Saturday in Houston

<p>Day two of the Kingwood Classic is probably the single longest day of the club circuit. Games start bright and early at 8:00 am and if you so desire, you can watch hoops until the early am on Sunday.</p> <p>The hours are long, but they also provide chances on top of chances to see the finest players in the country. </p>

KANSAS TARGETS PAST, PRESENT AND PERCEIVED

Brandon Costner- Costner and his Tim Thomas Playaz draw attention wherever they go and the 6-7 (tops) BF from West Orange (NJ) Seton Hall Prep is a big reason. He is a fairly skilled big man who can step out and shoot jumpers from 15 feet to the three point line. However, he seems to be a bit timid when it comes to mixing it up on the low blocks and doesn’t display the greatest footwork once he gets the ball in the low post. He’s a high major talent and can fill some roles, but he needs to show more to be considered a must get guy.

Brian Harvey- It wouldn’t be surprising to see Kansas get involved with Harvey a 6-5 WG who is running in Houston with the So-Cal All Stars. A native of Compton (CA) Dominguez, this is the second weekend in a row Harvey has played well in front of Kansas staffers. He’s been hitting mid range jumpers off the dribble with regularity and has a high major body. Might be a name to keep an eye on and he’s a top 50 national prospect.

Julian Wright- At some point you run out of ways to say the same thing over and over again about Wright. He gives it all on each end of the floor and is a crazy athlete who drops jaws on the regular. You have to love his effort level and the way he impacts games with his enthusiasm, but there is a legitimate question as to whether he is really a WF or BF on the next level. If you are Kansas, you also have to question exactly how he fits into the high/low. Of course you take the 6-7 star from Homewood (IL) Flossmoor, but the way you use him might be up for debate.

Jamal Boykin- Boykin has mentioned the Jayhawks on several occasions although it is doubtful Kansas will pursue the 6-6 combo forward, he deserves recognition. He balances smarts and hustle with low post skill and the ability to knock down open jump shots when asked to, certainly plusses for his game. On the downside he has s-l-o-w feet and is a bit heavy legged. Off the court, there isn’t a more pleasant individual than Los Angeles (CA) Fairfax’s finest and it says here he has a great chance to beat the naysayers if he picks the right school.

Calvin Miles- It is pretty clear that Miles is still adjusting to playing in big time AAU events. One game he is phenomenal and then he’ll go quiet for a few. He really knows how to break down defenders when given space in a half court setting, but is only a good not great athlete and it hinders his ability to finish around the rim at times because the first step isn’t quite there. Still, he’s a long lefty with a pretty jump shot and he knows how to play the game. He could bring a hamburger award to Dallas (TX) Skyline if he finds consistency. The best of the best followed him and Team Texas everywhere he went today.

Ryan Reid- A new name for Kansas fans, Reid is a 6-7 BF out of Lauderdale Lakes (FL) Boyd Anderson. He’s a blue-collar guy who mans the low post with aggression and fervor for dunking on skip skank scallywags. He rebounds well, has a live body and is more than strong enough to bang in the paint. What you see is what you get, and what you see is a tough mofo.

David Huertas- Two weeks ago, Huertas got ripped pretty good in this column and the 6-3 WG fighting out of Jacksonville (FL) ACD has played better in Houston. Here’s the deal, if you want a designated shooter to run the baseline and work off of picks for extended wing jumpers he is your guy. In fact, he might be one of the premier catch and shoot guys in the country. However, he is a bit slow footed and hasn’t proved that he can take high major athletes off the bounce. He’s a borderline top 75 player nationally at this point.

Harvey Hale- New Mexico’s finest was New Mexico’s wildest for a half on Saturday. Then something clicked and the 6-3 WG who has made his rep at Albuquerque (NM) Rio Grande started killing in the second half. He hit mid range jumpers, defended passing lanes and made some clever passes off the fast break. Hale is coming to a crossroads, step up and show the consistency that made him a potential top 50 player or struggle to earn a high major offer.

Tyler Hansbrough- That’s right folks, Tyler Hansbrough confirmed that he plans to take an official visit to the University of Kansas sometime during May. On the court the Poplar Bluff (MO) High star was his usual aggressive dominating the in the post self today. He looks to dunk on you and gets better and better when it comes to stepping out and shooting 16 footers. He’s proving again and again that he is a top five guy. According to some people close to the situation, it is a UNC vs. Kentucky race.


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