Darius Morris 6-4, 169, Windward High (Los Angeles, Ca) – Morris was bothered by back spasms so he didn't play in the first game. He gave it a go in the second contest of the night, but he was obviously hindered. We were able to chat with him afterward and he told us he would give it a go again today. We'll see. The talented youngster is anxious to test himself against some the top competition in the country while hopefully boosting his ranking in the process. During the conversation Morris also managed to provide some insight into where things stand with his recruitment. Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for an exclusive video interview later today. Needless to say, Michigan fans will be encouraged by his comments.
Solomon Hill 6-6, 209, Fairfax High (Los Angeles , Fairfax) - With Darius Morris sitting most of the day, Hill did his best Paul Pressey impersonation by taking over the majority of the ball handling duties when his unit was on the floor. He showed better than expected court vision and hit teammates with crisp passes time and time again. When it came to his own offense, he was very adept at putting the ball on the floor and getting to the rim. After playing the role of facilitator for much of the contest, he decided to finally get into the act himself in the latter stages of the first half. On one memorable play he brought to the right, crossed back to left for two dribbles, and then exploded for a one-handed lefty dunk(he is a right hander). He seemed more eager to look for his own offense after that. The opposition reacted by playing him for his ability to get to the hole, so he started hitting them with pull-ups. He finished with about ten points and a hand full of assists.
Solomon Hill & Darius Morris
Hill has good looking form on his jump shot, but we didn't see him attempt enough to discuss how good of a shooter he is. We'll look for that throughout the remainder of tournament. As far as his recruitment is concerned, the Wolverines are definitely a factor and he plans to visit Ann Arbor. His friendship with Darius Morris is a definite plus (as you will see in the video interview). We'll also have word from Hill himself in a report coming up later on GoBlueWolverine.
Roger Franklin, 6-4, 203, Duncanville High (Duncanville, TX) - Looks can be deceiving. When you first see Franklin you don't automatically "low post scorer"… but man was he effective on the block. He had 20+ points in the nightcap (according to our unofficial tally) and every single field goal came within three feet of the rim. He was moving opponents like Byron Houston use to for the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the early 90's. We noticed John Beilein keeping an eye on him and ScoutHoops.com's Dave Telep mentioned that Utah's Jim Boylen and SMU's Matt Doherty keeping watch as well. Franklin has been chatting with Morris about his collegiate destination, and Michigan has definitely come up. Stay tuned.
Dashonte Riley 7-0, 220 & Donovan Kirk 6-8, 213 Detroit Country Day – The Yellow Jackets would have been good this year even if they didn't add Ray McCallum to the fold. With him now on the roster and the duo of Riley & Kirk inside, they will be extremely tough to beat. We cannot say that enough. Riley looks more interested at his camp, and whene he is interested, he is a factor. He showed the ability to hit the ten-footer, cashing in from that distance on numerous occasions. Defensively he blocked and altered shots around the rim by anyone not named John Henson (Henson was the best player on day one). If Riley's desire ever catches up with his skill level, watch out. He has not shown that consistently enough. That will be the determining factor for his success on the hardwood at Georgetown.
As for Kirk, Miami got themselves a good one. He's not Al Horford, but plays with the same kind of desire and physicality. His effort is always there. That trait really shows up on the glass and defensively. He has been one of the best performers in both areas.
Glenn Bryant, 6-6 188, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va) – The athletic wing formerly of Macomb (MI) Dakota is working to expand his game to the perimeter. He looks more comfortable outside and is working to develop some consistency from 15 feet and beyond. He noted that Michigan is currently keeping tabs on him.
Glen Rice Jr., 6-5, 188, Walton High (Marietta, GA) Rice Jr. can score some from the outside, but mentioned he is more of a slasher than his papa was. He also mentioned that Michigan is not really on his recruiting radar. While there have been some minor overtures made, Rice indicated that the Wolverines "haven't really shown too much interest." Georgia Tech, Florida State, Alabama, and Clemson are the schools receiving prominent mention in his recruitment.
Carl Jones, 5-10, 144, Garfield High (Cleveland, Oh) – Both the lightest and shortest kid on the roster, Jones had his full game on display yesterday. He was nailing the jumper, getting to the basket with ease, and dishing as well. We already knew he was quick, but he looked even quicker o the floor in Akron. Despite his size, he will be an effective player for some lucky team.