Kadeem Jack Dunks

May 20, 2010

Kadeem Jack, the 6’9″ post player from the class of 2010 has gone from being a player who was sort of off the radar to being front in center over the past few weeks, as chronicled here.

Thanks again to ScoutsFocus, who provided a nice interview a few days ago with Jack and his thoughts regarding UNC, Kentucky, Miami and Arizona and where he might end up.

Now ScoutsFocus has an updated post with new Kadeem Jack video, and this time he’s sneaking in and dunking over McDonald’s All American Jayvaughn Pinkston:

Kadeem Jack Dunk

While the clip is short, it shows the one thing that I love when I watch a big man play at any level: timing. Timing can’t be taught, and timing is the basis for so many important skills: rebounding, shot blocking, putbacks and catches on the run. Now, this small clip doesn’t automatically put Jack into Dennis Rodman territory, but it’s a nice little slice of what I’ve seen from him before.


Justin Watts commits to UNC

May 21, 2008

The 2008 recruiting period is not over, and yesterday UNC signed Justin Watt (SG, 6’5″) out of Durham (reported by Scout.com). Watt is a four-year player who will probably help shore up the deficit left by Wayne Ellington.

Watts is listed as a forward by most sites, but his ballhandling is strong and he can slash to the basket. I would assume that would make him more of a Marcus Ginyard type player than an Ellington player, but I have not seen enough of him to really make that assessment. Time to tap my buddy’s player database again, I think.


UNC Recruiting Notes, 2009; Doron Lamb to Oak Hill?

May 14, 2008

UNC is going after shooting guards heavily for 2009, offering Xavier Henry (6’6”), Dominic Cheek (6’6”), Leslie McDonald (6’4”), and Nolan Dennis (6’5”). This is all in addition to already signing Dexter Strickland (6’3”). It’s obvious that UNC feels they will need to load up at that position, especially with two big men coming from the Class of 2008 and three more bigs already committed for 2009. UNC will be loaded with high caliber big men. With PG Larry Drew coming in to back up Bobby Frasor next season, and Class of 2010 PG Kendall Marshall already inked, UNC is already loaded with incoming firepower, but one shooting guard from the 2009 class would make them incredibly deep. Coach Roy Williams loves to push the ball, and having a deep team makes that strategy very effective.

Given this, I just don’t see UNC going after John Wall (PG, 6’3”), even though he’s a superstar talent and probably will go quickly to the NBA. Wall still lists North Carolina, but the aura around Wall is that he’s going to be one-and-done, and UNC is already pretty set at PG without taking him. At this point, it seems (from the outside looking in) like Wall is more interested in the Heels than they are with him, but who knows? Duke hasn’t offered either, and I said this before, but when the #1 PG in the country plays in Raleigh and neither Duke or UNC have officially extended an offer, it means there is more that meets the eye, if you know what I mean.

I still think Wall looks like he’s Memphis bound, but that’s just trying to read the tea leaves. Wall is an explosive player who can really push the ball, and he would definitely be able to play in the frenetic style that UNC plays, but it may be just the situation around Wall that is keeping him from playing in Chapel Hill or Durham. That said, NC State has offered Wall as well, so if he wanted to stay close to home and play in the ACC, there is opportunity.

Oh, one last thing, Class of 2010 guard Doron Lamb(6’4”, SG) , current target of Maryland and Georgia Tech, is rumored to be considering playing for Oak Hill next season.


Sign Up for the ACC Basketball Recruiting List (Secret Sauce Edition)

May 8, 2008

So I’ll get to the point: I come across a lot of information and not all of it can go into the blog. Sometimes, it’s because there is so much going on that there just isn’t time to add it, and I don’t like making multiple posts in a day if I can help it.

Other times, it’s because I pass along rumors and I only want to pass those along to people who are savvy enough to understand that.

The ‘Secret Sauce’

Sometimes I send out recruiting updates, player evaluations or analysis to people who are interested in the basketball recruiting in the ACC. Sometimes I might come across some cool magazine or video. This list is for hardcore fans and recruiting junkies. You might say it’s for people who are looking at what makes up the ‘secret sauce’ in the next national college basketball powerhouse, or the next NBA phenom.

To sign up, click here.

Don’t forget that when I release the 2008 ACC Basketball Recruiting Yearbook, I will be sending it to people on the list free of charge. It’s scheduled for release by the end of June 2008.

My guarantee about getting Magic Johnson to personally meet everyone on my list is still valid.


Video: Dexter Strickland, Dominic Cheek, Kenny Boynton

April 19, 2008

Some more video of several players, including UNC commit Dexter Strickland and ACC targets Dominic Cheek, Lance Stephenson and Kenny Boynton can be found here.

These clips are pretty good, just highlight moves and some slow motion replays. Hard to tell from these clips, but Strickland’s follow through looks pretty good. He may have a little “sharp right turn” at the end of his shot, which could be a bit of a problem when he’s covered by bigger guards in the ACC (shots have to be a lot more accurate when you’re guarded by a guy two inches taller than you and every bit as fast), but whenever I’ve seen him, his shots are almost always in transition – his shot may not have any flaws, it could just be the momentum of the particular play.

Kenny Boynton has a nice running jumper, although on his three pointers I noticed a little tendency to “slingshot” a little bit. Of course, I’m more of the school that thinks consistency of shot may be more valuable than form. I do tend to notice little things about player’s shots. Boynton plays pretty much like a shooting guard, which at 6’2″ he can get by with in college. I think he might struggle initially if he had to handle the ball against pure point guards, but he can handle the ball well enough for a SG. He tends to carry the ball a little bit, which can turn into a full blown problem when facing a little guy with good hands. Boynton does seem to have nice body control, even in the lane. He can take a bit of contact, alter his shot and finish.


Video: UNC Recruit Dexter Strickland

April 16, 2008

Possibly the highest rated player to sign with any ACC school thus far is Dexter Strickland, a 6’3” combo guard who looks like he might fit in well with the fast paced style that Roy Williams likes to employ.

It is unclear if Strickland will play much point at UNC, and his lanky shooting style reminds me some of current Tar Heel Wayne Ellington, with a better handle. His movements are very fluid, not quite as slick as Spanish wonder kid Ricky Rubio, but cut from similar cloth. Strickland probably has better hops than Rubio, and both are deceptively fast, streaking down the court, lulling their opponents to sleep before slashing to the rim.

UCLA’s Package Deal?

BruinReportOnline is reporting that top recruit Lance Stephenson might be a package deal with Renardo Sidney. I have not heard of any ACC schools involved with Sidney, so if that’s true Stephenson might be out of the ACC mix as well.

Georgia saving room for Derrick Favors

Georgia has signed a shooting guard for the 2008 class, and many from the Bulldogs fanbase believe they are saving room for Derrick Favors.