TOC: Telep's Saturday Report

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Saturday was an outstanding day at the Tournament of Champions. Guys like Eric Boateng turned in big time performances and some new faces emerged onto the national scene.

2005 Checklist

Eric Boateng, C, Delaware Sharpshooters: Though they often struggled to get him the rock, when he touched it inside he showcased some sweet post moves. We can do without the numerous perimeter attempts but he's got mid-range abilities his shot just wasn't falling. He'll catch and face and clearly is a Top 10 type talent and is one of the elite shot blockers in the class. The native of London had 15 points, 8 rebounds, 6 blocks and 5 deflections. He was clutch in a big upset over the Illinois Wolves.

Bobby Frasor, G, Illinois Wolves: He came away on the losing end of the game but was the victor in a match up with Josh Thornton on the floor. Despite foul trouble, Frasor tallied 22 points and he's nearly automatic from downtown without a hand in his face. Is he a point or a two? The answer is he's just a guard. He's such a good scorer that casting him in the role of running a team might take away from his ability to focus on using his ridiculous stroke. Then again, he's got such good feel and pace to his game you like him having the ball.

Lawrence Kinnard, SF, Memphis Bulldogs: Lawrence, welcome to the Top 100. Actually, he might find himself amongst the Top 50 prospects in the land. This ultra-athletic 6-7 wing is long, has range, plays hard and even defends. Call him a sleeper if you will but how did this guy go that unnoticed out of Memphis? He was impressive ALL day long and his team is still alive in this event after drubbing the Playaz.

Tasmin Mitchell, F, New Orleans Jazz: Overall, it was an excellent day. He opened up play with a 27 point effort in pool play then helped his team grit out of a tough playoff win against H-Squad. To his credit, he never stops playing. In the finale, his shot wasn't falling so he went to the glass. He's a smart player who understands his own game and is versatile enough to move in a different direction if something isn't working.

Gerald Green, SG, Houston Elite: Talk about an offensive minded weapon, this guy can flat out score it. Now, he's a 6-8 guard with range and touch. His shot selection could stand improvement but in his defense, it was his offense that kept his team in the game against DC Assault until the Capitol boys pulled away. He had 27 points.

Reginald Delk & Richard Delk, Guards, Mid-State Ballerz: The identical twins can hoop. However, their games are different. We give the edge to Reginald overall because he beats you off the bounce but still has the passing and shooting touch his brother has. Both have excellent IQ's and the chemistry is definitely there.

Jeff Green, PF, DC Assault: He's listed as a 5th year who will be attending Hargrave (not Georgetown?) next season. Green is the near perfect blend of athleticism and power. He's tough at the rim and can move out to mid-range as well. This guy is a player.

Derwin Kitchen, G, Lee Bulls: One of the better prospects in Florida and he can really get into the paint. You have to think that with talent around him he'll excel. He's got multiple gears and can play at different speeds. He's safe in the Top 100.

Jerry-Davon Jefferson, PF, H-Squad: He's a 6-7 power forward would could one day move to the small forward slot. He's an excellent defensive player because his athleticism lets him reject shots. Offensively, he'll work his tail off around the basket and gets plenty of tips and dunks.

Byron Eaton, PG, Dallas Mustangs: This kid is one of those guys who can get to the rim. He'll go past defenders as if they aren't there. He's also got that intangible in his game that gets him to the line.

Theo Davis, PF, NJ Shore Shots: He played the best first half of ball we've seen him play in a while as he blocked shots, ran the floor and scored in the post. In the second half, he sputtered. Consistency seems to be his major issue because the talent is there.

Ricky Torres, SG, NY Ravens: The shooter turned in some fine efforts throughout the day. He's not going to be you with speed or quickness but rather with his touch and his head. He'll pump fake you and then let it rip. He's bulked up some and doesn't need to get any bigger.

What We've Heard

Everyone is raving about Greg Oden and why not? The kid is having a big time weekend and his Spiece team is slaughtering good teams. … Apparently Andray Blatche had another big morning game in a matchup against Leo Criswell and KC Pump & Run. …

From the sounds of it, Tyler Smith hit a bevy of 3s in a pool play game. … O.J. Mayo was leading the event in scoring through pool play. Credit a 40-point and 36-point game for his big time average. … Vernon Goodrich was putting in work for Blessed IJN despite arriving late to the event. …

News & Notes

Lawrence Kinnard, a small forward with the Memphis Bulldogs and an emerging talent on the national scene, has offers from UAB, Mississippi and Oklahoma. Florida and Oklahoma State are knocking on the door as well and he deserves the attention. …

Joey Cameron is not here but on Saturday, the Alabama forward committed to Tennessee. … New Jersey Shore Shots center Ahmad Nivins says that he's got a qualifying SAT score and over a 3.0 GPA. Already he's hearing from UConn, Indiana, Maryland, Florida State, Vanderbilt and St. Joe's. … Carolina Celtics sophomore shooter Charlie Dewhurst is a big time academic kid who hears from Davidson, Stanford, Penn State and Appalachian State. …

Carolina Celtics sophomore forward Jamie Skeen is interested in three schools: North Carolina State, North Carolina and Wake Forest. … We're hearing that Florida and Wake Forest are the likely finalists for Lee Bulls guard Derwin Kitchen. …Mid-State Ballerz power forward Xavier Webb has offers from Providence and Mississippi. Virginia Tech, Arkansas and Tennessee are also interested, according to Webb's coach. …

Reginald Delk and Richard Delk are going to school together, that much we know. Louisville, Mississippi State and Florida could wind up being the teams to beat, according to a source. Tennessee, Arkansas and UAB are in the mix too but not quite as strong. … Michael Douks, a power forward with the Ballerz, is hearing from UT-Martin, Memphis, Austin Peay, Murray State, Mississippi and Virginia Tech. …

Kenneth Cooper, a center with the New Orleans Jazz, is hearing from Louisiana Tech, LSU, Oklahoma and Baylor. … Josh Thornton, a guard with the Delaware Sharpshooters, lists Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia Tech, Georgetown, Kansas and Arkansas. …

Anthony Mason (yes, he's the son of that tough NBA forward) of the Memphis Bulldogs, likes Cincinnati, Washington State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma and Arkansas. … Rousean Cromwell did not play in his team's final two games because of what could be a stress fracture in his foot. …

J.R. Inman of the Playaz had an MRI on his hand a few weeks back. He says his top three schools are NC State, Rutgers and Maryland. Miami, Virginia, St. Joe's and West Virginia are also in the mix. …

Eric Boateng of the Sharpshooters doesn't want to talk about school lists right now. The polite native of London says he prefers focusing on getting to know the coaches recruiting him. He's been to Michigan and UCLA officially and will attend a camp at Duke in June. …

Scout's Seat

Theo Davis of the New Jersey Shore Shots is a much better passer than we ever thought he was. … Ahmad Nivins has great size and in the Class of 2005 there just aren't a ton of guys you can say that about. … Andre McFarland, a 2006 guard with the Las Vegas Prospects, moves around well and scores in different ways. … Byron Eaton of the Dallas Mustangs did an excellent job of communicating in the game we watched. Clearly, this is his team and the kids respect him. …

Anthony Goods, a guard with Belmont Shore, prefers structured settings over what can be a helter skelter AAU-type ballgame. He can be a system point guard in college but a two-guard in an AAU setting. … Sharpshooters center Eric Boateng must get stronger because he loses rebounds in traffic because of a lack of strength. It'll also make him a better finisher. He'll get there. …

Raymond Brewer, the point man on the DC Assault, is one tough guard. He's little but he'll fight you and can make shots. … Gerald Green of Houston Elite is a fine shooter because he almost always squares himself up on his shot. Sounds simple but not everyone does it well. …

Jerry-Davon Jefferson's athleticism slowed the Tasmin Mitchell train down. Before going to work on the glass, Mitchell was slightly frustrated but responded well. … Reginald Owens of the Memphis Bulldogs plays like the mascot he represents. This guy is ferocious inside despite being undersized height-wise. He's a worker. … Texas Tech landed a good one in New Orleans Jazz wing Terry Martin. He's athletic and he'll stroke deep 3s. … For whatever reason, Brandon Costner has been slow getting out of the gate scoring wise in N.C. He'll visit NC State unofficially on Monday. …


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