After catching some junior college action and the highly anticipated match-up between Travis Releford and Marcus Denmon last weekend, the Road Show was back on the move Thursday. Braving some slushy and slick conditions, the journey down highway 71 to Fayetteville, AR was made without incident. Why Fayetteville you ask? Well, the Holiday Hoops Festival was holding it's opening day and there were some fairly well known guys taking the floor at Bud Walton Arena.
THURSDAY'S HOLIDAY HOOPS NOTABLES
Willie Warren - At the time this trip was planned, it was expected that Warren would still be considering schools. Instead, the 6-3 combo guard -- still more of a wing than a point -- ended up signing with Oklahoma during the early signing period. For the most part it was a fine effort from Warren as he finished with a pretty easy 23 points and three assists in only 21 minutes of action. After a short stint at Oak Hill Academy, Warren looked fairly comfortable with his teammates and passed up on some shots that he's been known to jack up in the past. Scoring via deep three balls and some strong finishes in the lane, Warren was too much for defenders from Fayetteville (AR) High and likely could have put up much bigger numbers had he been letting it fly. One area that Warren still needs improvement is on the glass. He only finished with one rebound and he's too strong and athletic on the high school level to not do more in that area. Overall, a very nice outing.
Daniel Orton - Scouts and coaches have always loved Orton's size and raw power. Well, the 6-9 big man has toned up his NBA like frame even more and looks to be a bit quicker from end to end because of it. Having recently hyper extended his left knee, Orton was forced to play in a pretty cumbersome knee brace and that combined with 21 minutes of action in a game featuring woeful shooting by both teams held his numbers in check. It's interesting to note that Orton wants to be recruited as a power forward and despite his massive size he's a very real threat facing the hoop. The big fella has a very soft touch and a pretty looking jumper that is pretty reliable to around 18 feet.
Terrance Henry - The long and lean lefty had himself a nice outing during the event's opening game at 3:30. He hit on some jumpers, dominated the glass and sprinted the floor for easy buckets. A remarkably fluid athlete, Henry is at his best working the glass on the offensive end for easy buckets before moving out to face up from 12-17 feet. He finished the afternoon with 27 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four blocks which is a very nice line from your four man. It's pretty well known that Henry would like to play the three and he's quick enough laterally to do so. However, his ball handling and decision making -- seven turnovers, mostly on silly passes handling the ball in transition -- are going to have to really improve in order for that to happen. Still, Andy Kennedy and Ole Miss got themselves a guy with a chance to contribute down the road.
MORE NOTES FROM FAYETTEVILLE
The Road Show was really looking forward to getting a glimpse of 6-1 PG Fred Gulley. A junior at Fayetteville (AR) High, Gulley was unfortunately sidelined with a groin injury so we'll have to catch him another time. … He didn't put up huge numbers, in fact he only scored seven points. But, it was hard not to notice that Tony McGilvaery is a nice looking wing prospect. The junior is a 6-5 WG/WF at Ft. Worth (TX) North Crowley and blends good size, strength and nice looking mid range game into an attractive package. He'll have bigger games down the road, and his recruitment may end getting near or onto the high major level before it's all said and done. … How bad was the shooting in Daniel Orton and Oklahoma City (OK) Bishop Mcguinness's game against Springdale (AR) Har-Ber you ask? Well, McGuinness was absolutely on fire with their 29.5% shooting from the field when you compare it to the icy 17.5% shooting of Har-Ber. … Quietly, Ole Miss landed a potential sleeper in 6-4 WF Brandon Wilson. A high school teammate of Terrance Henry's, Wilson is a downright freaky athlete who explodes for monstrous slams and has great hands and desire. The question is what type of skill level he has because he was mostly focused on dunking and beasting weaker and less athletic opponents around the rim. If hoops don't work out for him, we'll bet right now that the kid could be a tremendous wide receiver thanks to his blazing straight line speed, ability to cut and change directions fluidly and great hands. … New Mexico looks to have gotten a point guard who can eventually contribute in Memphis (TN) Hamilton's Nate Garth. The 6-1 floor general sees the floor very well and unlike so many other high school point guards who love to pound the ball into the floor over and over, he generally uses the dribble wisely and prefers to advance the ball down the floor with crisp passes. …
Schools in attendance- Arkansas, Oklahoma.
- Total teams seen- 56.
- Total games watched- 35.
- Total miles traveled- 4,468.
Up Next- Circle City Classic, Indianapolis, IN on Saturday.