- Reggie Rankin, RecruitingNation
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions was once again loaded with talented travel teams that made their way to Tobacco Road from across the country. The overall talent level of the event was tremendous and featured a variety of great performances, especially in the Class of 2012, starting with PF/C Andre Drummond (Hartford, Conn./St. Thomas More) who was simply dominant, displaying his skill and power in the open court and low post.
2012, 6-foot-11, 275 pounds | Team: Connecticut Basketball Club
His talent, size, strength and mobility make him an elite player. He runs the floor at high speeds, uses his excellent hands to catch tough passes and finishes above the rim with authority. Drummond also displayed the ability to rebound and go coast to coast. He is a great ball handler and passer for a player his size, especially in the open court. He can also make scoring plays off the dribble from the high post and short corner area, like a small forward. In the low post, Drummond uses his big body to get great position. He scores with a high, elevating turnaround shot or power drop step which allows him to dunk in traffic with ease. Drummond also rebounds with two hands at rim level on the defensive end and is tough to box out on the offensive glass. He can simply move opponents under the rim with his strength for an easy putback. He blocks shots in and out of his area and played with great energy throughout the game.
Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman)
2012, SG/SF, 6-5, 195 pounds | Team: Dream Vision
He is a very talented player with off-the-charts athletic ability. The lefty can glide on the break and finish above the rim with flare. In the half-court set, Muhammad can score inside and out. He abuses smaller perimeter players in the low post with a quick turnaround shot, where he simply elevates over them. He can hit the midrange pull-up jumper and can knock down the spot-up open 3-pointer, after sprinting the lane on the break or by reading dribble penetration and moving into the vision of the passer. Muhammad is also a good area rebounder on both ends and can get a timely tip-in or start the break with a quick bust-out dribble. He dunks drop-off passes in traffic and plays above the rim on a regular basis. Muhammad has a great basketball body and could be a terrific multiple-position defender as well because of his great athletic ability and versatility.
DeAndre Daniels (Woodland Hills, Calif./Taft)
2011, SF, 6-8, 190 pounds | Team: Belmont Shore
He is a skilled small forward with excellent size and length. Daniels runs the floor with great speed on a consistent basis, and he can beat defenders to the rim. Daniels can hit the 3 off the catch from a kickout pass or ball reversal, and in addition has a smooth midrange, pull-up jumper. The Texas commit simply shoots over smaller defenders with ease. He comes off down screens ready to pull the trigger and can catch and go to the rim if the defender is too close. He can pick and pop to shoot or drive and also does a good job rebounding on both ends with his great length. Daniels will need to add strength to help him be a better finisher in traffic, but this versatile wing can really score when he gets into a groove.
Marvin King-Davis (Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook)
2011, PF, 6-7, 215 pounds | Team: Virginia Assault-Gold
He was active, aggressive and ran the floor on a consistent basis, for which he was rewarded with a couple of easy baskets. He works for deep, low post position and his go-to move was the right-handed jump hook over his left shoulder. The face-up short jumper slightly off the lane was also very good for King-Davis. He did a great job of drawing fouls and finishing through contact, as well. This true power forward is a blue-collar player that is an excellent athlete. He rebounded everything in his area on both ends and became a go-to man in the post as the game progressed. He must work on his perimeter skills in order to extend his game away from the basket, but King-Davis has excellent upside and is one of those players that simply gets the job done.
Player to watch
Ryan Arcidiacono (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy)
2012, PG/SG, 6-4, 185 pounds | Team: Pennsylvania Playaz
He is a tough, skilled combination guard that competes on both ends of the floor. Arcidiacono is more of a point guard with a strong handle. He is a pinpoint passer with either hand and has excellent court vision. He is a lights-out open shooter with range past the arc that will allow him to play off the ball, as well. He can also hit 3s off the catch, coming off screens or by simply dribbling up the court and knocking them down. Arcidiacono also has a smooth pull-up jumper after a couple of rhythm dribbles. He attacks defenders and draws fouls with a good burst. Off the dribble, he knows how to maintain an advantage once he gets in front of the defender. Even though he is not a great athlete, he is a good one and is very deceptive. Arcidiacono is a good defensive rebounder and a threat to go coast to coast. He must add strength and learn not to gamble on defense so much, but he is a very complete offensive player with an outstanding feel for the game. It's important to point out that he performed this way with eight stitches in his forehead from the previous game. At times, he reminds us of former Maryland star Greivis Vasquez.
• Point guard Braxton Ogbueze (Charlotte, N.C./Zebulon B. Vance) produced all weekend for CP3. The strength in his game is getting to the rim and scoring with his strong body and long arms. What's really impressive is how he knows when to utilize his great pull-up jumper and knock it down.
• Another North Carolina native who stood out was Montrezel Harrell (Tarboro, N.C./North Edgecombe). The Carolina Elite dynamic athlete with an enormous wingspan plays with great energy and has developed a solid 15-foot jumper. He can score easily in transition or in the half-court set.
• Indiana Elite shooting guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) scores the ball from so many different areas on the floor, He can shoot the 3, dribble drive, post up against defenders his own size and convert from the free throw line.
• Atlanta Celtics power forward William Goodwin (Decatur, Ga./Southwest Dekalb) is a young post player that shows good instincts to score the ball with his back to the basket. He actively rebounds the ball, defends the post and contests shots.
• In the transition game, Devin Davis (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) can take it coast to coast and score the ball, while making the assist if needed. He's excellent at driving the ball to the rim and possesses a soft touch from the free throw line. Davis is also an active rebounder and potentially good defender thanks to his length and 6-10 wingspan.
• Elijah Brown (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward) is a left-handed scoring guard that has great range behind the arc. He can make difficult floaters in the lane against the bigs and is comfortable with the ball in his hands. His dad is former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown.
• Demonte Flannigan (Cleveland/Saint Joseph Central Catholic) dominates the game in the paint. At a young age, he displays the hands and footwork that young posts need to be special.
• Long Lightning defeated the Michigan Hurricanes 76-66 in the U-17 championship behind game MVP Derrick Gordon of (Elizabeth, N.J./St. Patrick). He finished with 23 points, while Kareem Canty (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin Memorial) stepped up and played with a high motor at the point guard position.
• The Atlanta Celtics came from behind to beat the talented CP3 squad from North Carolina in the U-16 championship. William Gordon (Decatur, Ga./Southwest DeKalb) earned game MVP honors after scoring a game-high 26 points with 15 of them coming in the second half.
• Team United Charlotte defeated DC Assault 66-61 in the U-15 championship thanks to MVP Sedarius Thornwell (Lancaster, S.C./Lancaster) and Kennedy Meeks (Charlotte, N.C./West Charlotte).
Reggie Rankin was an assistant coach at seven schools for 13 seasons, most recently at Dayton. He played at Ohio University from 1986 to '90 and was an All-MAC first-teamer in his senior season. Paul Biancardi contributed to this piece.