Kevin Love, PF, Lake Oswego -- Here's the deal. His game against Dominguez was the single-most dominating rebounding performance I've seen on the high school level. Officially, he was credited with 27 rebounds. If you count the offensive tips (and they should be tallied) the old Scout.com stats gave him an eye-popping 35 boards. "Tips count," Love interjected after the game. If you go by our stats, that's over a rebound a minute! Hello, Dennis Rodman, what?
How often does a guy drop 27 and have more boards than points? Dominguez brought the speed and Lake Oswego supplied the power. They simply couldn't handle the best passing big man in high school ball. This guy made 3s, lefty finishes inside, arching outlet touchdowns, laser outlet touchdowns and even hung around to ink a few sweaty autographs afterwards.
Marshall Moses, PF, Glenn – It wasn't going good for Glenn but Moses kept up with his workmanlike performance. He had 26 and 16 and absolutely wore it out from the mid-range elbows. At 6-foot-6 he's developed his niche as a mid-range shooter and its working for him.
Laron Dendy, PF, Pendleton – He finished up with 18 points and 6 boards. Did a nice job of staying active and as a result shot 13 free throws. He couldn't get a bucket to fall with his face up game.
Yves Mekongo-Mbala, PF, St. Patrick – We haven't seen a more improved player in our winter travels this season. From the Eddie Griffin Challenge to now, Mekongo-Mbala has figured it out. He always had a live body but now he's using it to his advantage and clearly he's spent some time with his skill instructor. His 27-point, 12-rebound effort speaks volumes to where he's come from. The LaSalle Explorers sure are glad the ink is dry on the LOI.
Ruben Guillandeaux, SG, St. Patrick – Meet one of the most desirable guard recruits of the spring period. A cool 20 points on 7-for-8 from the floor and his night was complete. Toss in perfection (3-for-3) from downtown and you have the perfect mixture (6-5, versatile) for a spring stud signee. The letter carrier is about to get real busy in his area code. By the way, he's a lot better than we originally tabbed him.
Patrick Christopher, SG, Dominguez – When nothing was going right for Compton Christopher's stroke bailed them out. He made 4-of-5 from downtown and basically prevented the Dons from getting run out of the building in the first half. He finished with 22 points, most coming off beautiful rainbow arching bombs from downtown.
Damion James, SF, Nacogdoches – He's a one-man gang for Nacogdoches. He took 29 shots en route to 31 points. One of the most athletic guys in the game, his adjustment next season will come in terms of shot selection and playing with talent around him on the Sooners. Shot 4-for-8 from downtown and was active on the glass with 11 boards.
Brandon Giles, SF, Auburndale – A few years from now, it'll come out that the Western Carolina Catamounts snagged a good one out of Florida. There's a pace and smoothness to his game. He went for 11, his team won easy there's no doubt the Catamounts landed a guy who could have been in a league higher.
P.J. Turner, PG, Auburndale – His single-game effort here should be enough to warrant Division I attention and he'll be watched by the mids as the season progresses. He came in stroking it (5-for-8 Friday night) and he kept up the hot hand. More importantly, he's a point guard with a presence on the floor. He had 21 points and took just 11 shots. "This is why we play in stuff like this," Turner's coach said of the exposure his guard is about to receive.
Brandon Jennings, PG, Dominguez – Good player, bad night. It would be one thing if Jennings was wild and all over the place. The simple fact of the matter is that shots he normally buries – runners in the lane on the move – wouldn't fall for him. He had 9 and 7 assists on a breezy Florida night where he shot a frigid 4-for-15.
Corey Fisher on Yves Mekongo-Mbala: "(LaSalle) got a steal. He's a stud." ... Kevin Love rattled off the usual North Carolina, Duke and UCLA as his three favorites. More importantly, he doesn't sound like a guy who is making a decision anytime soon. UNC was in the gym today. ...
Head Coaches – Seth Greenberg, Virginia Tech.
Ruben Guillandeaux said that Providence and Southern Cal were his early favorites with Boston College, LaSalle, Washington State and Rhode Island, Marquette and Seton Hall in the mix. Pittsburgh, Virginia and Penn State have jumped in; Wake Forest is his dream school. …
Corey Fisher couldn't have made it any more clear: he's open. He says the ACC, Big East and SEC is chasing him hard and wasn't about to break down the particulars, preferring to emphasize how "open" he is. …
Reed Baker at Bishop Verot would be a tremendous walk-on candidate for a school looking at a kid who has savvy and can score it. He dumped 32 on Lake Wales and almost shot them to a victory, making 6 3s. …
A few low and mid-major schools were here evaluating Tremayne Russell. He'll wind up at a school in that range should he tuck the ball away. He can score it and get past guys. … Tough evening for Eric Wallace as he went 4-for-12 and 6-for-13 from the line. Finished up with 14 points, 5 boards and 3 turnovers. …
"Can I get a bus? He's riding him. He can't ride him down the court like a horse."