Hampton, Va.-The Boo Williams Invitational tipped off in gyms across Hampton, Va., Friday night, and his own team the Boo Williams Summer League is one of the more impressive squads in the field. One of the standouts for the host team on opening night was highly recruited Patrick Paterson.
Patrick Patterson-The well built power forward played a solid all around game in BWSL's route of the Kansas City Keys. He was active on defense, blocking a number of shots and showing some savvy to go along with his athleticism, and he controlled the offensive boards. Offensively, he had some impressive touch passes out of the high post. He scored off put backs and off a couple nice post moves.
Patterson named Wake Forest, Kentucky, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Tennessee and Florida as schools of interest. All have offered, and he has visited all but Florida.
"It's important how the coaching staff gets along with me and my parents," said Patterson about what factors will weigh in on his decision. "Academics are important and also the distance away from my family."
Ed Davis-As impressive as Patterson was, 2008 prospect Davis was even more impressive given his youth and still growing 6-foot-8 frame (mother is 6-foot-1 and father is 6-foot-10). Although very slender, Davis plays much stronger than he looks. He can take a little contact and still finish. On the offensive boards, he is an absolute pogo stick and has very sure hands. Shots a turnaround jumper with touch, and he was very good from the line.
He is especially high on in-state schools Virginia and Virginia Tech. When pressed for a top five, he also named Georgetown, Maryland and Connecticut.
Chris Wright-Wright handled the ball well at the point position for BWSL, but he did not have a good night scoring. His three ball looked good, but he only connected on 2 of around 7 or 8 attempts. On his drives to the basket, he got caught too deep several times and had shots blocked. Around the rim, he was jumping off two feet, and he just didn't have the elevation to score. Floaters from the mid-range or one foot attempts around the rim would have served him better.
Wright did have this comment concerning his now reopened his recruitment:
"I'm just reopening it and taking it easy and seeing who comes in. So far I've heard from Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Wake Forest, Georgetown, Villanova and DePaul."
James Anderson-Anderson missed most of last year's circuit with a broken foot but then put up 31 points and 12 rebounds per game during the high school season. Tonight he showed flashes of why he is being highly recruited but struggled overall.
What he did do well was run the lanes on the break and the pass the ball. On a number of occasions he found teammates in scoring position in a blink of an eye upon catching the ball himself. However, when he put the ball on the floor trouble arose as he tended to turn the ball over when he dribbled too much. If he kept it to a maximum of three dribbles, good things happened.
He was also inconsistent in his finishing, missing a couple at point blank and then making a couple very acrobatic finishes. There is no denying his athleticism, but he doesn't have the strength yet to consistently finish against the physical style of play in AAU ball.
Nonetheless, the talent and potential were obvious, and that is why Oklahoma State, Illinois, Arkansas and Baylor have offered and Kentucky and Kansas are showing interest.
Kyle Austin-The athletic undersized 6-foot-7 power forward moved from Pasadena, Calif., to Little Rock, Ark., with his family and plans to prep next year at Genesis One.
"Every mid-major on the west coast had offered me, but I just want another year to develop," he said. "I'm working on setting up a visit with UNLV, and UTEP is also recruiting me."
Austin, who has a 3.5 GPA and a 1370 SAT score, shot the ball well to 17-feet, and was a terror on the glass. His ball handling and passing are the weaker parts of his game.
Corbain Ray-The 6-foot-7 2008 prospect shot the ball very well from the three-point line. He also has a very good understanding of the game. Already with offers from Texas Tech and Baylor, he also is receiving interest from Kentucky, Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Florida.
Anthony Jones-Another 2008 prospect to keep an eye on for the Hoops is 6-foot-9 Anthony Jones. Still very skinny and developing skill wise, Jones has the potential to be a face up player. He ran the floor well and finished well in transition.
Durrell Summers-With his body nicely filling out, Summers was impressive attacking the rim and on the glass. Struggled handling the ball, however, as his inability to dribble with his left hand was exposed.
Coperryale Harris-Coming off a tremendous high school season, Harris struggled to finish in the lane against the physical play. An active player, he was always around the ball and appeared just to be having an off night scoring wise.
Word has it that Texas A&M will be hard to beat for Mike Singletary. A&M has offered him, and he took a visit there this year. Singletary, however, stopped shot of saying it was a done deal.
"They are one of the schools," he said with a laugh. "I was also thinking about Oklahoma, but Coach Sampson left. I'm also looking at LSU and Texas some."
Kalin Lucas did not make the trip with The Family since he is taking the ACT tomorrow.
Joe Crawford was in the crowd to watch his brother Jordan Crawford run the point for The Family in Lucas' absence. Crawford was very good for the family, making some shots from deep and getting into the lane with his penetration.
Also good for The Family was 2008 prospect Paul Williams. A physical lefty, Williams got to the rim and played with poise.
Word traveling across the gyms was that Dorenzo Hudson of the Charlotte Royals dropped 49 points on the Tennessee Travelers.
Jai Lucas and Gary Johnson led the Houston Hoops with 20 and 15 points respectively in a double digit victory over BABC, which has some promising young players.