TOC Wrap-Up: Player Evaluations

The Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions is officially in the books and it's time to look back at how several Wolfpack Targets performed. <p> Some were particularly impressive this weekend while others struggled in the games we saw.

Wolfpack Target Evaluations

Gavin Grant 6'7 SF New York Ravens: It was a very good weekend for Gavin. The sleek Wing Forward from the Bronx, N.Y. was probably the most versatile prospect we watched. He showed some guard skills by bringing the ball up for the Ravens on occasion while also hitting the glass with regularity. He uses slick dribble moves to drive past bigger defenders and creates body contact to draw fouls. Grant plays for a proven program in St. Raymond's and was probably, in my opinion, the most "ready" Wolfpack prospect that I observed. He can play at the high level and I see why premier programs are all over him.

Corey Brewer 6'7 SF Tennessee Travelers: Brewer had a great game Saturday morning against the North Carolina Gaters and all weekend expressed heavy interest in N.C. State. He's a lanky athlete who glides up the court. Play Defense? He had seven steals... in the FIRST HALF. Brewer shot the three well and showed good dribbling skills. His appearance and game are eerily similar to ex-AAU star James White (without the world class hops) who signed with Florida out of high school. Brewer is a prospect to keep an eye on over the next few weeks because it appears the interest is mutual between he and N.C. State.

Jose Garcia 6'5 SG Lynchburg Hoops: It was a tough weekend for the charismatic Garcia. The rising junior struggled with foul problems and an errant jumper in both games we watched. He seemed to be pressing and it really showed. He's a good athlete that does have some great skills for a kid that's only been playing basketball 3 years. What I like about him most is his rock-solid frame and the fire he has to win. He plays with passion that few others in AAU ball play with and that will translate well in college. He's VERY high on the Wolfpack and was offered by FSU last week. Garcia could be looking to decide in the next few weeks (following a June 6th unofficial to FSU), but I think he may hold off.

James Mays 6'8 PF/SF North Carolina Gaters: I watched Mays on three occasions Saturday and was not very impressed (although word is he had an outstanding Friday night). Right now, he's a springy Power Forward in a Small Forward's body. I didn't see him hit a jumper all day and his ball-handling was average at best. When he attacked the rim he struggled to finish against the bigger players. Mays is at his best in a full-court game where his athleticism and speed are put to use. In a half-court setting, Grant, Brewer, and Smith are more polished products at small forward. Mays is listening to several programs at the moment, but he appears to be an "ACC" kid.

Cedric Simmons 6'10 C North Carolina Gaters: I love Ced's upside! He gets better each outing and turned alot of heads this weekend at Gibbons. He was named to the All-Tournament team and for good reason. Cedric tries to finish everything around the rim HARD (ask St. John's commit Jermaine Bell), and does a good job on the boards. He has a good face-up game already, and utilizes the turnaround jumper and spot-up 15-footer well. His body is still filling out and his footwork's improving, but N.C. State landed a future star in Cedric Simmons, that's a safe bet.

J.R. Smith 6'5 SF/SG The Playaz: Smith is an elite prospect who can be as good as he wants to be. He has a terrific work ethic and has improved as much over the past year an anyone in the nation. His frame is outstanding, he has range on his jumper, can defend, and rebounds very well for his size. He's explosive in transition, and J.R. is also not afraid to take the big shot. Word around the gyms this weekend was that J.R. really likes Louisville, but hopes the Heels will come calling. If I was Roy Williams, it would be hard not to.

Alex Galindo 6'7 SF The Playaz: Galindo is an interesting prospect. He didn't get many touches in the game I saw, but it's obvious that he knows how to play the game. I hoped to see more of Galindo this weekend, but The Playaz suffered an unexpected loss. He's VERY slender right now and needs to put on some more weight, but we think he's a prospect to look out for. Put on a show at the recent Southern Invitational where he garnered MVP honors. Alex is wide-open at this point and listening to everyone.

David McClure 6'7 SF The Playaz: McClure is a good player and was more athletic then I was led to believe (I had heard Jason Capel comparisons athletically). He finished well in traffic and showcased range on his jumper. McClure hustles, dives for loose balls, and does alot of the dirty work that most coaches LOVE. Right now, he appears to be Duke's to lose with Notre Dame hanging right in there.

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