I’ll be in Springfield, Mass tomorrow at the First Eight tournament, which will include the likes of Fab Melo, Nate Lubick, Tristan Thompson, and Myck Kabongo among others.
I’ll be back to provide a report, but for now a look around the country from the past week to see how some have faired..
Jelan Kendrick- The young man is a tremendous prospect that can play the 1 and 2. His offensive game is great at this stage of his development. Increased range on his jumper will go along way, defensively he still has work to accomplish.
Adreian Payne- Payne is still a raw prospect, but he has some kinda talent. Quick off his feet, he has the ability to control the glass and be a force on the defensive end. This past week brought out only positives in his game.
Rakeem Christmas- Rakeem struggled at times, and shined at others. Dealing with a more physical imposing Payne gave him trouble, but Christmas has great upside. He is a very fluid athlete at 6’9 and showed off some new moves in the post this week.
Terrence Jones- The 6’8 skilled lefty big man can draw comparisons to Jeff Green. He has the ability to play the point forward spot, handle, drive and score or dish and hit the glass. A long list of suitors from the Pac 10 and Georgetown.
Marquis Teague- The younger brother, of Jeff certainly has gotten everyone’s attention. Nobody in Ohio could stay in front of the man and was able to get at the rim or dish to teammates at will. He was reported as “Kinda knowing where I want to go”…Louisville?
Tyrone Johnson- The hoops and gridiron start at Plainfield High in New Jersey, has Georgetown out in front for his services, with other Big East schools in the mix. Recovering from injury has slowed him a bit this week, but still is a big time prospect and should pair with Isaiah Epps this high school season for another good year.
Fab Melo- Fab, certainly is intriguing to media members and college coaches. He’s advanced offensively and you can’t teach his size. To improve, conditioning must improve. It appears to be a race between Pitino, Boeheim and Donovan with Kentucky and Georgetown also applying themselves.
LaQuinton Ross- A disappointment to most so far. He was a highly touted young recruit for 2011, and by all means, still is. But as of now he’s looking more like a Top 30 prospect then a Top 5 prospect.
Josh Selby- Selby, who was kicked off of the prestigious Dematha High School team in Maryland is looking to improve his stock. He certainly can score and should fit well in Bruce Pearl’s system as he plays with a lot of energy. Transitioning into a full time point guard is needed but questions abound whether he can.
Tobias Harris- Harris, according to Rivals is solidifying himself as a 5 star prospect. Odds are for Harris to stay in the Big East, Uconn, Syracuse, Notre Dame among others. He has a multi faceted offensive game and can really score.
JT Terrell- Terrell can flat out shoot, one of the best in the class at that aspect. Getting stronger and rounding out his game will do wonders. Nonetheless he’ll step in right away at Wake Forest and produce.
Kendall Marshall- Marshall faced some criticism recently, but is leaving that in the past as he’s doing a great job of controlling tempo and getting teammates involved this summer. Roy Williams appears to have another winner at the point guard position.
Will Barton- Will, featured on the site, is a tremendous scorer who competes as hard as anyone. A Baltimore product and a Memphis verbal, Barton is just a consistent jumper and 10-15 pounds on his frame away from being a can’t miss prospect.
Mike Gilchrist- The crown jewel of the 2011 class is reportedly back and forth on Kentucky and Villanova. Odds are with the Worldwide Wes connection that he is Kentucky property for one season before shaking David Stern’s hand. He’s that good.
Adonis Thomas- Being A step behind Gilchrist in 2011, is certainly not an insult and that is right where Thomas has positioned himself. Thomas is a great athlete with a solid frame for the next level and beyond. Josh Pastner certainly has options when it comes to his backyard for the next few years…
Joe Jackson- Jackson, a Memphis native and a freak athlete at his size and the point guard position has continued to impress and has a few new suitors for his service, Syracuse, Duke, Uconn, Texas and Villanova are all in line with Memphis, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Phil Pressey- The diminutive guard out of Texas was all over the floor this week, throwing his small frame around. Presey, like Jackson is a great competitor and will not shy away from anyone.
CJ Leslie- Reports are Roy Williams has hot on his tail and watched three of his games. With Coach Roy trying to fill his wing spot for 2010, the choice could be Leslie.
Jared Sullinger- The big guy just continues to work. Consistency is the word to describe Sullinger. While some believe (myself included) he may reach his ceiling rather soon, he continues his great play.
LeBryan Nash- With a not so great field for Reebok Camp in Philly, Nash stood out among his competitors and appears to be an elite talent for the class of 2011.
And for a note on one of my favorite college guys, I was informed Siena’s Eddie Ubiles looked good at LeBron camp and with a development of a consistent jumper he can plan on hearing his name called next June in New York.