Beach Ball Classic: Day Three

<b>MYRTLE BEACH –</b> The underclassmen are stealing the show at the Beach Ball Classic. Guys like Dwayne Collins, Daequan Cook and Pierre Niles were outstanding during Tuesday's action.

Miami Senior 79, Dunwoody 75
Ridgeway 68, Mount Vernon 63
St. Mary's 66, Dominguez 63
Aiken 60, Bartlett 58
Brother Martin 84, Myrtle Beach 69
Dayton Dunbar 62, Father Henry Carr 54

2005 Checklist

Danny Green, SG/SF, St. Mary's: Instinctive is probably one of the best ways to describe his game. He's a max effort guy who isn't the greatest athlete, highest leaper or sleekest wing man. All he is a blue collar kid who brings toughness and intangibles to the table. For instance, in a close one with Dominguez, he made a key block with his team up by 3 late in the game. Then, on the other end, he was fouled and sank the free throws to sew the game up. 19 points and 7 boards against Dominguez.

Mario Chalmers, PG, Bartlett: Tough trip from Alaska for Chalmers and Co. For the second straight night he was the victim of a hard foul and after rallying the troops, his squad came up short. Give him 33 points on 10-for-24 from the field to go with 10 steals. Bartlett is one of the least talented teams in the field and in fairness to Chalmers, he's got to wear a ton of hats just to keep them competitive in games.

2006 Checklist

Dwayne Collins, PF, Miami Senior: Big time performance against Dunwoody. If you're looking to draw a comparison think Mohamed Tangara with slightly more skill and a lot more explosion. This guy hammers home EVERYTHING around the basket. Basically they throw it up around the rim, he climbs the ladder and dunks the ball. By our count, 9 of his 11 field goals were dunks and one of the others two buckets was a 3. His 28-point, 8 rebound effort had us thinking that he was one of the more efficient junior bigs we've seen.

D.J. Augustin, PG, Brother Martin: En route to his 22 points, Augustin made 6 of his 11 3-point attempts and it was clear that he made a conscious effort to get teammates involved. The 7 assists he accumulated could easily have been 10 had kids finished some rather easy attempts. One of the best guards in the junior class was able to coast to a relatively effortless victory.

Daequan Cook, SG, Dunbar: In taking what was presented to him and living off the mid-range jump shot, Cook rang up 22 points and did so even though he missed his only 3-point attempt. All of his offense came in the flow and he was in constant motion. The tempo of this game was much more to his liking than it was in his first game here and he thrived. The kid scores like a veteran college player and he's extremely intelligent in terms of his basketball knowledge. We also had him with 6 assists and 8 rebounds (officially he was credited with 9 assists).

Pierre Niles, PF, Ridgeway: Picture a Mack Truck with the engine of a Porsche and you kind of get the idea of the kind of ruggedly smooth, yet powerful player that Niles resembles. When Ridgeway needed a hoop he was there with the answer. He made a trio of mid-range jumpers and looked good doing so. What we didn't know coming into the game that he's a much better passer, especially from the post, than we'd given him credit for.

Edwin Rios, PG, Miami Senior: It was going to be hard to match his first game performance and Rios got off to a slow start in this one. They credited him with 13 turnovers (we had him for 9) and when he was turning it over in the first half, Miami Senior was on the verge of extinction. He did a better job of handling it in the second half and in turn his team went on a series of runs. There's no debating that right now he's one of the best at his position in his class but he's got to take better care of the basketball because that's what elite guards do: they value the rock.

Anjuan Wilderness, SF/PF, Dunwoody: After a slow start, he cranked it up late by being active at the rim and led a spirited Dunwoody rally only to come up a possession or two short. Wilderness finished with 31.

2007 Checklist

Marshall Moses, F, Aiken: The biggest play of the game came in an end of game situation where Moses delivered a key block on Chalmers. Even better in his second effort than his first, Moses went for 23 points and 13 boards. A skilled player, he's done well here to advance his national reputation.

Quinton Watkins, SF, Dominguez: He's got a mixture of skill and bounce and he looks like a player. Again, as is the case with a lot of Dominguez kids, keep your eye on him for the future. …

News & Notes

Wake Forest assistant Dino Gaudio was in the gym all day long watching the likes of Augustin, Cook, Moses, Collins and Rios. … Cook said that he would like to attend college with Mike Conley. …

Auburn assistant John Cooper was in the stands watching Wilderness, Collins and Niles. … Inside word is that Tennessee is on Niles really hard early in the process. Memphis, Kansas, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia Tech and a laundry list of others are interested. …

Scout's Seat

We talk about the lost art of the mid-range jumpshot as if it's a phenomenon and to a degree it is. Consider this: in two days, D.J. Augustin, who has one of the premier strokes in the nation, has not taken a single jump shot inside the arc (see shot charts). … Dwyane Collins isn't a complicated player: he stays home, rebounds, dunks and runs all day long. … The secret to Danny Green's success as a shooter? Simple, he always takes shots on balance. …

Brother Martin junior big man Courtney Wallace has nice size and hands for a junior. … Unsigned senior Jonathan Smith, a 3-point specialist from Mount Vernon, connected on 6 trifectas in the loss to Ridgeway. … Jonathan Mitchell made 8-of-11 shots for Mount Vernon and did so by hanging around and playing big inside. … Kierre Jordan, Dunwoody's junior point man, did an outstanding job of finding more than his fair share of soft spots in the Miami Senior zone. …

Other Tournaments

Over in Raleigh, Denham Springs forward Tasmin Mitchell went off for 52 points. … Out in Indianapolis, sophomore Eric Gordon's 31 points against Ramar Smith (reported 6-for-20 shooting) was a headline maker. …

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