Louis Williams, SG, Georgia Stars: There aren't many guys who can go out and get you 17 points in a quarter like Williams did in this evening. Williams, a serious candidate for top player in the class honors gets to face the Illinois Wolves (currently undefeated on the July summer circuit) Friday morning. He warmed up with a 36-point today. He's worth the price of admission.
J.P. Prince, PG, Memphis YOMCA: In his first game of the day, Prince dropped double-digit assists. He's a special guard cast in the mold of small forward at 6-foot-6. You'd be hard pressed to find a better teammate and guys love playing with him because he passes it to them in a position to score and doesn't have to score it himself to be a star.
Reginald Delk, SG, Mid-State Ballerz: In a loss to Boo Williams, Delk did just about everything in his power to keep it close. Since the spring, this was the best game we've seen him string together as he shot it well, passed and looked the part of a high-major shooting guard.
Tyler Smith, SF, Memphis YOMCA: There's a lot of talent on the roster and Smith is new to the crew. He's done a nice job of staying active, getting on the glass and fitting in. Every now and then he'll bang home a dunk to let you know how athletic he is.
Corey Hassan, SG, N.H. Playerz: The boys from New Hampshire have a trio of players who can flat out stroke it and they've been tough here in Orlando. Right now, Hassan looks like he's the best shooter in the Milk House. He made no less than 5 3-pointers in a loss to the Stars. He'll be a very nice mid-major recruit.
Rousean Cromwell, PF, Memphis Bulldogs: It's almost like the AAU's are his summer debut because injuries have kept him out of action. He's a bit rusty and in the past week observers have reported some highs and some lows. In the morning game, he had 6 points and 6 rebounds.
Quinton Thornton, C, Team Orlando: He's getting some looks from the high-majors and that's based a lot on his size; he's a legit 6-foot-9. Thornton is a good rebounder whose offense inside needs developing to contribute consistently at the high-major level.
Carlos Monroe, PF, Team Philly: The Florida import has worked out well for the boys from Philadelphia. He's a 6-foot-7 mid-major special who has busted his tail inside at this event. He's tough and he's strung together two really good days of hoops.
Thaddeus Young, SF, Memphis YOMCA: The "Y" is loaded with players, good players. Still, there is an argument to be made for Young being the best prospect of the bunch. Seriously, this lefty is a superior athlete with game. His dad rolled in the NBA and went to Jacksonville back in the day. Thaddeus, make no mistake about it, is a big time player.
Vernon Macklin, PF, BWSL: Here's a guy who looked to be headed in a different direction six months ago. Now, he's got to be in everyone's post-summer Top 10. "Big Ticket" has been nothing short of fun to watch and consistently playing hard since the beginning of July. He's feeling comfortable in his power forward role and the athletic body has begun filling out. Scary potential.
Stefan Welsh, SG, BWSL: There are guys who can score and guys who pass because they can't score. Welsh is most definitely a scorer. Honestly, we probably undervalued him in the spring and now he's every bit a high-major second guard who finishes tough plays and shoots it from downtown.
Cole Aldrich, C, Minnesota Magic Select: The star of the 2004 Hoop Jamboree hasn't been nearly as dominant as he was at that camp here, but he's shown flashes. The numbers aren't gaudy but remember now, this is a 6-foot-10 (and already cut up) rising sophomore we're talking about. Think Jared Reiner but much more gifted offensively. He's Paul Bunyon with a post game.
A.J. Stewart, PF, Jacksonville Bulls: Some guys just look the part and you know they'll be successful. That's Stewart. He was good in Suwanee a few weeks ago and he's been good not great here. One day he'll be a priority high-major recruit. Mark it down.
News & Notes
Thaddeus Young, a 4.1 student, volunteered for summer school. He studied chemistry, literature and composition III, creative writing and test and reading study skills. Now he's blistering this tournament with his overall game. Young is more ready to recite Shakespeare than he is to hand over a top list of schools. …
Assistants from LSU, Tennessee, Mississippi, Memphis, Washington State and Cincinnati watched the Memphis Bulldogs in the morning. … "I don't have a clue where I am going," Anthony Mason, Jr. said. Mason went on to say that Washington State was recruiting him the hardest and that he's hearing from Tennessee, Mississippi State and St. John's quite a bit. …
Donnie Jones of Florida and Brad Frederick of Vanderbilt were ahead of the curve watching sophomore A.J. Stewart this morning. … Minnesota was in the house watching Cole Aldrich. After the game, the sophomore rattled off an early list that read Kansas, Arizona and "anyone I guess." He's already been to KU, Army and Minnesota on unofficials. …
Quinton Thornton was watched by Nebraska, Washington State, Minnesota and Tulane. … Ohio State sent an assistant as did N.C. State to watch Ben McCauley. New Xavier head coach Sean Miller was in the house too. … Tennessee and Cincy had reps in the house watching Tyler Smith. After the game, he said the Vols, Kansas and Florida State would get visits. …
Rutgers assistant coach Garland Mance was on hand watching Ken Tribbett in the morning. The Scarlet Knights have offered the Philly power forward. ...
NC State assistant coach Larry Hunter watch Scott Reynolds today. … UNC had an assistant in the house watching Marcus Ginyard. … The Delk Twins were watched by UAB's Mike Anderson and assistants from Tennessee and Mississippi State. … Wake Forest and NC State had assistants watching Derrick Brown and Xavier had the head coach there. …
J.P. Prince is going to narrow his school list down real soon. Likely to get officials are Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, NC State and maybe Florida. Memphis, Mississippi State and Vandy are also on his list. Folks, he's going to narrow it down from anywhere to 3 to 5 schools in the near future so stay tuned because this list could be considerably shorter in a week's time.
The rust is still coming off Shawne Williams' game since he didn't play last year. Regardless, the 2003 AAU MVP still brandishes a jumper that looks like it's going down every time he shoots it. … The AAU's have been a good event for 2006 stud forward Pierre Niles. After a disappointing USA Basketball event, he's got it rolling in Orlando AND he's got the biggest guns here; the guy is simply an imposing physical presence. …
In a little head-to-head report, Bobby Frasor scored 11 and Lewis Clinch went for 18 as the Smyrna Stars lost. Later, Clinch would put up a 30+ effort and Frasor's team was still alive for the title. … Ken Tribbett remains on the high-major cusp. Some schools have backed off but he's got enough skill in his low post game to play at that level. ….
Last year, Bobby Frasor was arguably the best mid-major underclassman in Orlando. Now, he's a bonafide high-major guy. Maybe Tyler Roche of the New Hampshire Playerz is this year's Frasor. The 2006 combo forward has the mids drooling right now (just like they did over Frasor in 2003) because he strokes it and plays with passion. Who knows what the next year holds for him. …
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