Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Day 1 notes from City of Palms
By Dave Telep
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Emptying the notebook from Day 1 at the City of Palms Classic on Tuesday:
• ESPN 60 junior Kameron Chatman (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) isn’t playing this week with the Jackrabbits. He was ruled ineligible by the CIF (California's state association) following a transfer.
• Louisville signee Akoy Agau (Omaha, Neb./Central) had an extremely difficult time with his college decision. He agonized over the choice between Louisville and Nebraska. “It was hard,” Agau said. “I had to do what was best for me, but it was tough.”
• I spent some time speaking to Florida-bound ESPN 100 senior point guard Kasey Hill (Eustis, Fla./Montverde Academy). There’s maturity about him. His No. 1-ranked team is the favorite here and plays nationally televised games on ESPN twice in January. The next couple weeks are the biggest stretch of his career and this guy seems ready. He confirmed what many haven’t caught onto yet: Florida has transfer Dorian Finney-Smith sitting out and Hill said he’d be the Gators best player right now. Florida is close to doing big things -- next year, too.
• Junior shooting guard Kobe Eubanks (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) has offers from Missouri State, Central Florida, South Florida and George Mason. The bigger programs are looking. He scored 23 points on Tuesday, but did so on 9-for-25 from the field.
• The theme for opening day at the C.O.P. centered on who wasn’t playing. I knew ESPN 60 point guard Joel Berry (Apopka, Fla./Lake Highland) was out for a few weeks with an injury, but the reality set in when he wasn’t in the layup line. Guys are banged up across the country. Opening day without Berry, Chatman and Ricky Doyle (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot) lacked punch. And on Wednesday we get Prestonwood Christian (Texas) minus No. 4 senior Julius Randle and No. 4 sophomore Mickey Mitchell, both out with injuries.