Bob Gibbons TOC: Saturday Notebook

CHAPEL HILL, NC - There were plenty of big time efforts Saturday at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, including impressive outings from Louisville recruits Dar Tucker, Alex Legion, and Anthony Randolph. The 'Notebook' is jampacked with recruiting updates, schools lists and top underclass prospects to watch in the future.

Randolph Superb

Anthony Randolph has had a big weekend in North Carolina. He started the tournament with 15 points Friday night against Mean Street, IL, then put up 22 more Saturday afternoon against Blessed IJN. Though not eye-popping scoring numbers, the manner in which he scored those points suggest Randolph is an elite level performer. Randolph also impacted in other areas, blocking three shots, getting four steals and grabbing nearly a half dozen rebounds.

Double Trouble

Darquavis Tucker and Alex Legion proved too much for Team Philly to handle Saturday evening at the Dean Dome. Legion posted monster scoring number – in excess of 20 points, while Tucker did most of his damage with his passing ability. Tucker's behind the back assist on the break, one of his six assists, was special. Tucker finished with 15 points and drained an early three from the right wing in the first half that he followed with a deft 13-foot midrange jumper a few moments later.

Louisville appears solidly out in front for Tucker, while Legion lists Arizona, Connecticut, Villanova and Louisville as his top four. When asked which school he thought Tucker would commit to, Darryl Grier, founder of the Michigan Hurricanes, said, "He likes Louisville. They're the one's that have recruited him the hardest."

Alex Legion listed Louisville in
his Top Four.

Tucker told Saturday that he will make unofficial visits to Louisville and Miami, and possibly Marquette, next month. Once again, Tucker claimed Louisville as the leader for his services. "I talk to the Louisville coaches all the time," Tucker said. "I talk to Rick Pitino quite a bit and he tells me about their program and the school. If I go there, I see myself fitting in as a shooting guard."

Walker Solid

We didn't see his game Saturday morning against Raleigh's Finest, but Martez Walker's father text messaged us that "Tez" had a solid outing, finishing with 12 points, 6 boards and 3 assists to help his team to a win. Saturday night against D.C. Assault, Walker picked up two quick fouls and finished with 7 points. D.C. Assault won the game, leaving the Rising Stars with a 2-1 record in pool play.

On a related note, Walker has been invited and will attend the NBA Players Camp in Richmond next month.

"Future" Georgia Stars

The Georgia Stars 16-Under team has an impressive frontcourt trio in 6-foot-8, 195-pound power forward Al-Farouq Aminu, 6-foot-10, 210-pound center Tony Woods and 6-foot-7 small forward Wesley Witherspoon.

Aminu is one of the elite players
in the junior class.

Aminu, the younger brother of Georgia Tech forward Alade Amine, is the best of bunch. In fact, he's one of the elite players in the Class of 2008. Long and athletic, Aminu is a terrific scorer around the basket, blocks shots on defense and is tremendous anticipation skills in the press. He has good hands, runs the court, can handle the ball in the open court and is active on the offensive board. A big time scorer in this tourney, Aminu scored 22 points against the Long Island Lightning Saturday morning and 23 points against Triple Threat Saturday evening. He also gets to the line – and converts, hitting a combined 15-20 FT's Saturday.

Aminu already has offers from Georgia Tech and Clemson. Florida and Florida State are also showing strong interest. Aminu said he'd like to hear from North Carolina, Connecticut and Texas. "I'm looking for a school that fits my style of play and playing for a great coach is important," Aminu said.

Woods has a soft touch and understands how to establish post position. Witherspoon, a rangy athlete with a lot of bounce, knows how to get to the rim and finish.

These Playaz Can Play

The 16-Under Playaz Basketball Club out of Patterson, New Jersey has some good young talent. 6-0 guard Mike Rossari of St. Anthony's, is a deadly shooter. He nailed four 3's Saturday afternoon against D-One Sports while scoring 18 points. 6-7 wing forward John Edwards scored 8 points and has some nice post moves, including an advanced up and under move. 6-4 guard Jarrett Mann from Middletown, Delaware, pitched in 12 points.

All three players are receiving Big East interest. Rosario claims an offer from St. Joe's, and said that Villanova South Carolina, St. John's, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Virginia are showing interest. Mann said that Illinois, Texas, Florida, Georgetown, St. John's and Rutgers are showing interest, while Edwards listed New Mexico, St. John's, Stanford, St. Joe's, Indiana and Rutgers.

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