December 18, 2008

Meyer's midweek report

Alabama recruit Tony Mitchell is the top scorer at Birmingham (Ala.) Central Park High School, but he isn't alone at the top. The slashing wing shares high-scoring honors with Will Neighbour at 21 points per game.

Neighbour, a skilled 4 man from England, has the attention of several college programs. After seeing him play in Europe, Arkansas-Little Rock offered. Syracuse and Davidson also saw him oversees and are intrigued. Alabama, Ole Miss and UAB have watched him play this year at Central Park.

Central Park assistant coach Donovan Broadnax said he thinks Neighbour is a high-major talent, but questions about how his academic work from England will transfer are holding back his recruitment.

"He is a high-major prospect who is making the adjustment to the speed of the game," Broadnax said. "Will is used to dominating everybody, and he can't just do that here. I think the high-majors have questions about how his grades will work out and whether or not he can qualify to play next season."

Central Park also has an athletic 2010 shooting guard in Van Green, who is averaging 14 points, six rebounds and six assists. Green is hearing from Alabama, Mississippi State and Tennessee.

FUTURE BRUIN

UCLA is excited about top-30 prospect Tyler Honeycutt. With the earmarks of being a late bloomer in the mold of Austin Daye at Gonzaga, Honeycutt has a great feel for the game and some scoring punch as well. He has already gone for more than 30 points in two games this year.

TENNESSEE UNDERCLASSMEN

A skilled power forward in the 2010 class, Cody Henegar of Marion County (Tenn.) High School has the attention of college coaches.

Henegar, who registered a triple-double with 18 points, 23 rebounds and 11 blocks on Friday night, holds an early offer from Middle Tennessee. He performed well at the Tennessee elite camp and has had a few visitors this fall, including Alabama and Richmond. He also has had calls from Virginia and Kentucky.

Sophomore Kedren Johnson of Marshall County (Tenn.) High School is a big point guard to watch. During the weekend he put up 30 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists against Giles County, Tyler Smith's old high school.

HIGH SCHOOL NUMBERS

Indiana signee Christian Watford scored 33 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in a 13-point win Monday night.

Washington State watched Kyle Collinsworth, one of Utah's top 2010 prospects, score 20 points Friday night in a blowout win.

Jon Hood and Drew Kelly, former travel team teammates on the Nashville Celtics, went against each other over the weekend. Hood scored 27 points, but it wasn't enough for his team to overcome the 47 points scored by Kelly - who is a Miami University signee.

Brandon Knight, the No. 2-ranked prospect in the class of 2010, scored 40 points Tuesday after hitting up Kenny Boynton's squad for 35 on Friday.


Michigan State signee Derrick Nix put up 28 points in a win Tuesday night.

Lavonte Dority had 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Mike McCall had 17 points, nine assists and four steals for Chicago Foreman High School on Tuesday night.

THE COLLEGE GAME

Memphis is going to struggle to win close games if Tyreke Evans takes shots like he is playing in the McDonald's All-American Game.

Vanderbilt has a promising freshman in Jeff Taylor. He is on another level athletically than anything Vanderbilt has had recently, and he plays with a terrific motor. Besides his play around the rim, Taylor also gives Vanderbilt ball-handling from the forward position and a multiposition defender. If Taylor - who is averaging 13.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists - can develop range on his jump shot, he is a definite NBA prospect.

Like many of the prospects in the 2008 class, Tennessee freshman Scotty Hopson is trying to figure out the college game. Cameron Tatum is digging into Hopson's minutes. If Hopson's shot isn't falling, there isn't much he offers the Vols at this point.




 

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