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Favorite High School Player

Who's your favorite High School player that you've seen play in person?

Mine would have to be Greg Oden, I saw him play in a tournament in Indiana and he was just ridiculous.

A less well known player would be AJ Abrams, he ended up playing at UT. He could stroke it from just about anywhere on the court.


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J.R. Smith was the best

J.R. Smith was the best player I seen in person.

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Scottie Reynolds impressed me

Scottie Reynolds impressed me as a HS Soph as well scoring 30 pts in the first half in a Christmas Tournament.

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Yeah I remember Abrams,

Yeah I remember Abrams, played for Texas from 2005-2009. If I'm not mistaken Texas retired his number.

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I'm not too sure

if we got his jersey retired or not. I know he broke the big12 record in career 3pointers though

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oops

*he*

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They havent, He broke that

They havent, He broke that career 3pt record but he was never even the best player at UT while he was there, he was always behind players like Aldridge, Durant, and DJ Augustine... So I doubt it will be retired

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Shabaazzzzzzzz Muhammmaaaaad,

Shabaazzzzzzzz Muhammmaaaaad, you guys should have seen the excitement on my face when I seen him play for the first time, oh my goodness. The guy was stupid quick, dunked about everything and could shoot. Had ridiculous offensive skills and he seemed like a very nice, down to earth guy. The next year I seen him play again and I was 6x impressed as I was before. Watching him just bully guys three time his size such as Jullius Randle and Xavier Johnson was just crazy. It kinda makes me wish he never sprained his ankle and gained so much weight, I really think we would've seen a very special player this season.

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I played

I played against the Harrison Twins and Julius Randle this year in for high school. Randle was absolutely unstoppable at the high school level

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Easy Rondo and Josh Smith on

Easy Rondo and Josh Smith on that historic Oak hill team. Josh Use to grab the side of the backboard and dunk during warmups . Use to be crazy to watch in person

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I saw Jahlil Okafor finish an

I saw Jahlil Okafor finish an AAU game in Vegas with 6 straight dunks, with well over 30 pts for the game. He's not the most exciting player, but one of the best single performances I've seen

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Lance Stephenson, dude just

Lance Stephenson, dude just went ham in high school

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Have been lucky enough to see Andrew Wiggins at the 2012/2013 Nike Hoop Summit. He is definitely my favorite. Here are a few other big names I was lucky enough to see in HS:

DerMarr Johnson: Their was a big tournament in Toronto, think it was in either winter 1998 or going into 1999. MCI won and DerMarr was the big name. Had been considered the #1 player in the HS Class of 1999, two time SLAM All-American. Got to meet his coach, Max Good, who was sitting in the stands before the finals, against Hargrave Military. Good was crazy on the sidelines, really nice in person. Ended up coaching UNLV briefly. Of course, had heard that their was a player on DerMarr's team who would give him all he could handle in practice. That player was.....

Caron Butler: He had a mini fro and he could definitely ball. Not as smooth as DerMarr, still very effective and more aggressive. They won the finals, though I got to see another future NBA All-Star in the process which was......

David West: Very lucky to have gone to a couple days of this tournament. West was big and he gave MCI all they could handle down low. Had a great college career at Xavier and ended up as an absolute steal in the draft. Definitely was a difficult match-up from early on, just impressive how good he has really become.

Flash forward to my years at University of Oregon, guess I had a long drought of seeing great HS b-ball in person. My sophomore year in college, I heard about an amazing freshman who was 6-8, 240 pounds and the son of a former Duck who played in the NBA. His name was:

Kevin Love: Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Davis stand out as the two best players I saw in the Hoop Summit, with Harrison Barnes, Kyrie Irving and Enes Kanter also holding places in my mind of being pretty special during the game. However, the best player I think I saw in HS was K-Love. He was an absolute monster during his last few years, while still being incredibly difficult to stop his first couple as well.

His freshman year his Lake Oswego team lost in the quarterfinals. Kevin I believe might have only had a couple baskets, though double digit rebounds. Either way, they were playing Oregon powerhouse Jesuit, who had three Tarver brothers (the younger two, Josh and Seth, played for Oregon State, while Zack I believed played football in college) and used a devastating fullcourt press. For an LO team that had no true PG, this staggered their ability. Kevin could not do it by himself.

Sophomore year, Lake Oswego made it to the Finals against Jesuit, now with only Josh and Seth Tarver. It seemed the younger the brother, the bigger the recruit he was. Seth was about 6-6 and an impressive athlete. It seemed LO was destined to win, they had no answer for Kevin, who was killing them down low and blocked Seth at the rim on a dunk attempt. However, in the second half, Jesuit seemed to remember what had worked for them the year before. They brought the full court press back, took their first lead of the game with less than a minute left. Jesuit won (they hadn't the year before, as a South Salem team led by 5-6 Jeremiah Dominguez who ended up playing for both Portland and Portland State, won the 2004 State Final over Maarty Leunen's Redmond team, who had beaten Jesuit), tough loss for Kevin and Lake Oswego.

Junior year, Kevin finally won state, beating South Medford in a close one. They finally had a PG, a last year transfer whose name I believe was Vince Thomas (could be wrong, just think Vince was definitely his first name). They also had a nice PF next to Kevin who was a senior transfer as well. Kevin was super dominant and generally unstoppable. His senior year, some services had even ranked Kevin #1 in his class. He had killed the summer camp circuit and was putting up about 30 and 20 on the regular that HS season. However, their was another very special player in Oregon at the HS ranks and he was.......

Kyle Singler: It was Kyle's South Medford team that had narrowly lost the year before and their senior year match-up was one for the ages. Never have seen the line-up I have for a HS clash that I saw for their state tournament final show down, it was special. Packed house at Oregon's Mac Court and the game did not disappoint. Kevin Love had a huge game, 37 and 15. Had got to see Kevin the games before, all of which I think he had over 30 and 20. Still, South Medford is a team I describe as having about 6 guys who looked like Kyle Singler (a couple of whom were his brother and cousin, the rest just really tall, blonde kids).

I believe Kyle had about 18 points during the game, but he was not South Medford's player of the championship game. That honor went to Mike Harthun, who was a junior at the time and a highly regarded recruit who I believe finished around the top 100 in his class. He had a bandage on his shooting hand, yet scored 22 points and was 5-5 from behind the arc. Mike just moved differently than everyone on the court, had an extra gear no one on the floor could keep up with. Thought he could end up being a stud as a college PG, really wanted Oregon to land him. We didn't, he went to Washington State, getting limited time before transferring and having a couple decent seasons at Portland State.

Kyle Singler ended up being a 4 year starter in college. Oh, and being named NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player when Duke won the 2010 NCAA Championship. Had never been a Duke fan, though I was really happy for Kyle when he took home top honors on that team. Also was incredibly appreciative of the four year contribution his younger bro EJ put up for our team. Was not surprised when Kyle did well in Spain and was very happy he contributed during his rookie season. I know BTPH was very much down on him and yes, his team did not do well, but I still think Kyle could be a role player in the NBA for a nice while.

So, those are the 5 guys that stand out outside of my Hoop Summit experiences. I recently saw Thon Maker in a Pro-Am and he certainly has some big time upside. Was impressed with his ability to run the floor, and he did stroke a triple on his first shot with relative ease. However, when Amir Johnson was switched onto him and put the clamps on, Thon was neutralized. He needs to put on a lot of strength, his hands need improvement, you just can't teach height and he moves pretty damn well.

Have been lucky enough to go to 5 out of the last 6 Hoop Summits, the only one I missed was 2009 which featured Donatas Motiejunas, Kevin Seraphin, Nikos Pappas and from what I heard, a dominant Milan Macvan beating a Team USA featuring Xavier Henry, John Henson, DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall. So did NOT see 2009. Saw:

2008: Jrue Holiday, Demar DeRozan, Tyreke Evans, Drew Gordon (who had a much better Hoop Summit game than his younger bro ended up having), Greg Monroe, Scotty Hopson, Al Farouq Aminu and Ed Davis for Team USA. Serge Ibaka, Alexis Ajinca, Boban Marjanovic (his hugeness stood out), Devoe Joseph and Samardo Samuels (a top ranked player in that class, originally from Jamaica) International.

2010: Every Team USA player has been drafted besides Patric Young. Standouts for USA were Harrison Barnes, Jared Sullinger, Terrence Jones and Kyrie Irving, especially in the clutch. Enes Kanter had a huge game, felt he dominated mostly Meyers Leonard, Young and got the better of Sullinger. Also had big man Dejan Musli plus nice contributions from Tristan Thompson and Nikola Mirotic. Cory Joseph had a really tough time against Team USA's PG's, such as Irving, Brandon Knight and Kendall Marshall. Great game, each team built a 15 point lead at one time during the game with Team USA coming back to win it.

2011: USA came out to a pretty sluggish start, until Michael Kidd-Gilchrist provided fantastic energy off of the bench to help build a lead. Marquis Teague was already finding Anthony Davis, who ran like an impala and had none of the typical awkwardness one might see in a 6-10 player, especially one who had a late growth spurt. Austin Rivers scored the rock, probably was considered player of the game by most. James McAdoo was pretty damn quiet, especially considering he won the MVP in I believe both McDonald's and Jordan Brand Classic. Remember Bradley Beal's beautiful looking shooting stroke as well.

Bismack Biyombo blew up, finished with a triple double, yet never remember him "dominating" the game. He got a lot of blocks, he was really developed physically and just did not look 18 or 19 (nor act that way). Mateusz Ponitka led the International squad in scoring, he looked good. Bebe Nogueira was overmatched, as was Premzek Karnowski. Dario Saric showed flashes as the games youngest player. Kyle Wiltjer and Kevin Pangos were not at their best, though kind of crazy to think their might be three former International team alums playing for Gonzaga in 2014-15. Raul Neto also played and could run a team a bit, Davis Bertans was a fearless shooter, if not an overly effective one. Also liked Evan Fournier's aggressive play, though again he was probably a year away from being on the level of the US teams kids.

2012: First time I got to go to the practices and the game. It was awesome. Andrew Wiggins was great the whole week and leading the team in scoring in a win was pretty amazing, even though the USA HS class was pretty underwhelming. Shabazz was just about the only US player who looked good for the US practices. They lost in a scrimmage to some former college players, none of whom were near their size or were ever considered top HS level talent. The bigs looked especially bad, they were pretty much non-factors during the game, outside of Nerlens. Nerlens missed the first day of practice as well, only coming for Friday's sessions. Kyle Anderson was talented, though of course did not stand out much as an athlete. Think most GM's/scouts were luke warm on this group outside of Nerlens and Shabazz. Mitch McGary did nothing to help himself, kind of amazing the difference a year makes, especially when you are 6-10 and 260. Good for Mitch, though, he definitely worked to get to the point he is at now.

The International team could end up with two #1 picks, both of the Canadians, Anthony Bennett and (hopefully) Andrew Wiggins. Will say, Andrew Wiggins was already better than Anthony Bennett and if he does not end up being a better NBA player, would be incredibly surprised. Bennett had great strength and he was a character, I liked him though he seemed to be ending up in the training room quite a bit. He had a so-so game until hitting that monster 3 to put the International team up for good. Dario was solid, had a really nice game and was a major reason they won as well. Wiggins was just on, he was hitting from outside pretty consistently and of course had his incredible athleticism along with quick twitch muscles fibers players his size generally do not possess.

Wang Zhelin was one of my favorites, though his play during the game was a major surprise. He certainly had some skill and he got more confident as the week wore on. His destruction of the Team USA big men was still pretty damn shocking, he is not exactly the most fleet of foot. He has those tree trunk legs and just muscled those guys, definitely should have been a wake up call for guys like Tarczewski, McGary, Parker and even Nerlens. Leo Westermann was the teams leader and a floor general, had a great attitude. Not even close to as talented as the 2013 version of the team, just had some professionals who knew what they needed to do to win.

2013: Another amazing year, SO much talent this year. Not sure if everyone from Team USA makes the NBA, though most will and a number will be lottery picks. Andrew Wiggins and Dante Exum might have been the two best athletes in the game. Livio Jean Charles had an amazing game and looked good in practice, definitely sky rocketed his stock, as some people in France questioned whether he was a NBA player. Schroeder had all the speed the USA could handle, pretty sure no International team has had a PG that fast since Tony Parker. Sergey Karasev was an assassin all week. He was so-so in the game, but he was spot on in practice and I think impressed most everyone with his professionalism and mind set.

Karl Towns was a kid I thought had a great week. I had heard about possible attitude concerns with Towns, really did not see any. He was vocal, encouraging and coachable. Think his DR experience probably helped with that. Kid has definite skill, not a crazy athlete, possesses nice upside if he tones up his body. Mam Jaiteh is glued to the floor, but he has nice hands, wide shoulders and is an aggressive rebounder.

Team USA only had a couple real practices, which was probably one of the reasons for their lack of cohesion. The coaches and a few of the players flights were delayed, which had to kind of suck and made them miss the practice at the Rose Garden. Jabari and Julius stood out the most. Aaron Gordon worked really hard, though I feel his shot is jacked. The Harrison's did not look good in practice and Aaron had a horrible game. Andrew did well in the game, though I was not crazy about their attitude and his ability to get everyone involved. Kasey Hill was the best "true" PG during practices, not surprised he started the game over Aaron.

I am a fan of Noah Vonleh, but he has a ways to go. Needs to be a tad more aggressive and with his size/length, should develop more of a post game. Bobby Portis does not move too badly for a big guy, should provide an immediate contribution at Arkansas, though am still not sure how high I am on him as a NBA prospect. Should certainly be in discussion of the next few upcoming drafts after 2014.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was solid in practices and had a nice game. He could develop into a good wing option, though needs a lot of work offensively. His outside shot is inconsistent, should work on getting a more consistent release. Demetrius Jackson is solid, not spectacular. Will probably not get much PT his first season at ND due to being behind upperclassmen, though he should end up being a nice college player with a chance at the pros.

Well, this was longer than even I thought it would be. Now to enjoy the rest of my Saturday, hope everyone else has a good one as well! College football season is upon us, GO DUCKS!

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I've seen a lot of great high

I've seen a lot of great high school players come up through Indiana and the Midwest area, but Greg Oden was that first player that made me rub my eyes in complete disbelief. Like I knew I was watching a complete freak of nature.

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I agree

with that, he was a complete freak. I can't remember exactly, but wasn't Conley also on his AAU team, or someone else that went to Ohio State with him?

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Lebron

Lebron James. Seeing him in high school was unforgettable. A man amongst boys. St. Vincent St Mary uniform is a classic for a reason.

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I've seen some really good

I've seen some really good players in the AAU environment. I've also played with Isaiah Austin at 24 hour fitness, and throwing oops to him,but that doesn't count as seeing him. The best players I've seen play in person are probably Keith Frazier when him and Alex Robinson(a senior PG right now who is rising in the highschool rankings) and Emanuel Mudaiy. Alex Robinson and Eman really stood out because they are both elite level athleticism even at the NBA level, just so quick and can blow right by you then dunk on your center.

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Dajuan Wagner

Greatest scholastic scorer iI have ever seen and I have seen a lot. New Jersey has produced tons of great high school guards. Jay williams, bobby hurley, Randy Foye, J.r Smith, and Kyrie Irving to name a few. However, on the High School Level Wagner was in a class by himself, far superior than any of the guards I just mentioned as well as many across the country during his time. Truly as unstoppable as you will see from a guard on the high school level, average 42 points as a senior and 3, 462 points for his career. All-time leader scorer in Jersey history.

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Didn't

Wagner drop 100 in a high school game?

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Yes

Yes he did.

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I would have to say my

I would have to say my favorite was OJ Mayo, but Bill Walker was impressive too.

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Chris Singleton Dalen Qualls

Chris Singleton

Dalen Qualls

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Jon Hood he is a good

Jon Hood he is a good player..he'd be a big time scorer if he wasn't behind all those other guys that Cal gets.

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Delk, Hardawaym Wagner

I've seen hundreds but me personally, the best high school players I've seen in person were Penny Hardaway, Dajuan Wagner, and Tony Delk. Hardaway was amazing as a high school player. Wagner straight bullied everybody in hs and would pull up from well behind the 3point line. Some of you youngsters might can't recall Delk but in TN he was the greatest. Dude was a MCD all-american, MOP for Kentucky, and played numerous years in the league. The Brownsville Bomber avg close to 40 his last two years in hs and he would put on a show like no other.

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Brandon Knight. Thought he'd

Brandon Knight. Thought he'd be a star in the league. Was an amazing scorer, grabbed boards. Had the AI braids. First time I saw him play I created him as a player that night on 2k and put him on the raptors. Ended up being a HOF on the game lol

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In Highschool Derrick Rose

In Highschool Derrick Rose was the most impressive player not in the NBA to me. Just the way he moves with his athleticism is just so fun to watch. Never thought Id see anyone move on the court like him until Wiggins came around, and he's a fair bit bigger. Those two for me.

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In Highschool Derrick Rose

In Highschool Derrick Rose was the most impressive player not in the NBA to me. Just the way he moves with his athleticism is just so fun to watch. Never thought Id see anyone move on the court like him until Wiggins came around, and he's a fair bit bigger. Those two for me.

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These are all in-person, as

These are all in-person, as televised HS games sort of don't count:

I saw LeBron James several times in his sophomore, junior, and senior year.

I also saw OJ Mayo and Bill Walker; they were pretty impressive together, but the game was kind of a circus.

I played against Mike Gansey, who I think would've made a career for himself if it wasn't for staph infections. He's in the Cavs front office now.

I saw Jawad Williams in HS too, but he was kind of boring.

My favorite was Tony Stockman. He played for Clemson, transferred to Ohio State, and ended up playing in Mexican and French leagues.

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I got the chance to see Andre

I got the chance to see Andre Iguodala in the state tournament his senior year. He was amazing. He played a lot on the low block because nobody could handle him down there, and seemingly converted an and one at will. His strength and athleticism made him unstoppable. He also played some on the perimeter and lead some pretty exciting fast breaks. Also won the dunk contest while he was there, but that was a foregone conclusion. His defense was also ridiculous. They ran a 2-2-1 press with Iggy guarding the inbounder, and they absolutely smothered teams with it in the quarterfinals and semifinals. They couldn't deal with his length and athleticism. Watching him downstate made me a huge fan, and he's still my favorite player to this day. As good as he was though, they didn't win state. They lost to a very talented Westinghouse team led by Jamarcus Ellis.

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Here are some of his

Here are some of his highlights from the state tournament.

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Demar

Demar Derozan was nasty. He dunked on everybody in the game i went to.

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Peyton Siva was amazing too

Peyton Siva was amazing too watch because he played so damn hard. You see a lot of guys relax in the second half with a big lead but this guy just kept the smothering defense. He really put his soul into the game. and you can see why http://seattletimes.com/avantgo/2017778403.html I believe it is more respectful to keep playing hard with a big lead instead of pitying your opponent.

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dominguez high in compton was

dominguez high in compton was loaded back in the day full of nba players. ironically though, for a high school team, the best player on that team didn't even make the league. his name was kenny brunner who was highly recruited and ended up having his growth stunted in college, playing for georgetown and fresno state. in high school this guy out played and nearly shut down baron davis the game i saw against santa monica and both were ranked in the top 5 for pgs coming out that year. best defensive hs pg iv'e ever seen hands down to go along with the rest of his game.

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oh yeah and glendon

oh yeah and glendon alexander, but it wasn't a hs game. he just killed it in this tournament one year over a few days. he never made the league either though, but went to arkansas and then oklahoma state and didn't do much. funny how that happens.

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i saw travis outlaw in high

i saw travis outlaw in high school and he was just nasty!!! he was so good in hs that i honestly thought he was going to develop into a future all star...just shows how much talent the nba really has, also eddie griffin (deceased) was unbelieveable...but i think the best player i have ever seen in high school was MKG, gilchrist was just UNREAL

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JaQuan Lyle is my favorite. I

JaQuan Lyle is my favorite. I got to follow his first 3 years of his high school career, love to watch him pass.

Dezmine Wells - coolest guy I've ever met.

Ryan Harrow - loved his game in high school. Watching his Hoopmixtapes is what started it all.

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Four players in the order of

Four players in the order of who I thought was better at the time

1. Tony Stanley. He played for Washington Lee in Virgina. We played against him in a summer leauge before my Jr year in H.S. he was the closest I had ever seen to Jordan. 6'6 shooting guard with handles, a deadly jumper and super athletic. He's was also 215 pounds and cut

2a.-Jerome Williams- right before his last year at Georgetown I went o play at DoCs gym which is invite only because it was full of NBA and college guys and a couple of H.S All American guys from the area, anyway Jerome was playing point guard ( hand to God) and crossing up everyone while hitting mid range jumpers and dunking on people including Zo and Ewing. You would never guys he could do those things when watching him in the NBA but in H.S he was a point forward

2b. Dermar Johnson- when we played parkdale during his freshman year in H.S. our coach told us before the game that there center was a tall lanky kid who could step out and hit the jumper. Needless to say what he didn't tell us was he was 6'9 with handles like a point guard and a jumper that e tended to NBA range. I think he dropped 25 on us.

3. Steve Francis. He was a late addition to our team heading to the AAU national championships in Florida. No one knew who he was and none of the other stars would even really say much to him because he was new. No one said much to me either since I was only a rising Soph and they were Srs. Before our first game we are all at A resturant and Steve and I are sitting at a table talking about something ( can't remember) but he's sitting there smoking a cig and I'm thinking " this kid is crazy you can smoke if you're a athlete ( as you can see I was young and clueless). Next day he starts and many of the players are mad since no one knew who he was and he hasn't even practiced with us. Right after tip off he gets the ball goes down the middle of e lane takes it behind his back and dunks on the BABC center ( Jason Frazier if I'm not mistaken). During the rest of the tournament he precedes to dunk cross up and hit jumpers in everyone's face. Been good friends since

4.Sir Valaint Brown- came into the summer leauge as a 8th grader and lead it in scoring dominating every point guard he faced including Ed Sheffey, who at the time was one of the best point guards in the area. The kid was a mini Iverson and was dunking on 6'9 centers

Bonus guys Julian Peterson. He went on to become a NFL all Pro but before that he was a damn nam child in H.S. a 6'5 235 animal

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@QJH Very Familiar with Tony

@QJH Very Familiar with Tony Stanley....... My dad taught/coached him from elementary school to high school at Washington Lee. He had a very good freshman year at Dayton but didn't seem to improve at all throughout his college career- putting up virtually the same stats with less efficiency. He was a very good defender, too.

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@MickeyV , im familiar with that tournament in Toronto, if IIm not mistaken they used the Raptors floor. We also played that MCI team in Maine. This DeMarr Johnson kid (who i had heard of before from him dominating ACC summer camps) was just different. At there place he hit about 5 3s in the first qtr from waaaaaaaaaaaay out. It was like a layup for him ,no effort in the kids stroke at all as lanky as he was his handle was tight as hell. Like Mickey said Butler was also nice. He kept it basic but was just strong and not shy at all. They also had another kid Brown whos defense was crazy. hed just get in his stance in attach himself to you full court. (some little guy from Hargrave killed the dunk contest he waslike 5'8 max)

I was at a camp once with - Ed cota -best pg I ever played with (just for that week), Tim Thomas- had the most incredible footwork no matter what the defense hed always seem to pivot into a lay up or dunk, Elton Brand - was just big rebounder, Ron artest - really nothing sttod out but he was very vocal. among others.

Favorite of all time is probably Ajou Ajou Deng(UCONN/FAIRFIELD) - basically Durant before Durant lol. Could do it all except gain weight even then still unstopable. similar to Demarr but Deng could post up and had a great feel for every aspect of the game.
I saw Kobe at a training session for a traveling team - Philadelphia freedom, but to be honest he was chilling lots of high arc turnaround jumpers

honorable metion - Shamgod Wells - the wow factor was amazing think I was about 14

good old days

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