Dave Telep's exclusive coverage continues with Day 2 of the AAU Nationals
Confirmed: Dorell Wright To DePaul
On Monday, we told you that Dorell Wright was set to announce for DePaul. Well, consider him a Blue Demon. We can confirm that Wright, one of the top-ranked players in the Class of 2003, will sign with DePaul. He's headed to prep school this season before making the transition to college.
Wednesday's Quarterfinals: Philly MJC vs. Memphis YOMCA; Sports Academy Cubs vs. DC Blue Devils; St. Louis Eagles vs. Martin Bros. Select; Team Richmond vs. Georgia Stars.
Corey Brewer, SF, Memphis YOMCA: Why is he playing with Memphis and not the Tennessee Travelers? Well, the Travelers didn't go to the Peach Jam or the AAU's and Brewer simply wants to be seen. He's already got a scholarship to Florida but he feels strongly that he's a McDonald's All-American candidate and we couldn't agree more. On Tuesday, he bolstered his resume with a 40-point explosion and a 20-point nightcap. Not only is he an offensive player, but we're talking about the top wing defender in the nation, bar none. He's a steal machine and instead of telling everyone how good he is, he's creating a resume that simply can't be ignored.
Tyree Evans, SG, Team Richmond: These guys, backed by an enthusiastic throng of supporters, knocked off Cecil Kirk to reach the quarters. Evans is the man who makes them go. He's got the green light from downtown and one of the fastest and most accurate triggers in the country. He bombs 3s and right now the formula is working for Team Richmond.
Shawne Williams, SF, Memphis YOMCA: It's not easy welcoming in an outsider (i.e. Corey Brewer) to the team with open arms but credit Williams for playing at a high level, being a good teammate and having a hand in Memphis' success. He and Brewer are really playing well together and they've accepted each other so far. In a nightcap game, Williams went for 20 of his own.
Channing Toney, SG, Georgia Stars: He played hurt in the game we watched and rallied his team with his stroke. Now, it looks like his ankle is bothering him and it'll be interesting to see how effective he will be as the event progresses. However, his stroke has been impressive and a rallying point for the Stars.
Cedric Simmons, PF, NC Gaters: It can't be harped upon enough. Simmons, though a work in progress, appears destined to become a masterpiece. His offensive repertoire takes on a new shape each time out and not only will he bang a dunk on a guy, he'll step out and get some things done. To a man, each college coach that sees him basically can't say enough about him.
Illinois Wolves 16s Guards: You can count the number of games this young team has lost this spring and summer on one hand.
Though they succumbed to Memphis in the playoffs, these guys more than proved their worth. They're a team laced with mid-major prospects and there's a good chance some of them could get bumped even higher. The two top prospects are junior guards Sead Odzic and Bobby Frasor.
Odzic is the perimeter gun. This guy is clearly one of the best handful of shooters in his class. He plays with savvy and confidence and right now you're surprised when he misses.
Frasor can flat out play. Like Odzic, he can stroke it. On Tuesday he was even able to get to the rim and passed the ball with smarts and accuracy. Both of these guys had the top mid-major programs in the nation literally sitting in the stands ready to offer scholarships. Their performance here, along with their teammates, has been pretty impressive.
Chris Gaynor is a highly thought of recruit by a number of Southern Conference level programs. He's the PG for the Kappa Magic who honed his craft and captured an AAU national title alongside Chris Paul. … Georgia Stars power forward Ralph Jennings had a nice day today. He made a handful of face up jumpers. …
Write down the name LeeMire Goldwire. The South Florida Heat guard is very fast, plays in attack mode and is a load at the point. He's at least a mid-major guy who is right on the cusp of some nice high-major offers. … A.J. Ratliff closed the day strong but had a bit of a rough shooting afternoon against the DC Blue Devils. He was guarded well and went just 1-for-11 from the field, including a 1-5 from 3. He's got a lot of point and scoring responsibilities for his team and against DC, a lot was asked of him. …
Here's why Rudy Gay is one impressive dude. There's a game-ending situation against Team Richmond. With 5 seconds on the clock and down 3, the smart play is basically anything that involves Gay. Well, when his teammates didn't dump him the rock, he was livid and rightfully so. With the game on the line he wanted and deserved a chance to win it for Cecil Kirk and when he didn't get a touch on the last possession, he was mad. You win big games with guys like him and he was more than entitled to take his best shot. …
News & Notes
K.C. Rivers injured his ankle in the Charlotte Royals early morning loss. Wake Forest assistant Jeff Battle was there bright and early to take in the game. … UNC-Wilmington, Western Kentucky and North Carolina-Greensboro were front and center for Matt Salley's first game. …
Jeremy Parnell is committed to Mississippi.
However, he's going to take some official visits to other schools. Now, Ole Miss could very easily land him but look out for Oklahoma State to make a run. We've been told they'll get a visit. Eddie Sutton was in the gym watching him on Tuesday as was Rod Barnes of Mississippi and a number of SEC teams. …
Isaiah Swann said his list includes Cincinnati, Maryland, Arizona, Florida State, Connecticut and Georgia. Each school had someone on hand to watch him on Tuesday and we think Georgia and definitely Cincy had head coaches in the building. Playing time remains the top priority for Swann. He'll take it at either the point or the two. …
A.J. Ratliff's first crowd of the day: Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Allen Major (Xavier), Larry Harris (N.C. State) and Greg Lansing (Iowa). … For Brian Johnson's first game were reps from North Carolina, Louisville, Florida and Arizona. …
The word on the streets is that Southern Illinois is a lock for St. Louis Eagles forward Matt Shaw. Well, Shaw says SIU has been on him the hardest and longest but he's presently deciding whether to go the mid or high-major route. He's not ready to name names in terms of who he wants to recruit him, but we've got the feeling he's got a list in his back pocket. …
For Rudy Gay's last game of the night: Ed Pinkney (Villanova), Jim Boeheim, Josh Pastner (Arizona) and Dave Dickerson (Maryland). …
Here's one for you. I asked Glen Davis when football practice starts and his response was that h didn't know because he's not going to play football this year. You know what that means. LSU, Miami, Indiana, Kentucky and others are going to be hounding him. LSU's John Brady was at his game on Tuesday. … DT
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