Clint: Super Slamfest Rundown

2006's Vernon Macklin

While there weren't many identified Duke targets competing over the weekend at the 3rd annual Super Slamfest in Ashland, Va., there were a number of talented players as well as some intriguing prospects to watch over the next couple of years.

Scoreboard:

 
Woodbridge 71 Prince George 64
Norcom 58, Steward School 53
Potomac 57  Highland Springs 52
Hermitage 70, Nansemond-River 67
R.J Reynolds 68 George Wythe 67 (2OT)
St. Benedict's 80 Benedictine Prep 58

Players of note:

Vernon Macklin --6-9 F So. Norcom-- The slender 6-9 sophomore from Norcom performed well. He's a little behind on the skills, but his potential and athletic ability is off the charts. His physique will remind of Ndudi Ebi, but he's in need of honing his mid range jump shot as well as his back to the basket game. Big time potential.

Ben Brown -- 6-10 F Sr. Steward School -- The College of Charleston bound forward is long and lanky at 6-10 and has some athletic ability. He must gain strength and weight though. He blocked a couple of Macklin's attempts and could evolve into a defensive stopper at the next level.

Tyree Evans -- 6-3 Sr. SG George Wythe -- Evans is one of the most energetic guys out there. He's got plenty of range and oozes of confidence. He's a shooter and a scorer. And he's really streaky with his accuracy. But this is a guy who, when's he's on -- can kill folks. His academics need work, but he is a high major player for sure. Will likely prep next year.

Alex Galindo -- 6-7 Sr. WF St. Benedicts -- Galindo had a great game. He knocked down some three balls, had an impressive alley-oop from a JR Smith pass off of the backboard and several nice moves to the basket. He's long, smooth and has a GREAT handle for his size. UTEP has themselves a nice on in Galindo.

JR Smith -- 6-7 Sr. WF St. Benedicts -- Smith scored 29 points for the Danny Hurley coached squad. He's on his way to North Carolina next year and will add instant offensive impact to Roy Williams' team. He's got plenty of range on his shot and his jumping ability is off the charts. Smith has yet to make the score on his SAT, but his coaches assured us that he would very soon.

Marquie Cooke -- 6-3 Sr. PG Nansemond-River -- Cooke was his usual self -- bulling his way to the hoop with his strength and size and handing out dimes. We didn't see the whole game, but we've seen Cooke enough over the past few years to know that he's going to start from day one at Virginia Tech. One of the strongest point guards that we've seen in a long time.

Reid Augst -- 6-6 Jr. SG Benedictine -- Augst reminds us of a Matt Lottich type from Stanford. He's got a nice stroke, a skilled handle and he sees the floor well. He can help out at three positions and makes good decisions with the ball. He's probably a mid-major type unless he improves his foot speed over the course of the next year. Good toughness.

Bombale Osby -- 6-6 Sr. PF Benedictine -- Osby is tough. He's big. And he's so strong. He blocked one of Smith's dunk attempts in what looked like a joust near the rim. He's heading to New Mexico next year and he'll help them out in the paint. Osby needs work on his left hand and his 15 footers right now -- but when it comes to strength and determination -- he's got it all together.

Eric Hayes -- 6-3 So. PG Potomac -- This was our first look at Hayes, and he's got the ability to be a nice one. He's a coach's son -- so the intelligence and decision making is advanced for his age. He's shifty, long and has great instincts on defense. A smooth back court guy who can shoot, pass and defend. Love his size at this age.

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