Peach Jam: Day Two (Session I)

N. AUGUSTA, S.C. – Two big timers put on clinics during the morning session. Tywon Lawson was off the charts good while Spencer Hawes held the event's first big man clinic of the week.

Wednesday AM Session Teams – FOH Seattle, Miami Tropics, DC Blue Devils, Metro Hawks, Louisiana Select, Team Texas

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Spencer Hawes, C, FOH Seattle – America's top college coaches watched in amazement as Hawes turned into a clinician. His left-handed jump hook off the window was the best post move this analyst has seen all summer. When they talk about the summer of 2005, Hawes' game against D.C. (not to mention Lawson's Herculean efforts) are going to be discussed. He went for 32 points (14-for-21 FG) and 12 rebounds. He had 27 points with 7 minutes to go and 40 were within reach but his touches decreased late in the game and the result was a tough loss at the hands of Lawson.

Tywon Lawson (pictured), PG, DC Blue Devils – You might say he's had a pretty good week … and getting better. Down double-digits to FOH, Lawson rallied the troops, zipped thru traffic, finished plays and led a scrappy comeback; he finished with 29 points. One might argue this was his finest hour in a long time and that's saying something. So, how good is he? The league he's going to in college has been home to some of the finest points in America in recent years: add his name to the prestigious list, he's that good.

Josue Soto, PG, Miami Tropics – His 24 points were key in the Tropics dismantling of Team Texas. Soto, one of the most coachable and effective players at the event, built on what's been a very good Peach Jam thus far.

Demond Carter, PG, La. Select – The Metro Hawks were dismantled by his club. Carter, with his future college coach on the sidelines, drilled 6 3-pointers and that was before we left with them up 30+ and a few minutes still on the clock. "Tweety" finished with 25 points.

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Leonard Washington, SF, La. Select – This guy just makes shots. He had 10 points and 8 rebounds in a route but the thing you notice about his game is that he's always playing hard and puts himself in position to score.

NEWS & NOTES

It was a big timers only crowd for Spencer Hawes' super summer performance. In the stands was Lorenzo Romar, Bill Self, Lute Olson, Ben Howland, Jim Calhoun, Trent Johnson and UNC assistant Joe Holladay. …

Jerome Dyson has a long list of schools and everyone is fighting to put themselves in position for a visit. Currently, Boston College, UConn and Maryland look good for trips. Theoretically, if those schools received officials it would leave two spots open for visits. In the mix for the other trips Providence, N.C. State, Illinois and George Mason. Head coaches from Maryland, N.C. State, Georgetown, Boston College, Illinois and Connecticut. …

"Honestly, by Vegas I'd like to have it down to four or five," Spencer Hawes said of his current list of seven schools. Count on UCLA and Washington making the final list and UCLA has been promised a visit already. …

Junior point Jamelle McMillan, the son of Portland Trailblazers coach Nate McMillan, is not moving for his final two years of high school. He'll remain at O'Dea. N.C. State, Washington, UCLA, Georgetown and Northwestern are recruiting him. …

Jason Bennett's morning contingent included Bob Huggins who sent the entire Cincinnati staff, Miami's Frank Haith and a Clemson assistant. … Tom Crean, Dave Leitao and Jay Wright were courtside for Jonathan Mitchell's game. …

SCOUT'S SEAT

Spencer Hawes picks up steam after the first few minutes of games. He's one of those big men who sizes up the competition and then figures out which way he's going to attack his opponent. … Jerome Dyson's jumper has been on point the past week. One thing he's going to need to learn will be to get his shot off slightly quicker on the college level. …

Hillary Haley might be the most observant player at the event. Why you say? At halftime of his game, Haley walked right down the line of college coaches and sized up exactly who was at his game. Brilliant! ... Jerome Dyson of the D.C. Blue Devils went for 15 points on 5-for-14 shooting but just 3-for-10 from downtown. ...

AROUND THE GYM

Scott Reynolds led Boo Williams with 27 points. … Brandon Fields has been the offense for a depleted Team Texas squad. He had 30 against Miami. … Durrell Summers led The Family with 21 points. … Jonathan Mitchell scored 23 in Metro Hawks loss. … Anthony Gurley dueled with Edgar Sosa to the tune of 27 and 21 points, respectively. …

QUOTABLE

"He's very strong. He's smart and an intelligent guard. He's got a great off arm. You have to respect every part of his game." – Jamelle McMillan on Tywon Lawson


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