Nov. 26, 2007
By Van Coleman
CSTV.com & Hoopmasters.com
Van is one of the nation's premier recruiting experts.
North Carolina signee Ed Davis headed the talent at the Trusted Choice Tournament of Champions and showed why he is among the nation's elite prospects.
Tournament of Champions Top Prospects (Listed By Height)
Xavier Gibson 6-foot-11 220 C Dothan, Ala. Northview - This Florida State signee has all the tools to become a dominant force on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. He had 17 and 19 points in two games we watched, averaged 9.5 boards and blocked five shots in each outing. He has tools inside, but doesn't seem to get the ball there. He went to perimeter to receive the ball. He needs to play hard to reach true potential. He will blossom in college under Leonard Hamilton's tutelage.
Isaiah Rhine 6-foot-10 225 C
Ed Davis 6-foot-9 210 PF Richmond, Va. Benedictine - This North Carolina signee was stellar in all three games in
Josh Crittle 6-foot-8 235 PF Chicago, Ill. Hales Franciscan - This Oregon signee showed his versatility dominating defensively, blocking 10 shots versus Morton High as part of a triple double. He struggled versus Davis and the double teams of Benedictine, but bounced back to score 23 points and pull down 12 boards against
Jordan Prosser 6-foot-8 230 (2009) PF Eureka, Ill. - This mobile power man can flat out take it at you on the blocks or pop out and knock down 17-footers on the baseline or elbow. He reminds me on the blocks of former
Jordan Manuel 6-foot-8 200 (2010) PF Indianapolis, Ind. T.C. Howe - This young big man impressed us with his mobility and bounce off the floor. He had 15 points and 10 boards versus Custer and their excellent soph Calvin Godfrey. He has quick feet and good hands that will draw mid to high major interest in the future.
Wayne Whiting 6-foot-7 225 PF Richmond, Va. Benedictine - This strong rebounder was one of the TOC's surprise performers. He has excellent hands in traffic and a real nose for the ball off the glass. He had a double-double versus Morton and impressed us with his consistent effort. He should get some mid-major looks this spring.
Johnny Williams 6-foot-7 220 (2009) PF Memphis, Tenn. Briarcrest - This athletic insider attacked the glass and scores from elbow or around the hoop. He exploded for 24 points, 16 boards and swatted 5 shots in OT loss to
Calvin Godfrey 6-foot-7 210 (2010) CF Milwaukee, Wis. Custer - This skilled combo forward showed ability to score from 17-feet or roll to hoop and score in traffic around the hoop. He had 18 points and 13 boards versus T.C. Howe. He is just starting to add strength and should get Big Ten and Big East looks down the road.
Matthew Humphreys 6-foot-6 190 SG Chicago, Ill. Hales Franciscan - This Oregon signee has range to NBA arc and quick first step to the hoop. He was solid all weekend, but struggled versus Benedictine and Bradford Burgess being held to just 9 points. But, he bounced back for 16 points against
Scott Suggs 6-foot-6 185 SG
Donald Stewart 6-foot-5 190 SG Champaign, Ill. Central - This unsigned wing talent was a force on both ends of the court for Central helping to lead them to the title in the National Invitational. He had 19 versus Carencro and then went off for 21 points and pulled down 9 boards in their title game win over Benedictine. He will become a mid to high major priority in the spring.
Bradford Burgess 6-foot-5 210 SG Richmond, Va. Benedictine - This VCU signee had a great weekend. He has combo guard skills, can pop open three or drive and stick pull-up in traffic. He showed he can be a solid defender against Hales Franciscan. Look for him to earn PT in the backcourt for the Rams as a freshman.
Leslie McDonald 6-foot-5 190 (2009) SG Memphis, Tenn. Briarcrest - This smooth wing athlete can knock down three or explode to the hoop with either hand. He had 19 points in their opening night win over
Patrick Richard 6-foot-4 200 SG Lafayette, La. Carencro - This McNeese State signee has tools to be a stud in the Southland Conference. He is an amazing athlete who can create highlights at the rim or pop pull-up jumper inside 15-feet. He showed his potential versus tourney champ Central going off for 23 points and 13 boards. Late signee was hearing from Big 12 and C-USA before deciding to head to McNeese.
Verdell Jones 6-foot-4 170 PG
Matt Roth 6-foot-3 180 SG
Greg Foster 6-foot-3 175 SG Indianapolis, Ind. T.C. Howe - One of the weekend's surprise unsigned players he is a solid defender who can guard all the perimeter spots. He showed range to arc and handle to create shot off the dribble. Mid-majors should be checking him out.
Darien Brothers 6-foot-3 175 (2009) SG Richmond, Va. Benedictine - This explosive junior really played well in Benedictine's semi-final win over Hales Franciscan, finishing with 13 points. He has combo skills and excellent quicks off the dribble. He should see mids on up showing interest this winter.
Gregg Wooten 6-foot-2 170 (2009) SG Memphis, Tenn. Briarcrest - He's another junior guard who caught our eye. He has great acceleration off the dribble and can finish with the flush. He is an ok shooter, but needs to improve his consistency around the arc. He should see D-I's starting to show interest.
Brandon Spearman 6-foot-2 (2010) SG Chicago, Ill. Hales Franciscan - This smooth young wing hit some big shots over the weekend and he can get to the hoop in a hurry. He will see a lot of mid-major or higher interest.
Jamie King 6-foot-1 SG Pekin, Ill. - This solid wing guard can flat out shoot it from beyond the arc as he lit up Hales for 28 points including 6-threes and followed it with 23 versus Carencro. He is deceptively quick and knows how to get his shot off.
Dyricus Simms-Edwards 6-foot-1 170 (2009) CG
Tanner Carlson 6-foot-0 170 PG Annawan,
Cliff Fleming 6-foot-0 PG Saint Anne's,
Larry Stone 5-foot-9 PG
D.J. Cooper 5-foot-9 (2009) PG Chicago, Ill. Hales Franciscan - This young point was stellar versus Benedictine scoring 24 points and picking off 7 steals in their full court pressure. He can run the show and is a solid passer with a bright future. D-I's should start to monitor his game.
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