Nike MDC: Day One Rundown

Will Barton

Suwannee, Ga.- The Nike Memorial Day Classic kicked off Saturday and it turned out to be a very entertaining and intense day of competition. Triple overtime here, pressure free throws there and a monster performance from Baltimore Elite's high energy tandem of Josh Selby and Will Barton put an exclamation point on the day.

Will Barton, SG, Baltimore Elite- He may be skinny, but it's easy to overlook when the dude produces like he does. Simply scintillating in a 36-point assault on Howard Pulley, he did it all. The 6-foot-6 do it all wing attacked off the dribble for floaters and jams, caught and fired from three and got himself to the three point line. His enthusiasm is infectious and he's a high level prospect in the mold of a young Larry Hughes or Jamal Crawford.

Josh Selby, PG/SG, Baltimore Elite- Playing mostly off of the ball, Selby went right at scout.com's #1 player Harrison Barnes and used his quickness to his advantage. A slippery ball handler who specializes in converting high degree of difficulty shots, Selby was channeling his energy positively in a dynamite 25 point outing. A high level athlete, he's easy to like when he's attacking like he did on Saturday.

James Johnson, PF, California Supreme- A native of Canada who is attending high school in San Diego, this 6-foot-8 insider will get plenty of high major looks. He's skilled, plays hard and has some athleticism on the interior. Plays hard on both ends and really likes to fight on the glass. Excellent debut at a national level event.

Keala King, SG/PG, California Supreme- One of the biggest eye opener's of the day, King was terrific in both of his outings. Playing the role of distributor in a buzzer beating win over the Georgia Blazers, the lean lefty made several gorgeous dishes off the dribble. In his second game of the day against D-One, he turned scorer and sliced up defenders off the dribble while keeping them honest from deep. He said that he gained a lot of confidence during his junior year and it certainly showed on Saturday.

Roy Marble, SF/SG, The Family- His team struggled a bit on Saturday, but the 6-foot-5 wing showed some flashes. A smooth athlete, he's a slender wing who plays under control and picks his spots. When his jumper is dropping, it really opens up the rest of his game.

Joe Harris, SG, Friends of Hoop- Pacific Northwest high majors have been lurking while the mids hope he remains a secret and it's easy to see why. A skilled offensive player who can attack off the dribble or bury deep jumpers, we really like this 6-foot-5 wing's feel for the game. He's got a body that can be worked with and will likely be a hot commodity come July.

Alandise Harris, SF, Arkansas Wings- His energy and effort completely turned around an afternoon game against Rotary Select as the Wings rallied for a comeback win. A fine athlete with strength, he blocked some shots, hit a few high arcing jumpers and did a ton of dirty work in the lane. He's a high level athlete who goes all out.

Jeremy Lamb, SG, Georgia Stars- The host team pulled out a hard fought win over Team Takeover and this skinny wing's performance had a lot to do with it. A good ball handler, Lamb did a little bit of everything as he knocked down deep jumpers, attacked the lane and shared the ball in a solid all-around outing. He needs more strength, but could be a sleeper prospect who deserves some ACC and SEC looks.

Quincy Miller, PF/SF, D-One Sports- The debate over whether or not this slender forward is more of a four or a three continues to rage. What isn't up for debate is that he's a pretty skilled kid with a significant ceiling as a prospect. Shoots it well with pretty good range, is a fine run and jump athlete and has room to grow. Has to become a little more physical and consistent, especially on the glass where his length could be a huge asset.

Kentavious Caldwell, SG, Georgia Blazers- Spent a lot of time bringing the ball up the floor for the Blazers, but he's no point guard. A wing scorer deluxe, this long and lean sophomore has deep range and a quick trigger. His improved ball handling and added strength have really allowed him to diversify his game offensively. Clearly headed for a high major future.

Nino Johnson, PF, Memphis YOMCA- A high school teammate of another highly regarded 2011 kid, Adonis Thomas, Johnson is no slouch. A well built 6-foot-7 insider with long arms and a nasty disposition in the lane, he's a warrior on the glass. Runs well, uses his length to score and is a developing athlete who will draw looks on the upper mid to high major level as he grows into his body and upgrades his skill level.

Andre Hollins, SG, Memphis YOMCA- Hollins was feeling it in a morning game against Team Texas. The 6-foot-2 wing was burying deep jumpers, getting to the free throw line and displaying surprising athleticism while finishing drives with dunks. Relatively quiet during the high school season while teaming with Joe Jackson, Hollins brought it strong and produced at a high level on Saturday.

Ricardo Gathers, PF, Louisiana Select- We should all be so lucky to have a body like this young man does. Just finishing his freshman year, the insider has a chiseled frame and high level athleticism to go along with it. Impressed with a few jump hooks, his activity level and ability to crush home slams in traffic.

T.J. Bell, SF, Meanstreets- The production is only coming in flashes at this point, but he's a young guy with a very promising future. A big time athlete who explodes for jams, he can run the floor, has some competitiveness and gets on the glass. His jumper looks workable and his dribbling shows promise.

2010 super recruit Brandon Knight showed up in Suwannee to run with Team Stat -- or Each One Teach One if you prefer. Once he and 2011 stud Austin Rivers get on the same page they could develop into the single most devastating backcourt in grassroots basketball this summer. … Doron Lamb said that he's trying to line up June visits to Oklahoma, Kansas, Kentucky and perhaps even Arkansas. … An alarm clock snafu meant that we missed it, but Harrison Barnes dropped a cool 41 points for Howard Pulley in an 8am loss to the loaded Boo Williams squad. … Joe Harris mentioned that he got a recent offer from new Washington State head coach Ken Bone. …

Mike Theus' Louisiana Select squad is absolutely dripping with athletes in the 6-foot-3 to 6-foot-6 range. They cruised to two lopsided victories and had lots of guys chipping in including guys like freak show wing athlete Brian Williams, perhaps even freakier wing athlete Markel Brown and solid combo guard Langston Galloway. Both Williams and Brown are elite level athletes who should get some high major looks while Galloway is a bubble mid to high level combo who can shoot it and squares quickly. … When D-One Sports Stargell Love gets the ball, there's a pretty good chance that he's going to attack the rim. At 6-foot-2, he's an athletic and quick guy who is relentless in his attack of the rim. As he mixes in some pull-up jumpers and keeps his head up to spot more open teammates he's got room to develop into a pretty nice player. … Because of his ability to run and the fluid athleticism he has in his 6-foot-8 frame, 2011 PF Tim Dixon of the Georgia Blazers is going to get lots of chances at the high major level. The skinny forward has some skill to his game as well but we'd like to see him assert himself a bit more on the interior. …

Let's give it up for California Supreme's Gary Franklin. The 6-foot-1 floor general was terrific in back to back outings on Saturday. He's always been able to score it, and did so again on Saturday, but his improved shot selection and involvement of others was duly noted. … Although he was relatively quiet on Saturday, we can see why Oklahoma moved quickly to lock of T.J. Taylor. Rolling with Team Texas, the near 6-foot-3 combo guard is a well built lefty who plays under control and has plenty of versatility. … Warning, you aren't misreading what's coming next. … Phil Pressey of all people was trying to dunk everything in sight Saturday. The 5-foot-9 PG is finally over a nagging ankle injury and has some serious bounce. …

His gigantic knee brace looks like something out of a sci-fi movie, but the contraption didn't hold back Baltimore Elite's C.J. Fair on Saturday. He bounced around the lane for jams, stuck a few jumpers and was extremely active on the glass. … Friends of Hoop PG Aaron Bright is one competitive dude. A high level shooter from deep, he specializes in using changes of speed to lull defenders to sleep and then split double teams. Point guards are getting harder and harder to come by and he's a pure one who brings the added dimension of his long range bombing. Those factors and his competitiveness are going to get him long looks this summer. …

Alandise Harris got plenty of help in the Arkansas Wings comeback win and playing a huge role was SG Deshone McClure. A tough kid who plays much more physically than his slender frame would suggest, the 6-foot-2 off guard took over offensively late as the Wings finished the comeback. He's got the look of a solid mid level prospect. … Several of his Team Takeover teammates are more highly touted, but we really like the way Mikael Hopkins goes about his business. A long and slender 6-foot-8 power forward, the 2011 prospect has soft hands and pretty good feet. He gets a little sped up at times and can be pushed around, but his skill level should serve him well as he fills out his frame. …

Keala King listed Oregon State, Stanford, Kentucky, Arizona, USC and others. … Underrated big man prospect Jordan Raley of I-5 Elite has a wide range of interest and rattled off Colorado State, Utah State, Santa Clara, Fresno State, Portland, Portland State, Gonzaga, Washington State, Washington and others as showing interest. … Also listing a healthy number of suitors was I-5's point forward Terrence Jones. Jones listed Kansas, North Carolina, Washington, California, Washington State, Georgetown, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Maryland, Florida, Oklahoma, Indiana and Texas while claiming to be wide open. … Roy Marble is hearing from the likes of Michigan, Dayton, Buffalo, Oregon, Indiana, Iowa and Providence. … In addition to Washington State Joe Harris mentioned San Diego, Eastern Washington, Montana, Portland, Gonzaga, Oregon State, Washington, St. Mary's, Utah and BYU among others.

Will Regan rattled off a list of Virginia, Stanford, Arizona State, Providence and Maryland while mentioning that he felt pretty comfortable with those schools. … Team Stat's Adam Jones is an underrated power forward who is being courted by Fairfield, Old Dominion, South Carolina, George Mason, Iona and Siena. … The New York Gauchos Doron Lamb listed Pittsburgh, Marquette, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Kansas, St. John's, Connecticut, Syracuse, Louisville and Arkansas. … Finally, Lamb's Gaucho teammate Jason Morris listed Georgia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina, Virginia, Auburn, Wake Forest, Xavier, Arkansas, Arizona, Stanford and Georgetown among others on his lengthy list. .

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