Malik Hairston, SF, The Family: There are guys with bigger reps but when the smoke of the summer clears, watch how high this guy will rise. Hairston handed a Spiece team 34 points and 10 rebounds on 13-26 shooting. Folks, he's young for his year and the recently turned 16-year-old could wind up being a poor man's Carmelo Anthony. Regardless, he made a nice bid in front of handful of McDonald's voters on Saturday. We thought he was a Top 25 player before the spring and now he's moving up our lists with a bullet.
A.J. Ratliff, SG-PG, Spiece Blue Demons: Our first look at him was a good one as he tallied 20 points in an overtime win. . He's speedy, he'll attack and he's got range. Plus, he's a legitimate combo guard. He had 20 and 6 assists in an early morning effort.
Greg Stiemsma, C, Randolph Boys Club: Just because he committed early to
Arron Afflalo, SG, Compton Magic: We've been hearing all spring how good he is but we've been missing him at events. We finally caught up to him today and he hung 22 in a half on someone. He's a legit 6-5 with a great body and deep range. He prefers shooting it to driving it but he can handle the ball well.
Kyle Lowry, PG, Philly MJC: He's as tough a customer as they come. Lowry has his team deep in the playoffs here at Spiece. He's not the tallest guy out there but he rebounds well for his size, finds teammates and will finish tough plays. Plus, he really gets after it defensively.
Joe Crawford, SG, The Family: Like Hairston, his star will keep rising. While Hairston is the versatile scorer, Crawford is the powerful athletic type. He and Hairston have been hanging big numbers on people all tournament long. If we remember one thing about Joe out of the Spiece event, it'll be how he's able to hang and hit jumpers over guys.
Shaun Livingston, PG,
Justin Cerasoli, PG,
Luke Zeller, PF, Spiece Top Dogs: He continues to mature and so does his game. He's at least 6-10 and maybe slightly taller. He plays a little like Shavlik Randolph in terms of his skill level. He's still got strength work to do, but you get the picture. He's big time.
Off The Dribble
For the second week in a row, we saw a little Ardvydas Sabonis in the
All-Ohio's Brian Roberts appears to have grown a little and his game is
much more well-rounded this year than last. Instead of just being a shooter,
Roberts looks comfortable getting to the rim.
Did we mention that Greg Stiemsma is equally proficient with either hand
in the paint? The guy hit two amazing lefty shots that were really advanced
skill moves for someone his age. Stiemsma and Brian Butch at
Utah Heat has a potential high-major power forward in Chris Miles. He's thin, but he has some skill and likes to face. Malik Hairston and The Family held Robert Vaden to 13 points today. He went 1-for-9 from the 3-point line against The Family. Trust us, Vaden's terrific but he was the third best perimeter player in the game next to Hairston and Crawford on Saturday and that's no knock on him.
News & Notes
Many teams were without star players today for two reasons: 1) the prom
and 2) a Saturday morning SAT session. A.J. Ratliff likes
Shaun Livingston's current list reads
In addition to Purdue, we hear
First Class center Craig Reichel lists