The award for best three-man lineup in attendance goes to The Family's Kalin Lucas, Durrell Summers and Corperryale Harris. This crew has it all… size, athleticism, dog and quickness. All three players have big time talent, but Lucas, right now, looks to be a player closest to being "special." There are point guards in the class of 2006 that may be better RIGHT NOW, but down the line Lucas could very be just as good if not better than all of them (and we've seen all of the top guys first hand. We certainly feel confident saying that he just might be the best point guard in 2007 class not named O.J. Mayo.
Illinois Wolves forward Evan Turner is clearly one of the fastest rising prospects in the country. The 6-7 wing has to play inside in high school, but he has shown during the past two AAU seasons that his future will be on the outside in college. In a game against the Michigan Hurricanes he surprised us with his ability to put the ball on the floor and get all the way to the rack against much smaller players. He has a great first step (to his right) and even flashed a little crossover. To top it off, he stepped out and nailed a few threes. The only flaws we saw is sometimes when he gets to the bucket, his lack of size and strength allows him to be knocked off of his shot and he isn't always finish. We'd also like to see him go left a little more, but neither of those are issues that won't be corrected. The high majors have taken notice and Turner is up to over 20 offers. The most recent tender came from the Ohio State Buckeyes and the versatile forward plans to take a visit to Columbus in the near future. Turner hasn't heard much form the Wolverines of late and is thinking about narrowing down his list in the not too distant future. Will the Maize and Blue get back in time?
Michigan is in much better shape with Turner's AAU teammate Demetri McCamey. McCamey has the build of a college linebacker, but don't let the bulky look fool you. The 6-3, 205-lb combo guard handles the ball like a player much smaller. He consistently took every Hurricane defender (including Kelvin Grady) off the dribble (both left and right), he had the strength to get his shot off when he receives contact, and he even has a little swagger to his game. At a point late in the game one of the Hurricane coaches grew tired of McCamey imposing his will on the game and told defensive stalwart Tommy Prater to get up on the Illinois guard and "press him…slow him down." McCamey heard the exchange, looked at the coach, shook his head and said, "it's not going to happen." And it didn't. He continued to get into the lane at will. Finally, while many might mention that McCamey is not a pure point guard, we saw enough to know that he'll be able to handle that spot in college. A few beautiful passes out of the paint after drawing contact clearly illustrated his court vision. The Wolverines have McCamey in their sites and he is interested. A summer visit is very likely. More on that later.
Delvon Roe's game just continues to blossom. When GoBlueWolverine traveled down to Lakewood back in February, he lived up to his reputation as a money player from 15-feet and in. His size and athleticism allowed him to go up over and around defenders for emphatic finishes, he can stick the short jumper, and he blocked everything in sight. Now that he is working on broadening his range, the 6-8 210-pound forward could wind up being deadly. In the last game of the night Roe put on a one man show, raining in 39 points off the dribble in the post, from the outside…you name it and he did it. His interest in Michigan is legitimate and the Wolverines are one of the few teams to have verbally offered him at this point. We spoke with his pal Kyle Hubbard at the OSU Nike camp about whether they ever discuss donning the Maize and Blue together, the soft-handed tight end indicated that they had. We'll have comments from both players on the topic later.
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