July 24, 2003

News and Notes From Las Vegas

Day two of the Adidas Big Time Tournament is complete. After 28 hours of pool play, the level of intensity and determination will be taken to another level when play begins on Thursday morning. Some of today's events were highlighted by Dwight Howard, Joshua Smith and Earl 'J.R.' Smith

***Faces In The Crowd: Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Roy Williams (North Carolina) Jay Wright (Villanova), Rick Pitno (Louisville), Stan Heath (Arkansas), Tim Jankovich (Kansas assistant) and Chris Collins (Duke assistant) are a few of the high profile coaches spotted throughout the day.

***Rumblings and Rumors: Texas point guard Jason Horton hasn't given a verbal commitment to Missouri just yet, but it looks like they're the overwhelming favorite. If a decision about his future were made today, it appears that the Tigers would be the team of his choice.

***Earl 'J.R.' Smith is doing everything possible to earn a scholarship offer from Coach Williams and the North Carolina Tarheels. While RivalsHooops.com didn't see the game, we've been told that Smith exploded for 40 points during Wednesday's session. If North Carolina does offer a scholarship, look for Smith to end his recruitment right then.

***Marshall Brown, the 6-foot-6, 205-pound small forward from L.B. Johnson High School in Austin, TX., has Oklahoma, Missouri and UCLA at the top of his list. The Sooners and Tigers have scholarship offers on the table, and it's likely that Brown will decided between those two schools.

Brown plans to officially visit both schools, but admitted that he is torn between them. Point guard Jason Horton could play a major role in terms of Brown's final decision. If Horton gives a commitment to the Tigers, Brown is likely to follow.

***Brandon Rush, the 6-foot-7, 190-pound small forward is on the move again. He has been reclassified to the class of 2005 and had plans to play for Oak Hill Academy, but those plans of changed. As it stands right now, Rush is scheduled to attend Mt. Zion Christian Academy. He's traveling with the Atlanta Celtics, but hasn't played during the first two days.

***Team Performance Of The Day: Dwight Howard and Joshua Smith, both of the Atlanta Celtics, just about blew the roof off of the Green Valley High School gymnasium.

Howard's two-handed dunk over his defender got the crowd on their feet and might have been the most impressive dunk this summer.

Smith wasn't about to be outdone by his teammate. He received a pass right after he passed the free-throw line and just about brought the rim down with a one handed power jam.

Look for more reports throughout the remainder of the week. The Adidas Big Time will continue on Thursday morning at 9:00 CST.


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