Matt Derenbecker, SF, La. Select: His evening effort wasn’t completely expected so it came as a nice end to the day. The lefty’s got range behind the arc. There’s a certain savvy and toughness to his game. He’s got a feel for the game and no fear.
Phil Pressey, PG, Team Texas: Last year, Texan Tommy Mason-Griffin rocked the Peach Jam. This year, it’s Pressey’s turn. After a spring and early summer that were not reflective of his talents, Pressey has been superb at the Peach. He’s sharpened his competitive edge. Pressey’s jumper has been crisp. He’ll push the envelope with decisions at times, but overall he’s been very good.
Langston Galloway, SG, La. Select: He’s found a great fit in St. Joseph’s. He’s offensive minded and won’t run into crazy athletes to guard in the A-10. That will free him up to be aggressive with his jumper and be the scorer that he is. Has a track record of winning on the high school level.
Jared Sullinger, C, All-Ohio: Just your typical 19 points and 17 rebounds from a guy that defines consistency. College coach sitting next to me mentioned Sean May as a comparison. It’s a good comparison to toss out there but Sully will outperform May on a number of levels.
Isaiah Epps, PG, Playaz: Seems more comfortable with the familiar surroundings on his team than he does in camp. Lefty is a strong perimeter shooter. Would like to see him spread it around and become a better assist guy.
Brad Beal, SG, Stl. Eagles: His team was down nine points early and something needed to done. Beal got immersed in the game and with the help of guys like Shaq Boga and Roosevelt Jones, went to work. Blessed with a boxer’s body, Beal got after it on defense and went into attack mode off the dribble on offense.
Kyle Wiltjer, PF, Soldiers: The coaches are getting a sampling of the momentum that he built in the spring. It’s carried over into the summer and Wiltjer’s been strong. Extremely skilled, he’s a commitment to rebounding away from being exceptional. The offers are about to begin pouring in from the big boys coast to coast. Had 18 in the morning.
Shane Southwell is the type of player whose game will expand in college with more structure. He’s an adept passer. … Roosevelt Jones, a junior, acted like a bowling ball running downhill against BABC. His energy was impressive plus he rebounds. … Remember Billy Humphrey and the fast summer rise he experienced back in the day? Well, Georgia Stars guard Jeremy Lamb is on the same path. … Can Ahmad Starks be Tyjuan Porter? Good question. … Markel Brown, an Oklahoma State commit, has big rise and a jumper. … Xavier stole one in Jordan Latham. Big body, strong kid, passion for the game. He’ll be an all-league guy. …
Will Yeguette lists Auburn, Virginia Tech, College of Charleston, South Carolina, Florida and Central Florida. … Melsahn Belsabe hears from Siena, George Washington, Northeastern, Rutgers, Drexel, Stanford, Vanderbilt, St. John’s and VCU. … Mike Shaw likes Texas, Louisville, Florida, Illinois and Southern Cal. … Derenbecker has offers from Stanford, Alabama, LSU and Georgia Tech. … Virginia and Southern Cal are looking. …
Head Coaches for Wiltjer’s early game: Ben Howland, Rick Pitino, Craig Robinson, Mike Montgomery, Bill Self, Sean Miller. … Howland and Lorenzo Romar were there for Josh Smith. … Beal’s crowd: full staff from Missouri and Duke. Bruce Weber, Roy Williams and Kentucky. … Kevin O’Neill watched Wayne Blackshear and Mike Shaw. …