PJ: Session 2 UNC Target Notes

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. --- While the morning session was filled with exciting performances, the evening games on Tuesday left a lot to be desired at the Peach Jam. No star performances and a bunch of blowouts made for a quiet night.

* Following the Staff. Who did head coach Roy Williams and assistant coach Joe Holladay watch on Tuesday evening? Williams sat courtside for games featuring the DC Blue Devils (Tywon Lawson), Friends of Hoop (Spencer Hawes) and the NJ All Stars (Lance Thomas). Holladay viewed BWSL (Duke Crews), Friends of Hoop (Spencer Hawes) and the Murfreesboro Stars/The Family (Brandan Wright, DeShawn Sims).

* Go Get It! While Brandan Wright didn't have the type of big-time performance many are waiting for here, his team did pull off a shocker, destroying The Family. Wright's stat line of 19 points (7-9 FG, 5-6 FT), 6 rebounds and 3 blocks mostly were a result of him letting the game come to him. If he were to be more aggressive offensively and play tougher in the paint, there's no reason he couldn't put up jaw-dropping numbers. Wright's Tuesday night highlights included a couple of impressive fast break finishes and two show-stopping blocks on one possession.

* One Hit Wonder? DeShawn Sims was matched up with Brandan Wright, and while the Detroit combo forward totaled an unimpressive 5 points (2-2 FG, 1-4 FT) and 4 rebounds, he did outmuscle Wright and defend him well in the post and had perhaps the play of the game when he took Wright baseline for an up-and-under dunk. Postgame Sims said his school list consists of Michigan, Michigan State, Syracuse, UConn, Oregon, North Carolina and Illinois. He gauged the Tar Heels' interest as "medium" and noted that the UNC staff recently told him "We'll definitely be watching you this summer."

* Floor Leader. Tywon Lawson picked up right where he left off in the morning session with six of the first eight points and nine of the first 18 points (all from three-point range) for the DC Blue Devils in the evening session against the Miami Tropics. After that, he seemed more content to run the team and create for teammates, scoring only 10 more points the rest of the way in a 77-68 victory. He did a good job of controlling penetration on defense during the time he guarded Josue Soto who had a much easier job scoring (22 points) and running his team while Lawson was on the bench for stretches in both halves. Down the stretch he managed the game, controlled tempo, found his teammates, and hit his free throws. Lawson is the only high DI player for the Blue Devils and, especially with Kevin Durant not in attendance, they weren't expected to be competitive here – but thanks to Lawson are surprisingly 2-0 heading into Wednesday.

* Routine. When it comes to Duke Crews, you know in advance what you're going to see. He'll play hard and stay within his game, scoring in close and getting his share of boards and blocks. Tuesday evening was just another day at the office, with 12 points (4-5 FG), 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in under 15 minutes of playing time (because BWSL put on another rout). His offensive highlights came on two offensive putbacks for dunks and one drop step in the post.

* Nothing To See Here. It was a forgettable game for Spencer Hawes, who got into foul trouble early and spent more time voicing upset with the officiating than minutes on the floor. He posted only 2 points (1-2 FG) and 2 rebounds in his limited play.

* Names To Watch. The South Carolina Ravens vs. SYF Players matchup featured a number of talented underclassmen who list UNC and you'll assuredly hear more about down the road. LeRon Dendy (2007, SC Ravens) may end up being the best of this group, as he's a 6-8 combo forward who will likely end up as a wing. He's got a great frame, long arms and fills the hole blocking shots, so you think he's a power forward and then he shows you how he can handle the ball, has solid body control and is a nice shooter. Michael Holmes (2007, SC Ravens), on the other hand, is more likely to end up as a power forward. He's best described as a bouncy, physical beast. Holmes is an explosive athlete, who finishes well around the rim, and while he's a little raw offensively, his physical skills, defense and rebounding make up for it. Lashay Page (2008, SC Ravens) actually hails from the same Latta High School as Raymond Felton. For now he appears to be more of a two guard and doesn't have great form on the jumper, but utilizes a quick release and knows how to score in a number of ways. Gary McGhee (SYF, 2007) is the brother of former Oklahoma standout Aaron McGhee. He recently told local papers that UNC is his early leader, but he has some work to do before he's at that level of play. McGhee's biggest asset right now is that he's big. He may be somewhat clumsy and raw, but he's a bit more athletic than you might expect for his 6-9, 255-pound frame.


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