Telep: TOC Day I Rundown

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The long plane flight had little effect on Jon Reed's 3-point stroke. The small forward had it rockin' Friday night. Day One at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions is on the books!

Jon Reed, SF, Rising Stars – The Californian is hitting his stride and beginning to get talked about more often (and deservedly so). We caught him on a pretty good night where he went 7-for-10 and 5-for-6 from downtown. He's a straight small forward who doesn't have the prettiest stroke but man they go down for him. Brought good energy and finished with 24 points and 2 rebounds.

Chace Stanback, SF, Rising Stars – You can see the talent and we think the best part of his game is that he can create shots already and he's a college weight program away from taking the next step. He didn't score a ton but his hoops were college level buckets.

Kevin Love (right), PF, So Cal AS – AAU Rule Numero Uno: Never watch the So Cal All-Stars on a Friday night or before 4 p.m. on Saturday. These guys are going to be around a long time and little is gained watching them in pool play. Having said that, by just peeking out of the corner of an eye, Love was banging them down and going about his business in a warm-up and pool play laugher. When Brandon Jennings drops a dime on the break between his legs and Love gets a dunk you know these guys were just gearing up for the weekend. By the way, Love had reporters hanging on his every syllable with his post-game one-liners.

Michael Thompson, PG, Rising Stars JG – He seems to improve (or continues to play better) each time out. Northwestern might be onto something here because this guy is lights out from downtown and we loved the little floater he's now dropping on kids. Forget the size, he's not that big and he ain't getting any bigger, but the young man is a player.

Johnny Thomas, SF, NC Gaters – Here's one that is going to be fun to watch this summer. Thomas has made strides with his game and is a developing perimeter player with a lot of bounce. He's going to get hit by mid and high-major schools who continue to monitor him throughout the summer all the while he's in the process of working on his perimeter package. He's a good student, strong athlete and the next few months should determine where he winds up.

Sylvan Landesberg (left), SG/SF, NY Panthers – There's nothing overly fancy to his game. He's 6-foot-5 and has a very smooth stroke. He made shots from mid-range and deep and even a few off the bounce. There's a good pace to how he plays the game.

Melquan Bolding, SF, NY Panthers – AAU basketball sets up well for him because he plays with a junk yard dog mentality. He'll rebound strong; get after it with put backs and finds ways to make plays. Really good at getting out and running the floor in transition.

Not in attendance but still making news is Scout.com's No. 39 prospect from the Class of 2006. Hasheem Thabeet told Scout.com that he's visiting Louisville beginning next Tuesday and is targeting the end of the week for a decision. …

Martavios Adams, recently de-committed from Georgia, has already heard from Miami, Cincinnati and Florida State. He mentioned that he's still considering the Dawgs. …

Here's one for you: the NBA Rookie of the Year was on campus Friday night. Chris Paul was checking up on his old AAU team, the Kappa Magic. Paul is likely to sponsor the team next year. …

Dallas Mustangs forward Anthony Randolph said absolutely nothing has changed in his recruitment. … Jon Reed has offers from Southern Cal and Wyoming. Arizona State, he says, is on him hard. Pittsburgh and Miami are in the mix. …

Early list for freshman Derrick Favors of the Atlanta Celtics reads Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Florida. … 2008 Celtics power forward Howard Thompkins is getting serious interest already from Georgia Tech, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Clemson and Virginia. While rumors once swirled about where he'll play next season, Thompkins said for now he's still enrolled at Wesleyan. …

Johnny Thomas has offers from George Washington and Miami. Wake Forest, North Carolina State, Xavier, Clemson, Florida State and Old Dominion are watching him. He plans on camping with the Hokies and Wolfpack. Unofficial visits to Miami and George Washington could happen. …

We didn't catch Triple Threat but one observer reported that post graduate power forward Jeff Allen continued his spring dominance. … Sophomore James Tyler of the Richmond Squires is a 7-foot, 300+ pounder. Give him credit, he's got soft hands and good touch. He's getting a little better each time out and if he can ever get his conditioning to where it needs to be he'd have a chance. …

Again, we didn't see the game but sources reported back that Cole Aldrich had a rough time against Anthony McClain. McClain was a double-digit rebounder and blocked 6 shots. … Jon Leuer, fresh off a big Jayhawk Shootout effort, scored 8 points which included 2 3-pointers in his team's loss. … Over in Raleigh, DeJuan Blair rung up 20+ points and so did N.C. State signee Dennis Hoerner. …


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