Boo: Telep's Saturday Report

<b>HAMPTON, Va. –</b> Guys like Chris Douglas-Roberts and Louis Williams had big efforts on Saturday at the Boo Williams. After a round of playoff games, four teams remain in hunt for the title.

Day Two, Boo Williams Invitational

Sunday's Semifinals – Georgia Stars vs. Boo Williams; Illinois Warriors vs. Pulley Panthers

2005 Checklist

Chris Douglas-Roberts, PG, The Family: Against the Georgia Stars, a strong argument could be made that he was the best guard on the floor. He went for 30 and 10 rebounds in a losing effort. He can be a playmaker yet he can be an acrobatic finisher. He's not strong but he gets places and loves to rebound. Big timer in the making.

Louis Williams, SG, Georgia Stars: The guy can flat out go on offense. Against The Family he put up a big number and reportedly went 16-for-18 from the line. He's smooth and effortless in getting his shot, finishes and has a diverse bag of tricks in his arsenal. Be it pull-ups, 3's or finger rolls, the kid has game and he's both fearless and confident.

Mike Mercer, PG, Georgia Stars: At 6-4, he's a big point. His game is balanced and he's taken a major step forward as a prospect this season because he's starting to bang his jumpshot. We saw it during the high school season and now he's more confident with his deep stroke on the circuit.

Andrew Bynum, C, N.J. All-Stars: The Boo was Andray Blatche's breakout event in our mind last year. The same could be happening to Bynum this season. Noted for his shyness, the 6-11 pure center is starting to understand just how good he can be. He's got great size, takes the shortest path to the rim and patiently waits for offensive players to come at him before swatting away shots. Watch him grow throughout the spring and summer.

Taylor Griffen, F, Athletes First: The guy is kind of in position limbo but plays both forward slots. He's not the biggest or the most fleet afoot but he's highly effective, plays both intelligently and hard and sure does get a lot done.

Richard Hendrix, PF, Alabama Select: Though we've yet to see him in action here, the reports have been glowing. Apparently he's much improved and we look forward to seeing him on Sunday. There's as much buzz about this big man here as anybody and his triple-double (24, 14, 11) had folks talking.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF, St. Louis Eagles: Like Hendrix, we've yet to see him in a full game's worth of action. However, the word was that he was outstanding on Friday and average by his standards on Saturday. One quick box score check had him with 21 points before fouling out against BABC.

2006 Checklist

Keith Clark, SF-PF, Athletes First: This guy can pretty much do it all from the forward slot. He's got size (6-7+), range and when he squares up, he's accurate to 3-point land. He's a true outside-inside threat and one of the better forward prospects in the sophomore group.

Josue Soto, PG, Miami Tropics: In the game we watched on Saturday he was raining 3s. The little guy has a big heart, plays with passion and can be intense. He's a pure shooter and though high-majors typically like points to be a little taller, this kid can play. He's got a little hesitation dribble, a floater and a big time deep stroke. May have injured his shoulder Saturday afternoon.

Scott Reynolds, SG-PG, BWSL: He's got point guard size but shooting guard game. Friday night he went a perfect 5-for-5 from downtown. Saturday morning he went 3-for-7 behind the arc. The sophomore has a terrific stroke.

Teams Watched Boo Williams, Athletes First, Miami Tropics, Georgia Stars, The Family, New Jersey All-Stars, N.C. Gaters, Arkansas Wings

News & Notes

Frank Haith, the associate head coach at Texas, will take over the reigns of the Miami Hurricanes early next week, a source close to the situation confirmed on Saturday. …

Chris Douglas-Roberts, the PG of The Family, lists Kansas, Florida, Kentucky, UCLA, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina State and others. … New Jersey All-Stars standout center Brian Zoubek was reportedly on a family vacation and did not make the trip. … Georgia Stars winger Billy Humphrey has a nice GPA and no scholarship offers. He could start at the mid-major level and possibly go higher. Clemson has shown interest and this was his first AAU event. …

Center Andrew Bynum of the New Jersey All-Stars likes North Carolina, UConn, Clemson, Louisville and Stanford. He played through sickness on Saturday. … Boo Williams big man Laurynas Mikalauskas was on Virginia Tech's campus for an official visit two weeks ago. …

There was only a smattering of NBA guys on the Hampton campus checking out the event on Saturday. Less that five NBA scouts were spotted. … Arkansas Wings forward Michael Washington is hearing from Oklahoma State, Texas, Indiana and Arkansas early. …

Scout's Seat

FOH Seattle swingman Micah Downs continued to win over fans with solid Saturday efforts. Until Martell Webster returns, he's the best long term prospect on his team while Jon Brockman is the most productive player. …

Despite fading away on most of his deep shots, Mike Mercer continues to showcase a much-improved perimeter game. … When Chris Douglas-Roberts of The Family gets stronger, lookout. … The Family has a mid-major PF named Lionel Sullivan who gets on the glass and works hard. …

The Family sophomore Ramar Smith struggled with his perimeter shot in his team's first game but then went for 28 in a game later in the day. … Kevin Swinton of the N.C. Gaters and Andrew Bynum were matched up. Swinton gave up 4 inches to Bynum and wasn't able to do much in the paint. However, Swinton was able to face up with some success. …

N.C. Gaters guard Freddie Little is a Taron Downey clone. He's got range and confidence from deep but he's a tad streaky. … Craig Moore hit a buzzer-beater for the N.J. All-Stars against the Gaters. … Boo Williams guard Marcus Ginyard appears to be more offensive minded on the circuit this year. … Boo Williams has some many mid-major forward types it's a little scary and they'll be a hot team for CAA level recruiters. Not to mention Boo also has a bevy of high-major prospects. …

Michael Washington of the Arkansas Hawks is a thin power forward prospect. He's scrapped some of the perimeter stuff in his game from last year and works inside. He's just not strong enough to do what he wants in there at this time but he's got bounce and plays hard. …

Miami Tropics guard David Huertas seems to be diversifying his game some. He's working off the dribble and trying to get to the bucket in addition to showing his stroke. … Everyone knows Tropics 7-2 center Jason Bennett is a prospect but it's time to start announcing his presence on a regular basis. …


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