Charlie Weber (Day One)

BOWIE, Md. – Opening night at the Weber featured some serious mismatches but also gave us an initial look at a handful of quality underclassmen. Kene Obi is a new name that surfaced while senior Rodney Spruill (pictured) put in some work.

Rodney Spruill, SF, Baltimore Select – The 6-foot-4 lefty is a ball player. Like most Charm City kids, he goes hard and plays in attack mode. A gifted passer and scorer going to the rim, he's heating up his recruitment. We had him with 14 points an opening romp.

Kene Obi, C, D.C. Assault – Here's a new name for you. At this point, the Nigerian has been in the country less than two weeks and is enrolled at Bishop Ireton (a new hot spot for foreign kids since arrival of its coach last year).

This physically mature looking 6-foot-10 center is a straight-up rebounding machine. If he's really a member of the Class of 2007 then its time to get him on the old high-major mailing list, especially since he likes to pursue boards out of his area.

Jakob Kusmieruk, C, Baltimore Select – The native of Poland didn't start and barely played for his team but we're writing about him anyway. Why you say? It's not often a 7-foot-1 sophomore walks into the building and you've never heard about him before. Right now he's all about being tall but in case the light goes on, jot the name down.

Terrence Boyd, SG, DC Assault – Team Assault ascended upon the tournament without its 17-and-under crew so that left plenty of PT for this youngster. A strong 6-foot-3, Boyd can pass and score it. He'll be at Norman (Okla.) High this season but relatives in the D.C.-area lead to him often times playing for Assault. He should be a high-major when it's all said and done.

A big number of high-profile guys watched but did not play Friday night. Chris Wright and Austin Freeman both say they're banged up and are questionable to play in the event. Future Hoya DeJuan Summers is here but not playing. …

Senior forward Hilary Haley played for Assault in the early evening and the D.C. Blue Devils in the nightcap. He's got that junk yard dog mentality that leads to buckets. … Rodney Spruill doesn't have the kind of body that would make you select him first in a pick up game but once it's tipped … look out.

Mount Royal-Team Melo is likely to be around deep in this event so we didn't waste an early look at them Friday night in a pool play mismatch. However, we did hear that stud Donte Greene dropped 22 points and sat out much of the second stanza. …

Impress your friends with your advanced scouting of the D.C./Va. region by postulating that Woodbridge freshman wing Tristan Spurlock and Rockville Avalon guard Nico Milburn will be good players. …

Sophomore Henry Sims from The Crusaders says that Arkansas and Maryland are showing early interest. In fact, the Terps have been over to see him this month. … Senior Rodney Spruill said he's obtained offers from Nebraska, Kent State, LaSalle, Colorado and George Mason.

Junior point guard Johnny Higgins barely broke a sweat in Cecil Kirk's opening round annihilation. The guard said that Old Dominion, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Illinois and the College of Charleston are showing interest. …

Jamar Samuels, a junior forward with Assault, is hearing from Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Clemson, Georgetown, Duquesne and VCU. … Senior Hillary Haley gets interest from Hartford, East Carolina, Rhode Island and Central Connecticut but has no offers to date. …

"He does this every time you see him. He doesn't have bad game."

East Coast scouting expert Norm Eavenson on Rodney Spruill


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