King James Classic: Scouting Reports

Haven't seen Darquavis Tucker, Herb Pope, Dallas Lauderdale, Kosta Koufos or Eric Wallace in action? If not, compiled in-depth scouting reports on each player over the weekend at the King James Classic in Akron, Ohio.

Darquavis Tucker G (Michigan Hurricanes) Tucker is really developing into a well rounded talent. He has a good looking stroke from the outside, but he still needs to develop better consistency with his jump shot. Possessing an athletic body, the 6-4 Tucker uses it to take the ball strong to the hoop and draw fouls (He hit 11-13 FT's against the Pitt. Jots). Tucker also has solid midrange skills, including the ability to hit the 15 ft. pull up off the bounce. Defensively, he has great hands and anticipation, as evidenced by the four steals he had against the Jots Friday night, and he has a desire to go up and get the ball off the backboard.

Kosta Koufos C (King James Shooting Stars) Koufos has a wide variety of offensive weapons. He's got a Euro flavor to his game, and can easily step behind the arch and drain three's. Koufos can also play with his back to the basket, and can score using a variety of skilled post moves. He uses the backboard extremely well from short and mid-range. Has a soft touch, and has decent lateral quickness for a 7-footer.

Herb Pope PF (Pittsburgh Jots) Pope is a skilled ‘four,' capable of bringing the ball up court with the dribble. Has great ball handling and passing skills for a 6-8, 215-pound forward. Pope also attacks the boards, and is fully capable of hauling in double-digit rebounds. Scores well around the basket.

Wallace has unlimited potential.
Can he reach it?

Dallas Lauderdale PF/C (Cleveland Titans) If you need someone to grab rebounds, Lauderdale is your guy. Lauderdale excels going to the glass on both ends of the court. At this point, his defense is ahead of his offense, and he struggles to finish around the basket offensively. Has solid hands and footwork in the post. Lauderdale is a big, strong post with good athleticism and runs the court well.

Eric Wallace SF (D-One Sports) Wallace oozes athleticism and potential wrapped in a powerful 6-6, 230-pound body. There's no question he's an outstanding open court talent, and excels driving hard and finishing around the basket. Could be a big-time defender at the next level, but he's got to improve his old nemesis – a wayward jump shot. Wallace hit an early three in the game we watched, then proceed to clang shots off the rim from the outside the rest of the game. Shows flashes of being able to create for others with the ability to drive and dish. He's a great kid, a big-time athlete, and loaded with potential. Will he ever reach it? That's the ultimate question with Wallace.

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