Keith "Tiny" Gallon, a 6-foot-9, 290 lb center for the Houston Hoops, followed an average game from the Friday evening session with a dominating performance against the Alabama Challenge, leading the Hoops back from a 12-point deficit to an exciting comeback win. Gallon had 22 points and 14 rebounds and seemed unstoppable down the stretch.
Gallon's teammate, Garlon Green, a long, lean 6-foot-8 long range bomber, chipped in with 16 points, 12 of them coming from four three point shots. Green, who is the younger brother of former Boston Celtic Gerald Green, has been one of the big surprises at the tournament. He connected on three 3-pointers Friday night, scoring 13 points in a tight win, and played well again today. Green told me that Oklahoma is the only major program that has been contacting him lately. My guess, after this weekend, many others will be picking up the phone to call, possibly including Mississippi State's Rick Stansbury, who kept raising his eyebrows and smiling when one of Green's bombs would find its way home. Former Kentucky coach Tubby Smith seemed more than a little interested in Green's game as well. Green is more than an outside shooter. He has good ball handling skills and can take it to the basket with authority. This is a player worth watching.
The Brandon Bass Elite have two players named Williams (not related) that were rocking the house at the Legends Center earlier Saturday morning. Latavious Williams was nearly unstoppable today, scoring 29 points and blocking four shots in a game that the Elite led the entire way, before falling behind and losing in the last 10 seconds of the game. Latavious is an unsigned 2008 product.
The Bass Elite loss came primarily to the efforts of a 2010 product, one Mr. Crandall Head, a 6-foot-5 wing that has already committed to Illinois. The Illini got themselves a good one. NOTE: keep our eye out for the name Jonathan Mills, a 6-foot-6 sharpshooter who may remind some of a taller, more athletic Cameron Mills. Jon Mills hit four consecutive three pointers today and three of them, it seemed, came from NBA range. Mills is an ice-water-in-the-veins shooter that will find his way on a Division I team because of his accuracy. The kid can shoot.
His teammate, Donald Williams, a 6-foot-7 forward from Temple Hills Maryland, played impressively as well, scoring 17 points on a variety of shots from three point shots to tough shots around the paint. Donald Williams was especially good at being creative in traffic. Donald is also an unsigned 2008 product.
From the 2010 class, Andre Stringer, a 5-foot-10 speedy ball-handler scored 17 points today to lead his Jackson Tiger team to victory. 2010 teammate Rashad Perkins, 6-foot-5 wing player from Starkville, also looked impressive, scoring 16 points, pulling in 8 rebounds and creating at least four steals in the same game.
One of his former teammates told me today that Kentucky target Chris Cunningham, a 6-foot-9 PF-C from California, quit the Team Odom AAU squad recently and joined another AAU team. The player, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Cunningham had "personality conflicts" with both the players and coaches on team Odom.
Coach Tubby Smith was given the rock star treatment when he entered the Legends Center for the first time today. Coach Smith found it difficult to watch any part of a game for 45 minutes or so as well wishers, friends and acquaintances sought to shake hands and exchange greetings with the former UK coach. One current SEC coach who was sitting next to me at the time said jokingly, "You think all Minnesota coaches get this treatment?" My answer for the record, was no, I did not not.