eBoss Road Show: Friday Night in Kentucky

For the first time since 2004, the Road Show returned to Benton, KY and Marshall County High school for Marshall County Hoop Fest. One of the best high school events in the country, Marshall County is made even more enjoyable by a community that takes a lot of pride in supporting the event.

During Friday night’s four game slate, there were plenty of notable performers taking the floor including a couple of guys who mention Kansas on their school lists.


Doron Lamb - Although he’s NYC to his core, the 6-4 shooting guard is looking to make the most of his move to the country and famed Oak Hill. During a solid 14 point, five rebound and three assist performance he used his ability to score in the mid-range and from deep to attack defenders. Picking his spots and taking mostly good shots, Lamb is showing that he can be a little more patient and play without taking a high volume of shots. Afterwards, he gave a list that included Kansas, Memphis, Clemson, and almost the entire Big East but cautioned that he’s nowhere near a decision and has no favorites.

Perry Jones - The talent just oozes out of this long and very athletic 6-9 junior headed to Baylor. Although he’s still lean, Jones fought off stronger guys and chased down a game high 14 rebounds for Duncanville against Oak Hill. Unfortunately, other than a couple of early short jumpers that rimmed out, Jones was basically ignored by his teammates and rarely got a touch in the paint.

Shawn Williams - Headed to Texas, the 6-6 wing was one player who did find some success for Duncanville. He knocked down some threes off the dribble, got on the glass and looked to have done some work on his body since the summer. By night’s end, the versatile wing ended up with 22 points, seven rebounds and a couple of steals.

Tristan Thompson - Look out Big 12, Rick Barnes is loading up on talent and the 6-9 Thompson is going to be terrific. Whether or not he remains the top ranked recruit in the class of 2010 remains to be seen, but if he drops it won’t be far. Smooth, fundamentally sound and athletic, Thompson gives you everything you’d want in a four man. He can run the floor, gets on the glass, sticks medium range jumpers and is a good interior passer. For his efforts, Thompson went for 18 points, 10 boards and three steals in an easy win over Jackson (MS) Provine.

Julian Washburn - Watch him run the floor and you can see that the 6-7 junior has loads of athletic ability. He’s quick, runs with smooth strides, and has the bounce to elevate over just about anybody in traffic. Friday night, he was quiet and never was able to get in the flow taking just three shots in 13 quiet minutes. He continues to list Kansas among many others.


He couldn’t get much of anything to fall in his Obion County Central team’s loss to host Marshall County, but Obion senior PG Nick Gilliam got to the basket at will. Kids that play with a little swagger like he does are always fun to watch. … Oklahoma bound 300 pound big man Keith Gallon went down early with a leg injury. Too bad, “Tiny” had already thrilled the crowds with a couple of mammoth dunks including one off a pretty spin move he used to split a double team. … Against Gallon’s Oak Hill team, two future Oklahoma State Cowboys struggled mightily. 6-4 forward Roger Franklin (6-24) and 5-11 PG Reger Dowell (3-13) combined to shoot just 9-37 from the field. The rest of their highly touted Duncanville teammates didn’t exactly do much better going just 12-32 from the floor. … Really liked the games turned in by Oak Hill’s junior point guard Pe’Shon Howard and senior big man Glenn Bryant. Allen was steady with the ball and his decisions while Bryant got a double double energizing the 6,000 or so fans on hand and his teammates along the way. … Finishing with a double double, North Carolina bound senior wing Leslie McDonald looked to have improved some little things on Friday night. Looking stronger and like he’s improved his quickness, McDonald handled the ball much more with his left hand and also demonstrated improved mechanics (most notably a higher release point and more rotation) on his jumper. … Hospitality rooms are always appreciated and the spread at the Hoop Fest was top notch. Listening to Gallon freestyle rap in the cafeteria that houses said hospitality room made it even more satisfying. … Finally, in an attempt to relax after a long day of travel and hoops, the Road Show searched the city of Paducah for an establishment that looked like a good place for an adult beverage. The crowded parking lot outside of Ernie’s Down Under made it look like the place to be. Entrance into the establishment put things into a different light. First five words to go through the mind of this author before leaving after a lap to check things out 1. Shank 2. Trafficking 3. Flannel 4. Leave 5. Now. …

Schools in the gym- Oklahoma (Jeff Capel), Oklahoma State (Travis Ford), Texas, Creighton, Western Kentucky.

  • Total teams watched- 26.
  • Total games watched- 19.
  • Total miles traveled- 3,362.

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