Roundball Classic - Day 1 - Big East Focus alum Matt Zuchowski is in Chicago covering the 43rd Annual Roundball Classic. Matt attended the first day of practices and focused on the players that are headed to the Big East.

After tomorrow's practices, I will write a report about the guys and get some quotes from them, but here are some of my impressions from the Day 1 practice and scrimmage.

Big East Players:
Both of the Villanova guys, Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes, can really play. Fisher has a similar game to Scottie Reynolds, but looks to be a little bit quicker. Like Reynolds, he's more a combo guard than true point. I'd say he's right around 6 foot, with a slighter build than Reynolds at this point.

Stokes looks to be a solid 6'5-6'6, with a very solid frame. He has an excellent looking jumpshot, and should be a nice weapon on the wing for kickouts from Reynolds and Fisher.

The DePaul guys, Dar Tucker and Mac Koshwal, competed very nicely. Tucker is a solid slasher who can finish with both hands, but his long range shot still needs a lot of work. He does have nice form, and gets good elevation, so he has a chance to develop into a nice perimeter shooter.

Koshwal runs the floor very well for a big man and should a nice trailer on the break. He's still more of a run and jump player at this point, but has a solid frame and should a solid contributor at DePaul right away.

Justin Burrell's game looks very similar to Trevor Mbakwe's at this point. He's very solid at the defensive end, and finishes very strongly around the room. He does not have any consistent range on his shot right now, but will be a good contributor for St. John's because of his athleticism and rebounding ability.

Johnny Flynn will be a very nice guard for Jim Boeheim and Syracuse. He has a very fundamentally solid shot, and looks to be able to run an offense well. He showcased a beatiful little floater on a couple of occasions. I would be surprised if he does not start from day one. Also, he had the looks of a very pesky man-to-man defender if Boeheim ever decides to play some man next year.

Other standout performers: Kevin Love is definitely the real deal. A very strong rebounder down low, an excellent jump shot well beyond the college arc, an excellent passer, especially from the outlet position.

Anthony Randolph compares very favorably to former LSU star Tyrus Thomas, with the added dimension of being a couple of inches taller and freakishly long. He'll be a game-changer on the defensive end from day one, and has unlimited potential if he can develop his offensive game.

Chris Allen will be an excellent addition for Michigan State. He has a very good looking jumpshot, and can jump out of the gym. Also, he has a good court sense and does not try to force things. I think he could be a better version of former Spartan Maurice Ager.

DeAndre Jordan will be a horse down low for Texas A&M. He looks to be a legit seven footer, runs the court well, and showed some very nice post moves. I would not be shocked if he breaks a rim or two during his college career, as he dunks with serious authority.

Taylor King really surprised me with his overall floor game. He's a noted long range shooter(and he hit a couple of bombs today), but he also made a couple very nice plays off the dribble, resulting in a nice 6 foot floater and an easy assist to Cole Aldrich. He'll give Duke a needed offensive boost along with Kyle Singler.

Demetri McCamey could pass as Joe Chapman's long lost brother.

43rd Annual Roundball Classic

7:00pm, Tuesday, April 3, 2007

The United Center



2007 Roundball Classic Roster


Player            Pos  Ht  Wt Hometown        High School       EAST:

Cole Aldrich                 C     6'11" 250     Bloomington, MN            Jefferson High                 Kansas

Chris Allen                  G     6'4"    195     Lawrenceville, GA           Meadowcreek High         Michigan State

LaceDarius Dunn        G     6'4"    205     Monroe, LA                      Excelsior Christian        Baylor

DeAndre Jordan          C     7'0"    240     Houston, TX                     Christian Life Center    Texas A&M

Taylor King                  F      6'8"    220     Huntington Beach, CA Mater Dei High                  Duke

Gani Lawal                    F      6'9"    225     Norcross, GA                   Norcross High                 GeorgiaTech

Alex Legion                  G     6'6"    200     Inkster, MI                       Oak Hill Academy           Michigan

O.J. Mayo                      PG  6'6"    215     Huntington, WV              Huntington High             USC

Rico Pickett                 PG  6'4"    180     Decatur, AL                      Decatur High                   Alabama

Anthony Randolph           6'10" 210     Cedar Hill, TX                 Woodrow Wilson High    LSU

DarQuavis Tucker      F     6'4"    200     Saginaw, MI                      Arthur Hill High             DePaul


Head Coach East All-Stars: Nick Mariniello, Bloomfield Tech, Bloomfield, NJ



Justin Burrell             F      6'8"    220     Middletown, NY                Bridgton Academy          St. John's

Corey Fisher                PG  6'1"    175     Bronx, NY                         St. Patrick High              Villanova

Jonathan Flynn            PG  6'0"    183     Niagara Falls, NY            Niagara Falls High         Syracuse

James Harden              F      6'5"    205     Rancho Dominguez,CA Artesia High                     Arizona State

James Hickson            F      6'10" 242     Marietta, GA                    Wheeler High                   N.C. State

Nyal Koshwal               F      6'9"    238     Chicago, IL                       Boys To Men Academy   DePaul

Kevin Love                    C     6'9"    240     Lake Oswego, OR           Lake Oswego High         UCLA

Demetri McCamey      G     6'3"    210     Bellwood, IL                      St. Joseph High               Illinois

Herb Pope                     F      6'9"    230     Aliquippa, PA                   Aliquippa High                 New Mexico St.

Corey Stokes               G     6'6"    220     Bayonne, NJ                     St. Benedict High            Villanova

Evan Turner                 G     6'6"    193     Chicago, IL                       St. Joseph High               Ohio State

Alexis Wangmene       C     6'8"    245     San Antonio, TX              Blair Academy                Texas


Head Coach West All-Stars: Loren Jackson, Boys To Men Academy, Chicago, IL


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