TOC: Day Two Report

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - In the second day of action at the 2012 Bass Pro Shop Tournament of Champions, both Kansas targets in attendance - Isaiah Lewis and Tony Parker - saw their teams fall in semi-final action. Individually, however, both turned in top-shelf performances once again. Phog.net was on hand, and has a recap of their play during Day Two.

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

Miller Grove's second-round opponent, Lincoln High out of San Diego, represented a significant step up in talent from their foe on Day One - which meant fewer double-teams facing the elite big man.

As a result, Parker picked things up on the scoring end, pumping in 20 points on 9-of-19 shooting. He displayed everything one would expect of him from reading the scouting report; excellent hands, low block moves and power. He managed a couple of putbacks in traffic (grabbing 10 total rebounds), and even stepped outside to hit a long turnaround jumper - the final play of the first half.

In our two days of observing Parker, it has become blatantly obvious why he's so highly coveted. Not a great athlete, he's strong as an ox and still gives excellent effort most of the time. Plus, he's already extremely skilled around the hoop and a determined rebounder.

Isaiah Lewis - 6-foot-3, 175 pounds - Middle Village (NY) Christ the King - Class of 2013:

It was just one of those games for Christ the King, as their opponent - Houston's Westbury Christian - seemingly could not miss from three-point land, and they were fighting from a deficit that reached more than 20 points.

Offensively, however, Lewis turned in another excellent performance from a scoring perspective. Particularly early in the game, before the lead got out of hand, he displayed an excellent basketball IQ. Known for his ability to drive the lane - and he did - in the first half he showed signs of an excellent mid-range game, pulling up off the dribble twice for 15-footers.

It's hard to penalize him for turnovers as the entire CtK squad failed to deal with the Westbury defensive pressure, committing an astonishing 36 total turnovers. Lewis did contribute six of those, however, and as the point guard ball security is his responsibility.

But he was a scoring machine, pouring in 21 and doing it in every way one might expect. Driving the lane, leading fast breaks and hitting jump shots. He's a dynamic - if sometimes erratic - talent with a real knack for scoring. His quickness and handle in short bursts - a quick crossover that is particularly effective - not to mention his flair in the passing game, make it easy to see why he's being pursued by the likes of Georgia Tech, Kansas and Memphis.


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