Spiece Day Two Recap

The 2007 class had great performances all over the place, including a few 30 point performances. Evan Daniels was on hand to report all of the action.

Fort Wayne, IN--Just as expected, the action at the Spiece Run N' Slam picked up and the normal studs put in great performances. This tourney is being played in one of the best atmosphere's I've seen at an AAU event, if you're a hoops fan you need to make it to Fort Wayne to check out the Spiece Fieldhouse. The class of 2007 showcased their talent today and guys like Alex Legion and Darquavis Tucker really took their games to the next level.

Kyle Luckett, Blessed IJN Elite- He says he going to prep or juco next year. But if he performs like he did tonight, he's going straight to the league. Luckett was posterizing people right and left, not to mention he's a 7-footer dribbling through traffic. He was originally in the 2004 class.

2006 Rundown

Will Walker, Illinois Wolves- Walker has a great touch on his jumper and his floater in the lane. He's quick and sees the floor. He had control of the game and led his team to victory.

Tory Jackson, Michigan Hurricanes- Jackson played very good defense today and really got his hands in the passing lane and got 4 steals in his first contest. Although his team won, Jackson didn't perform that well against the Wolves. He looked to be forcing things at times.

Leneal Harris, DTA Wisconsin- This kid is going to be a solid pick up for a mid-major school. He's got the tools to be possibly higher than that and put up 24 points on the D-I Greyhounds. Harris is very strong with the ball and has a nice off the dribble jumpshot.

Mike Conley, Spiece Indy Heat- Bottom line is he's one of the best point guards in the class of 2006. It's frustrating when you just want to watch him, because he team is so good they'll blow teams out and he'll only get 10-15 minutes.

Dave Thompson, Grand Rapids Lightning- Yesterday he had the surprise performance of the day, and today he proved he isn't a one hit wonder. After his 36 point blow up yesterday he followed it up with 19 and 32 in his first two games of the day. He's going to make a mid-major school very happy. There's not much he hasn't done here at the Fieldhouse, he can shoot it, drive it, and dunk it at his 5-foot-11 height.

Reggie Redding, Philly MJC- This kid continued to play great basketball. He led his team to a blow out victory over Seattle Rotary Select this morning. All around Redding is playing very good basketball, in one game he scored 15 points in the first quarter. Great vision as well

Malik Alvin, Philly MJC- Alvin had another solid performance today. His defense leads to points, and that's a plus. He told me that he likes Pittsburgh, Iowa State, and Georgetown.

Joevan Catron, Meanstreets- This a tweener type guy at his 6-foot-6 size. He plays strong and rebounds the ball extremely well. Catron said that he has received offers from Arizona, Illinois, and Oregon. Those are also his top three.

Brandon Fisher, Meanstreets- Fisher is a marksmen from behind the line, and hit five treys in the game I watched. His dad mentioned he was being recruited by Purdue, W. Ill., UIC, Wisconsin, Kent State, N. Ill., and Seton Hall

2007 Rundown

Vinoy Overton, Seattle Rotary Select- Apparently he has received interest from Wake Forest and this 2007 guard is definitely worth the look. He is very lean but can still finish around the bigs as a point guard. While he is a point guard he has a scoring mentality.

Dante Jackson, Cincinnati Cowboys- Looks to be very athletic, but he is still a bit raw. That showed on a number of fast breaks when he dribbled the ball off of his leg out of bounds. He can get to the basket well, I'd like to see him knock down some three ball. When it's all said and done he'll be a top 25 guy. He listed Kentucky and Ohio State as just a few of the schools he is looking at.

JuJuan Johnson, Spiece Gym Rats- Seems like every spiece team present at the Run N' Slam has lots of talent. Johnson is 6-foot-10 and loves to block shots. In a 3 minute stretch he racked up four blocks. He's long and has a knack for getting easy put backs.

Keenan Ellis, D-I Greyhounds Jr's- He can't play with the Sr. team until June 1st because of an Ohio rule, but that didn't stop him from showing off a jumpshot that I didn't know he had. He had played with the Jr to be team and hit two treys and a few off the dribble pull ups at the free throw line. With his size and wing span and the addition of reliable jumpshot he'll be very hard to guard.

O.J. Mayo, D-I Greyhounds- In the morning opener Mayo put on a three-point barrage, knocking down 6 threes, five being in the first half. In the second half Mayo began taking it to the rack and finishing with crafty lay ups. He finished with 36 points in the opener.

Bill Walker, D-I Greyhounds- In his first game of the day he started slow, but finished strong getting a number of put backs in the fourth quarter. Walker finished with 18 points and 7 boards in his first game.

Alex Legion, Michigan Hurricanes- Scorer. That's the best word to describe Legion who is a member of the 2007 class. Legion shoots the ball very well off the dribble, and will pull up on a dime. This kid is definitely a top 10 player, if not higher.

Eric Gordon, Spiece Indy Heat- Every game I saw of Gordon he impressed me more. He's ranked number 2 in his class behind Mayo and he's proving why each time out. He's very athletic, can finish with either hands and shoots the ball very well.

Aaron Pogue, Spiece Indy Heat- Not many big men as mobile as he. He reminds me of a smaller version of Sean May. A soft touch is something many big men do not have, and he possesses that quality. Strength is definitely something he doesn't lack as he's built like an ox. I'd like to see him get more touches in the paint, it's usually a quality touch when it's in his hands.

Darquavis Tucker, Michigan Hurricanes- Just when I thought he was all athlete no jumpshot, he puts up 30 in a tournament game by knocking down threes and going to the cup. Tucker put the Hurricanes on his back and fought for a playoff victory over the Wolves. He has lots of potential and the 2007 prospect is already getting looks from Duke, UNC, Michigan State, and Georgia Tech.

Early Bird Special

Korie Lucius, DTA Wisconsin Jr's- Lucius was hyped up at Adidas camp last year and I see why. He's quick off the bounce and hits threes with ease, he knocked down 4 in one of his games.

Tyrone Gordon, DTA Wisconsin, Jr's- He ran the point for DTA and ran it efficiently, finding the open man in traffic and showed the ability to finish on the break as well. His game is very smooth, he'll be a high major point guard.

Yancy Gates, Cleveland Basketball Club- At 6-foot-9 this sophomore to be next year is pretty mobile and even flashed a drive or two to the basket from the top of the key. He finishes well around the rim, will be big time player before it's all said and done.

Irving Walker, Team Next- He's small but very quick and knows how to shoot the ball. He hit at least five threes, look for this name more down the road.


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