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King City Classic - Standouts and Rundown

Posted on 09. Jul, 2010 by Nolan Shulman in Canada Spotlight, High School, Tournaments

Perhaps my favorite two days of the entire year, the King City Classic did not disappoint on day one.  The gym is perhaps the most comfortable environment to take in a game on the circuit, the media spread is high level, and the competition is unique.  Being the first day of the live period for these guys, players were competing harder than you might normally see in a setting like this.  It was a great day to evaluate and we made the most of it.  Here's a look at who impressed us !!!



Khem Birch, Kentucky (6-9, 175, 86")

Khem was terrific on the glass on day 1.  He was effective pursuing the ball both in and out of his area, ran the floor like a deer, and showed terrific body control at the rim.  He's always been a high motor guy who can protect the rim and rebound, but he's starting to slowly add some elements to his skill set.  He doesn't need anything run for him to be effective and is the type of guy scorers love to play with.  


Michael Carter-Williams, West Virginia (6-5, 175, 77")

Known primarily as a shoot first scoring point guard, Michael showed terrific vision in the lane this morning.  He got in the gaps, drew the defense, then shocked the world by hitting the cutter for an easy deuce.  While I think Michael is a terrific player, I wasn't sold on him as a point guard.  Today he took a step in making me a believer that he may be capable of blossoming into a full time floor general.  I need to see more, but I thought he was terrrific today.  

Rakeem Christmas, West Virginia (6-9, 226) 

Rakeem has been tremendously aggressive throughout the week.  He went at LeBron in Akron and has continued to show off his offensive game.  He's displayed a solid face-up game, making jump shots and showing the ability to take his defender off the bounce some.  At the end of the day, Rakeem hangs his hat on effecting the game defensively.  Rakeem has played great help defense, locked up his man, and altered shots in the lane.   A really impressive performance.    

Rodney Purvis, Butler (6-4, 187, 76.5")

Despite being the only 2013 in the King City Classic, Rodney has been one of the most aggressive offensive players.  He's an outstanding combo guard who can make shots from deep, mid range, and get to the rim.  He looks for contact, has an explosive first step, and doesn't allow age to change the way he approaches the game.  He may be the youngest guy in the tournament, but he remains one of the most vocal.  I am confident, he's going to blossom into a terrific leader of men.  I've been beyond impressed this week.  

Jabari Brown, Kentucky (6-3, 200, 79")

Jabari threw fire today, plain and simple.  He shot the ball better than anybody I saw.  He has a quick release and ice water in his blood as well as the desire to take big shots.  That said, everyone knows he can stroke it.   He also displayed the ability to get to the rim a little, or pull up from mid range.  

Anthony Davis, North Carolina (6-9, 187, 86")

One two minute stretch can sum up the type of prospect we're talking about.  On one end he blocked a shot by coming across the paint and pinning it on the backboard, then sprinted down the floor and got an offensive put back.  Two plays later, he made a 15 foot jumper, got back and made a steal in transition.  If that's not enough, he then turned and threw a pinpoint three quarter court outlet which led to a layup for his team.  He has a chance to finish top 3 in this class.  


Kyle Wiltjer, Syracuse (6-9, 221, 83")

If you like old school basketball, you have to come away impressed with Kyle Wiltjer.  He's not explosive, not really all that fast, and can't jump out of the gym.  So what can he do?  He can make three's, pass out of the high post, play on the low block, and defend.  The best thing I saw all day was a sky hook coming across the lane.  He may have the highest basketball IQ of anyone in the gym.  


News and Nuggets

Victor Nickerson made a game winning running floater as time expired to get his team a 69-68 W in the first game of the day.

Trevor Cooney on playing and bonding with Michael Carter-Williams "It was great.  I was at the Chris Paul camp with him, but that was just a camp.  For me and him to be on the same team here,  I get to get a feel for his game, he gets to get a feel for my game, and then we get to come together and get closer as friends and teammates too.  Its been real good.  

Trevor Cooney on Rakeem Christmas adding Syracuse to his list.  "I'm in his ear.  That's why added us I think.   so I'm just going to keep getting in his ear and tell him Syracuse is the spot for him.   When it comes down to it it's his decision and if he thinks it's the right spot for him I'll be glad to be his teammate."  

Myles Mack  says the Playaz have been preparing the entire summer for Peach Jam.  Says they have a lot of supporters expecting a chip.  He's excited to play for St. Anthony's and says Kyle Anderson was the major reason for the decision.  He claims offers from Fordham, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Providence, St. Johns, Marquette,  and Depaul.  UCLA has shown a lot of interest but have yet to offer.  

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