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It Takes 5ive Classic: Day 2 Rundown
Austin Hollins, SG, Nashville Celtics – The big crowd of coaches were lined up to see Casey Prather, but Hollins, a 6-foot-4 wiry wing, stole the show. Hollins started with his mid-range jumper and worked his way out, showing range from just past the three-point line. Known primarily for his shooting in this one he showed he could do some things off the dribble and scored a number of put backs in the paint. Strength is an issue right now, but he's definitely a guy for high major programs to be monitoring. Josh Hairston, PF, DC Assault – Often times the senior-to-be guys that are off the board go unnoticed, but Hairston, a 6-foot-7 power forward headed to Duke made sure he had everyone's attention. Hairston ran the floor looking to score, was active on both sides of the ball and showed a nice face up jumper. Despite being slightly undersized for the four spot, Hairston makes up for it with his aggressive nature and motor. Max Esho, PF, DC Assault – Derek Kellog and the Minutemen scored a great one in this 6-foot-7 face up power forward. Running the floor is among the things that Esho does best, but he's also got a nice set of hands, good touch around the basket and a face up game, which allows him to shoot jumpers to 18-feet and attack from the basket. Hairston may be DC Assault's top prospect, but without Esho the Assault don't win nearly as many games. Jay Canty, SF, CP3-All-Stars – The long, lean wing was effective in CP3's mid-day game on the defensive end. He's active, moves well laterally and gets his hands on a lot of balls. Although he's not known for his jump shooting, Canty did hit a big three-pointer late in the game. Offensively, Canty does most of his work around the rim and off drives to the basket. A number of mid-majors have fallen in love with him, while high majors have begun to take a peak. Fab Melo, C, Florida Rams – Arguably the player with the most raw talent the past two days has been Melo. At times, he's been a bit complacent, but you can't question the tools he has at his disposal. The 6-foot-10, 265-pound big man is equipped with great hands, good footwork and a handful of moves inside. It's clear he's still learning and he's just now getting his body right, so we expect he'll continue to improve over the course of his senior season. Dezmine Wells, SF, CP3 All-Stars – In the first half of his midday game, Wells used his strong, chiseled frame to bully his way for buckets. An elite level athlete, he's capable of finishing well above the rim and has no problem adjusting his shot once in flight. His ball handling continues to improve, and he even spent some time playing on the ball. Going forward he still needs to develop his jump shot just to keep defenders honest. Remy Abell, PG, Derek Smith All-Stars 16's – Certainly a guy to watch, Abell is a 6-foot-3 guard that sees the floor with the best of them. A relatively unknown, the Louisville (Ky.) Eastern standout is a solid athlete, has a decent handle and an improving jump shot. A number of mid-major programs are checking in on him and at this point he's tracking at that level. George Fant, PF, Derek Smith All-Stars 16's – An undersized power forward, Fant gives it his all every time out. The 6-foot-6 Bowling Green (Ky.) Warren Central product moves well, is aggressive on both ends of the floor and can score inside. One of the better dunks of the day came from him on a fast break when he hammered on a defender in transition. Anton Grady, SF, Friends 4 Life – Although we didn't see his best effort, it's clear that this 6-foot-6, approaching 6-foot-7 wing, has a lot of talented bottled up in his body. A solid athlete and a fluid runner, Grady is a guy that is still developing his wing skills and already has range on his jump shot out to three. He's a regional recruit right now, but a number of new programs got their first look today. Ryan Boatright, PG, Derrick Rose All-Stars – The Ryan Harrow look alike had a pretty good day in Cincinnati. Fresh off a decommitment, Harrow is showing off his speed, athleticism and ability to score in front of hoards of college coaches. At times he does have trouble finishing at the rim because of his lack of strength, but he has all the tools to be an impressive high major point guard down the road. We expect his recruitment to take off after this weekend. Damien Leonard, SF, Florida Rams – High major coaches have followed the Florida Rams court to court over the past two days to watch Fab Melo, and Leonard has taken full advantage of it. The 2011 shooting guard shot the lights out in a loss to the Derrick Rose All-Stars. He's got terrific form, a quick release and range out to 23-feet. While we didn't see him do much off the bounce, he appears to have a decent handle, and at 6-foot-4 he's got solid size for the position. Grandy Glaze, PF, Team Takeover – Despite being undersized at 6-foot-6, Glaze gets a lot done. He's got a strong, wide frame that can take and deliver some blows inside, and he's an above average athlete than can score around the basket. He'll need to continue to develop his face up game, but we like his motor and how hard he works at rebounding. Dee Davis, PG, Indiana Elite/Team Indiana – With his future head coach – Chris Mack – looking on, Davis led IE/TI to a hard fought victory over Team Takeover. He's got tremendous leadership qualities, has a solid handle and is crafty when attacking the basket. As it is with most point guards at this stage, he must gain strength, but we like his improvement and how he's developed over the past year. Amile Jefferson, SF, Team Philly – Last time we saw Jefferson it was early April. Back then we walked away with a high opinion of this 6-foot-7 forward, and on Tuesday it was much of the same. The slender wing is long, athletic and oozing with potential. Although he has wing skills, the Philadelphia native isn't afraid to mix it up inside and attack from the post, as he dropped in a handful of right jump hooks on the block. Remy Abell said he's heard from Oklahoma State, Indiana, Wright State, Arkansas, Marshall and Morehead State. George Fant claimed a scholarship offer from Western Kentucky. He said Xavier, Oklahoma State, Cincinnati, DePaul and Mississippi State have shown some interest. Anton Grady mentioned Ohio State, Dayton, Miami, Florida, Xavier, Mississippi State and St. Joseph. Kevin Wear said that Miami, Kentucky, Memphis, Florida, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech were the schools most involved in his recruitment. UK is the only one of the six that hasn't offered. Ge-Lawn Guyn said that he's 100-percent committed to Charlotte, despite the recent rumors that the 6-foot-2 guard had already taken back his verbal. He said he's excited about being apart of their program. Jordin Mayes, a combo guard out of L.A., can really score. He's got a scoring mentality and had his shot falling on day two. Ge-Lawn Guyn is having a big tournament. Supposedly had a huge playoff game in the second round. Although we didn't see it, Trevor Releford apparently dropped 39 points in a loss during the playoffs. Mychal Parker was doing his thing as well. He went for nearly 30 against the Atlanta Celtics. Jordan Goodman is a great looking prospect, although he didn't have his best game when we checked in. Among the schools watching Casey Prather were Memphis, North Carolina, Kentucky, Stanford, Florida and Duke. The Blue Devils were the only one without their head coach taking a peak. Xavier has trailed Justin Martin over the past two days. Jeff Capel, Derek Kellogg and Anthony Grant have followed Trevor Releford over the past two days.
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