|Rashad McCants 6'4 SG (New Hampton Prep,
NH)- In my mind he was the best player at the event. He is definitely one
of the 10 best players in the nation, he can shoot it with the best of
them, he's very strong and uses that to his advantage when taking players
to the basket or posting them up. When you talk about the most athletic
players in the class he is up there, on top of all that he is a great
passer and has a good handle but does tend to go right a little too much.
McCants and 6'1 PG Raymond Felton will be murder in the ACC next year, UNC
will be back to their winning ways because of that backcourt.
Denham Brown 6'7 SG (West Hill, Canada)- Out of all
the players in the event he has the biggest upside, there is no doubt in
my mind that we will one day see him in the NBA. He already has the size
and strength for the NBA. Besides his physical attributes he can shoot the
lights, Clark Francis of HoopScoop called him the best pure shooter in
North America. But he isn't one of those players that needs to have his
feet set and be open to knock it down, he won't hesitate to pull up in
somebody's face or shoot it off the dribble. He is also very athletic and
can rise over players much taller then him.
Torin Francis 6'10 PF (Tabor Academy, MASS)- I like
his game a lot because he isn't one of those 6'10 players who wants to be
a guard. He wants the ball on the blocks, and when he gets it down there
he will make something happen. He likes to spin to the middle, and is not
afraid to dunk the ball on people. Although he would prefer to be on the
blocks, he is also able to knock down the mid range jumper, which makes
him an NBA prospect, but he'll need at least a couple of years of college.
But his one drawback is major one, he doesn't have good hands, in the game
I saw he dropped at least 10 passes.
Akin Akingbala 6'9 PF (New Brunswick, CT)- He didn't
pick a good school to go to for basketball because I'm sure there are a
lot of times when he looks bad because his teammates aren't basketball
players. In the first half of his game vs. St. Andrew's (RI) he scored 5
points and the team had 7!!! But then in the second half he showed whey
he's going to Clemson, his game remdinds me a lot of a former ACC player
Antawn Jamison. When Jamison was in college as soon as he got the ball he
started his move, everyone remembers the game when he scored 30+ on Duke
despite having the ball for just 53 seconds. Akingbala is similar to that
he begins making his move as soon as the ball touches his hand, which
catches his defender off guard, and his superior athleticism allows him to
get the shot over them. He is also a great shot blocker, but needs to be
more aggressive on the glass. But he is still a raw talent and has a lot
of room to improve, and at Clemson I think he'll be able to do that.
Francisco Garcia 6'7 SF (Winchendon, MASS)- The one
thing that stood out the most about his game when I saw was his incredible
passing ability for a forward. He passes like PG and has the size and
athleticism of a 3, which makes him the versatile player that often
succeeds. He can also knock down the 3 with consistency, and loves taking
it to the basket. He will be a major contributor next year at Louisville.
Curtis Stinson 6'1 PG (Winchendon, MASS) 2003- I had
heard he improved his jump shot over last year, but he didn't take any in
his game so I still don't know if that is true. But he still has the
strength, craftiness with his handle, finishes around the basket very well
and is still one of the best rebounding guards in the Nation. With one
more year to prove himself he may end up at a big time program.