Weekend wrap — Barton dominates
Lake Clifton shooting guard Will Barton spent Memorial Day weekend staking his claim for top player in the class of 2010.
At the Nike Memorial Day Classic in Sewanee, Ga., Barton earned rave reviews from Rivals.com for his play all weekend long -- particularly against five-star prospect Harrison Barnes’ Howard Pulley squad.
Barton got the game going in style with a dunk, and from there it was simply his show. He scored with ease going to the rim, finished athletically with impressive dunks, made perimeter jump shots, and simply did anything that he wanted to do on the court. In the first half alone Barton had 19 points, and only missed two field goals in the process.
Barton finished with 36 points for Nike Baltimore Elite.
Will Regan rattled off a list of Virginia, Stanford, Arizona State, Providence and Maryland while mentioning that he felt pretty comfortable with those schools.
While Jones was good against Team Texas, he saved his best for last. In an overtime thriller against Albany City Rocks, Jones once again went to work, but this time it was all about his play when the game matters the most. With I-5 Elite trailing by one and time winding down, Jones used a quick and powerful left hand drive to get himself in a position to score. From there he attempted a highly contested mid-range floater, that bounced high off the rim and fell through the net as time expired.
• Carolina Cobras teammates C.J. Leslie and Tashawn Mabry both impressed at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in North Carolina this weekend. According to the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer, Leslie is being recruited by every ACC school but Duke, while Mabry is hearing from the Terps and several others.
The 6-foot-6 big man from Rocky Mount has attracted attention from a flurry of ACC schools including Clemson, N.C. State, Maryland and Wake Forest. And he had far and away the nastiest follow jam of the tournament so far on Friday, an effort in which he rose over center DeMarco Cox of the Jackson MBA Elite and dunked on Cox’s head.
In other Florida developments, the New York Daily News quoted sources close to Brooklyn Lincoln guard Lance Stephenson saying that Florida is now in play for the 6-5 McDonald’s All-American.
Zagoria said he couldn’t confirm the Gators’ interest in Born Ready.