TOC: Day One Report

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – It was an exciting first day of competition at the 2012 Tournament of Champions, as several high-profile prospects and teams were competing on the floor. Included among them were a pair of Kansas targets, Isaiah Lewis and Tony Parker, and was on hand for the action.

Tony Parker - 6-foot-8, 255 pounds - Lithonia (GA) Miller Grove - Class of 2012:

It wasn't a vintage performance for Parker from a scoring standpoint, as the burly center was swarmed by as many as four defenders every time he touched the basketball, but he still managed to impact the game in a big way despite limited minutes in a blowout victory.

Everything one hears about the five-star prospect was on display. Soft hands? Check. Strength? Check. Scoring savvy in the low post? Check.

It was the other things that stood out to us, however, namely his passing. Parker opened the game with a nifty touch pass from the high post to a teammate for a bucket, and displayed an excellent feel for that aspect of the game all night. Clearly, the constant double-teams he faces have taught him how to pass out of them, and he appeared to have a great relationship with his teammates, knowing when and where they'd be on the court at all times.

Isaiah Lewis - 6-foot-3, 175-pounds - New York Christ the King - Class of 2013:

This was our first look at the 2013 guard, and we were eager to see how the talented Lewis would respond to the presence of a Kansas staffer on the sidelines in a big-time environment, as the Jayhawks have long been considered the favorite for his services (Something he reiterated was still the case in the post-game).

Lewis is quick with the basketball. Lightning quick, in fact, and he scored the bulk of his points knifing into the lane for acrobatic layups. Perhaps the most impressive sequence came at the end of the first half, when he took an outlet pass off a rebound and sprinted out, leading a 2-on-3 fast break. At the free throw line, Lewis hit a second gear and split all three defenders, laying the ball in for an easy two.

He showed intelligence in his shot selection as well. When the lane was closed off, he pulled up for mid-range jumpers, hitting a pair of them and also a deep three-point basket. And while he looked a little overamped early on, he settled down as a distributor as the game went on, dishing out five assists to three turnovers.

While not disciplined defensively he is extremely active, and one can see the potential in him to become a great defender with his quick feet and hands.

First impressions aren't everything, but ours was certainly favorable with the four-star guard, and we're eager to get another peek tonight. Top Stories