Kansas Targets in Action Sunday at the MDC

With pool play completed, action got rolling in three separate playoff brackets at the Nike Memorial Day Classic in Nashville. With action taking place in gold, silver and bronze brackets there was plenty of excitement to be found as the field was narrowed down to four teams in each bracket.


Kyle Singler - For the second day in a row, Singler was arguably the best player in the event. Early foul trouble? No problem. He sat and watched helplessly from the bench as his Portland Legends fell behind longtime powerhouse Boo Williams before coming back in and putting his teammates on his shoulders. The comeback ultimately fell three points short but his rebounding, passing, scoring and ability to make those around him better was impressive. He’s the kind of kid that would probably rather be in a gym working on his game than playing in tournaments like this, but you have to credit him for dominating wherever he goes. Feel for the game and the ability to make others better is most often talked about when discussing point guards, but that is really what sets Singler apart. His football toughness doesn’t hurt either and he deserves a lot of credit for going toe to toe with Boo’s arsenal of athletic and physical forwards.

George Goode - While he didn’t rebound the ball nearly as well as he did on Saturday, the 6-8 forward looked much more comfortable on offense as he helped lead the KC Keys to the final four in the bronze bracket. He finished a few alley-oops with crushing jams, blocked some shots and nailed some very deep threes.

James Anderson - The Arkansas Wings made their way to the final four of the gold bracket and the soft spoken wing had a heck of a lot to do with it. He passes well, doesn’t waste shots and loves to defend and get on the glass. He’s a greyhound in the open court who attacks the basket and has a knack for following his own misses. Being comfortable with either hand around the basket really helps him finish. He confirmed that he had a long conversation with Bill Self last week and Kansas has moved into the mix along with Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

Xavier Henry - Everybody knows that the precocious lefty can shoot the ball from deep so it was encouraging to see him attacking off the dribble. His fairly developed frame and 6-6 size allows the 15 year old rising sophomore to compete against kids older than him and he didn’t back down from any contact against a pretty physical Houston Hoops squad. Confidence isn’t lacking in this young guy and that’s part of what makes him potentially special. As long as he doesn’t get too comfortable with how good he already is and continues to work hard, the sky’s the limit for him.

Samardo Samuels - Although he refused to list specific schools, Samuels did acknowledge that Kansas is involved. It’s time to acknowledge right here that the powerful 6-9 BF/C had his best weekend of the spring at the MDC. Quicker off the floor and faster in transition thanks to a more streamlined body, what you really notice about “Mardo” is how competitive he is. He’s not above sending a message with a foul and plays the game physically on both ends. Just like he did Saturday, he took a few short jumpers and even mixed in a jump hook to go along with his usual favorite move of turn to the left shoulder and try to tear the backboard down.

Corperryale Harris - Some close to Harris are claiming that Kansas has now offered the 6-4 WG but there hasn’t been any confirmation of the offer. The rail thin guard backs down from nobody and loves to make plays at the rim. He’s an excellent defender, handles the ball well enough to create scoring opportunities for himself and he doesn’t take many plays off. His jumper still needs some work but his stock has been on the rise all spring long and he’s certainly developed into a legitimate high major prospect. He and The Family advanced to the semis of the gold bracket thanks to a thrilling triple overtime win over the Houston Hoops.

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