Next Level: UNC Prospect Report

DUNCANVILLE, Tex. – The travel circuit was back in action this past weekend and some North Carolina commitments and targets were in attendance for the Next Level Ballers National Tournament.

Despite losing in the semifinals, UNC commitment Kendall Marshall (2010) had a solid weekend, as did future Tar Heel John Henson (2009), who went out early in the tournament. To go with Marshall and Henson, the Heels also had a pair of targets in attendance – Tristan Spurlock (2009) and Leslie McDonald (2009). North Carolina assistant coach Steve Robinson was present for the games on Saturday and Sunday and he took a peak at all four prospects while he was in town.

Kendall Marshall, PG, Boo Williams – One of the best qualities that he brings to the table is his consistency. You know what you're getting from the 6-foot-3 guard every time he steps on the court. Not only is he a smart player, but also he does a lot of little things to help the team.

During Boo Williams' game against Naptown, late Sunday night, the Arlington (Va.) Bishop O'Connell standout took over the game by attacking the rim, knocking down deep jumpers and finding teammates in transition. He's got a smooth game and is clearly among the top point guards in the loaded 2010 class.

Tristan Spurlock, SF, Boo Wiliams – During the Naptown game, Spurlock was the recipient of a number of Marshall passes that led to buckets. It helped that Spurlock's jumper was on and he knocked down a handful of deep spot-up three-pointers.

Although his jumper was flowing, don't mistake Spurlock as just a jump shooter. The 6-foot-7 wing loves to attack the basket and is capable of above the rim finishes once he gets to the cup. Going forward, strength and consistency are two things Spurlock will need to improve, but he's certainly establishing himself as one of the better wings in the class.

John Henson, PF, Franchize – We were impressed with his versatility and ability to step away from the basket and handle the ball. He got to the rim, especially in the open court and showed that he could use either hand around the basket.

Defensively, Henson is a potential nightmare for opponents because of his length and mobility. Although strength is an area of concern for now, that should get worked out once he gets on a college weight-training program.

Leslie McDonald, SG, Memphis YOMCA – A few weeks into the summer, McDonald's AAU team is getting better and better. At the Boo Williams Invitational they lost a couple games they probably should have won. This weekend, at Next Level, behind strong play from McDonald and his teammates they went deep into the tournament and knocked off a talented Athletes First group.

McDonald still showed an inconsistent jump shot, but is very good at attacking the basket, especially in transition, where he can use his above average athleticism to his advantage.


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