Real Day: Day Two Notes

<b>FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –</b> It's worth taking a few moments to get caught up on the latest scuttlebutt at the Real Deal on the Hill. See who was in the gym and what they were doing on a busy Saturday of hoop action.

NEWS & NOTES

Here are a few things you need to know about Greg Oden: 1) he's too good for college unless they pass a rule 2) bank on him going to the same college as Conley. Now, Conley visits Wake Forest – with Oden – officially next weekend. Ohio State's visit date is being worked out as we speak. Those are the two frontrunners and Conley said UNC and Illinois are worth mentioning but neither is expected to land him or his running mate. …

The scuttlebutt behind the scenes in regard to Gerald Henderson is that Duke and Villanova are running a two-horse race. Taking it a step further, you can almost count on he and Wayne Ellington picking different schools and for that matter, we don't think they are going to play in the same conference. …

Blessed IJN guard Marques Johnson drew head coaches from Illinois, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech. Toss in Georgetown, Purdue, Iowa and Louisville and you have quite a crowd. … Wellington Smith, a 5th y ear player, had Boston College, Wake Forest, Notre Dame and Northwestern taking a peek at him. …

Alex Legion said he's given little thought to a school list though he indicated Michigan and Michigan State were recruiting him hard. A family member thought North Carolina, Kansas, Connecticut and Illinois were worthy of mention as well. Tom Izzo is in town and Legion had to be on his priority watch list. …

Thaddeus Young's game was delayed an hour as they waited for referees. Patiently waiting with him were the head coaches from Memphis, Arkansas and Ohio State. … New Heights has a pair of unsigned seniors in Frane Markusovic and Liam Potter. Sacred Heart has offered Potter and Markusovic is getting hit by Marshall, Ball State and Providence. Ball State was in the gym with Bowling Green this morning. …

Lance Thomas drew quite a crowd for his morning game. Head coaches from Stanford and Ohio State were joined by a litany of assistants from Rutgers, Louisville, Duke, Georgia Tech, Indiana, St. John's, Villanova and UConn. … Spotted: Roy Williams taking in the game of Wayne Ellington. Then, the UNC coach caught a fortunate break with Darrell Arthur and Bryan Davis playing on a court adjacent to Thaddeus Young. …

Maurice Thomas, once committed to UNLV, is back open. Who's in the mix? Thomas told us Wake Forest, Tennessee, Southern Cal and UTEP are on the case. …

God Squad forward Jarrel Smith was watched by new Tulsa head coach Doug Wojcik. … Stanford's Trent Johnson was on the move in the morning and finished the session watching the Lopez Twins. … Yesterday, Armon Basset said he'd like to be recruited by Illinois. Well, guess who showed up in the stands today? Illinois assistant Tracy Webster was taking a peak. …

Demetrius Jemison of SE Elite said that Kansas was here evaluating him. His list, and it's a long one, reads: UAB, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Wake Forest. So far, no offers but there is interest plus he's near a 3.0 student. … Taurus Dortch of SE Elite says he's been offered by Mississippi State, Mississippi and UAB. Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee and NC State are watching. …

Illinois Warriors wing Jeff Ryan is quite the student and his recruitment spans the mid-major and high-major level. "It's all over the map," Ryan said. "I'm keeping it open for now." Dayton, St. Louis and Vanderbilt have been recruiting him a while. …

Brandon Powell off the Memphis Pump team is getting hit hard by Tennessee (the new staff), UAB, Mississippi, Auburn, Florida, Colorado and Oklahoma. … Watching Jodie Meeks in one pool play game was Wake's Skip Prosser and Arkansas' Stan Heath. …

SCOUT SEAT

Word on the streets was that Alex Legion of the Michigan Hurricanes and Eric Gordon of Spiece was tearing it up early. … Speaking of sophomores, the Playaz have their own stud. Corey Stokes is drilling it from downtown better and better each time out. He's a total stud who doesn't look the least bit out of place on a roster dotted with rising seniors. …

SE Elite's Cordell Pope can flat out stroke it from deep. … Jarrel Smith from God Squad has the makings of a nice looking potential Mountain West or WAC prospect. … One of the many things that separate Gerald Henderson from other good shooters is that he releases the ball at the apex of his leap, making it difficult to block and easy to get off over defenders. …

Leon Freeman of The Family seems to do everything with a purpose. Whether it's driving, rebounding or attacking the rim, he's going full throttle. …

It was billed as pool play clash of the titans but there was more fizzle than sizzle in the Spiece vs. DC Assault game. Oden and the boys dropped them by 20. … Chieck Diakite was thought to be somewhat of a wait and see guy for Virginia Tech. Well, he's a rebound, run and reject kid who might have a little more impact than originally planned. …

Thaddeus Young, a lefty, took 14 shots in a game we charted. 13 of those shots were from the left side of the court. …

Brandon Powell off the Memphis team is a two guard who could be on the rise. His jumper is smooth and he's a nice player who's getting tagged by the high-majors. …. Mike Conley is better in one key area – athleticism – than he was a year ago. The top floor general seems to have a little extra bounce in his step and appears more athletic than he was last season. …

Daequan Cook, no matter who he plays against, smokes mid-range jumpers with the best of them. When guys double down on Oden he bangs them with ease. Great player. … Bryan Davis had a little more in the tank this weekend than he did at the Boo Williams. …


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