WASHINGTON, D.C. - The games were aplenty on Saturday afternoon and RivalsHoops.com had a chance to see over 25 teams in action. Here is a quick run down of some school lists from some of the top unranked players at the Capital Invitational at Georgetown University.
Abdul Herrera (left) - The 6-foot-11, 245-pound center said he’s always dreamed of playing at Georgetown. He finally got the chance this weekend with the Tallahassee Wildcats. He must have been ecstatic because his play showed it. The Puerto Rica native displayed a off a beautiful hook shot seven feet out from the basket and powered through on the offensive end en route to 14 points and 12 rebounds. He is listing Georgetown, Florida State, Texas Tech, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Stanford as his early favorites.
Jermonte Bush - The 5-foot-11 guard had a fabulous day for John Adkins‘ Tallahassee Wildcats. Bush, who is from Rickards High School, used his blazing speed to get to the basket as well on the defensive end, forcing a number of turnovers. He can score, and does a good job at it when needed, but he is aware of his teammates’ abilities and finds them in the offense. The class of 2005 prospect said he heard from North Carolina, NC State and Cincinnati during the contact period.
Jessie Sapp - The Gaucho guard followed up his strong showing at the Boo Williams with another solid run. Sapp, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, is much like last year’s Gaucho players - he’s competitive and finds a way to get the job done. He’s listing UConn, Arkansas, Ohio State, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Manhattan, Hofstra and Kent State as the schools he is looking at.
Taj Gibson (right) - With headlining names on the Gaucho’s roster (like Sapp, Mike Davis and no-show Curtis Kelly), Gibson was an unknown coming into the tournament. Showing off his athleticism, rebounding and nice scoring touch, Gibson made coaches scribble down his name on their note pads. The 6-foot-8 forward has early interest from Michigan State, Rutgers and a number of Pac-10 schools.
Tommy Liddell - The one-time St. Louis commitment will be headed to Hargrave Military next year after failing to qualify for next season. Now with his recruitment back open and inspired play like he displayed on Saturday evening, Liddell could be a must get in 2005. The 6-foot-5 wing will play with Team Detroit this summer and make a stop at the adidas camp in July. UNLV, St. Louis, Perdue and Illinois are all keeping tabs on the St. Louis native.
Ryan Wright - Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin all called during the live period and made sure they saw the 6-foot-9 forward from Misissauga, Ontario, Canada. Had some big moments early in the morning with some emphatic dunks playing with Toronto Mission I. Blessed with a nice frame and good athleticism, Wright’s name may be a familiar one this summer.
Lewis Clinch - The 6-foot-3 guard for the Georgia Hawks will keep a scorekeeper busy. He put up some points in the Georgia Hawks’ early blow out on Saturday. The Crisp Co. High School product tallied 24 points before the mercy rule took effect. Clemson, Georgia and Florida State are his early leaders and he told us he’s already unofficially visited the Bulldogs and Tigers during the school year.
Charles Jackson (left) - The two-sport star is doing a good a job of proving he can shine on the hardwood. At 6-foot-8, 265-pounds, Jackson is a bruiser around the bucket. The tight end uses his soft hands to catch everything in sight. Playing with the Georgia Hawks, Jackson said he knows this is his last go round on the AAU circuit. Expect him to make the most of it. Kentucky, Georgia, UConn, UCLA and Miami (Fla.) are all on his dual-sport list.
Danny Green - The 6-foot-5 guard from St. Mary’s High School (N.Y.)/New York Panthers did a little bit of everything when we saw him in action. He does a great job of handling the basketball, attacking the basket, pulling up for mid range shots and played honest defense.