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May 27, 2008Because of the logistics, sheer number of games and lack of Red Bull over the weekend, seeing every player on the pre-tournament checklist was an impossible task. After doing some digging around and following up with some phone calls on Tuesday, there were of items that deserved mention from last weekend's Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.
FINAL NOTES FROM THE NOTEPAD
"He was the best player we played against all weekend," said one AAU coach that tried to slow down Williams in North Carolina. "He's really good. People need to know about him."
Consider it done. Williams technically is part of the class of 2008, too. Let the phone calls begin to Progressive Christian in Maryland.
Harris, a class of 2009 prospect, has played well this entire spring and has quietly picked up high-major offers over the last couple of months. Miami, Clemson and Oklahoma have recently tendered free rides.
There were a number of players that had it dialed in from beyond the arc over the weekend. Eleven players had at least a baker's dozen made three-pointers in North Carolina.
Carolina Raptors guard Troy Daniels, a 6-foot-4 rising senior from Roanoke, Virginia's William Fleming High School, led the event with 25 three-pointers made. He averaged 24 points a game over five games, placing him fifth overall in the event.
Kenny Boynton, a top 2009 performer from the event, was close behind with 24. Clemson commitment Milton Jennings, Florida shooting guard J.P. Kuhlman, five-star Dominic Cheek and stud wing Brian Oliver each put in 15 three-pointers at the event.
Blessed IJN teammates Leek Leek and Russell Byrd both dialed in with 14 made three-pointers. Both are also class of 2010 prospects. Indiana Elite One point guard Jordan Hulls also scored on 14 made three-pointers.
Texas A&M bound guard Naji Hibbert and Richmond Squires guard Akeem Richmond each put in 13 pointers.
17 and under leaders
1. Christian Watford, M33M 26.5
2. D.J. Cooper, Mean Streets 25.8
3. Kenny Boynton, Team Breakdown 25.3
16 and under leaders
1. Kyrie Irving, New Jersey Roadrunners 33.4
2. Travis McKie, Boo Williams 30.2
3. Jalen Kendrick, Hoop Planet 29.3
15 and under leaders
T1. Kevin Rameau, New York Gauchos 19.7
T1. Chris Martin, D.C. Assault 19.7
3. LaDontae Henton, Michigan Mustangs 19.5