* All the big-name recruiting gurus are in College Park, Md. this weekend – but there are no Div. I coaches and very few big-time players. The coaches aren't allowed to attend the event, and when you throw in players' ambivalence to travel, there are tons of teams but not that many names of note.
* Maryland commitment Chris McCray, a 6-4 shooting guard, was quite impressive last night. He made some great passes, hit some tough shots, drained threes with a few hands in his face, and threw down a big dunk – and then screamed in the direction of the Terps fans at the baseline.
* Travis Garrison, the 6-9 forward who is expected to join McCray in the Terps '02 recruiting class, also looked solid as well. An athletically gifted frontcourt player, he showed more of a post-up game than normal and hit a high percentage of his mid-range jump shots from all over the court. He finished well, had his share of blocks, grabbed plenty of rebounds and looked like the player that we saw at the ABCD camp.
* New Georgia Tech commitment Jarrett Jack is going to make Paul Hewitt a very happy head coach. The future Yellow Jacket point guard looked great, harassing opposing guards into turnovers, and then excelling in transition – including a one-handed alley-oop slam that caught everyone's attention. Standing at a strong 6-4, it's clear why Georgia Tech and Michigan State fought so hard for him.
* Jack almost had the dunk of the tournament. He tried to throw himself an alley-oop off the backboard in traffic, but the ball bounced out of his hands. It was last year at this event that Jonathan Hargett brought the crowd to its feet with that play.
* Clint Jackson's pick for a future superstar: Marquis Cooke, a tough-bodied Class of 2004 point man for Boo Williams. Here's what Clint had to say on Cooke – "Well, I had seen him before, at least three or four times, and he's been solid – but now, Marquis has really started to develop nicely. He's as tough as nails and really powers his way to the hoop, bulling his in the lane despite hard fouls, tough defense and any sort of contact. He made superb passes, tough shots, and circus moves today. And he's only a sophomore. He's an ACC level point guard who'll be one of the most sought after lead guards in the nation very soon."
* Since there were no Class of 2002 Tar Heel targets in attendance, we'll be profiling some underclassmen of note over the next week on the site. Stay tuned for in-depth reports on the likes of Sean Banks, Byron Jones, Brian Johnson and Ra'Sean Dickey – names you might not know yet, but will need to know in the near future.
* No tournament is complete until you've had at least one Applebees dinner with the recruiting gurus. Mike Kruse, Rob Harrington, Clint, David Thompson and I enjoyed jokes, stories and thoughts on players over a few beers last night at our usual hang-out. Dave Telep couldn't make it because, being the recruiting king, he was too busy working on his latest "Poop of the Day." At last count, he had already recorded five.
It's time to get back to the gym for the beginning of the playoffs tonight. Stay tuned for more IC coverage from College Park.