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HOUSTON – The story of the day was the sudden appearance of O.J. Mayo at the Kingwood Classic as a member of the Miami Tropics. O.J. Mayo, who hasn't played since the state tournament because of what he says is a stress fracture in his left foot, suited up with the Miami Tropics on Friday night – but he certainly didn't look like the same player that is ranked as tops in the Class of 2007.
Mayo missed his first eight shots from the field before finishing with 14 points – eight from the charity stripe – in the Tropics victory against Kyle Singler and the Portland Legends.
Mayo hardly looked like the No. 1 player in the land, but in fairness to Lord O.J., he was playing with a bunch of new guys – some that don't speak much English.
``This is my last year being able to play Kingwood," Mayo said after the game. "This is my favorite tournament of the spring and summer and I wanted to win it, so that's why I'm playing with the Tropics."
``I felt like I could be the player that put the Tropics over the top," he added.
Mayo also addressed whether he'll be at Oak Hill Academy, where he visited on Thursday.
``As of right now, I'll still be attending North College Hill," Mayo said. "Our goal is to do something there that's never been done – win three state championships."
Kevin Love, C, Southern Cal All-Stars – It was an uncharacteristic performance by the big man. It wasn't that he didn't produce a variety of buckets in the paint or that he didn't deliver a handful of crisp full length-court outlet passes. It was that he nearly got booted out of the game after kicking SYF's Scott Martin.
B.J. Holmes, PG, T-Mac All-Stars – Finished with 17 points and hit a couple of key buckets in the team's victory against the California Hoops, but he still needs to put on weight in order to finish at the basket. He's slight and that could hold him back from getting a high-major scholarship.
Elgin Bailey, PF, California Hoops – The 6-foot-8 Louisiana native played extremely hard on both ends of the court. He rebounded well, ran the court hard and swatted a handful of shots. Also displayed the ability to step out and make shots from mid-range.
Taylor King, F, Southern Cal All-Stars – This wasn't the Duke-bound forward's best game. He really struggled offensively, but still managed to do some other things like rebound and pass the ball.
Robbie Hummel, SYF Players – No one on SYF put up big numbers, but Hummel showed flashes – especially with a good mid-range game. Plays hard all the time and can put the ball on the floor and also shoot it from the perimeter.
Kyle Singer, SF, Portland Legends – It wasn't Singler's best performance, but in all fairness, he's not exactly surrounded with high-major talent on his team. The Legends' best player, Clarence Trent, is playing with another team for this tournament. Singler hit his share of shots and tried to make things happen, but he couldn't do it by himself.
Steve Tchiengang, PF, T-Mac All-Stars – This was our first look at the athletic and active forward, who went hard on the glass, displayed good hands and also showed the ability to step out and knock down shots from the perimeter. Shot selection needs a little work.
J'Covan Brown, SG, T-Mac All-Stars – He showed up late, so he didn't get into the game until the waning moments of the first half. He wasted little time making his presence felt, hitting a 3-pointer immediately. He's got a strong body, can shoot the 3 and also takes it to the basket. Needs to tone down the flash, but a high-major talent for certain.
Brandon Jennings, PG, Southern Cal All-Stars – He's more explosive than a year ago, but he still needs to start to think pass before looking for his own shot. He is quick enough to get to the basket whenever he wants, but he has the ability to make his teammates better. On this night, he went for 24 points in a win against the SYF Players.
Xavier Gibson, PF, Georgia Blazers – It's more about potential than production for the lanky big man out of the Georgia. He did a decent job on the glass, but was a virtual non-factor offensively against the Juice All-Stars. Needs to bulk up in order to hold his position.
Lance Stephenson, SG, Juice All-Stars – Didn't play with the same aggressiveness that we saw him feature last summer. Can still shoot the ball from the perimeter, but looked to play more of a team game than try and go 1-on-1.
Elgin Bailey said that Miami, Oklahoma State and USC are the three schools on him the hardest. He also mentioned LSU and Tennessee. … Darrington Hobson has re-opened his recruitment after committing to Wyoming a while back. He said Arizona tops his list, which also includes Georgetown, USC and UCLA, and he is likely headed to another prep destination after spending last year at Calvary Christian.
Assistant Coaches In The Gym – None were allowed on Friday night.