One of the premier single day events in the country, the KMOX always has a loaded lineup of teams and among the gallery of stars were several players of interest to Kansas fans. Included in the field were star signee Julian Wright -- fresh of he and his Homewood (IL) Flossmoor teammates upset over might Oak Hill -- 2006 standout Darrell Arthur a 6-9 BF/WF from Dallas (TX) South Oak Cliff and another 2006 target 6-5 WG Jon Scheyer from Northbrook (IL) Glenbrook North.
WRIGHT GETS WHAT HE WANTS MOST, A VICTORY
Quite frankly, it wasn’t vintage Julian Wright on Thursday afternoon and he’d probably be the first to tell you that. He’s adjusting to a new roll this season as his teammates look for more scoring out of him versus last season when he was primarily a set up guy.
“I’ve got to adjust to my changing role and sometimes I put a little pressure on myself and try to do to much,” said Wright. “I’ve just got to slow down and let things happen.”
On the day Wright had a reasonable looking stat line with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists. However, he hunted more perimeter shots than usual on a day where he went 7-16 from the field and also turned the ball over eight times.
SCHEYER KEYS GLENBROOK NORTH WIN
Folks who label Jon Scheyer as a shooter need to be careful that they aren’t selling the 6-5 WG -- who is capable of playing some point -- short, because he’s really got a complete game. On a day when his shot wasn’t falling (5-17 overall, 1-8 PT’ers, 5-10 FT) he was able to do all of the other things he needed to do as he led Glenbrook North to a 53-35 victory.
“Honestly I don’t care if my shot is falling, I know that will come,” said Scheyer. “I just really wanted to get the win and today was all about coming out and making sure we did that.”
Scheyer’s list stands at seven with Cal, Duke, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Arizona. However, Scheyer hinted that he could be cutting the list down to three or four in the near future so that he can focus on the meat of his high school season.
ARTHUR CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
Unfortunately for Darrell Arthur, his guards were completely surprised by a hungry and gritty St. Charles (MO) Howell Central team who harassed them into turnover after turnover. Add to that, South Oak Cliff never quite figured out Howell Central’s zone and you begin to appreciate how good the 6-9 Arthur looked in a 20 point 13 rebound effort.
With Arthur, it is tough to pick one area to emphasize because there is so much to like. Clearly his physical abilities are ahead of his basketball abilities at this point and he’s added a cut-up frame to his ability to run the court, out-leap and out-quick his opponents. Slowly but surely he’s turning into a basketball player though.
Several times Arthur found teammates cutting through the zone with slick dishes, he’s become a threat to 17 feet with his jumper and he’s very dangerous as a rejector/stealer on the defensive end. There were no less than 25 NBA guys in the building, and they were obviously taking notice of Arthur who is currently listing Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor, North Carolina and Kansas among others.
“I do my best not to even think about the NBA,” said Arthur. “If it becomes a reality down the road I’ll have to, but not now.”
Be on the lookout for much more on the Kansas targets over the next few days but there were also several other big-time talents in the building worthy of mention. Marquette fans were very happy when they got a commitment from Madison (WI) Memorial standout Wesley Matthews. However, it was a bit of a rough outing for the 6-4 WG who struggled through a tough shooting day before fouling out in a 14 point performance….Matt Lawrence is heading to Missouri as a walk-on but it says here he’ll contribute some before he leaves. The 6-5 WG has a terrific stroke from downtown and plenty of competitive fire….Nobody has ever questioned whether or not Davon Jefferson was a high wire act, but the 6-7 WF heading to UNLV has significantly improved his ball skills and is shooting the ball much better. If he’s doing as well getting his academic game together UNLV has pulled of the steal of the entire recruiting year because Jefferson has star written all over him and warrants serious McDonald’s All-American consideration….
No question about it Andray Blatche from South Kent (CT) Prep and Gerald Green from Houston (TX) Gulf Shores were doing their best to impress the assembled NBA scouts. More than likely it was the 6-11 Blatche who helped himself out the most as he put his full arsenal of ball-handling, passing and at times other-wordly rebounding skills on display. Green is a NBA caliber athlete and certainly a prospect, but until he develops a semblance of a mid-range game college is strongly recommended. His quickest path to the lottery would be a year or two in Stillwater, OK….Actually, the most impressive play that Green made was a defensive one when he was shot out of a cannon to block an attempted fast-break pull-up jumper into the fifth or sixth row….Former Kansas assistant Ben Miller, now at Southwest Missouri State, has to be smiling knowing Justin Fuehrmeyer is on the way. The 6-1 PG from Howell Central completely outclassed South Oak Cliff’s backcourt in a masterful 27 point, six assist and six steal performance….
It was pretty cool when Houston (TX) Gulf Shores and South Kent (CT) Prep went to overtime thanks to four threes in the final two minutes from Gulf Shores 6-0 WG/PG Jovan Adams. It was still fairly interesting when the game went to a second overtime, but the by the time they limped into a third (!) OT the game had become a major boar and almost unbearable to watch. Thankfully South Kent finally pulled out the 80-76 victory….Finally, from the just when you thought you’d seen it all department, a player who shall remain nameless fell asleep during a post-game press-conference and had to be awakened to answer a question….
Colleges in attendance- Depaul, Iowa, Northern Iowa, Bradley, William & Mary, California, Northern Illinois, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Murray State, Eastern Illinois, Western Illinois, Indiana, Illinois State, Navy, Southwest Missouri State, Purdue, Buffalo,
- Total teams seen- 52
- Total games seen- 32
- Total miles traveled- 2,566