Just finished the early part of the schedule. Got to see Vinny Zollo, Jeremiah Davis and Marquis Teague. Here’s a few quick updates for each:
Saw limited action in the Indiana Elite Team Indiana Victory over the Bay Area Hoosiers Elite. Zollo had 5 points to go with 3 rebounds and 1 block. What Vinny lacks in athletics he makes up for by being smart, following his fundamentals, and making sure he is in the right place at the right time. With more size he could become a nice player.
Davis used his strong body, precise passing and great handles to control the game like a floor general should. He finished with 17 points, making most of the shots he took.
I asked Davis which schools were pursuing him and he said that Cincinnati, IU, UK, Purdue, Tennessee and Xavier have been on him for awhile, with OSU and Wake Forest picking it up recently. When I asked him about his favorites he said that he didn’t really have any favorites but “IU and UK have been the coolest but they’re not necessarily favorites.” Davis doesn’t have a timetable for his decision and wants to take his time. He plans on visiting his friend, Coach Ray McCallum (of Indiana fame) who is currently at Detroit and follow that up with visits to Wake Forest, Kansas, UNC and Arizona.
This game drew the largest crowd as most spectators wanted to catch a glimpse of Marquis Teague. He impressed, scoring 15, even though he wasn’t needed much as his Spiece Indy Heat team won rather easily over the U-Play Canada Elite squad. Teague made defense look easy, swiping the ball at will against U-Play’s ball handlers. He was quick to the rim (reminded me of John Wall a little) and got there whenever he wanted to. He also flashed some signs of a good outside jumper.
Teague plans on deciding in June from six teams including UL, UK, OSU, Wake, Cincinnati and Purdue. Even though his dad has said the decision is all his, Teague said that he will keep his family in mind when making his decision. He said that Cal had contacted him and that he plans on visiting UK and UL before making his decision. He was earlier rumored to be a lean to UL but it looks like its a six pony race right now and Cal is working hard to make up lost ground. Teague is definitely worth the hard work.
Just on a side note, Russell Byrd plays with Teague and the Spiece team and he looks like he will be a good addition for Coach Izzo. He has great form on his outside jumper and showed some athleticism
Lastly, while I didn’t get to see Kyrie Irving play today I heard that he was very impressive. I was busy watching Zollo and Davis. Kyrie told reporters that he had visited IU before the tournament and plans on taking another unofficial visit after the tournament. I’ll update the Irving situation a little more later.