As teams finished up their last two games of pool play on the second day of play at the Boo Williams Invitational Tournament, several 2006 prospects caught the eyes of the RivalsHoops.com staff.
2006 prospect Kevin Durant, with size 20 shoes, went head to head with Julian Wright, the No. 12 player in the class of 2005, and scored 18 points and had 9 rebounds. The No. 22 player in his class is listing Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Maryland, and Texas.
The No. 2 player in the class of 2006 Brandan Wright does not have a lot of guard help on the Murfreesboro Stars 16-under team. Wright finished with 16 points against the Baltimore Stars and played the guard position at times. Wright's list of Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, Louisville, and Indiana has not changed.
Wayne Chism of Memphis YOMCA had one of the better games of any of the big men in the tournament against the Illinois Warriors. Chism, a good sized 6-foot-8, turned to either shoulder with jump hooks in the post, banged the boards, and ran the court. Look for the 2006 prospect to appear in Rivals.com's updated rankings.
2006 prospect Jon Scheyer, a player who came into Boo Williams with a lot of hype, got limited touches in the Illinois Warriors hard fought win over Memphis YOMCA. When he did get the ball, he displayed good court vision, and he hit some critical shots when the Warriors pulled away towards the end. Although quite thin and limited somewhat athletically, Scheyer has a nice stroke and knows how to play. The No. 21 player in the class of 2006 already has offers from Illinois, Kansas, and Michigan State. Duke, North Carolina, and Arizona are also on his list.
After a sub par performance the first day, KC Rivers went for 30 points and 10 rebounds against Louis Williams and the Georgia Stars in a losing effort. Rivers said he is wide open but has offers from Wake Forest, N.C. State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Charlotte.
Big on Big
One of the marquee match ups of the day was between 2005 Wake Forest commitment Kevin Swinton and No. 2 player in the class of 2005 Tyler Hansbrough. It was a pleasure to watch the two big men battle in the paint and race down the court. Both Swinton and Hansbrough are throw-back players that crave contact, play hard, and play to win.
No. 9 player in the class of 2005 Jamont Gordon is running the point for the Tennessee Travelers this weekend. Gordon, who can see the floor and deliver the ball as well as any other point guard in the class of 2005, struggled his first game against the press. Against All Ohio in his third game, he showed signs of settling into the position although he favors his left hand in the back court. Despite the adjustment, Gordon did shoot the ball well off the dribble against All Ohio.
2005 NBA Draft
With as many as ten 2004 prep players possibly entering the draft, talk amongst some Nike personnel and select scouts turned to 2005 draft possibilities in the prep ranks. The consensus was that there were not any good draft possibilities in the 2005 class. It will be interesting to see what a difference a year makes come next spring.