Great games last night (for MS) at the Pelham Civic Center! The girls and boys from Mississippi were victorious over the best Alabama had to offer. A full report will be posted on the website later today but wanted to share tidbits about the event.
I want to give props to this class of 2010. The young men came out and warmed up during the girls halftime, and afterwards mingled with family and friends in the crowd. I mention this because there wasn't an air of arrogance on ANY player! I saw complete strangers come up to kids like Stringer, Nelson, Cox and the rest and they treated them courteously and respectfully. That's worth more than any basket you make.
The class of 2010 was a LOT better than originally evaluated!!! The class of 2011 is so loaded that they overshadowed this class just a tad. However, an arguement can be made that the guards (Stringer, Nelson, Jackson, Townsel, Evans) are stronger than 2011's. BUT the wings and bigs (O'Bryant, Luckett, who both attended the game, Adams, Ammons, Hood) are stronger. Good discussion either way.
The best shooting group of guards in years. Mississippi's tandem of Stringer, Nelson and Jackson combined for 10 threes, with Dundrecous Nelson, the game's MVP, leading with 5 made. 'Drec really showed why he was selected as a dandy dozen the last two months of basketball play.
Trency Jackson is a flat out scorer who can also defend. I have known this young man for 3 years and I have never seen him take a play off in a game. He's gonna be big time for USM.
DeMarco Cox is a beast! The best thing about Marco is he doesn't pout if he isn't fed the rock, he just go get it. At his weight (270 minimum) he is quick on his feet AND great hands, proven by getting 2 steals in this game.
I think the coaches, Jay Ladner from St. Stanislaus, Danny Grieves, St. Patricks and Luther Riley of Provine did an excellent job! I admit that I was skeptical at first because Coach Jay plays a more deliberate offense and Grieves is known as a take no prisoner coach. But they ran at an uptempo pace and the players actually seemed to like the discipline. Kudos to Coaches who change their system to fit the players, but don't change who they are. Great job guys.
I gotta get ready for scrimmage games now, so I will talk to you later.