Dame and Michigan State make the cut. Georgia Tech, Herzog said, is trying to squeeze into that group. …
Sherron Collins, last week's big winner at the Boo Williams, is not in attendance here with the Warriors because he's taking an SAT prep class. … Malik Allen, a guard on the MJC team says he's heard from Pitt, Iowa State, Villanova and LaSalle. … Quincy Pondexter from EBO says Arizona and Washington are coming to see him. He added that Kansas, Oregon and UConn have shown interest. …
Tre'Von Willis says Miami wants him to take a visit now. Kansas, Connecticut, Wake Forest, Arizona and Washington comprise his current list. … Derrick Jasper is a long way from a decision. Arizona, Washington, UConn, Georgia Tech, Southern Cal and Arkansas are in the mix. … Antonio Pena would like to take some spring visits. Syracuse, Louisville, UConn, St. John's, Cincinnati, Miami and Villanova are on his mind. …
Bummer: Alex Legion left his sneaks at the airport and missed ¾ of his first game until the kicks arrived. … Quincy Pondexter did his thing attacking the rim for EBO. He's pretty darn athletic going to the basket. … Kyle Kirk of the Midwest Storm is going to be a mid-major shot maker. He's a good deep shooter and a nice player but not quite athletic enough to play high-major ball. …