2003 Executive Inn Classic
After spending the day in the Manual High gym watching the top talent in the state of Kentucky, ITV breaks down the top players from each class. We've also got some news and notes from around the gym.
Class of 2007
Doug Beaumont (Louisville Barrett TMS). 5'9 point guard headed to Male High played well in the first game. A lefty, Beaumont did lots of good things and promises to be one of the top guards in the city in the next couple years. He's got good athleticism, gets to the hole and is a slick passer on the break. Even blocked a couple shots and pulled down some rebounds. Scored 9 points for the game.
Jordan Hammonds (South Laurel). 6'3 inside player has a big body for an eighth grader and made a positive impression running the court and handling the ball on the break. Hammonds battled underneath and grabbed several rebounds.
Class of 2006
Patrick Elliot (Jackson County). 6'7 banger was a standout at last years event. He's gotten even bigger this season and wasn't nearly as impressive. Elliot didn't appear to be as agile this time and scored just 4 points.
Vincent Crutcher (PRP). Crutcher is a 6'3 forward who played on the PRP varsity this season. He's got good size and athleticism and does some good things in the paint. Grabbed some rebounds and scored some points in the paint. He will likely see solid minutes next season for the Panthers. Finished with 6 points.
A.J. Slaughter (Shelby County). 5'11 point guard played in the 8th/9th grade mixed game but was perhaps the best player on the floor. Slaughter displayed a smooth style and was impressive with his all around skills. Slaughter made a nice no look bounce pass on the break to a streaking teammate and showed a soft touch on his jumper draining a 15 foot pull up from the line. Grabbed some rebounds and made a few steals. Needs to gain strength to finish his opportunities around the basket. Scored 15 points. Good looking prospect.
Class of 2005
Rick Bodiford (Eastern). A 6'4 forward, Bodiford was impressive this season playing for the Eagles. He had a big game in the top sopomore all star game and finished with 19 points. Bodiford does some nice things in the paint and rebounds and scores close in. Plays hard and has a certain toughness to his game.
JuJuan Spillman (PRP). A jet quick point guard ranked as the top sophomore point guard in the city by ITV throughout the season. Scored 9 points and was the best point guard in the soph all star game.
Ravon Lee (Ballard). Typical Lee performance. Ran the court and put his athletic style of play on display. Dunked and dunked some more. Finished with 10 points and also grabbed some boards inside.
Will Reeves (Ballard). Could make a move up the local rankings next season. 6'6 forward with excellent athletic ability. Finished with 7 points.
Class of 2004
Terrance Farley (PRP). The big man is no secret but his improved offensive play might be. Farley was quite impressive playing against the top juniors in the state. He was extremely active in the paint and constantly established good post position. Showed good post moves and a soft touch from the block. Had a spin move along the baseline and finished with a one handed flush. Blocked several shots and grabbed 9 rebounds by our count. Finished with 18 points.
Rajon Rondo (Eastern). Rondo started a bit slow but quickly regained focus and showed why he's the most talented player in Kentucky. Rondo got his points off the dribble, including a smooth jumper off a slick dribble move from the right wing. He drained a couple threes from the left wing and nailed a step back triple off the bounce at the end of the first half. Rondo finished with 21 points.
Chris Lofton (Mason County). Didn't get a lot of looks from downtown but nailed the few he did get. Showed he could put the ball on the floor, get into the lane and dish. Had a nice tip put back and a steal and finish at the rim. Lofton finished with 16 points.
T.J. Johnson (Perry County Central). 6'3 athlete had the dunk of the day with a soaring one handed jam in the lane. Finished on the break and scored 12 points.
Greg Grimes (Ballard). 6'5 rising senior continues to improve and impress with his play. Athletic forward blocked shots, rebounded the ball and dunked. Had an impressive catch and one handed jam to finish the fast break. Finished with 14 points.
Demetrius Goins (North Hardin). Excellent athlete and one of the top five juniors in the state. Versatile forward has good size and can play inside or out. Ran the court, dunked on the break and drained a couple three from the left wing. Scored 12 points.
Tidbits from around the gym
- Former Ballard and UofL center Brandon Bender was in attendance on Saturday and was seen sitting and chatting with Rajon Rondo following the junior all star game.
- Doug Davenport, who played in the first game of the day and drained a three pointer, is the son of UofL assistant Scott Davenport.
- Several current UofL players were in attendance for the junior all star game including Francisco Garcia, Ellis Myles, Taquan Dean, Alhaji Mohammad, and Simon Naydenov.
- Rondo made some slick dribble moves at the end of the junior game but ruined it with a classless bounce off the head of Perry County Central's T.J. Johnson.
- Andre Henderson, one of the top rising sophomore's in the city on both the gridiron and hardwood didn't play because of a bum ankle. Henderson attended and according to his father has grown to 6'4 and 245 pounds. He'll be one to watch this fall for Manual and football coach Joe Nichols.
- The event was well organized and the talent was excellent. Manual coach Dave Zuberer does a fantastic job with the Classic and the games were well attended and on schedule. Great start to the AAU season ahead.