Spiece: Day 1 Rundown

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Sophomore Brad Redford had it working from downtown opening night at Spiece. So did Eshaunte Jones and it seems like a lot of mid-majors would like to add a Bizookas to their arsenal!


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Eshaunte Jones, SG, Blessed IJN – The stroke is high level and he's got all kinds of confidence in it. "Bear" scored in the 20s in his first game but Blessed was cursed in its contest against CAPS (they led most of the way before getting caught in the end). A middle game off the drive would be quite the weapon to add to his perimeter arsenal.

Michael Bizookas (right), PG, CAPS – Whenever a good Midwestern mid-major point guard (see Brian Mullins) emerges the line can get pretty long and we think that should happen with this young man. He didn't shoot it well in the game we saw (3-for-11) but had 14 points and 6 dimes. He doesn't make many mistakes, runs his team and plays with poise. Toss in the fact that he made clutch free throws and we like him at the mid-major level.

Josh Southern, C, Mich. Mustangs – We caught half of his game (he wasn't playing against any competition inside) and he basically took care of business. We liked the free throw line jumper and that could wind up being a handy weapon for him.

Mike Capocci, SF, Ill. Defenders – He committed to Northwestern last month and we got a good look at him Friday night. So, what can Northwestern fans expect? He's a blend guy who is heady and patient. The lefty will make the extra pass, stick the open jumper and play to the system.

Brad Redford, PG, Mich. Mustangs – There are some excellent shooters in the Class of 2008 and this guy is one of them. He busted a trio of 3s in the contest we saw and that was in the first half alone. When inserted into the lineup he was a calming influence as the extra passes were made and his simply drilled it from deep. Size and speed will eventually determine his level but this young man is a good player with a terrific stroke.

In the bad news department, this event will be without the services of O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker. The pair is taking the weekend off after winning the King James Classic. … Blessed forward Herbert Terry returned today from an official visit to Southeast Missouri. Next week he'll visit Nebraska and Ball State. …

Laval Lucas-Perry recently gained an offer from Dayton and that's the good news. The bad news – if you are a hoops fan – is that he's presently at Ohio State football camp, according to one of his AAU coaches. …

The race is on for Michael Bizookas. The point guard has offers from Buffalo, Evansville, Bowling Green, Kent State and Loyola. … Eshaunte Jones said Miami, Indiana, Purdue and Kentucky are on his list. Thus far, his communication with those staffs has been through assistant coaches. …

Josh Southern said Boston College, Tennessee, Michigan State, Wake Forest, Kentucky and Ohio State are giving chase. His most recent offer came from the Buckeyes, whom Southern said offered this week. …

Zach Payton of Blessed has that junk yard dog mentality – he can be a mid-major workhorse. … Maybe the dunk of the spring occurred when CAPS forward Horace Bonds victimized Quincy Owens with a N-A-S-T-Y throw down over top of the big fella. How good was it? Good enough that guys were falling off the bench in excitement … and they were on Owens' team. …


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