Plenty of great young basketball talent was on-hand to participate in the 2006 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions this weekend in North Carolina. Here are profiles, stats, and notes on several players of interest to those who follow Villanova recruiting.
Class of 2007
Alex Legion, Detroit Country Day, Mich.
The recruiting focus for Villanova for the Class of 2007 is on Alex Legion and Corey Stokes (6'5", St. Benedict's, NJ). At this stage there is more buzz surrounding the possibility that Stokes will be the wing that completes the Cats Class of '07 - however, Legion remains an option should Stokes choose UConn or some other school. Legion is anything but a Plan B player. He is ranked #38 in Rivals Class of 2007 ranking. Legion has impressive athleticism, a solid handle and great quickness. In his Friday night game at Cameron Indoor Stadium he scored 9 points on 3-13 shooting from the floor, 1-5 shooting beyond the arc, and 2-2 from the FT line. Alex also contributed 2 assists, 2 rebounds, a steal and 2 turnovers to the cause in the Michigan Hurricanes 55-30 thrashing of the Tennessee Mavs. On Saturday he straightened out his shooting and helped the Hurricanes smoke Team Philly in a game at the Dean E. Smith Center. Inconsistent shooting from long range is the biggest question mark with Legion. He has all the tools to be a stud player at the college level. During the closing minutes of the game against the Tenn. Mavs, Legion displayed solid ball-handling skills by eating significant time off the clock despite significant defensive pressure.
Marcus Morris, 6'8", Prep Charter, Pa.
A year ago, it seemed Marcus' development was lagging behind that of his brother. Now, with an improved handle and a more fluid style of play, Marcus stands out as the more impressive prospect of the two. He can shoot the ball well out to the three-point line, he is a good passer for a big forward and he sees the floor well. He and Markieff have a great court synergy.
Markieff Morris, 6'9", Prep Charter, Pa.
Markieff isn't as advanced with his ball skills as Marcus but his strength and height advantage over his brother make him a better inside player. He is a decent rebounder, he has a solid mid-range and baseline jump shot and he is a good passer.
Johnny Flynn, 5'10", Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Niagara Falls
The Syracuse-bound floor general for the GC Ballers of Buffalo NY has many positive qualities. He is very aggressive and plays with great passion. He keeps his teammates in the game and is very talkative. Flynn is a streaky shooter with the ability, despite his lack of size, to use his body and strength to finish strong on drives to the cup. 'Cuse fans will enjoy the arrival of Johnny Flynn on campus.
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