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07-08-2007, 10:54 AM
In the spirit of promoting team play (it takes 5), they don't keep stats at this tournament. But here are some write ups on relevant prospects starring at the event.

Derrick Favors, 6-foot-9 (2009) WF (Atlanta Celtics): Favors really took over down the stretch in early morning game versus Pump N' Run in second half. Without a doubt he's one of the top five prospects in the Class of 2009. He flat out explodes off the floor to windmill dunk or pops a pull-up 15-footer. Look for him to be among the summer's best.

Chris Singleton, 6-foot-8 CF (Atlanta Celtics): Singleton was impressive once again. He reminds you physically of Patrick Patterson, but has skills to step outside and score with better than average jumper or fast improving ability to create drive. I'm having trouble finding twenty players who rate in front of him in the rising senior class. He moves into McDonald's discussion, that's for sure. He seems to be opening up his recruiting, as coaches from South Carolina, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Miami (Fla.), Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Georgia Tech were at his game.

Kenneth Kadji, 6-foot-10 C (Florida Rams): Kadji was on his game at the Fifth Third Bank Arena Friay. He outquicked big men around the hoop, knocked down the 10-12-footer, and made some monster blocks on defense. He will be a good one once he arrives in Gainesville and suits up for the Florida Gators.

Tony Mitchell, 6-foot-6 WF (Hoop Planet All-Stars): Mitchell was on his game when we watched in the morning. The recent Alabama commit was flying through the air, throwing down dunks, and sticking perimeter jumper for good measure. He continues to move up the rankings in our mind. Who knows where he'll end up by simmer's end.

Tyler Zeller, 7-foot-1 C (Indiana Elite): Zeller was on his game while we watched in the AM. He finished around the hoop, popped a couple of 15-footers and just flat-out outran opponents from end to end. He drew a crowd of head coaches with Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio State, Kansas, Kentucky, and Purdue among those in the crowd yesterday.

07-08-2007, 01:32 PM
Tyler Zeller is perhaps the most intriguing player in this class of 2008. He runs the floor really well for someone of his size (even if he isn't a bit skinny). All kinds of coaches will be following him all month, except for the break from the 16th to the 21st. IMO, it's a 4 way race: UNC, KU, Purdue, and Kentucky (with the last two being the leaders).

07-08-2007, 02:01 PM
FWIW, I have heard Purdue will get him in a very, very tight race with UK. If its that tight, could probably still go either way. I'd imagine KU is more of a threat than UNC but mostly because UNC seems to be losing its recruiting touch.

07-08-2007, 02:03 PM
UNC has lost a couple of guys like Roe and Samuels. But, all it takes is one signee and the mojo will be back. Roy Williams when you get down to it, is probably the best recruiter in the country. Please forgive if I dont' cry for him... he'll probably land Ed Davis anyway (with apologies to UConn and Viriginia who covet him).

07-08-2007, 02:10 PM
Nobody would love to see him suffer more than I. Ty Walker is another guy he lost too.

07-08-2007, 02:13 PM
Yeah, the thing is they'll be fine at the 4 for at least two years after Walker, Roe, and Aminu are in college, because they still have Deon Thompson and Alex Stephenson.

07-08-2007, 02:18 PM
Unless those guys jump but yeah. Think Aminu can play the 3, though.

07-08-2007, 02:19 PM
It seems like Aminu is a combo forward. But, IMO, neither Thompson or Stephenson will be able to make the jump. They're not one of those guys that is gonna kill you with athleticism (which is why people jump early).

07-08-2007, 02:24 PM
true, that is why Hansbrough will never jump early. he is a low post forward without athleticism or an above the rim game.

07-08-2007, 02:26 PM
The only reason Hansbrough was in the top 5 in 2005 (besides it's the weakest class in recent memory) was the fact that he works so hard that it was hard to keep it out of the top 5. His work ethic is a thing of beauty, and in college that takes you a long way... not in the NBA though. TH knows that IMO.

07-08-2007, 02:27 PM
Im sure plenty of people like NBA scouts have made it painfully clear for him too. He also gets away with mugging people in college and would foul out of NBA games.

07-08-2007, 02:29 PM
He takes his fair share of hits too. Gerald Henderson almost cut his nose off. LOL