The gyms scattered about the Washington D.C. area were dotted with college coaches and top basketball prospects on Saturday as day two came and went here at Charlie Weber’s Capital Invitational. Some of the nation’s top recruits lived up to their billing - including Andre Blatche (right) and Tywon Lawson. Here is a quick rundown of the top players RivalsHoops.com saw in action.
Andray Blatche - No one had a better day than the No. 15 player in the class of 2005. Blatche played like he deserved the high accolades. The 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward/center was a beast on the defensive end by sending away a dozen shots in two games on Saturday. Offensively, he was unstoppable down low and looked very fluid in transition. The future South Kent Prep (Conn.) stud is listing North Carolina, UConn, Syracuse, West Virginia and Georgetown as his top schools.
Tywon Lawson (left) - What a tremendous day for the sophomore D.C. Blue Devil guard. The 6-foot floor general was constantly around the ball and pulled down eight rebounds to go along with 17 points and nine assists in a huge win against a loaded Playaz team. The No. 37 player in the class of 2006 is riding a high after a strong showing at Boo Williams and he doesn’t appear to stop anytime soon. He is listing a number of Big East and ACC schools.
Eric Boateng - The London, England native loves to battle inside for rebounds and that is one of the reasons why the sidelines were packed with coaches as his Delaware Sharpshooters took to center court at Georgetown. The No. 11 player on the Rivals.com rankings for the class of 2005 will be leaving the tournament early on Sunday for a trip to Los Angeles for an official visit to UCLA. “I’m wide open right now,” he said. Will that change over the weekend?
Kevin Durant - The class of 2006 prospect from National Christian Academy (Md.) has all the makings of a big time star. He’s 6-foot-8, he can handle the rock, he attacks the basket, he can block shots and he’s getting better all at the same time. Durant, the Rivals.com No. 22 player, has interest from Georgia Tech, Louisville, Syracuse, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Maryland and many others are getting in line for his services.
Ben McCauley (right) - Coaches love big men that throw their body around and bust their tails inside the paint. That’s why the Pittsburgh JOTS power forward McCauley has high major schools like North Carolina, Pitt, Xavier, Villanova, Maryland, Cincinnati and North Carolina state are tracking his every move at the Capital Invitational. He is currently No. 42 on the Rivals.com rankings for the class of 2005.
Kaheem Seawright - The No. 65 player in the class of 2005 is listing UConn, Pitt, Seton Hall, Maryland, Florida State and Hofstra as his early favorites. The 6-foot-7 wing is extremely versatile and played everywhere from the two to the four spot.
It was a difficult afternoon for the Playaz group as they dropped a game to a talented D.C. Blue Devils squad. At times, a variety of players showed flashes of why they are such a high regarded team. Ryan Ayers (No. 80 in 2005), Jawan Carter (No. 9 in 2006), Wayne Ellington (No. 40 in 2006), Gerald Henderson (No. 23 in 2006) each had their moments but none were able to accomplish what they wanted very 32 straight minutes. In fact, one of the few unranked players on the squad - junior Jordan Fowler - kept them in the game. He finished with a game high 24 points.