- CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – It was a slow night at the Southern Invitational, that is until Paul Harris and Tyreke Evans showed up. These two stars put in work during their opening round games.
Paul Harris, GC Ballers: We intentionally didn't list a position next to his game because, well, we just aren't sure what he is. Harris dished out assists like a point guard Friday night, then again he rebounded it like power forward. How many point guards finish with 16 boards? His evening highlight came when he put a move on one guy at the free throw line, blew past him and hammered down a sick one-handed power dunk over another defender. That one actually slowed play in the game adjacent to the court. His line: 25 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals.
Scott Reynolds, SG, Boo Williams: The book had him for 27 points as Boo Williams won in a romp to open pool play. The real story here is that shortly after the game Reynolds found out that his grandmother had passed away during the game. He'll stay in Charlottesville and play with a heavy heart as our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.
Patrick Patterson, PF, East Coast Scholar Athletes: The good news is that the kid is a player. The bad news is his team isn't very good and he gets little help along the way. Here's what we know: the kid has a big time athletic body and superior hands. He's an excellent passer and he knocked down his lone mid-range shot of the evening. We credited him with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.
Tyreke Evans, SG, Sam Rines (pictured): At this point in the season, Scout.com does rank 2008 prospects. When we do put together a brief list, it will start with this guy. Evans tuned up for a Saturday matinee matchup against O.J. Mayo by dumping 33 on the North Carolina Bulls. He's the real deal and his game is smooth, effortless and unselfish. Already and accomplished shooter with excellent range, we could someday see him transitioning from the SG to the PG slot ala Mayo. Regardless, the kid is big time and it won't be long before the entire catches wind of his talents.
NEWS & NOTES
There will be two new faces at Hargrave next season. Scout.com confirmed with the players that both Stefan Welsh and his pal Vernon Macklin will be in Chatham, Va., next season playing for Kevin Keatts. … Welsh said that Illinois and Boston College were picking it up with him and was comfortable listing Miami, Arkansas, ODU, Xavier, Clemson, Virginia Tech and St. Joe's. …
Paul Harris will decide on a prep school first and then a college and both decisions could come this month. As far as prep school goes, Laurinburg, Winchendon, Notre Dame Prep and South Kent were mentioned. College wise he's down to Syracuse and Pittsburgh. The Orangemen occupy the top slot with Pitt trailing.
Harris said he could be ready to pop this month. "Hopefully I'll decide before the end of this month. It's really the two of them. I want to get it out of the way so I can focus on school this year."