GOODMAN: Next Level Update, Wright, Robinson

Jeff Goodman provides some player insights from the Next Level Tournament on Stanley Robinson, Jonathan Mitchell and others from day two.

The quarterfinal round has some of the top teams in the country going at it on Saturday and the most intrguing matchup looks like Brandan Wright against the potent Team Texas frontline. How about the guard matchup of Edgar Sosa against Sherron Collins.


Boo Williams vs. Louisiana Select

Gauchos vs. Illinois Warriors

The Family vs. YOMCA/Metro Hawks winner
Team Texas vs. Murfreesboro


James Dews, SG, All-Ohio: Was putting up 20-plus points every time he stepped on the court. He was knocking down shots from just about everywhere. The knock on his is athleticism, but he's got one of the prettiest mid-range games in the country and he also displayed extended range and an ability to get to the basket. Extremely underrated.

Stanley Robinson, F, Tallahassee Wildcats: We caught him on a couple occasions and the production just wasn't there. Had difficulty scoring, although he's intriguing because of his athleticism and explosiveness.

Maresse Speights, C, Tallahassee Wildcats: The prep school-bound big man, who played at St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut this past season, was impressive. He did a lot of work in the paint and did a nice job defensively against Brandan Wright.

Aaron Holmes, SG, Tallahassee Wildcats: The one-time N.C. State commit opened it up in hopes of going higher, but from what he did on Saturday, he should have been ecstatic with going to a Sweet 16 team like the Wolfpack. Shot wasn't falling and he's not the most athletic player around.

Brandan Wright, F, Murfreesboro: He continues to solidify his standing as one of the elite players in the class. He scored from all over on Saturday, handles the ball extremely well for someone his size and is also unselfish – almost to a fault.

Edgar Sosa, PG, Gauchos: Playing without Curtis Kelly, who is home working on his academics, the smooth floor leader stepped it up and proved he's one of the top 10 point guards in the nation. He gets to the basket, can light it up from the perimeter and is also doing a good job running the team and getting his teammates involved.

Greg Nero, PF, Albany City Rocks: He may not be the smoothest player around, but he plays hard and gets a lot done. He just had a couple of warts removed from his foot the other day, but despite bleeding in his foot, he's still playing with Jim Hart's crew. Davidson, Fordham, George Washington, BU, Ivy League's and even Stanford are showing interest.

Jonathan Mitchell, F, Metro Hawks: He is what he is – a hard-working combo forward who is probably more suited to play power forward. The lefty does a lot of damage in the post. He's not a great athlete, but he uses his body well and has a good basketball IQ.

Devon Samuels, PG, West Texas: Only averaged 10 points this past season at Lubbock Estacado, but he showed good court vision and also knocked down a few trifectas while playing with a lot of energy in a loss to All-Ohio.


Gary Clark, SG, Tallahassee Wildcats: He was arguably the most impressive player on a talented team. His shot was on the mark in a morning game, and he also battled for rebounds and is lethal in transition. He's going to be, along with Edwin Rios, the most recruited rising junior in the state. Clark 19 points in a loss to Murfreesboro.

Randy Culpepper, G, YOMCA: Put this kid among the elite outside shooters – in the entire nation regardless of class. Knocked down seven trifectas in at least two games this tournament. People will question his size (5-10 ½), so he'll have to make adjustment to the point.

Jon Deibler, SG, All-Ohio: Valparaiso coach Homer Drew was shadowing his early commit – and for good reason. Plenty of high-majors will likely try to get involved, but Deibler told he was planning on honoring his commitment to Drew. Outside shot was erratic, but he's talented, long and has a nice-looking shot.

Brad Sheehan, C, Albany City Rocks: We got our first look at the Albany Shaker High (N.Y.) big man and he showed a nice, soft touch and more toughness than he expected. At this time next year, if he puts on some weight, he's an A-10 or Big East caliber recruit. Willing to mix it up in the paint; just needs more bulk.


Romero Osby, F, Jackson Tigers: We guarantee you'll be hearing a lot about this 6-foot-7 forward in the coming years. He's quick, blocks shots and can also shoot the three. Has a nice mid-range touch.

Jacoby Pittman: C, Jackson Tigers: Osby may not even be the best prospect on his own team. Pittman is active on the glass and he can also step up at 6-10 and knock down the mid-range jumper. Has high-major written all over him.

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