Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Jackson ISD, (MS) Pepsi Tournament

Jackson Provine 10-28-16-23-77
Jackson Murrah 8-17-14-28-67
It's always fun watching D-1 players in their formative years. Today the gym is full of prospects here in Jackson, MS where my NBA friends say some of the best talent in the entire country plays in the Class of 2011. Both teams played tenacious man to man defense, with Provine prevailing 77-67. There were no shortage of athletic plays and there was close to double digit dunks.
Provine was led by 2011 SG 6'2" Jarren Mallory with 17 points, including 5 smooth jumpers from behind the arc. I really like his stroke..a smooth, consistent motion. The best player on the floor in terms of productivity was 2012 P 6'4" Roger Woods. He runs the floor extremely well and has a motor that doesn't stop. He had 16 points and a game high 14 rebounds.
For Murrah, 2010 G 5'11" Dundrecous Nelson (Ole Miss) showed mad hops, finishing an outrageous dunk off the break. He had 11 points. There's no doubt though who owns the town, as 2011 WG LaQuinton Ross (many people's pick for #1 in his class in the country) draws a buzz from the packed house everytime he touches the ball. What can you say about an athletic, cooordinated 6'8" player with nice touch on his shot, can handle it adequately and has big time court vision. He's a long kid who may grow more, but certainly will fill out and likely be a lottery pick in the summer of 2012.