John Wall - As usual, there were some very impressive highlights from the powerful, speedy and jaw dropping 6-3 PG. Opening the game’s scoring, Wall electrified the crowd just thirty seconds or so into the game by ramming home a violent alley-oop slam off an inbounds pass. Mix in a description defying 360 layup and he gave the crowd their money’s worth. More impressive – in the first half at least – was Wall’s passing. Making a mockery of Plantation (FL) American Heritage’s defense, the nation’s top PG shredded them like beef for a taco as he raced up and down the floor and dropped seven first half dimes to go along with his ten points and four rebounds. A zone press and some poor decisions slowed him some during the second half but he still managed to finish with a near triple double of 15 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds. He did have eight turnovers (many of them passes dropped by teammates), but his work on the glass -- which is all too often underrated -- three steals and a pair of blocks more than made up for any miscues. Afterwards, his athletic director and several members of the John Wall “security” team hovered around interviewers and made it clear that questions about his recruitment would not be tolerated.
Julian Washburn - His Duncanville team won in a laugher so the minutes were limited for the 6-7 combo forward. He continues to show and interesting mix of inside/out ability and his quickness for a forward is a huge asset. Like many young players, he’s got to find a level of consistency but playing for a team with a roster filled with high major players (four of them already), the touches aren’t consistent either which makes things tough. He’s got good hands, gets on the glass some and delighted the crowd with a huge transition dunk where he nearly hit his head on the rim.
Kenny Boynton - A personal favorite of the Road Show, it was a bit of a slow day at the office for the high scoring 6-2 WG. With an over/under on how many shots he’d take set at 31 by courtside evaluators, Boynton was actually quite reserved in taking only 18 shots (he made seven of them) and scoring 19 points in his highly anticipate matchup with John Wall. There’s no question this cat can score and his work to get open away from the ball is beyond impressive. What isn’t impressive, though, is the lack of screens he gets from teammates.
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Kansas State bound teammates Wally Judge and Rodney McGruder had a mixed day. Judge looked great early on the interior as he scored easy buckets, pounded the glass and sprinted the floor. Unfortunately, it seems as if his teammates forgot about him in favor of jacking up jumpers for the most part. He finished with 12 points and nine rebounds but should have been able to do much more were he given touches. His improved strength, expanding offensive game and touch are going to make him an instant impact player in Manhattan. As for McGruder, there’s no questioning his athleticism and the 6-4 wing has improved his shooting and overall feel for the game. He went for 20 points but the one weakness in his game that really needs to be addressed before his arrival in Manhattan is ball handling, or lack of it. … 2010 North Carolina State commitment C.J. Leslie is definitely a “wow” kind of player. The only problem with that is that there are just as many good wows as there are shake your head and wonder wows. Because of his natural ability and downright filthy athleticism he’s going to remain a top 25 prospect on potential. But, there’s no denying that the talented young man is at a crossroads where he needs to decide whether he wants to be quick, hard working and athletic insider with some skill or labor to play on the wing. In reality, his game is somewhere between those areas and it’s up to him to develop a comfort zone. … Villanova bound Maalik Wayns had a rough one on Thursday. Eschewing the one play that worked for him -- run past lazy defenders in transition for easy buckets -- the 5-11 floor general kept launching up jumpers that found nothing but iron in a tough 4-20 performance from the field. …
Sure his team was taking a serious pounding, but at least 6-2 junior WG Darius Perkins of Fort Myers (FL) Dunbar got in his pulls from the perimeter and went for 28 points. A volume shooter, he’s a very dangerous pull-up jump shooter from between 15 and 22 feet and he’s likely to get plenty of D1 looks. … What’s a day of basketball without a sexist comment from a coach? Upset with the way some calls were going, a perplexed high school coach shouted to a referee “That’s why we shouldn’t let women officiate.” Impressively, one of the coaches players yelled at him to “chill that out coach”. … You know what can be interesting? The music played in warmups. Generally you’ll hear upbeat music and quite often it’s hip hop. This, the players seem to enjoy. What they don’t enjoy, though, is having to warmup to Nickelback. Can’t say that the Road Show blames them on that front. … Friday the Road Show will split time between the Kreul Classic in Coral Springs and the second day of the City of Palms. Notables that will be watched include Lance Stephenson and Brandon Knight. …
- Total teams watched- 66.
- Total games watched- 42.
- Total miles traveled- 8,520.