The 2006-07 season of the Road Show kicks off right now with a Friday stop in Worcester (MA) for the 2006 National Prep School Showcase. The unofficial starting point of the high school season, the event put together buy Scout.com and Fox Sport’s Jeff Goodman has turned into a can’t miss event. Things got rolling Friday night with plenty of noteworthy performances.
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Troy Gillenwater - When Gillenwater last took the court in front of throngs of college coaches, the 6-8 BF from Tiera Rejada (CA) Stoneridge Prep was leading his H-Squad deep into both the Main Event and Reebok Big Time tournaments during late July. One of the top juniors in the country, he’s a strong and skilled insider who can put up points in a hurry.
Since he was last seen, Gillenwater has completely reshaped his body by losing 20 or so pounds and toning up. Back near his native Boston, he looked good playing in front of several relatives and friends. He dunked, ran the floor for easy buckets, stepped out to hit 15 footers and made some slick dishes. With an impressive 27 point and 11 rebound performance where he did a little bit of everything, he showed why he’s a no brainer top 15 type player in his class nationally when he’s on his game. Think of him as a potentially more skilled and one inch taller version of Texas bound tough guy Gary Johnson if he continues like this. Kansas assistant Joe Dooley was on hand watching closely.
Jamine Peterson - More than likely, Jayhawk fans are reading this and saying “Jamine who?” and it’s perfectly understandable. He’s never been on the KU radar before but the super athletic and quick forward from Fitchburg (MA) Notre Dame proved why he’s one of the most intriguing remaining prospects in the class of 2007. Serving up a steady diet of gym shaking jams, slashes to the hoop and hanging finishes in traffic, Peterson was arguably the most impressive player in the gym Friday en route to a very loud 33 points and nine rebounds.
He’s got to prove that he can play in structure and his shooting ability from outside of 15 feet remains a legitimate question mark. But, should he prove at least adequate in those areas and continue his blatant disregard for opponents well being or self esteem, he’s going to be among the most highly sought after winter recruits.
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Mike Beasley - One of the premier players in the country and the most touted recruit in Kansas State history, the 6-9 Beasley struggled through an off night. Coming off the bench he had trouble finding rhythm and didn’t score like he usually does. To his credit, the recent Slam! Punks cover boy shrugged off a slow start, got aggressive on the glass and made couple of key plays to help his Notre Dame Prep squad to victory during an 11 point and seven rebound outing.
Dominique Sutton - Staying with future KSU Wildcats, Sutton was very impressive early. A powerful 6-5 wing from Lenoir (NC) Patterson, it wasn’t a surprise to see him grabbing offensive boards and scoring around the hoop. What did come as a surprise, though, was his efficient looking jumper and the control with which he played. He’s got a college ready body with athleticism to burn and if the revamped jumper sticks around, he’s a very underrated pickup for new coach Bob Huggins.
Angelo Johnson - A native of Minneapolis, “Bear” was impressive for Stoneridge during a 25 point outing. Shaking off multiple injuries, Johnson continually found his way into the lane for silky floaters. As his buckets piled up, so did the hefty bags he filled with high level trash talk. Newly reclassified to the class of 2008 he’s going to be drawing legitimate high major looks if he can just tone things down a little.
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Mike Beasley’s hoops game was a bit off, but his shoe game was top notch as he played in fresh pair of Green Bean Air Jordan V’s that were only half laced. Anybody willing to take the court in shoes that are covered with a reflective coating deserves props.
The saga of Matt Garth has moved on to Notre Dame where the former Sacramento (CA) Capital Christian/ Durham (NC) Mt. Zion/ Dallas (TX) Wilson point guard is a teammate of Beasley’s. Apparently committed to Duquesne, Garth managed to make a few nifty passes in transition. However, his night was marred when he added insult to the injury of a terribly missed three pointer by being posterized by future Valparaiso wing Howard Little during the night’s most violent throwdown.
Winchendon (MA) Prep earned a tough win over a deep and talented Chatham (VA) Hargrave squad, but maybe the most impressive aspect of their performance were the timeout chest bumps delivered by head coach Mike Byrnes.
There was a legitimate mullet sighting Friday night. Rarely does a hairdo distract onlookers form slick no look dishes and behind the back passes, but Lee (ME) Academy junior PG Nate Tomlinson’s finely coiffed 90-10 locks made it tough to focus on much else – other than 6-7 teammate Trevon Wilcher’s nasty two handed jam on a 7-5 big man – during his team’s laugher win over Centerreach (NY) New American.
Recent Iowa State signee Charles Boozer – the younger brother of Utah Jazz center Carlos Boozer – had an off night. He’s clearly got a high major body and strength but he struggled to find his game as he had just as many turnovers as points, five, during 25 minutes.
Staying in the Big 12, future Oklahoma State Cowboy Ibrahama Thomas of Stoneridge is one big dude. Standing a full 7-1, he’s armed with a surprisingly effective turnaround jumper that is true to 15 feet.
St. John’s and Norm Roberts flat out stole one in super athletic 6-8 big man Justin Burrell. More than just an interior dunking machine, Burrell made waves with his pretty jumper that features plenty of explosion off the floor, a high release, lots of arch, and fast rotation before splashing through the net.
Want to know why prep schools have become so popular among today’s kids? Read the partial list of schools in attendance listed below.
Coaches in the gym- Iowa State, Tennessee, Providence, Navy, Connecticut, Howard, Boston, Virginia Tech, Washington, Southern Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Seton Hall, Illinois State, Coastal Carolina, Rutgers, Hofstra, Maine, Florida, Fordham, Boise State, Idaho, Binghamton, Central Connecticut, New Hampshire, Louisiana Monroe, Wichita State, Cincinnati, Ball State and more.
- Total games watched- Five.
- Total teams seen- Ten.
- Total miles traveled- 1,447.
Up Next- Saturday at the NPS.