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June 20, 2003Thursday's Standouts:
*** Daniel Gibson enjoyed his best scoring game of the tournament with 19 points in Thursday night's match up. Gibson showed his versatility on the offensive end by driving strong to the basket and also knocking down the long range perimeter shot.
*** Toney Douglas (pictured) came into the tournament with the reputation of being a shooter. However, during Thursday's play he expanded on his reputation by doing a solid job of leading his team on the break and making good decisions in transition. The Auburn commitment continues to shoot the ball well, while playing more in control and improving his shot selection.
*** J. R. Smith displayed his superior athleticism for the second consecutive day with a variety of impressive finishes on the break. Smith also shot the ball well from outside the arc. The only weakness the talented wing guard has is his inability to use his left hand.
*** Kentucky commitment Adam Williams had a solid game in the morning session. Williams, the defending West Virginia state slam dunk champion, knocked down a couple three pointers and also drove strong to the basket on several occasions. Williams is a good athlete, who is adjusting to the level of competition.
*** Jason Horton also had a solid day, displaying the ability to penetrate and dish, resulting in several easy baskets for his teammates. Horton was in command on the floor and possesses deceptive quickness and a great handle. He has good range on his jumper but his greatest attribute is his ability to see the floor.
*** One of the most impressive players in the tournament and perhaps the most consistent is Malik Hairston. The wing guard possesses a well rounded offensive game with the ability to score from outside or by penetrating the basket. Hairston is a smooth player that is always under control.
*** Minnesota Gopher commitment Spencer Tollackson more than held his own in the night cap versus one of the nation's top rated big men in Greg Stiesmsma. Not an explosive athlete, Tollackson works hard in the low post and uses his wide and long frame to get rebounds.
*** Mississippi big man Charles Thomas had one of the more impressive performances of the tournament. Thomas scored 20 points in the last game of the night, displaying a wide offensive arsenal. Thomas did a good job of running the floor, finishing in transition with a couple rim rattling dunks. He also knocked down two mid-range jumpers and even stepped outside the arc for three.
*** Indiana native A.J. Ratliffe boasts an impressive physique and proved to be a nice scorer and playmaker. Ratliffe showed the ability to create his own shot off the dribble and also finished strong at the rim. He also showed good technique while knocking down a couple mid range jump shots.
*** Dwight Howard has been the most impressive performer of the tournament. Howard has made a strong case for being named the top prospect in the 2004 class. Howard has proven to be a dominant force in the paint on both ends of court. Howard, who possesses and NBA physique, has quick leaping ability and a variety of low post moves. When the Rivals150 is updated during the first week of July, look for the 6-foot-11 Atlanta native to top the list.
Daniel Gibson had his best game of the tournament, sparking the Mavericks to an 80-71 win over the Timberwolves. Gibson finished with a game-high 19 points. Teammate Mike Williams continued his impressive play, scoring 17 points and pulling down eight rebounds. J.R. Smith did his best to keep the Timberwolves close, scoring 17 points. Toney Douglas also added 10 points in a losing effort. Also for the Mavericks, LeMarcus Aldridge added four points and pulled down a game high 12 rebounds and teammate Dion Dowell chipped in 11 points.
Leading scorers through Day Two:
Leading rebounders through Day Two: