To view Dave Telep's full national reports from the first two days of the King James Classic, click the following links: King James: Day One Rundown, King James: Day Two Rundown. Dave's reports on the Michigan targets in action are below.
Kosta Koufos, PF, King James Stars – He scored 14 points in his first game back from a broken foot last night and admittedly he’s not back condition wise. However, he’s elite any way you slice it. The injury allowed him to shoot and his stroke looks good. Remember to, he’s always looked better in camps and high school games than with his AAU team. He’s a 7-foot power forward with a perimeter package.
Evan Turner, SF, Ill. Wolves – The high-major recruit (who draws good crowds) scored about 15 in his first game. He began the contest playing very aggressively and got himself to the line. His second half didn’t mimic his first. Frankly, he’s a good enough player that he can afford to carry himself with a little more swagger and confidence. As a savvy wing, good student and versatile performer, there’s a lot to like and even more reason for him to play with a higher degree of confidence.
Anthony Crater (left), PG, Mich. Hurricanes – We heard the buzz all year long about this all-state performer and finally caught up with him. Man, he’s good. At 6-foot-1 he’s got some speed (in fact different dribbling speeds), busts 3s and sets up his teammates. We’ve been looking for a point guard in 2008 to assert himself and join the big timers and he might be right there with the top kids at his position. Went for 17 including 5 3s in his first game out.
Cleveland Basketball Club Sophs – Yancey Gates and (Ohio State commit) B.J. Mullens are talented kids and very highly regarded. Having said that, they’re capable of having more productive evenings than they did Friday night in their opening game. Mullens is 7-foot+ and finishes around the hoop. Gates is probably 6-9 and has a big body with soft mitts. There are lock high-major guys for sure but elite of the elite? We’ll have to keep watching to see.
Anthony Crater, PG, Michigan Hurricanes – For the second day in a row we thought he was big time so we’ll run with it again. In a very high level game against The Family he had 17 points (7-11 FG) and 4 assists. This talented team isn’t the same if the ball isn’t in his hands at the point. Try assembling a Top 5 list of 2008 point guards without him. He brings to mind memories of Mustafa Shakur but with a much stronger perimeter game.
Delvon Roe, PF/SF, King James – In a state loaded with talent, this is the guy making the most noise in his class right now. In every different setting he seemingly adds another component to his game. He’s dumped the idea of playing basketball in favor of focusing on the roundball and we can’t blame him. He’s quick to his move and faster with his release down low. He’s making his move.
William Buford (right), SG, D-I 16 – Last year, as a freshman, he was a shooter. This year, he’s a bonafide scorer. He’s playing with more athleticism and finding the bottom of the net different ways. He’s drawing head coaching crowds as a member of the Class of 2008 and that alone tells you what the big boys think of him.
Kosta Koufos was watched by Tom Izzo, Thad Matta and Gary Williams during two separate games today. Assistants from Louisville, UNC, Akron and Michigan were also on hand. … William Buford’s afternoon crowd: Thad Matta and the entire OSU staff, Mick Cronin and Bruce Pearl. …
Kosta Koufos gave us a five plus one which really shows his loyalty to Akron. Currently, the five schools are Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Maryland and Louisville. Toss in the Zips and you’ve got a list. …
Delvon Roe lists UConn, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. North Carolina and Ohio State watched him multiple times as well. (GBW note... no Michigan? We'll update Roe's recruitment this week).
When the Hurricanes and The Family met, a number of key individual matchups took place. The Family’s Corperryale Harris was a stud defender and chipped in on offense where he could. Darquavis Tucker was a man on the boards and opportunistic scorer. Neither player is much of a perimeter threat in a high level game but each will find ways to contribute. In the wing matchup, Durrell Summers and Alex Legion both started hot. Summers had the better overall game since he attacked the hoop stronger. Legion forced perimeter attempts but showed the unique ability to gain separation on his jumper. The game meant a lot to the kids and from an evaluation standpoint matching up like players (even Lucas and Crater) was interesting. …