The annual Jayhawk Invitational got off to a rousing start on Friday night. Nearly 2,000 fans showed…
Jayhawk Invitational: Day One Rundown
Jacob Thomas, SG, Howard Pulley – There aren't many guys in the country better at knocking down three balls than this 6-foot-3 two-guard. Thomas, a standout at Columbia Heights (Minn.) High, has a quick trigger with range that extends at least two feet behind the three-point arc. The talented shooter drained at least six threes in the Panthers opening round win. D.J. Peterson & Chanse Creekmur, Net Gain Sports – Behind these two 2010 prospects, Net Gain Sports scored a significant upset over the Atlanta Celtics in the nightcap. Peterson, a 6-foot-4 guard, spent time playing on the ball, but will likely be a two at the next level. The southpaw hit timely threes and made plays at the rim. Creekmur, a 6-foot-6 wing, got hot from deep and buried three-pointers off the catch, curl and dribble. Ryan Harrow, PG, Atlanta Celtics – Despite the loss, Harrow, a 6-foot lead guard that is headed to North Carolina State, had his way offensively. He's got great speed, an impressive handle and a knack for scoring off the bounce. Harrow sees the floor well and has no problem finding open teammates, but if his squad needs a bucket he's capable of creating space and getting off a jumper or a floater in the lane. Going forward, defense and strength are two areas of concern. Jordan McRae, SF, Atlanta Celtics – We love his long term potential. McRae is a 6-foot-5, possibly 6-foot-6 wing with length, athleticism and a scorers mentality. In the loss to Net Gain Sports, McRae scored it well early on. He buried long jumpers, dropped in floaters and scored at the rim. Late in the game, he appeared to be pressing and was forced into some mistakes. Regardless, Tennessee has a nice looking prospect on their hands. Royce Woolridge, SG, Arizona Magic – In our first ever look at Woolridge, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, we came away impressed with his ability to score. He uses cross over dribbles from left to right and loves to pull up for floaters or off the dribble jumpers. He's got a solid handle and has learned how to use his body when attacking the rim. Although he doesn't appear to have great speed, he did get to the bucket well and finished once there. Woolridge went for 29 points in the loss. His shot selection and defense are two areas that he could improve on. Harrison Barnes, SF, All-Iowa Attack – Fresh off being named the nation's top rated prospect, Barnes, of Ames (Iowa) High, started his match up against Arizona Magic sluggish. But as the game wore on he picked it up. The 6-foot-6 wing showed picture perfect form on his jumpers, and is capable of letting them fly from well past the three-point line. His body control and ability to glide to the rim is impressive, as is his athleticism. He went for 23 points and nine rebounds during the opening round of games. Trevor Releford, PG, KC Pump N' Run – Word is Releford stepped up his play during his junior season, and on Friday we saw an improved 5-foot-10 floor general. He's got a flair to his game that makes him especially fun to watch. He's a tricky ball handler, has solid court vision and is tough to keep out in front due to his speed. High majors are starting to take a peek, and we think it's warranted. Trevor Releford took a recent visit to Oklahoma. He said Nebraska has offered and he has interest from Oklahoma, Washington and Texas A&M. Jacob Thomas mentioned Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida State, Notre Dame, Northern Iowa, Iowa, Iowa State, Santa Clara, Drake, Creighton and California. Kevin Wear, a 2011 prospect, has the look of a future high major guard. His athleticism, speed and passing ability are among his best attributes. Cody Clark, a 6-foot-6 wing for the Atlanta Celtics, has a great frame. We need to see him more, but we liked what we saw out of 6-foot-6 forward Ricky Kreklow. He's a versatile guy that can really pass and shoot. Zach McCabe was impressive last summer, and this time around he's playing his similar game. He knocks down open looks, snags boards and finishes at the rim.
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