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May 29, 2008

TOC top 2011 performers

MORE: TOC Top 2010 Performers: Part I | TOC Top 2009 Performers | Rivals.com Hoops Tour

The talent in the class of 2011 shined through at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. Some familiar faces continued to do their thing while a couple of Carolina kids cemented themselves in the national picture.

After seeing a handful of players and teams in the class of 2011, Rivals.com's Justin Young breaks down the players that stood out the most in the class that he saw in North Carolina.

Tournament of Champions Top 2011 Performers
P.J. Hairston, SG, North Carolina Gaters
TOC stats: 25.6 points per game (6th in the 16U division)

Hairston doesn't play like a freshman. In fact, he was in such a zone that if he played in the 17 and under division, there is a good chance he would have been just as good.

The strong-bodied wing was outstanding from behind the three-point line and was one of the deadliest shooters all weekend. He could stop on a dime and pull-up. He curled off of screens for shots and he broke his man down with the dribble and knocked down shots with a man in his face. From an offensive standpoint, he was one of the most deadly and accurate shooters of the weekend.

Sure, it's early but I feel confident in saying he was one of the top five shooting guards I've seen so far in the class of 2011.

Chane Behanan, PF, Ohio Basketball Club
TOC stats: 14.3 points per game (24th in the 15U division)

All Behanan did was play strong in the post, create mismatches because of his natural strength and helped his Ohio Basketball Club take home the championship title.

The powerfully-built big man knows how to throw his big frame around and punish people with his size and strength. He also showed the ability to face up and shoot the midrange shot.

While he's still an inch or two shorter than ideal height (he's only 6-6), Behanan uses his length well and didn't have a problem against bigger players. He's a smart player and loves the pump fake. Overall, it was a heck of a weekend and he capped off a strong and productive spring with the championship trophy.

Shannon Scott, PG, Southern Kings
TOC stats: 14.8 points per game (21st in the 15U division)

With top forward Julian Royal missing for the weekend, someone had to step up on the offensive end of the floor for the powerful Southern Kings club. Scott put on his scorer's hat in Chapel Hill and shined in the same city where his father, Charlie, is a legend with the Tar Heel faithful.

Scott has enjoyed a dazzling spring, where he has piloted one of the top five 15 and under clubs to weekly championship runs. He can run a team with little trouble and seeing what he can do on the offensive end as a scorer was encouraging.

He's proven himself as a point guard that wins and as a player that can run an offense with few turnovers in the process. In Chapel Hill, he proved himself as a player that can create for himself when he is called upon, too. Not bad for a kid that was also struggling with a stomach virus all weekend.

Marquis Rankin, PG, United Celtics
TOC stats: 14.4 points per game (23rd in the 15U division)

Rankin's ball-handling paired with his amazing first step and quickness was a deadly combination for defenders. He usually left his man with little trouble and found his way to the rim with ease.

The speedy guard was outstanding breaking his man down with the dribble. He knew when to score it and he knew when to hand out the assist. Rankin is a crafty creator.

He's still a little small at 5 feet 10 but with three years ahead of him, mother nature could grant him some more size or his basketball IQ only gets better. Or both. It's a win-win situation for Rankin.

Dai-Jon Parker, SG, Southern Kings
TOC stats: 15 points per game (18th in the 15U division)

Okay, it's getting a little repetitive. Once again, Parker finds himself on a top performers list for the class of 2011. Two reasons: 1. His Southern Kings team constantly plays on Sundays and the by-product is playing on the main gym in front of all of the eyes. 2. He's really good.

Parker spent the spring proving his worth as a top-level national prospect. He can flat out shoot the ball, is a great athlete and his confidence continues to soar. Considering he played limited minutes as a freshman at Marietta (Ga.) High School this year, seeing this kind of production over the last two months has been outstanding.

MORE: TOC Top 2010 Performers: Part I | TOC Top 2009 Performers | Rivals.com Hoops Tour

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