Hoop Hall: Day Two

Dezmine Wells

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Dezmine Wells had the crowd at the Hoop Hall Classic in a frenzy with his dunks, while DaJaun Coleman grabbed every rebound in and around his area. The second day also saw a solid outing by LaQuinton Ross.

LaQuinton Ross, SF, Life Center – The first half was as good as we've seen Ross, a Ohio State signee, play. He made shots all over the floor, including four of five three-pointers, on his way to 21 first half points. In the second half he didn't come with the same energy and scored just five points. He did, however, block Tarczewksi on two separate key possessions. He made a statement with his play in the first half, but left a chance to really leave a lasting impression on the table in the second.

C.J. Barksdale, PF, Hargrave – Up against the nation's top center prospect in the 2012 class, Barksdale strung together an impressive all around game. He was efficient in the paint and showed good touch on his scoring moves. Barksdale moves fluidly, has a nice set of hands and can finish around the basket. The Virginia Tech signee went for 8-for-14 from the field and scored 16 points.

Dezmine Wells, SF, Hargrave – Following Wells vicious dunk midway through the second half the announcer stated: "Wells has no regard for human life!" A play later he tossed down an equally impressive slam and sent the gym into frenzy. When Wells is in the open court there's a good chance he's going to throw it down or use his body to finish through contact. He finished 8-for-16 from the field on his way to 20 points.

Myck Kabongo, PG, Findlay Prep – This is one of those guys that doesn't have to score to have a major affect on the game. In the first half especially Kabongo raced up and down the floor creating opportunities for teammates. He has terrific speed, a great feel and the ability to get his guys open looks. He's an elite level point guard in the class of 2011 and will be tough to keep off the court as a freshman at Texas.

Nick Johnson, SG, Findlay Prep – The Pilots senior guard had an impressive sequence in the second quarter where he knocked down a pair of threes and made a play at the rim. He finished with four long-range shots on his way to 18 points on 7-for-18 shooting. He will have an opportunity to play right away at Arizona and he appears ready for that challenge.

Michael Carter-Williams, SG, St. Andrews – It took him a little while to get in the groove, but once he did it was fun to watch. Off the dribble, Carter-Williams is a fantastic scorer that will take and hit tough, long-range shots. His range extends well past the three-pointer stripe and against Findlay he banged five of nine three-pointers. He finished with 24 points in the loss.

Nik Stauskas, SG, St. Mark's – With Life Center focusing on Tarczewski and Murphy, Stauskas got a chance to really make some plays for St. Mark's and that's exactly what he did. The 6-foot-5 guard knocked down four three-pointers, but where he impressed us was going off the dribble to get a handful of buckets. He finished 9-for-16 from the floor on his was to a team-high 24 points.

DaJuan Coleman, C, Jamesville-Dewitt – A man among boys in the paint, this 6-foot-9, 245-pound center is a strong post prospect that finishes through contact. He has great touch inside, an impressive set of hands and a motor that will impress all on-lookers. His ability to rebound and lock down his area was fun to watch as he reeled in board after board on his way to 20 total. He also chipped in 23 points on 8-for-11 shooting.

Kevin Zabo, PG, St. Mark's – Back in November we charted him up as an impressive prospect that had a great feel and lacked a jump shot. On Sunday he showed that he was still a terrific looking prospect, but showed an ability to shoot the ball as well. In fact he buried five of eight three-pointers and finished with 15 points and five rebounds. He has great size at 6-foot-2 and has great feel for the game.

Alex Murphy had a few bright moments in the loss to Life Center. His baseline jam was a highlight play, but overall he struggled to get in the flow. He did also knock down a three-pointer. He finished with 9 points on 4-for-9 shooting.

Murphy's teammate Kaleb Tarczewski left some points out there. He was 4-for-12 from the field and missed a handful of easy ones. Still the 7-footer finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Life Center senior and Pittsburgh signee John Johnson had an average outing against St. Mark's. He finished 4-for-9 from the field and scored 14 points in the win.

P.J. Hairston only played 16 minutes due to follow trouble, but he shot the ball efficiently and nailed four of six three-pointers. He finished with 14 points on seven shots.

Scout.com's No. 1 player in 2012 Andre Drummond had a so-so outing against Hargrave. He didn't get many touches inside, but managed to lock down his area, rebounding wise. He scored 13 points and grabbed 10 boards.

Unsigned wing Damion Lee, of St. Thomas More, scored a team-high 15 points in the loss to Hargrave. He couldn't hit on his three-point attempts, but managed to score at the rim.

Nigel Goss-Williams had a solid outing for Findlay Prep in their win over St. Andrews. The UNLV commit finished 8-for-11 from the field and scored a team-high 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Winston Shepard was active and aggressive as always. He spent a considerable amount of time on the glass and reeled in 15 rebounds to go with his 10 points.

DaJuan Coleman's teammate Tyler Cavanaugh, a 6-foot-8 power forward, knocked down a pair of three-pointer jumpers and had a handful of finishes at the rim. He scored 26 points and played a good wingman to Coleman.

Kaleb Tarczewski said Kansas, West Virginia, Kentucky and Connecticut were the four schools making him a priority.

Winston Shepard said Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Memphis, Kentucky, Louisville, San Diego State and Oklahoma State are recruiting him the hardest.

DaJuan Coleman said Syracuse, Kentucky and Ohio State are his top three schools. He also mentioned Villanova, Connecticut, North Carolina and Louisville.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and UMass head man Derek Kellogg were the only two head coaches at the Hoop Hall Classic on Sunday.

There were, however, a number of assistant coaches in attendance. We spotted coaches from North Carolina, Connecticut, Georgetown, Clemson, UMass, Harvard, Wagner, Siena, Fairfield, Columbia and Drexel.

SCOREBOARD
*Life Center 73, St. Mark's 69
*Hargrave 78, St. Thomas More 58
*Findlay Prep 76, St. Andrew's 57
*Jamesville-Dewitt 76, Webster Groves 64

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