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Henriquez, Bacon highlight Peach State

AIKEN, S.C. -- The Peach State offered up a window into the games of a number of young prospects. Adonys Henriquez (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian) was someone I wanted to see this summer and I’m happy to report back that he’s not too shabby.

By virtue of being 6-foot-5, Henriquez was already unique for the point guard position. The New York native, now a Floridian, has a cool way about him.

“Being [tall] helps because I can see the floor better,” Henriquez said. When asked to offer up a comparison, he went right to Deron Williams.

Henriquez is a passer, first and foremost. A facilitator of the offense, he’ll be a heavily recruited member of the 2014 class. South Florida, Virginia Tech and Clemson are out in front with Florida State being ever-so-close to offering him.

Speaking of Florida kids, Dwayne Bacon (Lakeland, Fla./McKeel Academy) is quickly transforming himself into one of the summer’s most talked-about members of the 2015 class. He scores in bunches and he put a hurting on the U-16 group at the Peach State. He’s got a body type of a college player already, range on his jumper, and sophomores can’t handle his physical drives.

Following a breakout performance at the Reebok Breakout Challenge, Bacon sizzled in Aiken, S.C., proving he can bring it home when the lights come on.

Giddy for Giddens

Having seen Wheeler High during the season, it’s not like center Daniel Giddens (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler) came out of nowhere. However, he’s a lot different looking this summer than he was last winter.

“I was getting adjusted,” the 6-10, 215-pound Giddens said. “I was trying to find my way.” At the Peach State he certainly found it. Georgia coach Mark Fox woke up at around 7 a.m. to make Giddens' 8 a.m. game. Florida dispatched assistant Matt McCall to see him. Clemson was in the house. As time passes, there will be more but this trio wanted to do the early homework.

One to remember

Wing man Eric Lockett (Marietta, Ga./Whitfield Academy) is a 6-5, 180-pound prospect who deserves a mention. Armed with good grades and great length, he’ll be a kid that finds his way into at least an upper tier mid-major and quite possibly higher-level program.