Many are excited for SU’s talented 2010 including class, whether it’s just to see Fab Melo, the crown jewel, or to see what Dion Waiters, CJ Fair and Baye Moussa Keita will contribute next season. If this summer is any indication, the 2010 class is only the tip of the iceberg for what 2011 has in store.
After Trevor Cooney put up a modest performance in international play, he returned to the US for the Lebron Skills Academy, where he again joined the company of the nation’s top high school talent. After the Lebron Academy, Cooney met up with fellow 2011 commit Michael Carter-Williams in Cleveland for the King City Classic, where the two future Orange guards joined forces for the first time. The two have started to form a strong bond, which can only be of great advantage to the long-term development of SU.
While Cooney recharges his batteries at his Delaware home, Carter-Williams is hard at work at the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina, where he’s playing for the Boston Area Basketball Club. So far, his performance has been astounding. In his first game, he dropped 44 on the Georgia stars, with nearly half of those points coming from the charity stripe. His seven turnovers are likely a byproduct of having the ball in his hands all the time, where these kinds of events are meant to showcase individual players rather than teams, so I wouldn’t get too worked up over them.
In the first two days of play, each team played a morning game and another one in the evening. The only real knock is that MCW’s shooting was way off in each of the nightcaps (7-39 from the floor in the second games versus 17-32 in the openers), so let’s just be thankful that the NCAA doesn’t operate that way. In the latest round, he put up 32 points on 12-26 shooting, and will play in the quarterfinals Thursday.
Carter-Williams has been committed to the Orange since last winter, and while in South Carolina, is looking to woo Anthony Davis and Rakeem Christmas, both big bodies who would complement the guards perfectly. Coaches Fine, Hopkins and Boeheim have all been in attendance at some point, and Davis has listed SU among his top three choices and plans to take a visit to campus.
You can track MCW, Davis and Christmas at the Peach Jam’s website here.