OTHER NEWS NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS
Each time Fendi Onobun on the same front line at Houston (TX) Alief Taylor isn’t right.
Speaking of Onobun, the fast and strong lefty could be as improved a player as there is in the country. He isn’t quite there yet, but he has some serious McDonald’s All-American potential, believe that. One final note on Houston, is there something in the water? It seems as if every kid from Houston loves to sit down and talk as a city it has to produce the most personable prospects around.
Every once and a while you have to get on some kids who haven’t lived up to the hype and who are growing closer and closer to being called busts. Leading the way is Bayside (NY) Cardozo -- by way of Canada -- 6-9 BF Theo Davis who has gone from legitimate straight to NBA talk, to does he give a crud type of talk. He has lots of talent, he’s athletic and he could dominate if he wants to but does after watching him play this weekend it doesn’t even look like he wants to be out there.
Eric Gordon from Indianapolis (IN) North Central.
Actually, the classes of 2006 and 2007 are already oozing with potential and have a chance to make people forget a so-so class of 2005 ever happened. That said, at least 2005 has kids with personality who you cheer for, unlike a class of 2003 that was a bit more talented, but filled with the type of kids you hope your daughter never brings home.
Faces in the crowd on Saturday; NBA’ers Damon Stoudamire and Kareem Rush -- resplendent in a put together outfit highlighted by some flawless 3 carat (at least) headlights in each ear -- and McDonald’s All-Americans J.R. Smith and Jawann McCellan.
Another underappreciated kid who proved he is a high major talent is Trey Hampton from Hoover (AL) High. He’s an athletic 6-6’ish wing who fills lanes in transition, takes defenders off dribbles and passes well. He’s at least a top 100 guy who has emerged out of nowhere playing for the Keystone Blazers. Also emerging out of relative obscurity as a top 100 was 6-7 BF Kovotney Barber from Manchester (GA) High. He treats the rim like it came up short of an expected Friday night haul and uses a way strong right hand to clear a path the backet.
Best player that next to nobody was out watching on Saturday? Easy, Gerald Green a wicked explosive 6-7 WF for Houston Elite. He drops buttery jump shots with a quick release all the way out to 23 feet and he isn’t afraid to punk somebody at the rim. His handle isn’t great, but he shakes and bakes enough to create mid range opportunities with ease. The Houston (TX) Gulf Shores product has claimed offers from virtually every high major in the country and you know what, he is deserving of each and every one of them. Even if they didn’t exist prior to this weekend, they will come soon.