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Geek's Peaks: T.O.C. Review

Greg Hoover took in the Tournament of Champions in Durham (NC) this weekend. See what he has to say in this week's "Geeks' Peaks"; a new feature to <i>InsideKentucky.com</i> <br><br> Hoover, a re-known basketball recruiting guru, is one of the best in the business at evaluating talent throughout the country. His Geek's Top 100 can be found on our message boards throughout the year.

As much as I hated to do so, I travelled to Durham and Chapel Hill (NC) this past weekend to attend one of the better run AAU events of the "off-season".

Bob Gibbons' Tournament of Champions is one of the classier, better run events that you will ever attend.

The only problem?

You cant see every game.

While games are going on at the Dean Dome, there are also games going on at Reynolds Coliseum, Cameron Indoor, and other venues.

I went to see some games to report on players who were either interested in UK or vice versa. Sorry to say that at this tournament there were very few.

In this coming years' class that would be Tasmin Mitchell only.

Tasmin reiterated his interest in UK, but will wait until next spring to make his decision. The only reason he hasn't already decided is the work of Reggie Hanson and Tubby Smith recruiting him. Tasmin also said that he is not just considering us for the fun of it, he is really interested. He also noted for everyone that he is not a Small forward. He is a 4 to the end.

Here are other notes:
The best shooter I saw over the weekend?

OJ Mayo.

OJ dropped 40 and 36 in his first two games, and he made it look effortless. This kid is the real deal. I will say that unless the NBA institutes the age rule that the NFL has, both OJ and Greg Oden will be #1 draft picks. You cannot just let this kind of talent pass you by if you are a wanting NBA team (it kills me to say that for the NBA of my youth, died a death with the coming of Kobe and Kevin -- but that is another story for another day).

Duke reloads with Greg Paulus and Josh McRoberts.
They will be needed as Duke will lose some talent this season also. They might end up with more...

Greg Oden was without a doubt THE MOST dominant player in this tournament. He could start for any college team...NEXT SEASON. And a legit 7'0" and 240 pounds. AND I reiterate that he is ready for college now.

One player that was absent was Kevin Durant.
One of the top juniors. His team was here but he was absent.

Mike Conley was worth watching also. Athletic and determined. A prototypical point guard in his abilities, atypical in his athleticism. The top point guard, possibly.

Congratulations to Indiana Spiece on the TOC championship. They will probably win it again next year.

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