Kingwood Classic: Day One

<b>HOUSTON, Tex. –</b> The Kingwood Classic tipped off Friday night. Actually, the evening session was just a warm-up to the fabulous weekend of hoops here in Houston. Among the notables Friday night was JaJuan Jones of the Georgia Stars and sophomore Martavious Adams of the Smyrna Stars.

TEAMS EVALUATED Team Breakdown, New Mexico Force, Georgia Stars, Ferrari, Delaware Sharpshooters, Nor Cal Elite, Smyrna Stars, Texas Terps.

2006 CHECKLIST

JaJuan Jones, SG, Georgia Stars: Norm Parker told us last month to be on the lookout for this guy and he was right on. The transfer from the state of Ohio is pure high-major. He's got a smooth game on the perimeter and can pass it too. He's a skilled perimeter guard worthy of some pub.

Brian Carlwell, C, Ferrari: Some guys have AAU games and some don't. Carlwell's strengths aren't exactly suited for this type of environment. Nonetheless he'll do one or two things each time out that let you know he's a player. He scored it with skill inside (when given the chance) and if he can get some more touches he'll certainly produce. Watch for him to erupt in July.

Gilbert Brown, SG, Delaware Sharpshooters: Now 6-foot-6, Brown is an athletic specimen. He was trying to hammer down whatever he could in the game we caught. Seriously, he's one of the more athletic two guards we've seen on the circuit this month. He's the top prospect on his team at this event and he's got the size and bounce to prove it.

Dwayne Collins, PF/C, Team Breakdown: After seeing him with his high school team, we thought he'd be ready for a breakout spring. While he's athletic at the rim, he's got to be more of a factor and impact games. Especially in fast-paced, end-to-end games you'd think his game is tailor made for that environment but so far this spring we're still waiting for him to really make his presence felt.

Jordan Hill, PF, Smyrna Stars: Talk about a guy flying under the radar. He didn't play high school ball this year because he transferred in from Ohio. He was just so-so in the first half but at 6-foot-9 you tend to pay attention to these guys. In the second half he finished some plays inside and had a bounce to his step. Hill could be a guy who continues to improve and blossoms as the spring goes on. Remember Korvotney Barber, Lewis Clinch and Charles Jackson? They were all high-major signees who flew under the radar with this same squad last year! Hill is worth paying attention to the next few months.

2007 CHECKLIST

Martavious Adams (pictured), C, Smyrna Stars: At 6-foot-8 and 265 pounds he was one of the biggest kids we saw all evening long. Adams is a finisher and is nimble even at his size. The guy is a big time high-major prospect whose name should find its way onto top sophomore lists in the coming months. He's got great hands as evidenced by his gathering of a loose ball without breaking stride and leading a fast break.

Matthew Simpkins, PF, Nor Cal Elite: Here's a young man with a chance. He's long, lean and right now more defender than offensive player. However, he's 6-foot-9 and he's got some spring in his step. Certainly a name to follow.

NEWS & NOTES

Team Breakdown was missing Edwin Rios, its outstanding sophomore for its opener. … Team Breakdown guard Jonathan Hall is listing LSU, Indiana, Florida State, Cincinnati and Nebraska. He had 14 points on 6-of-11 from the field in Friday's action. None of the above have offered to date. … Coaches could not begin watching the event until Saturday morning. …

Sharpshooters guard Jawan Carter says St. Joe's, Villanova, Georgetown, Clemson and Florida State are tracking him the hardest. Vanderbilt, Miami, Wake Forest, Illinois and N.C. State are also following him. …

Ferrari's Brian Carlwell is getting hit hard by Illinois, Michigan State, Florida State and now the new Virginia staff. … JaJuan Jones says N.C. State, Cincinnati and Georgia Tech are on him right now. …

SCOUT'S SEAT

Kasey Cunningham of the New Mexico Force is a nice mid-major prospect worth chronicaling. He's got some bounce for an undersized power forward. … Illinois Wolves coach Troy Johnson reported that his star guard, Will Walker, dropped 38 in his opener. … Georgia Stars forward Landon Milbourne is a rebounding machine. … Texas Terps guard Otis Nicksion – a Wisconsin transplant – is a likely mid-major with a Zabian Dowdell game. …

Tim Flowers, a sophomore with Ferrari, is a 6-foot-4 Charles Barkley clone. We aren't sure what level he is but the young man has a Barkley-esque quality to his game. … Jawan Carter won't burst past guys off the dribble but he is making shots. Carter got 17 points on 7-for-12 from the field, including 3-for-6 from downtown. …

Saturday's slate of games is outstanding and many of the powerhouse teams were given Friday night off before starting their tournament on Saturday!


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