Once again, there were a handful of Kansas prospects taking the floor including one Lance “Born Ready” Stephenson who capped the night with a rather impressive performance.
Brandon Knight - Well known to those who follow recruiting, an argument could be made that this slick 6-3 PG is the top prospect in the class of 2010. Patient, skilled and versatile he can either run the show or slide off the ball where he’s a weapon of mass destruction off of the dribble and bombing away from deep. A genuinely humble kid, Kansas has recently taken interest and dispatched assistant coach Kurtis Townsend to take in a practice on Thursday and watch him lead his team to a Friday win. Long rumored to be a heavy lean to Florida it’s unknown how involved Kansas can get, but it’s not difficult to understand why they or any other elite program would want to snoop around to see what he’s got going on.
Quincy Miller - Whether or not he ends up on the Kansas radar long term remains to be seen, but Townsend did get a good look at the nearly 6-8 sophomore in Coral Springs on Friday. A potentially game changing athlete, the Chicago native is now attending Winston-Salem (NC) Quality Education Academy where he’s proving to be a quality long term prospect. A playmaker at the rim who is equipped with a pretty good looking jumper, Miller is long, lean and has another two and a half years of high school to add needed polish. Where he goes from here remains to be seen, but there’s little question that he’s got the tools to turn into a potentially big time prospect in what is shaping up to be a terrific class of 2011 nationally.
Lance Stephenson - With both Danny Manning and Kurtis Townsend on hand eyeballing his every move, the 6-5 wing from the NY put on a show late Friday night. He connected on a few deep jumpers, got loose in transition for powerful dunks, beasted defenders in the post and made a few spectacular passes. Known for his potentially volcanic temper, the bruising wing was intense but very much under control during a 37 point assault on Memphis (TN) Briarcrest. While he’s not unathletic, this is a kid who is good because of his feel for the game and old school style. His post game is well rounded and deadly, he makes just enough deep shots to keep defenders honest and he’s perhaps the best mid-range player in high school basketball. Mercurial and intense, he’s like a teenage Ron Artest and could make a claim for the top spot in the class of 2009 before it’s all said and done. The idea that he could explore his options in Europe next year continues to be floated as a possibility.
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Take a look at the list of unknown senior combo forward Marvin Dominique and one school doesn’t seem to belong. A lengthy and bouncy 6-6 player who finished from way beyond three point land and way above the rim, the Miramar (FL) High product listed Florida Gulf Coast, Florida International, Georgia Southern and Seton Hall. A fine athlete who is being under recruited, he should have a host of mid majors joining the fray as schools scour the country for capable spring signees. … Not like he needs any more pub, but lefty Tristan Thompson is a flat out stud. The nearly 6-9 BF from Newark (NJ) St. Benedict’s was totally dominant in a steamrolling of a quality club on Friday in Coral Gables. Get ready Big 12, you’ve still got a year and a half to get ready for the potential #1 player in the class of 2010’s arrival at Texas. … While Thompson dominated, seven foot sophomore teammate Blaise Mbargorba provided the comic relief. Excited to get some run during the final minutes of a St. Benedict’s blowout, the sophomore was called back to the bench shortly before checking in by a disgusted and perplexed Danny Hurley. So why did the coach call him back? As it turns out the lean insider had his jersey on backwards. … Back to Lance Stephenson for a second. The young man’s most impressive play of the night was one that most of the crowd failed to pick up on. Bringing the ball up the floor against some pressure, Stephenson fired a right handed bounce pass about 40 feet through traffic right into a teammates chest. It’s difficult to describe it, but the strength and skill it took to complete the pass -- particularly because of the way he fired it without really catching it, just flinging it as soon is it hit his right hand -- is something that you rarely see on any level of basketball. …
- Total teams watched- 74
- Total games watched- 47
- Total miles traveled- 8,801