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April 17, 2008

Boo Williams: 2010 surprises

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Some of the top players from last weekend's Boo Williams Invitational were from the class of 2010. Rivals.com had a chance to evaluate a number of rising juniors in the 17 and 16 and under divisions. A handful of prospects truly stood out more than the rest.

Boo Williams Top 2010 Surprises
Doron Lamb, SG, New York Gauchos
There wasn't a better underclassman playing in the 17 and under division than the 6-foot-4 guard from Bishop Laughlin High School. Lamb was electric for the Gauchos, especially in a highly competitive game against the talented Carolina Ravens.

Lamb can score with the best of them. He's an efficient scorer that doesn't need a lot of shots to get his buckets. Lamb loves to drive the baseline and his soft floater was almost impossible to stop.

When the Rivals.com 2010 rankings are expanded, expect Lamb to debut as a five-star prospect. He clearly has the makings of an elite level player and will only get better. His national debut was outstanding.

Travis McKie, PF/SF, Boo Williams 16U
From an individual standpoint, there might not have been a more dominating player from game to game in the 16 and under division than the Richmond, Va., native.

McKie did just about everything in the 16 and under division. He excelled in the open floor, grabbing rebounds and sprinting down the floor for the rewarding two-point score. He can face up, shoot the long ball and excelled as a face-up four man. McKie said he is a natural three but showed he can play both inside and out.

The 6-foot-6 forward clearly has talent and would not be denied over the weekend. The 15-year-old is oozing with confidence right now and has the tools to become a highly recruited player in his class nationally.

Will Barton, SG, Baltimore Stars 16U
After a big high school season at National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Md., Barton kept up his frantic scoring pace last weekend all the way to the championship game in the 16 and under division.

Barton is one of the elite scorers in his 2010 class. Despite his rail thin size, he takes the ball to the rim with little trouble. His strength is his scoring ability. Barton just knows how to put the ball in the hole.

Barton is already on the high-major radar for a number of ACC and Big East schools. His recruitment and game is similar to Dominic Cheek's at the same stage of the game.

Neiko Hunter, SF, Georgia Stars Black 16U
Down by 17 points in the second half against Team Melo, Hunter decided it was time to take over. The strong-bodied forward went into attack mode and helped his Stars team pick up a monster victory in pool play.

The 6-foot-6 forward from Greene County (Ala.) High School attacked the basket like a mad dog, challenging defenders to stop him along the way. If he missed the shot, he grabbed the offensive rebound and tried again.

His physical brand of basketball is fun to watch and he's had great success amongst his peers for the last two years. Now that he is playing on the big stage, Hunter is taking advantage and playing like a sure-fire high-major player.

Phil Pressey, PG, BABC 17U
Meet the 2010 version of Florida's Jai Lucas. Pressey, a 5-foot-8 point guard from Cushing Academy (Mass.) raises the level of play wherever he goes. His poise in the backcourt is clearly respected by his teammates and they dance to the beat that he is drumming.

Pressey is better with his dribble penetration than Lucas but isn't quite the shooter the current Gator is. Both don't let their size handcuff them. Pressey's basketball IQ is one of the best in the 2010 class and he's clearly one of the top point guards in his age group.

Eric Smith, PG/SG, Team Georgia Elite 16U
Aggressive and strong, Smith played like a pit bull all weekend long. The 6-footer from Mullins (S.C.) High School made sure he wasn't going to lose a game without a fight.

Smith showed he can put up points from the perimeter with a good-looking jumper from behind the arc. He also proved he can put the ball on the floor and attack the rim like a running back finding a hole between the tackles.

J.T. Terrell, SG, Carolina Ravens 17U
The North Carolina native is one of those players that can put 20 points on a team and no one will notice. He's a smooth operator that can be the go-to guy on the wing or embody the role of slasher for his club.

There isn't one glaring strength to his game. He's talented in nearly all facets and that served him well on the loaded Ravens team. Terrell found his spots to make his impact felt. Terrell is on the watch list for the high-major schools and he's making sure he stays on it with his play.

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