eBoss Road Show: Trusted Choice TOC

Leslie McDonald

While most people were at home feasting on college football and leftover Turkey, the Road Show was on it's way to Wasington, IL for the first day of the Trusted Choice Tournament of Champions. Technically, the Road Show got started last week with a stop in Lowell, MA for the National Prep Showcase, but the TOC is the first covered event of the season.

There was no shortage of talent on display as several high major commitments and prospects, including touted junior Leslie McDonald took the floor at Washington High.

FRIDAY’S TOP PERFORMERS AT THE TOC

Verdell Jones - One of the top unsigned guards in the country, the 6-3 Jones had an efficient outing as he flirted with a triple double. Playing sparingly late in his team’s blowout win, Jones was good for 23 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Everybody knows about his lack of bulk, but he’s a smooth operator and creative ball handler and passer who is improving as a jump shot. Mentioned Kentucky, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Illinois and others when asked about who is currently involved with his recruitment.

Leslie McDonald - The difference between good and great prospects is that great prospects find ways to produce even when their offense is off. That’s exactly what the 6-3 shooting guard did for his Memphis (TN) Briarcrest team in an ugly win over a scrappy Eureka (IL) High. Scoring 17 points on just 6-18 shooting from the field, McDonald came up with several big plays on the defensive end where he blocked five shots and snatched up four steals. Having listed Kansas at times during the past, McDonald didn’t mention the Jayhawks when asked for a list of schools that have been in to see him this fall.

Scott Suggs - Let’s see how many Washingtons we can fit into this. Suggs, a 6-7 wing at Washington (MO) High who is headed to the University of Washington took the floor at Washington (IL) High. Looking like he’s added some bulk to his slender frame, Suggs was the model of efficiency in a 21 point, 11 rebound and six assist outing. He looks to have improved his lateral quickness and did a terrific job of flashing to open spots in the zone designed to stop him for easy buckets or dishes to teammates.

MORE NOTES FROM THE TOC

The way things started off, it looked like Matt Roth was going to take about 50 threes on Friday night. Consider this, the 6-2 shooting guard ticketed for Indiana launched his 10th three pointer of the game with two minutes remaining in the first quarter. A terrific spot up jump shooter, Roth ended up going 8-19 from deep (10-22 overall) en route to 28 points. … On the opposing side during Roth’s shooting display was talented 6-10 big man Xavier Gibson. A skinny face up four man, Gibson showed off great hands, excellent passing touch and a wealth of skills for a kid his size. However, he also went through long stretches where he was virtually invisible on the court. The talent to develop into a big time player at Florida State is there, now it’s up to Leonard Hamilton and his staff to figure out how to unlock Gibson’s vast potential. Some considerable time in the weight room would be a great first step. … From the you can’t make this up department, Champaign (IL) Central’s Donald Stewart -- an underrated 6-5 wing prospect -- has a nickname. That’s right, he’s known to everybody as “Ducky”. … Friday was the the Road Show’s first look at Jordan Prosser, a 6-8 junior power forward from Eureka (IL) High and it was a good one. A skilled four man, Prosser attacks rebounds above the rim with both hands and has a pretty well developed scoring game in the low and high post. He’ll be watched by high majors closely. … Saturday, the Road Show will only watch one game – Richmond (VA) Benedictine and Ed Davis versus a loaded Chicago (IL) Hales Franciscan team – before heading back to Kansas City. The reason? Tickets to the highly anticipated Kansas/Mizzou football game. …

Schools in attendance- Wisconsin.

  • Total teams seen- 28.
  • Total games games watched- 20.
  • Total miles traveled- 3,494.

Up Next- Trusted Choice day two, Saturday, Nov. 24.

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