Jon Brockman, PF, FOH Seattle: Watching Brockman play is no different than watching "Caddyshack" for the 1,000th time: you know what you are getting yourself into and it's always an enjoyable experience. Thursday night, to no one's surprise, he fought for rebounds, had a pair of slick post spin moves and was his usual productive and hard working self. In all likelihood, over the course of the next few days we'd expect that every school on his list will have offered.
Dominique Archie, PF, Peach Jam Select: Here's guy that's about to pop onto the radar screen. He's a 6-foot-7 wiry, athletic forward. He's got bounce and showed some aggression. We'd imagine his recruitment begins at the highest level of mid-major basketball and goes from there.
Denis Clemente, PG, Miami Tropics: He hung a big number (close to 40) on one team today and that caused quite a stir around the Jam. In the evening game, he took 22 shots, made 8 of them and peaked the interest of some high-majors. Now, he shoots a runner which is good but he's not very tall which is a concern. He'll be a guy that continues to get evaluated throughout the month. He's big time quick with or without the ball.
Marcus Ginyard, G, BWSL: "Mr. Versatility" now has more confidence than ever in his jumper and he's still one of the most versatile players in the class. Our expectations have been adjusted for him and there's reason to think he'll play a bigger role than we expected a year ago when he committed. He's extremely solid in a number of phases of the game.
Laurynas Mikalauskas, C, BWSL: He did his damage against the DC Blue Devils early in the game before it turned into a romp and the pace of the game quickened. Credit the Lithuanian for looking more versatile and determined inside. He's definitely improved his game.
Vernon Macklin vs. Kevin Durant: Boo Williams took apart the Blue Devils in the second half and turned a close game into a romp. BWSL had a guard get hot and Macklin was dominant the entire game. Against Durant, Macklin defended him with passion and pride. Durant could not get a good look at the bucket when Macklin drew his assignment and in turn was frustrated. On the other end, Macklin was the big time power forward we knew he could be hasn't been lately. He ran the floor like a pro, rebounded with desire and finished plays with freaky athletic dunks. In short, the "Big Ticket" is back in a big way if he can build on this game.
Scott Reynolds, SG, BWSL: We didn't see the stat sheet so the count is unofficial but he had to have made five 3s and they were big time shots. Coming off screens Reynolds squared up and stuck tough looks. Macklin was a huge factor in this one as he took Durant out of the contest early but Reynolds' stroke might have changed the game just as much. On Thursday you were surprised if he missed a shot, that's the kind of night he was having.
Spencer Hawes, C, FOH Seattle: When you are good with both hands in the paint and are over 6-10, you know you'll draw a crowd. Right now, Hawes isn't the big name on his AAU team but that will change next season. This guy has a chance to be one of the elite bigs in the Class of 2006.
Around The Gym (we heard it but didn't see it)
Apparently Andrew Bynum was excellent and posted a 20-point and 18-rebound game. … Devan Downey turned in another fine evening game. … Apparently Tywon Lawson went for 31 in a morning game. He's just a junior. …
News & Notes
Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis was in the house watching Robert Diggs of the D.C. Blue Devils. … VCU's Jeff Capel was in attendance watching Eric Whitehurst. … The crowd for Jon Brockman: Lorenzo Romar, Roy Williams, Ben Howland, Lute Olson and assistant Chris Collins. …
Denis Clemente was watched by Arkansas' Stan Heath, Frank Haith of Miami and Herb Sendek of NC State. … Mitchell Johnson had Washington and Stanford head coaches eye balling him. … Bill Self was in the gym watching Micah Downs. …
Scott Reynolds can shoot the basketball with the best of them. Why? Because he makes it a point to square up when he's coming off screens. He's a talented marksman whose stroke is big time. … Eric Price, from baseline to baseline, is right there with the fastest guys in terms of speed. …
This concludes our coverage from the Peach Jam as we take off for the Showtime Nationals in Suwanee on Friday. We'll keep you updated on the big Hansbrough-Hendrix tussle and report back on who won the prestigious Peach Jam!