Coaches' thoughts on Hoop Hall Classic

On Monday, some of the premier coaches in this weekend’s Hoop Hall Classic, gathered on a conference call to discuss the event and their teams.

Here is a look at some quotes from the coaches we found interesting:

Oak Hill’s Steve Smith

“We may not have (a McDonald’s All-American) this year and if we have one, it’ll be an upset. We don’t have really a top-25 player but Tyler Lewis (Statesville, N.C./Oak Hill) is playing like one of the top point guards in the country.”

“I enjoy coaching this team because we don’t have a lot of egos. The team has played well together and they get along together.”

“I love watching Jabari Parker (Chicago, Ill./Simeon) play. He was in the seventh grade when he came to my camp at Oak Hill. In my opinion, he’s the best player out there, regardless of class. He can do it all. I love watching him play and his team is good. He doesn’t have to shoot it every time down the floor.”

Prestonwood coach Chris Mayberry

“We’ve tried to keep (recruiting) in balance. [Julius Randle] is pretty level-headed. The only reason we went to Duke, Carolina and NC State at the same time was because we were flying into the Beach Ball Classic. It was more of an experience for our whole team.”

Simeon’s Robert Smith

“At the end of the day, Jabari just wants to win. That’s all he cares about.”

“I think [Kendrick Nunn] rushed into his commitment (Nunn decommitted from Texas A&M). I went to Baylor and I know Texas is a whole different world. He rushed it and thought he could get something a little bit better. He wanted to back out. I think it kind of opened his play up a little more and with people watching him more.”