Boo Williams: Day One

Even though there have already been a few early spring events, Nike's Boo Williams Invitational in Hampton, VA is considered by many to be the unofficial start of the club circuit. <p>With 32 teams from all across the country playing in the 17U division, there are plenty of standouts in attendance. Included among those are several players from the classes of 2005 and 2006 that have been linked with Kansas recruiting.

FRIDAY NIGHT KANSAS TARGETS

David Huertas- The 6-3 WG from Arlington (FL) Country Day entered the event as one of the hottest prospects in the country because of his ability to shoot the rock. Perhaps the best way to sum up his performance for the Miami Tropics in a loss to Minneapolis based Howard Pulley would be to say he was disappointing.

He managed to score 15 points on the night, but it took him several shots to get there. His stroke is pretty, however he needed time to get his jumper off and wasn’t overly creative off the bounce and really struggled to create his own offense. The effort was there and he is obviously a guy who can get points, but Huertas didn’t look like a priority type recruit and he isn’t even in the ballpark of the 6-6 height he was listed at on the roster.

Chris Douglas-Roberts- Another one of the hottest players in the country, the 6-5 PG from Detroit (MI) Cass Tech is legit. He’ll be the main man -- when star 2006 wing Ramar Smith isn’t jacking shots -- for The Family this summer and is a top 25 player nationally with a bullet.

He is a natural point who can also play off the ball and is as smooth as they come. He lulls defenders to sleep with a high yo-yo dribble and has excellent court vision. Despite his slender frame, he fights for offensive rebounds and seems to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He’s been compared to Shaun Livingston in the past and the comparison is a good one because he plays a similar game.

Octavious Spann- Although there may be a question as to how seriously Kansas is involved with Spann, the athletic 6-6 WF from Atlanta (GA) Banneker is worth another look. The name of his game is activity and he loves to slice through the lane for athletic finishes above and around the rim.

On a Georgia Stars team that is loaded from top to bottom with athletic freaks who are looking to get theirs, Spann was able to stand out. He can defend and rebound, however he doesn’t take, or even look for, many jump shots which begs the question of whether he can shoot or not..

C.J. Miles- Although the viewing of the 6-6 Miles was a bit shorter than hoped for, the versatile wing easily impressed for Team Texas. A standout at Dallas (TX) Skyline, Miles played the PG, WG and WF positions and played them well.

He’s an above average athlete, but he relies on a fundamentally sound and well rounded game to do his damage. He can step out and shoot the three, or he can take defenders off the bounce and score in traffic. He’s a toothpick who will have to add weight but isn’t afraid to work the glass on either end of the court and should develop into a super defender. Teammates like 6-4 WG Terrell Harris, 6-8 BF Kevin Rogers and 2006 stud 6-8 BF Bryan Davis will be heavily recruited by Big 12 schools.

Keith Clark- Clark is a class of 2006 standout who is going to draw an awful lot of long looks at Putnam City (OK) High. The 6-8 BF/WF is an efficient scorer on the low blocks who uses soft touch and smarts to inflict offensive damage on his opponents. He plays kind of similar to Kris Humphries and has the range to step out and shoot an occasional three pointer when the opportunity presents itself.

There have been questions about his on court attitude in the past, but Clark played hard and there was no woofing at teammates on Friday night.

OTHER NEWS, NOTES AND PERFORMERS

According to PrepStars.com’s Thom Jones, 6-7 WF Micah Downs put on an impressive display for Friends of Hoop and completely dismantled Team Florida’s much ballyhooed, and perhaps overrated, 6-8 winger Keith Brumbaugh. As well as Downs played, his teammated6-7 BF Jon Brockman was a man in the paint scoring 23 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. In not so shocking news, 6-9 BF Tyler Hansbrough was reported to be  dominating anybody who stood in between him and the basket.

California Elite’s Davon “Jerry” Jefferson turned a few heads at last May’s Jayhawk Invitational playing as an undersized BF. The 6-6 2005 product from Lynwood (CA) High is all wing now and is a top 75, if not better, type player and one of the bouncier kids in the country. Michael Washington a 6-9 BF from McGhee (AR) High is a big time sleeper prospect who could creep into some top 50 lists by the summer’s end. Playing for the Arkansas Hawks he showed good athleticism. He’s got nice footwork and hit a few soft jump hooks with each hand. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him become a big time target for Big 12 and SEC schools.

Alabama big man Richard Hendrix has long been considered one of the top 10 prospects in the class of 2005 and that won’t be changing anytime soon. The 6-7 BF has transformed his baby fat into muscle, is getting off the floor in a hurry and possesses a diverse scoring package in the low post. UNC head coach Roy Williams knew what he was doing when he scored an early commitment from 6-5 guard Marcus Ginyard. Ginyard can play three positions, has a college ready body and is a mean defender.

The most impressive jam of the day was turned in by 6-4 Paul Harris of the Albany City Rocks. A flat out nasty athlete, Harris snapped some fools ankle and drove down the lane for a soaring one handed tomahawk jam on the entire Arkansas Wings team. The jam was so ferocious that children near courtside went scurrying to the comfort of their mother’s arms. Host Boo Williams’ team looks to be the class of the field after viewing 14 of the 32 teams on Day one. They are loaded from top to bottom and have at least 12 division one prospects on their roster.


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