MEMPHIS - The 2010 Mike Miller Classic wrapped up action with five games at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis on Saturday. Nationally touted Findlay Prep out of Henderson, Nev., was in town with its loaded roster and there was no shortage of local talent. With guys like Andre Hollins, Hanner Perea and Zach Price in the building, a couple of local sophomores -- Nick King and Jonathan Williams -- had breakout performances.
Mike Miller Classic standouts
Nick King, SF, Memphis East- One of a select group of 2013 prospects who has already been given a fourth star, the 6-foot-6 lefty wing played up to his lofty status. During the first half he showed promise off the dribble and as a passer but didn't finish. During the second half, King finished from all over the floor as he scored 19 of his game high 24 points on a variety of winding drives to the hoop, spot-up jumpers and transition slashes.
Jonathan Williams, SF/PF, Memphis Southwind- Depending on how you view a three or a four man, Williams is one of those guy who plays either spots. The 6-foot-8 sophomore gets his hands on a lot of balls at the front of Southwind's full-court press and their active half court zone. A southpaw, he handles the ball very well in the open floor and has a great feel for distributing the ball to open teammates. As he gets stronger and develops the ability to play with a little more physicality, things could happen for him quickly.
Hanner Perea, PF, La Lumiere- Look out below is the only warning you can give when Perea hits the floor. Within his class, there isn't anybody who can touch the five-star junior headed to Indiana in terms of explosiveness off the floor. For now, his plan is to rip the rim down as hard as he can and it works. He runs the floor, gets on the glass and is built for physical play.
Antonio Drummond, PG, La Lumiere- At times, evaluators, coaches and fans can get lost in the potential of athleticism and upside. It's a good thing that there are guys like Bobo to remind us that skill, feel for the game and general craft with the ball are still important. He's strong with the ball, can bomb from deep, involves his teammates and is a leader.
More Mike Miller Classic notables
Nick Johnson, Findlay Prep- Because he's the possessor of athleticism that rarely gets matched on the floor, the future Arizona Wildcat can always play with confidence. He started off slow, heard some trash talk from the crowd and proceeded to bomb some deep threes, create loose balls and finish at the rim.
Amir Garrett, Findlay Prep- He's still got some areas in his game where he breaks down and loses an assignment. But, he generally makes up for it. A long and explosive wing scorer, he's gone from a guy who relied on his ability to make things happen on the glass and in transition to a guy who can also drain open looks from out on the floor.
Craig Hill, Memphis Cordova- One of the nicer finds of the Mike Miller Classic, the 6-foot-7 junior plays with passion in the lane. He attacks the ball with both hands above the rim for rebounds, runs the floor and is an opportunistic scorer thanks to his activity on the glass and ability to beat other interior players with one explosive dribble to the rim. So far, Hill says he's heard from Memphis, Ole Miss and Southern Illinois.
Nigel Williams-Goss, Findlay Prep- Because of his advanced feel for the game, the 2013 prospect is fun to watch. He will knock down open looks, but it's his smart passing and ability to create for others that is his greatest asset.
Andre Hollins, SG, White Station- The future Minnesota Gopher has been putting up big numbers during his senior year. His evolution from a guy who liked to hang on the wing and shoot open jumpers off of Joe Jackson kickouts to an attack the rim or score in the mid-range player has been impressive. Some people say that you play like you feel and Hollins is the kind of kid who is always feeling good.
Zach Price, C, Jeffersontown- The numbers won't really show it, but Price is impressive. He's worked hard to improve his body and athleticism over the past couple of years and is a good back to the basket scorer. He gets into his jump hook pretty quickly and is adept at using angles off the glass. Rick Pitino has a guy that can be worked with.
Devin Langford, SF, Huntsville Lee- We had the opportunity to watch him play two nights in a row and the 6-foot-6 senior shows a pretty high level of skill. He finds cutters on their way to the hoop, finds teammates off of the dribble and makes some mid-range jumpers. His frame is solid and he has some athleticism. The key is finding that next gear and hitting it with regularity.
Final notes and observations from Memphis
Memphis White Station freshman Leron Black is a guy who looks to have a pretty bright future. He's 6-foot-7, quick and has loads of energy which he uses to crash the glass. It's too early to put any labels or expectations on him, but he's a guy with some potential down the road. Black isn't the only intriguing freshman at White Station. Davell Roby is a good looking combo guard with 6-foot-3 size, a feel for involving others and a great motor.
A scouting friend we sat with christened future Texas Longhorn Myck Kabongo with the nickname "beep beep". It fits. The lean 6-foot-2 floor general has great North to South speed and because of that he puts pressure on guys to change sides. More of a below the rim finisher, his vision allows him to find teammates when he gets into trouble. Adjusting to the physicality of the next level will be key for him. Jonathan Williams isn't the only impressive looking sophomore at Memphis Southwind. Wing JaJuan Johnson is a long 6-foot-3 athlete who can shoot it a bit and has some finishing bounce around the rim. At 6-foot-5 and about 230 pounds, Jaylon Moore doesn't possess ideal low-post size. However, he has beyond ideal attitude, quickness and willingness to grind his opponents into submission on either end. He had a stretch where he pinned three straight shots off the backboard before spinning for a tough and one conversion on the offensive end. Not to be outdone by his younger teammate, Memphis East junior Earvin Morris showed flashes. The skinny wing is a ball handler, sees the floor, makes some deep jumpers and basically does a little bit of it all. His recruitment has been pretty quiet thus far. We expect that it should change.