TOC Report - Day Two

David Hall reports from day two at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. Hall discusses various players' performances and their interest in the Demon Deacon program.

Chris Paul made a lot of noise this weekend, averaging over 25 points per game in pool play. Chris isn't always going to score this many points, but if the defense gives him open looks, he'll make them pay.

I cannot say enough good things about PJ Tucker. Once again he played with amazing tenacity , leading his North Carolina Gaters over Raymond Felton and Major Wingate's Beach Ball Select. PJ has a motor that doesn't stop, and the strength to bull his way around the basket. There is mutual interest between PJ and Wake. The question is will Skip Prosser pull the trigger on a 6-5 post player?

Jeremy Ingram is another in-state player Wake will continue to evaluate. In a tournament filled with athletes forcing their way to the rim, Jeremy was one of the very few effective outside shooters. Jeremy told me that Maryland and Wake Forest are his two favorites right now. He has not received offers from either of them, but does have offers from NC State and Georgia Tech, along with some schools outside the ACC. For my money, I'd take Jeremy over Artie Bowers for the role of shooting guard.

One more North Carolinian is 6-9 post player Anthony King. Anthony is very interested in Wake, and the staff will continue to evaluate him this summer.

Chris Taft has previously included Wake Forest on his list of schools, and in fact included Wake when talking to some other people this weekend. When I talked to him, however, he didn't include Wake. I would guess that the chances of Chris ending up at Wake are pretty slim. Too many major programs are after him, and grades are an issue.

Prior reports that Corey Gibbs will be visiting Wake this weekend were somewhat of a false alarm. If Corey does come to Winston, it will only be because his team, Worldwide Express, will make a collective stop on Sunday on their way home to Georgia. Corey did not include Wake in his list of schools he is considering. Teammate Jermareo Davidson does have an interest in Wake, so if the team can make a trip to Winston-Salem it could be helpful. Worldwide Express has a very good team that could advance deep into Sunday afternoon's playoff games, and if that happens the team will not have time to stop off at Wake on their way home.

Another player who didn't include Wake Forest on his current list was Rey Terry. I wouldn't be surprised in Rey ends up at UConn if an offer from UNC never materializes.

There have been some rumors of late that Regis Koundjia might be having second thoughts about his commitment to LSU. I'm told from a reliable source that no matter what rumors might float across the Internet, in the end Regis will end up at LSU.

Biggest disappointment of the weekend? Hands down it was Warren Scott. It can be risky to speak in absolutes when evaluating a prep basketball player based on one weekend, but I simply do not see any way that he is an ACC caliber player.

Best surprises? Two players caught my attention. First there is 6-10 shot swatter Longar Longar from Team Minnesota. The Sudan native is long and lean, and has the kind of shot blocking ability that cannot be taught. He also had some nice moments on offenses, although he didn't get enough touches. Bob Smith of Preps Plus nailed it when he compared Longar to a young Emeka Okafor, formerly a thin shot blocker who has since developed into a potential future lottery pick. The second player of note is on the other end of the physique spectrum. James Lang has actually lost weight since last summer to get down to his current 305 pounds. At 6-11, he was one of the biggest and best players of the weekend, and surprised many with his ability to get up and down the floor. Will Wake get involved with either of these post players? Stay tuned...

Coming tomorrow - complete evaluations of several Wake targets at the TOC.

Picture by Gary Cagle


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