Robert Swift, C: He might be the most improved player in the Class of 2004 right now. Swift was super all weekend long as evidenced by the fact that some pretty good big men couldn't hold him in the all-star game. Prior to that on Sunday morning, he had 5 dunks in one game. You can see his confidence soaring through the roof with every possession.
Gordon Watt, F: Wow! Is this guy athletic or what? He had a one-handed dunk in the all-star game that was out of this world. He was all-effort all weekend long. He's a super athlete who loves to slash, play at the rim and get things done around the basket. We hesitate to put a position label on his because he's not that kind of guy. He prefers taking to the rim to shooting it and is a max effort guy with springs in his legs.
Chris Berry, PF: He's a mid-major standout recruit. Berry did make a few medium-range jumpers on Sunday but made his name for himself this week by busting his tail on the boards and putting back shots.
Jawann McClellan, SG: Terrific weekend. In his final camp game he scored 26 points and was busting 3s from way behind the arc. He was a bonafide scoring machine all weekend long.
Arron Afflalo, SG: He went for 21 in his last game before the all-star game. He made a bucket out of the post, and did some nice things passing the ball. Afflalo's jumper hasn't been on target for most of the weekend which has led to him pressing some, but this kid is a major talent.
Nic Wise, PG: Committed early to Arizona and made the game-winning 3-pointer in the all-star game. The power packed point guard wasn't intimidated by the players here and made a nice name for himself over the course of the weekend.
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Taylor King, SF: This 8th grader is headed to Mater Dei next season where his well-rounded game will be welcomed. All he did this weekend was make the top all-star game and prove that he's an excellent prospect. He's got range, touch and a feel for the game that is uncommon in most kids his age. He's a big time prospect who went for double-digits in the all-star game.
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Lorenzo Keeler has a big time stroke from downtown and will be a fine mid-major recruit. … Sophomore Lawrence Hill, playing in the power forward slot, got a lot done this weekend. He's athletic and gets after it inside. … Sunday's top moment was when some chatter got out of hand in a camp game and all of the sudden McClellan and Afflalo were going at it one-on-one in a Pac-10 preview. …
Mohamed Tangara had a fine weekend and continues to make strides with his game. As good a defender as he is in the post, he still had problems with Swift and that tells you how good the Southern Cal recruit is going to be. …
News & Notes Justin Cerasoli lists Ohio State, Memphis, Seton Hall, Villanova and Auburn. He says that he'll make another unofficial visit to Ohio State when small forward Malik Hairston decides to officially visit, whenever that may be. … Guard Perick Robinson (pronounced Per-ique) lists Southern Illinois, St. Louis and Illinois State as a few favorites. …
Big man Aaron Agnew has shown a commitment to basketball by trimming 30 pounds off his frame. Dayton, Xavier, Duquesne and Pittsburgh has shown a commitment to him by offering scholarships. He also likes Cincinnati, Florida State, Kentucky, Wake Forest and Louisville. … "That's where I wanted to go since I was little," Afflalo said of UCLA, the school he'll attend in the fall of 2004. … TOP 40 ALL-STAR GAME
Blue 76, White 73 (OT): Not only are all-star games rarely competitive, but when is the last time you saw a high school all-star game go into overtime? Well, it happened on Sunday at the Pangos Top 40 game.
Lorenzo Keller, a shooting guard on the White team, drained what appeared to be the game-winning pull-up jumper. However, Antonio Kellogg was fouled as time expired and went to the line with his team trialing by a point. Kellogg made the first free and missed the second attempt, sending the game into overtime.
Nic Wise ended the sudden death session with a right-wing 3-pointer to give his team the win. The freshman point guard's deep triple was a fitting way to end a good weekend for himself.
The Blue stars were slow getting out of the gate and fell behind early as guard Robert McIver couldn't miss from downtown. He hit three 3-poniters in the first 10 minutes of the game as his team took an early 17-8 lead.
Clifford Clinksdale of the Blue squad then began reeling McKiver and the boys back in. The New York native scored 7 points and handed out 6 assists to go with his three steals. Clinksdale would have been our pick for the MVP of the game if one had been named. His work all weekend long warrants attention.
McKiver and Chris Berry each scored 10 points each in the loss. Draelon Burns of Milwaukee led the way with 14 points.
GAME NOTES: Like the Top 20 game, a 20-minute running clock was used in both halves. … Marcel Jones, Titus Shelton and Brett Hoerner were named to the game but Jones was not in attendance on Sunday and Hoerner and Shelton were injured. They were replaced by Perick Robinson and Joseph Johnson. …
Top 40 All-Star Game Selections: Blue: Nic Wise (2006), Clifford Clinksdale (2004), Antonio Kellogg (2004), Matt Sargeant (2004), Matthew Thomas (2004), Kyle Weaver (2004), Marcel Jones (2004), Sammy Hernandez (2005), Lawrence Hill (2004), Todd Follmer (2004), Titus Shelton (2005). White: Rico Tucker (2004), Lorenzo Keeler (2004), Ralph MIley (2004), Robert McKiver (2004), Curtis Allen (2004), Draelon Burns (2004), Chris Berry (2004), Chris Berry (2004), Shane Clark (2005), Tai Wesley (2004), Ephraim Johnson (2004), Brett Hoerner (2005). Alternates: Perick Robinson (2004), Kyle Brucceleri (2004), Tim Shelton (2007), Joseph Johnson (2006).