Octavius Spann, SF, Worldwide Renagades - Used his leaping ability and athleticism to score 30 points against the Hammond Hurricanes in pool play. Spann has eye cathcing hops and had an impressive follow slam of a missed shot. Didn't show much in the way of perimeter skills but did knock in a couple of midrange jump shots.
Chad Millard, SF, Blessed IJN - Shot the ball well in pool play and continued to show deep range with his jumpshot. Showed the ability to block shots and get some steals. He's athletic enough to convert on the break and seems to really favor the wing jumper in the half court set. Needs to show he can score off the dribble to be considered an "elite" winger in the class.
Tony Freeman, PG, Illinois Fire - There's no question that Freeman can score. He gets his points behind the arch, in transition and has a nice midrange game, too. He can handle the point but certainly plays with more of a scorer's mentality. Has a knack for making shots at the buzzer and hit one against the Louisville Legends to beat the third quarter horn.
Daniel Deane, PF, Utah Pump n Run - If you're looking for a physical and aggressive screen setter, Deane is your man. He's tough as nails and at 6'8, 240 isn't afraid to mix it up underneath. Has a nice touch around the basket and converts his opportunities from the foul line.
DeAndre Thomas, PF, Illinois Fire - You have to marvel at this 330 pound plus kid with great hands and nimble feet. He can score either inside or facing up with a short jumper and was seen leading the fast break and converting on the offensive end during pool play.
Deshaun Simms, PF, The Family - In our minds, this 6'8, 210 pound athlete was the most intriguing prospect on Saturday. Simms doesn't have a big time national reputation just yet but that's certain to change this sumemr. He rebounds, leads the break, handles and passes the ball like a skilled guard and possesses range beyond the three point line. Had 15 points in about two quarters of action in one pool play game socring inside, off the dribble and from three point land.
Marques Johnson, PG, Blessed IJN - Johnson is simply one fo the elite performers in his class. He knows how to play, can create his own shot and was unstoppable going at the basket. He gets to the free throw line quite often and makes almost all of his chances. He's got range on his jumper, plays unselfishly and really likes to push the ball in transition. About the only question remaining is whether or not he's got the quickness to play the point at the highest level.
Richard Semrau, PF, Blessed IJN - There's a lot to like about this 6'9 forwards game. He can score in a variety of ways and was knocking down baseline jumper after baseline jumper during pool play. He's needs additional strength to be more effective on the boards and on defense but there's considerable potential in his game.
A.J. Slaughter, PG, Derek Smith All-Stars (16) - Long and athletic, Slaughter impressed with his ability to involve his teammates in the action. Has impressive handles and gets in the lane and finds people. He's effective on defense and uses his long arms to get steals in the passing lanes. Has excellent court vision and will pull down his share of the long rebounds. Knocked in one or two from beyond the arch and scored going to the hole, too.
Mike Conley, PG, Spiece Indy Heat - He can soot the lights out and possesses a nice looking left-handed stroke.
Greg Oden, C, Spiece Indy Heat - Too big and athletic to play college hoops. Won't waste time or space detailing his abilities, which include dunking on smaller opponents.
Antwaun Beckham, PG, Louisville Legends - Played up two years and showed he's got plenty of potential. Struggled defensively against more veteran and stronger guards Tony Freeman and Jeremy Pargo but had a nice slash and score through the lane against Pargo and also drained a three from the wing. He can get in the lane and create and is clearly one of the elite rising sophomores in Kentucky.
Eugene Wade, F, Derek Smith All-Stars - Rebounded and blocked shots on the defensive end and showed he's an athletic finisher around the basket on offense. He's needs to get stronger and become a more skilled player but has the length and the athleticism to be a factor one day.
NEWS AND NOTES
Carl Swanigan didn't play for Blessed IJN because he was attending his high school prom....Swanigan's AAU coach Eric Vaughn said the 6'9 center simply couldn't wait any longer on Louisville to offer and that's why he decided to commit to Mississippi....Jeffersontown High School's Dominic Tilford scored 15 points on 5-15 shooting against Greg Oden's Spiece team...6'6 Kenny Washington and 6'8 Cyrus McGown joined up with Blessed IJN....Washington, a junior-to-be, has good athleticism and scoring potential around the basket...Marques Johnson scored 29 points in the two games we saw, while Richard Semrau added 27...Central's Leroy Nobles had 16 against the Tennessee Travelers...Greg Grimes played well for the Louisville Legends....Former U of L star Everick Sullivan was active and scouting numerous players in attendance..."E" is currently an assistant coach at Wabash (IN) but appears to be on an upwardly mobile track in the coaching profession.
"I haven't heard from Louisville lately," Spann told ITV. "I don't know if they're still serious about me or not."