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April 23, 2008

Eye catchers from Kingwood

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With so many teams playing in a short amount of time at the Kingwood Classic, it is difficult to get a good look at every top prospect. These five prospects, however, definitely caught the eye of Rivals.com National Analyst Jerry Meyer.

Eye Catchers from Kingwood
Royce White, 2009, SF, Howard Pulley
Steady throughout the whole event, White was the leader of Howard Pulley's run to the championship. White looked comfortable shooting the ball from outside, but whenever his team needed a bucket, White took up shop down low and scored with hard, spinning post moves.

Destined to be a piece to a winning formula as a quality college player, White also has the toughness, skill level and basketball IQ to take his game even farther. He is cut out of the mold of present NBA players Chuck Hayes and Carlos Boozer.

Latavious Williams, 2009, PF, Brandon Bass Elite
Speaking of NBA comparisons, Tyrus Thomas works quite well for Williams. An absolute jumping jack with an impressive motor, Williams assaulted the rim throughout the event.

Although dunking is his forte, Williams displayed the ability to do more than just dunk. He can score the ball inside 15-feet and has enough poise with the ball to make positive plays when the dunk isn't available. Defensively, his presence was continually felt as a rebounder and shot blocker.

Crandall Head, 2010, SG, Mac Irving Fire
Imagine what Head's brother Luther Head looked like as a sophomore in high school, and you have a pretty good picture of what the younger Head looks like now. And according to a college coach who coached Luther Head, Crandall Head is even better at the same stage.

Even though Head gave a great effort, things looked awful easy to him whether it was getting to a loose ball, finishing at the rim or defending the dribble. And despite an unorthodox follow through on his jumper, Head nailed a number of deep jumpers. Head, who is a top notch athlete, has the makings of an elite prospect.

Terrance Jones, 2010, SF, Team Jones
The best term for Jones' position is actually point forward. At 6-foot-7 Jones is built like a small forward and fully capable of playing that position, but the skilled ball handler spent much of the event running the point for Team Jones. He doesn't have the foot speed to guard the point, but he sure did get it done on the offensive side of the ball.

Crafty with the dribble and physically imposing, Jones worked his way into the lane at will before he succumbed to fatigue on Sunday. His court vision and feel for the game allowed him to deliver the ball to scorers, and when the defense backed off, he made it pay with his lefty shooting stroke.

Nik Garcia, 2009, SG, Rising Stars
There is no denying that putting the ball into the basket is one of the most important, if not most important, aspect of the game. That's why a player like Garcia is so valuable. Along with Vanderbilt commitment John Jenkins, Garcia has one of the most confident shooting strokes in the 2009 class.

To go along with his lethal shooting stroke, Garcia has quality size at 6-foot-6. He can rebound his position and has the length to make up for any lack of foot speed on the defensive end. Garcia also has a developing dribble game which feeds off his shooting prowess.

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