Vegas: Day Two News and Notes

<b>LAS VEGAS –</b> We're still waiting for the Super 64 to yield its signature performance. We took in action at Centennial High and caught up with guys like Brandon Costner, Tasmin Mitchell and Henry Dugat.

adidas Super 64 Day Two

2005 Checklist

Brandon Costner, PF, Playaz Basketball: For a guy who didn't particularly have an efficient day from the perimeter, he sure did have a good game. Costner willed himself to the line 17 times (one of the highest numbers we've seen this summer) and converted 12 of the freebies. He's certainly turned up his play this summer and each time someone mentions his name it's in regards to a good outing.

Stefon Jackson, SG, Gym Rats: His offensive outburst was countered by a poor defensive stand by his team and they were routed by the Derrick Smith All-Stars. Jackson, a smooth mid-range shooter, wore it out from the elbows en route to 26 points. Jackson isn't afraid to get shots up and the strategy should almost be to let him try and get to the rim because he's such a good scorer off the pull from mid-range.

Henry Dugat, PG, Houston Select: With reps from Baylor and Texas looking on, Dugat started slowed; finished a little stronger but wasn't the force you might have expected him to be against a team lacking a point guard. He wound up with 15 points on just 3-for-10 from the field. He did make 6-of-8 free throws and the speed in his game was quite evident. On the college level he'll have a chance to be a good defender because he's got great recovery speed.

Nate Minnoy, F, Illinois Fire: "Beast" wasn't in the flow early and his team fell behind. To start the second half he exerted himself and helped the Fire bury Philly MJC. The stat line he posted was big time: 9-for-11 from the field, 4 rebounds and 19 points. Most of the MAC was in the stands.

Shane Clark, SF, Philly MJC: The first half was vintage Shane Clark as he drilled mid-range jumpers, recorded a handful of blocks and was active. As a result, his team raced out to a big lead. The second half was completely opposite the first. Clark went from 14 points in the first to zero in the second and got into foul trouble with 10:44 left in the game.

Derek Drews, F, Indy Elite: Maybe it's just us, but it's been a while since he's had a bad game. Some mids are balking on him because they wonder who he'll guard. Our take is that he makes plays, shoots it deep and has a hand in the outcome of games. Maybe we're wrong but he's a good mid-major basketball player.

Jermaine Bolden, PG, Baltimore Select: The 5-9 change of pace guard can play. He changes speeds well and shot it deep against the Playaz which, at his size, is exactly what he needs to do. His level of recruitment will vary depending on which programs get comfortable with his size but he's got a chance to be a nice mid-major point man.

Tasmin Mitchell, SF, New Orleans Jazz: Mitchell is used to winning big in AAU events and his team won a laugher on Friday night. Mitchell went for 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effortless win.

Vernon Goodridge, PF, Gym Rats: In front of a throng of head coaches, Goodridge had one of his least productive games of the summer. He failed to scratch in the scoring column in the first half before accumulating 11 points when the Gym Rats were down 20+ late. Now for the good news: he was a monster in blocking 6 shots and pulled down 8 rebounds. The offense will come and guys are loving him because he's a pogo stick athlete inside.

2006 Checklist

Wayne Ellington, SG, Playaz Gold: Of the big three juniors that the Playaz have, Ellington probably had the best day. He's a very smooth guard with a diverse scoring package. It's interest to note that just when it appeared that Gerald Henderson was surging this summer, Ellington has picked up play once more. It's almost as if these two stud guards are pushing one another.

adidas Super 64 Day Two News & Notes

The UK-LSU recruiting battle for Tasmin Mitchell continues. On Friday night, Kentucky sent out assistant Reggie Hanson and LSU countered with John Brady and Butch Pierre. … Gary Williams and Lute Olson were among the head coaches taking in Marcus Williams' final game of Friday night. … New Orleans Jazz guard D.J. Augustine did not play in his team's final game Friday night and had an ice pack on his left foot most of the game. …

NBA scouts haven't had much of profile here at the Super 64. There was one scout on hand at the start of Tasmin Mitchell's game Friday night. He didn't stay long past halftime. …

There were a few head coaches in attendance watching Kendric Price early Friday evening. One of them was Syracuse's Jim Boeheim so don't be surprised if the Orangemen jump in on him at some point. …

Brandon Costner of the Playaz drew a big time head coaching crowd. Pete Gillen, Ben Howland, Jim Calhoun, Bill Self, Louis Orr and Jay Wright were in the gym. NC State sent an assistant. … A pair of Philadelphia juniors, Wayne Ellington and Gerald Henderson also have drawing power. We can speculate that head coaches like Paul Hewitt, Jim Calhoun, Skip Prosser, Phil Martelli, Mike Brey and Jay Wright were in the stands to be seen. …

Stanford head coach Trent Johnson watched Anthony Goods and Compton Magic this morning. Goods was held in check with 6 points. … Speaking of Johnson, the Stanford skipper must have a season pass to watch Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez. He doesn't miss their games and for good reason: the twins parents are Stanford grads. …

DePaul sent assistant coach Gene Cross to spy on Compton Magic junior Tyree Thompson. … Oklahoma Pump and Run senior power forward Marchello Vealy listed Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Indiana, Indiana State, New Mexico and Iowa State as some schools that expressed interest. None were in attendance today. …

Vernon Goodridge's packed them in during a morning game. He had head coaches from Florida, Georgetown, Pittsburgh and Seton Hall in the gym. Assistants from St. John's, Rutgers and Mississippi State were there as well. … Western Kentucky, UNC-Wilmington, Marshall, Evansville and Murray State were in the gym eyeballing 7-footer Jared Carter of the Derek Smith All-Stars. …

Stefon Jackson of the Gym Rats says that UTEP, Rhode Island, UMass, Penn State and Purdue are in good shape with him. Seton Hall, Providence and East Carolina are also giving chase. … Mike Brey watched Ryan Ayers this afternoon. …

Baylor and Texas each sent two assistants to watch Henry Dugat this afternoon. … In news from the Reebok Big Time, we hear that superstar O.J. Mayo dropped a cool 43 points on someone Friday afternoon. … Iowa's Steve Alford was in the building presumably watching Tony Freeman, Nate Minnoy and DeAndre Thomas of the Illinois Fire. …

Scout's Seat

Robbie Jackson, the 6-10+ big man with the Baltimore Select boys can score if you get him the ball in position. Here's a kid who probably hasn't lifted much and could be a solid mid in time. … Jermaine Bolden of the Baltimore Select is the kind of guard that you surround with shooters on the perimeter and let him drive and kick. …

Marchello Vealy of the Oklahoma Pump team has a live body and was a major factor in his team smoking Compton Magic. … Jared Carter, the big fella with Derek Smith All-Stars, bears a striking resemblance to Nevada sophomore Nick Fazekas. …

In shoe war terminology, it would be fair to say that adidas as a whole is light on underclassmen and it's evident at this event. … Andy Hampton, a power forward with Indy Elite, helped his recruitment with a truckload of coaches in the building. … DeAndre Thomas recorded the first pancake block of the tournament when the 306-pounder had a guy actually bounce off him and crash to the floor. …

One of our favorite Thursday performers, Darrin Avery of Panthers Select, struggled to get involved Friday night. The athletic 6-2 senior guard remains a solid mid-major target.

Line of the Day

"I told you! I told you! I told you we'd beat those suckers!"

The line was delivered by John Eurey of one of the Houston AAU teams seconds after what he thought was the conclusion of a victory. Eurey darted to half court and pointed to a smattering of coaches on the baseline with great enthusiasm. One problem: Eurey's team had only tied Seattle Rotary. Eurey would finally get his moment five minutes later when his team won in overtime.


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