Price Chopper Invitational Friday

Phog.net's Eric Bossi is court-side in Kansas City catching the action at the Price Chopper Invitational. Durrell Summers, Roderick Pearson, George Goode, Tyrel Reed and Derrick Rose all put in the work on Friday. More inside.

If he just played like he knew he was capable of and stayed the course, 6-4 wing Durrell Summers knew that the attention would come. However, the high flying rising junior couldn’t have predicted that he’d be hearing from college basketball’s elite so soon or that he’d be doing so well.

“I knew that I could play on this level if I just put my mind to it,” Summers told Phog.net. “I have to admit that I’m having a little bit of an easier time than I was expecting to.”

One of the premier wing scorers in the class of 2007, Summers is blessed with several tools. He’s got an accurate jumper all the way out to 22 feet, handles well enough to get to the rim, is a well above average offensive rebounder and has tremendous athleticism. That doesn’t mean he’s going to sit back and not work on his game though.

“I’ve got to be sure that I’m playing hard and that I’m not letting myself slip,” said Summers. “There are a lot of guys out here who can play and you’ve got to keep working.

According to Summers he’s hearing from the likes of Syracuse, Michigan, Michigan State, Connecticut, Kansas and Kentucky. He’s not close to making a decision but admitted it was nice to get a feel for the atmosphere of Kansas basketball.

“You see a lot of people walking around in Kansas stuff and everybody says hi,” said Summers. “I don’t know where I’ll go to school yet, but I can tell they are serious about hoops out here.”

OTHER STANDOUTS ON DAY #2

Roderick Pearson - This 6-2 PG from Raytown (MO) South has raised his stock as much as any player in the KC Metro area this summer. Because of his pushing the basketball and defending from end to end KC Pump ‘N Run was able to shake off it’s Vegas hangover and win a couple of ballgames on Friday. He’s an ambidextrous kid who can get into the lane at will and is a physical presence at the PG position. Right now he’s got some upper mid majors and even a few high majors sniffing around.

George Goode - In his first game of the day, the 6-7 BF/WF had his jumper dialed in and went to work on the glass. As a result he turned in his finest effort of the event so far and ended up with 22 points and eight rebounds. The key to Goode’s success is getting into the paint and providing a little help on the glass. When he does that he gets some easy scores, which seems to get the rest of his game going.

Ravern Johnson - A silky 6-7 wing from Mississippi, there probably weren’t many people in attendance who knew who he was and that includes coaches. Chances are more people know about him now because the rising junior is a legit high major prospect. He’s carried Team Angels on his back and even though they haven’t been able to win very much, he’s gotten the job done. A nice athlete who can shoot out to 20 feet, it’s his willingness to work on the glass that is helping him standout.

OTHER NOTES FROM PRICE CHOPPER

  • Friday night there were a few in the crowd whispering that 6-2 PG Derrick Rose wasn’t all that he was hyped up to be. Any doubters were silenced quickly as Rose put together the best individual performance of the tournament so far. The numbers weren’t completely off the charts -- 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists -- but the way he dominated every aspect of the game was mind boggling. Here’s a kid with every athletic gift in the world but what really sets him apart is that he’s a basketball player who thinks team first. He gets wherever he needs to go whenever he wants to and also thrilled the crowd with several clever crossover dribbles and passes.
  • KC Pump ‘N Run 16 U leader Tyrel Reed turned in another excellent performance. The 6-2 PG from Burlington (KS) went for 23 points and sank 10 of 11 free throws down the stretch to secure a victory. Along with Wichita State’s Mark Turgeon and Kansas’ Tim Jankovich, Reed drew Tracy Webster and Bruce Weber from Illinois among others to watch him play.
  • The great thing about end of summer events is that you can count on finding a couple of young guys who will be good down the road. Go ahead and toss rising sophomore Christopher Clark from Detroit (MI) Renaissance into that category. The 6-8 lefty runs the floor like a deer and has great instincts around the hoop. He’s just a pup right now but has a very bright future.
  • KC Rocktown’s jitterbug PG Rahmon Fletcher was wowing coaches with his quickness. He might only be 5-9, but the rising junior at Kansas City (MO) Paseo is as quick with the ball as any guard in the country.
  • If you really want to see which college coaches are putting in work, hang around for some of the games during the Price Chopper 2 section of the tournament. There are some players to be had in that section of the tournament but you’ve got to put in the work. Credit to assistants from Southern Illinois, Purdue, Loyola, Eastern Michigan, Marquette and even SMS head coach Barry Hinson for putting in the extra work and more than likely finding a couple of players.

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