Jayhawk Invitational: Day One Rundown

Rodney Williams

LAWRENCE, Kans. – The Jayhawk Invitational committee put together an aggressive schedule for day one and it led to quality day of basketball. Derrick Favors had a big night, but it was Rodney Williams that stole the show.

Rodney Williams, SG, Howard Pulley – Indiana Elite quickly found out what Williams does best -- dunk the ball. The 6-foot-4 wing attacked the basket and threw down dunk after dunk. To go with his incredible hops, Williams showed improvement on his jumper by knocking down a handful of three-pointers. He went for 27 points in a close win over Indy Elite.

Sam Dower, C, Net Gain Sports – We liked what we saw from Dower at the Next Level event last weekend and he showed even more this time around. The 6-foot-9 lefty is a borderline high major guy that will certainly get some looks. He runs the floor, knocks down mid-range jumpers, and scores around the rim with hooks. He went for 14 points in Net Gain Sports' win over Arizona Premier.

Royce White, PF, Howard Pulley – His AAU coach said it wasn't his best game, however we were still impressed with what White was able to get done against Indy Elite's big men. The 6-foot-7 forward faced up defenders, knocked down threes and attacked the basket. He was aggressive the entire contest and put up 19 points.

Stephan Van Treese, PF, Indiana Elite One – Although he didn't get any touches on the block, Van Treese ran the floor looking to score and managed to get a handful of put backs. The 6-foot-9 big man is athletic and really hits the offensive glass.

Bak Bak, PF, Pump N' Run – It was clear that Bak was ready to play, but it took his teammates a littler longer to get involved in their match up against KC Pump N' Run. The 6-foot-8 skilled four man scored off mid-range jumpers and off moves in the paint. He went for 17 points in the first half and 23 for the game.

Justin Clark, SG, KC Pump N' Run – It appears that Clark is making the move to a high major prospect. The 6-foot-5, 175-pound guard shoots the ball extremely well from deep and has legit range on his jumper. Against Pump N' Run Elite he went for four three-pointers and scored a total of 20 points. He can put the ball on the ground and is an above average athlete as well.

Derrick Favors, PF, Atlanta Celtics – Scout.com's top ranked player started slow, but ended strong in the night cap against the Las Vegas Prospects. Favors must have grabbed at least 20 rebounds and likely scored 20 points as well. Apparently he didn't play great Akron (Ohio) last weekend, but he brought the "A" game to Lawrence.

Matt Carlino, PG, Arizona Premier – At 6-foot-2, Carlino is a crafty left-hander that sees the floor and looks to set up his teammates, especially in the open court. He managed to get some buckets around the rim, knocked down a three and hit a mid-range jumper on his way to 19 points.

Ryon Riggins, PF, Atlanta Celtics – The Celtics have a long line of outstanding big men and Riggins is looking like the future. At 6-foot-9 he runs the floor well, is active and plays hard. He got some burn with the 17's team today and he was certainly fitting in.

Rodney Williams said he's hearing from Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Purdue, Miami and Iowa.

Justin Clark had interest from Wichita State, Nebraska, Santa Clara and Evansville prior to the Next Level event last weekend in Dallas (Tex.). Since then he's heard from Baylor, Missouri, Illinois State and Clemson.

Raymond Cowles has interest from Northwestern, George Mason, Harvard, Yale, UW-Milwaukee and Indiana.

Tyler Honeycutt said he's picked up collegiate interest from Arizona, Arizona State, San Diego, San Diego State, Gonzaga, Washington, Santa Clara and Kansas.

"That's the most athletic player I've ever played against." -- Mason Plumlee on Rodney Williams and his dunk fest Friday night.

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