Peach Jam: Tuesday News & Notes

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- <i>Inside Carolina</i>'s J.B. Cissell provides news and analysis from Tuesday's action at the Peach Jam. [Pictured: Roy Williams courtside]

  • In spite of better offensive numbers today (12 pts, 4 rebs; 12 pts, 5 rebs)--in two losses--it seemed as if Brian Johnson's play dropped off a bit from the first day's action. Post moves were few and far between.

  • Roy Williams was again in attendance at the DC Blue Devils' games (both sessions) to watch Brian Johnson and Marcus Ginyard. Other than that, Williams seemed to have a confusing "pattern of observing."

  • Ever wonder how Michigan State coach Tom Izzo gets all those 6-6 to 6-8 rebounding machines? It must be in the water because Michigan AAU team "The Family" has 'em coming and going.

  • Ra'Sean Dickey's play seemed to be more inspired today during the stretches of his game that I saw. He was tenacious on the boards and had one baseline drive and dunk that brought the house down. Maybe it's because Roy Williams was sitting under one of the baskets watching him.

  • Now wearing the Iowa State logo, former UNC assistant coach Fred Quartlebaum--affectionately known as "Q"--was meeting and greeting and tirelessly scouting the next Cyclone recruit just like he did for the Tar Heels.

  • With teammate Greg Oden injured, Josh McRoberts was forced to do a little more banging against a little bigger player today and wasn't quite as effective as he showed on the event's first day. Still, he remains a skilled big man who will be coveted by big-time programs.

  • Rising junior 6-8 Richard Hendrix continued solid play with flashes of brilliance against Derrick Caracter, displaying good strength on the block, solid post moves, and occasional shot-blocking ability.

  • Who is the 6-11 kid wearing the Carolina blue North Carolina jersey on the Indiana Red AAU bench? It's Nigerian Idong Ibok who will graduate in 2004. (Stay tuned to IC for an interview with Ibok about his interest in American colleges.)

    Rob Harrington, of Prep Stars who observed Ibok at the latest Nike Camp: "Has lots of potential because he is big. Runs well, is active inside, plays unselfishly, does the dirty work. He needs to get stronger but will become even better as he gets used to top notch American competition. It's too early to put a ranking on him. He showed a lot of promise for someone who hasn't been exposed to someone like Nike camp.

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