Friday Night Notes from Boo

HAMPTON, VA. -- We've compiled the following notes from the Friday night games at the Boo Williams Invitational. Included is some important news regarding Reyshawn Terry and info on such players as local talent Chris Paul and potential UNC target Chris Richard.

* Chris Richard, the 6-9 junior post player from Lakeland (Fla.) Kathleen, was recently visited by a North Carolina coach, who came to watch him practice. Richard didn't score many points on Friday night, but he showed off his power and athleticism in the paint. "A lot of post players try to play with finesse," Richard said. "I play stronger than them." It's the combination of strength and athleticism that have many big-time schools showing interest, as Richard mentioned Florida, Maryland, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Auburn and Alabama. He's active inside, he plays with an assertive nature and really goes after the boards.

* We were interested to see Akini Adkins, and it looks like his growth over the last year has affected his skills – dribbling, lateral movement and in some ways, coordination. His teammates didn't look to get him the ball and he got pushed around in the post pretty easly by smaller players. Not the best showing for the 6-9 PF from Tallahassee.

* Cornelius Ingram – Talk about somebody who has a chance to be a big time basketball player – it's this 6-5 skilled and athletic sophomore SG/WF. He handles well, he passes well and he's an athlete deluxe. He has great strength, explosion and he looks a little like a more muscular Jackie Manual, a la DeShawn Stevenson. He's also an all-state quarterback for Hawthorne High School, so he may have to eventually pick a sport for the collegiate level.

* The biggest surprise of the night was Arnoud Dahi, a 6-6 wing from Burlington (N.J.) Life Center. The junior was explosive off the dribble, hit threes and looked great for a kid who hasn't been playing the game too long. He still needs to learn game etiquette, though, as he hollered in an opponents face after dunking on him – earning a technical. Props to analyst Rob Matera for being the first to spot this talent.

* Byron Joynes – He's heavier than he was a few months ago, and it's affected his mobility. Joynes is a good low post rebounder and he's hard to move on the low blocks. But we're still not sold on him being an ACC impact player.

* It was a rough night for Reyshawn Terry. The Carolina target missed his first seven shots, from mid-range out to beyond the arc. "It wasn't falling – I saw it wasn't falling, so I took it inside." He hit a baseline jumper, threw down a strong dunk putback and hit a three, to finish with seven points (3-10 FG, 1-3 3pt) and pulled down seven rebounds in Kappa Magic's double-digit win over Georgia Elite. The athleticism was quite apparent, skying for rebounds and racing up the floor, but the missed shots and early foul trouble made it a pretty unimpressive evening. As for North Carolina, Terry confirmed that he will head to Chapel Hill next weekend with his family to meet with the Tar Heels coaching staff. "That's a lifelong school for me – that's where I wanted to go when I was little," he said. He added that he thinks a scholarship could be offered during the visit. If it is offered, would he accept? "It depends," Terry said. "There's the possibility that I may commit."

* Chris Paul -- What a passer ! This petite floor general from West Forsyth (N.C.) looked terrific tonight. He has an incredible amount of poise and seems to be able to see plays before they develop. He's creative, smart and savvy. He consistently makes good decisions and hands out dimes right and left. Our unofficial stat keeper had him down for 12 points (6-12 FG, 3-7 3pt) in the easy win over Georgia Elite, including four assists (if it weren't for fouls and failed conversions, he would have been closer to 10). Paul was the most impressive point guard that we saw on Friday night and if there are some better ones in the 2003 class in terms of leadership and ball distribution, they've got their work cut out for them to out-play Mr. Paul. He's a small 5-11 and physically resembles former N.C. State point Justin Gainey. Paul said North Carolina assistant coach Doug Wojcik came by to check him out three days ago. He added that N.C. State, Wake Forest and Clemson have all offered scholarships.

* As for some of the name players on Georgia Elite: 6-10 sophomore Mohamed Tangara was an absolute beast in the paint, skinny 6-11 bigman Shawn Taylor had a disappointingly quiet game and Dexter Manley, the chiseled son of the former NFL star, prompted fond memories of Julius Peppers.


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