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May 27, 2008

TOC: Notes from the Notepad

Because 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

  • New Orleans Jazz wing Donald Williams was named Most Outstanding Player of the Select Division of the 17 and under division. The 6-foot-5 prep school guard averaged a hair under 23 points a game.

    "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.

  • The CP3 All-Stars were paced by the hot scoring hand of C.J. Harris, who went to the foul line more than anyone else over the weekend. The 6-foot-2 combo guard found himself at the charity stripe 66 times and hit 77 percent of his shots there.

    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.

  • Apparently, Clemson commitment Milton Jennings went off for 47 points on Saturday night against the Carolina Raptors. He hit nine of 12 shots from deep, according to eyes at the game.

  • The Atlanta Celtics starters all averaged double figure points en route to the 17 and under title.

  • Virginia Tech landed a major sleeper in Ben Boggs. The 6-foot-4 guard is a smart player that can shoot, get to the line and even play minutes at the point. His commitment didn't receive much fanfare but he has the tools to be an important player for the Hokies during his career.

  • Florida Assault guard Dexter Fields closed out a strong spring period. The tough as nails 6-foot-2 tough guy averaged over 20 points a game for the third time at a major event. Nebraska, Marquette, Penn State and Murray State have all shown a high-level of interest.

  • Whatever school lands Michigan wing forward Ben Simons is going to be happy. The 6-foot-7 forward knows how to play, he knows how to score and can shoot really well for a player his size.

  • Alabama forward Christian Watford has been on a scoring tear over the last two months. In fact, the 6-foot-7 combo forward has been down right impossible to stop. He hit 10 three-pointers, banged inside and crashed the boards.

  • New Jersey Roadrunners forward Khalil Murphy deserves a good look by the Big East schools and other high-major conference programs in July. He's big (6-8), has good face up skills and always seemed to make the right play.

  • New York guard Omari Lawrence is a great scorer even though he's not a great shooter. He was constantly in the 18 point per game range and did most of his work with big, physical drives to the hole.

  • Enjoying the luxury of sleeping in his own bed, Earnest Ross was a hair under 20 points a game. The local product hit nine threes in four games and went to the foul line often.

    SHOOTERS SUPREME

    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.

    TOP SCORERS

    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


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