Hoops Preps Star in Showtime Nat'l Championship

<b>SUWANEE, Ga. –</b> Over at the Showtime National Championship, Houston Elite and the Tallahassee Wildcats will battle for the title. Meanwhile, Louis Clinch continued to do work. Could there be another David Robinson out there?

Showtime National Championships, Day Two

Championship – Tallahassee Wildcats vs. Houston Elite, 1:20 PM

2005 Checklist

Jovan Adams, PG, Houston Elite: Late in the second half of his semifinal game, it looked as though the boys from Houston would bow out. Then, after a sluggish first half, Adams set the tempo in Elite's favor and led his team to a big win. The Houstonian likes to play fast and that's exactly the way he had his boys going en route to 24 points on 8-for-16 from the field. He competed and in turn raised his team's level of play and that's why they'll play for the championship.

Lewis Clinch, SG, Smyrna Stars: This is the best prospect that we can remember that did not receive an invitation to a major shoe camp. So, instead of pouting about it, Clinch has been putting it to the AAU circuit as of late. A turnover in a late game situation was the only blemish on an otherwise outstanding day. In the nightcap, he finished with 29 points, including two on a big time baseline runner that he shot with his left hand. This young man is an excellent shooter with skill.

Gerald Green, SG/SF, Houston Elite: His 19 points were big time in Elite's win over a young and promising EBO squad. Extremely talented offensively, Green has the size, range and touch of a big timer in this class. We've got him too low at No. 22 but we'll correct it the next time out that's for sure.

Alonzo Gee, SF, Tallahassee Wildcats: He had the place buzzing after a 30-point plus morning effort. He wasn't nearly as sharp in the nightcap as his shot wouldn't fall. So, what did he do? He stayed after and hoisted up some shots in preparation for tomorrow's finale.

Lawrence Kinnard, SF, Memphis Bulldogs: He hit the game-winning jumper – a baseline pull-up – in the quarterfinals. Kinnard isn't quite the shooter we fancied him after a strong Tournament of Champions, but he's a jack of all trades kind of player. He's long, athletic and is going to be a very good defender. Offensively sometimes he's too unselfish. Not a bad day, considering his team advanced far, he hit a game-winner and there was a packed crowd on hand to see it.

Austin Jackson, PG, Dallas Mustangs: This is basically Eaton's team but Jackson is a point guard as well. In the game we caught, Jackson had 18 and all but two of them came off quick darts to the basket. If he can show some range with his jumper then we'd really like him a lot.

2006 Checklist

Derrick Jasper, SG, EBO: This guy can play. In his first game he was more driver. In round two he made some jump shots. Here's the deal: he's a good looking fluid athlete who plays the game effortlessly and has an athletic build. The stock is relatively inexpensive now so buy in large quantities.

Lopez Twins, EBO: Brook and Robin Lopez, a pair of 6-foot-9 twins are players. Robin really competed hard in the paint and did a ton of dirty work. It's easy to see how they'll turn into West Coast priority recruits for a bunch of Pac-10 schools.

2007 Checklist

Anthony Stewart, F, Jacksonville 15's: He looked like the man in the layup line and it translated well. He was intriguing enough the first time around that we stayed for a second round and he was even better. He's 6-foot-7 with a big time athletic body, dunks what he can and you can see that there is room for improvement in what is already a very interesting lock high-major prospect. This guy has a swagger to his game.

Gani Lawal, F, Atlanta Celtics Gold 15s: At 6-foot-7 and a shade over 200 pounds and just a rising sophomore he passed the look test and the play test. He's one of many standouts on what will be a competitive Atlanta Celtics team for the next two seasons.

Over At The Peach Jam

The Houston Hoops will play BABC in one semifinal and Boo Williams will play the Illinois Warriors in the other. … The Tyler Hansbrough-Richard Hendrix matchup was derailed as Hendrix picked up early fouls. Reports had Hansbrough tossing in 28 points and 13 boards. Hendrix finished with 13 and 6. Apparently this was not a good opportunity to comparison shop between the two highly-regarded players. …

News & Notes

This is the first time we've been to this event and it's a good one. The facilities are very comfortable and the talent level here runs deep in three age groups. Mike White has done a nice job putting this together. …

Charlie Dewhurst, a rising sophomore standout with the young Georgia Stars team did not play today because of blisters on his feet. … Nosing around the gym with Anjuan Wilderness on the court were assistants from Kentucky and Tennessee. …

Mississippi State watched junior Jejuan Brown in the morning. … Among those in the crowd for a morning EBO game were reps from Stanford, Vanderbilt, Duke, Florida and Kansas. … Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie watched point guard Austin Jackson. … In the crowd for Lewis Clinch's morning game was the head coach from Auburn and Arkansas. Assistants from Georgia, Boston College, Miami, Wake Forest, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Kansas and Kentucky were in the stands. …

In the stands for Anthony Mason were a bunch of coaches. We noticed Washington State, DePaul, Arkansas, Tulane and Georgia Tech eye balling him. … Rod Barnes was front and center for more than one Anthony Mason and Lawrence Kinnard game. After an early game, Kinnard rattled off a long list that read: Mississippi, UAB, Oklahoma, Miami, Kansas, South Carolina, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Arkansas State, Memphis and NC State. … LSU was in the house all day long presumably watching some young Mississippi kids and seniors like Jovan Adams and Alonzo Gee. …

Stan Heath joined Billy Gillispie in watching Jovan Adams perform. Assistants from Oklahoma, Illinois, Boston College and Florida were also present. … Greg Paulus played Friday night. …

Scout's Seat

Byron Eaton was about as frustrated as we've ever seen him in a game. His shot simply wasn't falling and he couldn't complete plays. It would be hard for him to have a bigger hiccup than his first game of the day. … Derrick Jaspers of EBO has a tremendous feel for the game. Things look like they come easy to him. …

Gerald Green is a unique combination of skills and size in a long, athletic body. … Ryan Reid made his final shot for the Tallahassee Wildcats count. He nailed the game-winner to send the Wildcats into the championship game. Meanwhile, the Memphis Bulldogs were on the winning and losing ends of buzzer beaters in the same day. …

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