By Dave Telep
National Recruiting Director
TRENTON, N.J. The Oak Hill Warriors improved to 33-0. A complete team effort helped them take down St. Pat’s. Meanwhile, it was Rice’s Durand Scott with the defensive effort and the day’s most complete game by a wing.
Lance Stephenson , SF, Lincoln: Give him a lot of credit because in the first half he was a beast inside and got exactly zero calls inside. This wasn’t his top scoring game by any means. However, he continued to take a beating (and dish some punishment out along the way) inside. Lincoln, which played last night, didn’t look like it had much in the tank.
Durand Scott , SG, Rice: One of the more prideful defenders in his class. Forget the offense, he’ll find a road map for that based on what Miami needs out of him. He’s the rare wing whose defense fuels his offense (he did catch fire in the second half). Against Rancocas Valley, Scott eliminated American signee Mike Bersch and took great pride in his assignment. Bersch got four triples on him but two came
from deeper than Scott was willing to guard him. Hard-playing New Yorker whom we think measures success in the win column, not the stats page.
Dominic Cheek , SF/SG, St. Anthony: Got off to a strong start for the Friars as his jumper fed his rebound and overall game. The senior wing dumped 23 on Hotchkiss and looked solid doing it. His points came within the flow of the game and he did work inside the arc.
Doron Lamb , SG, Oak Hill: Steve Smith got a team effort with contributions from everyone who played against St. Pat’s. Lamb, well, they needed him badly. Maybe the most crucial play of the game came when Lamb got an off balance offensive rebound and tough stickback to end the third quarter. Minutes later he stroked a triple and manned up with a strong inside hit late. His 15 points were crucial as were 15 from Glenn Bryant , free throws from Pe’Shon Howard and a BIG TIME dunk off an offensive board from Bryon Allen.
Devon Collier , PF, St. Anthony’s: This is a guy to watch. Collier has solid ball skills, a frame that will fill out nicely and he was tremendous on the glass against Hotchkiss. Gets out and runs, knows his way around inside and will face and attack. There’s a lot to like long term and right now. The bet is that he continues to emerge and grinds it out this spring while winning his share of admirers.
Darius Quarles , SF, Life Center: St. Joe’s has itself a good player and a nice prospect. At least 6-6, he’s a perimeter small forward. He knocked down a mid-range jumper that sounded off a whistle he’s a good prospect. Would like to see more work on the glass but he’s a good one in the A-10 and he’s in position to make another jump with his game once he gains much-needed strength.
Brendan Frazier , SG, Loughlin: One of the day’s revelations. He’s 6-2 and wafer thin BUT he’s tough and gets buckets. Can shoot it behind the line and in Pinkston’s absence he accepted the team’s role of primary scorer and relished the chance to get it done. Confident and hungry to get hoops but shots came within framework of team concept. Frazier finished with 36 points in his breakout 2009 game.
Kadeem Jack , PF/C, Rice: Word is he’s progressively improving and if Saturday was any indication the big boys will need to start a file on him. Pushing 6-8, he’s an active rejector and when they dumped it to him he scored in the post. Lots to work with at both ends and his motor runs high and hard. Jack scored 15 for the winners.
Jordin Mayes , SG, Westchester: His shooting touch was the reason the Comets got out to a lead and eventually staved off Lincoln. Mayes dropped 31 points on Lincoln and that was all she wrote. He connected on five 3-pointers.
Aishon White , SG, Union: Like him as a prospect who can get shots and create. He didn’t start for Union and came off the bench. His attempts weren’t falling though as a prospect, you see the talent. He’ll be recruited at the high mid-major level to begin the summer. White waited too long to hit the accelerator and Union came up short.
Jason Morris , SF, Hotchkiss: You know you’re a good athlete when you drive, get cut off and then improvise with an off-hand runner. Morris has all kinds of athletic traits and a strong frame. Wasn’t his night or Hotchkiss against the Friars. Word on the street is that Morris is playing with cracked ribs.
Kyrie Irving , SG/PG, St. Patrick’s: Rough night for the Celtics wing man. He shot 4-for-14 from the field. However, he took good shots, got in the paint as needed. Irving couldn’t get one to go down. However, he can get to the rim when it’s required. Irving finished with 7 points.
Michael Gilchrist , SF, St. Patrick’s: Possibly the nation’s best sophomore, Gilchrist – again – emptied his tank. He gave Oak Hill 31 points and 11 rebounds and he earned every one of them. In a game that meant so much, it clearly mattered to him and from an evaluation and competitive standpoint, the fact that he was emotional following the game tells you all you need to know about how he’s wired up.
Sidiki Johnson , PF, St. Ray’s – He’s 6-foot-7 now so you hope he adds and inch or two. Plays bigger with his length as a shot blocker and showing signs on offense. Like he goes for rebounds out of his area and comes away with them. He’s tracking like he’ll play in one of the big conferences. Finished with nine points and 11 rebounds.
Myck Kabongo , PG, St. Benedict’s: Came off the bench against Mountain State. Immediately tried to take a charge. Getting really adept at the drive and pitch. Can get his shot as needed.
Bob Huggins , coming off a big Friday win, was front and center for sophomore Sidiki Johnson at noon on Saturday. … He’s something we didn’t know: Vander Joaquim is at a junior college at the College of Eastern Utah. He’s sitting out this year and focusing on his academics.
Life Center was without junior guard Dion Waiters who is still injured and not ready to play. Loughlin was minus Jayvaughn Pinkston who reportedly is academically ineligible.
Big day for St. Bene’s coach Dan Hurley. Chalk up No. 200 in the win column.
Binghamton added small forward Dylan Talley . He’s a decent athlete who can score the ball and likes contact. Loquacious sophomore big man Steele Davis (Our Savior) plays his area, rebounds and scores when he gets his hands on it around the hoop. Tyreak Johnson played more off the ball today and had four big 3s. Lincoln’s James Padgett stood inside, collected boards and got himself 23 points worth of
When you’re a young guy looking to make a great impression, do what Rice’s Kadeem Jack did. Every time a shot went up he was looking for a boxout. Mountain State’s Deniz Kilicli owns a Big East body. He’ll take care of his space and hit cutters and teammates because he’s a good passer. Would like to see that touch inside soften up.
Aaron Brown of St. Bene’s had one of his best efforts. Ultimat jack-of-all-trades 3-man with some toughness. He’ll be a guy the mids really covet.
Derrick Wilson has the look of the next Truck Bryant. He’s a power lead guard and he’s strong as a bull. … Noticed something with Jason Morris’ jumper on Saturday. Every now and then he’ll pull his guide hand off the ball when he’s shooting. It happens more often if he’s on the move to the basket and isn’t set. There was a sequence in the second half where Dexter Stickland’s extra passes and hoops with contact nearly kicked it over the top for St. Pat’s. He had 9 points. Keith Gallon ’s body looks great. We had him with eight points and 10 boards.
St. Ray’s Tyreak Johnson is being evaluated by Manhattan, Holy Cross, FDU, Coastal Carolina, Colgate and St. Peter’s. It’s early for Sidiki Johnson and he’s in the infancy stages of seeing who likes him. Some of the names that he rattled off: West Virginia , Memphis , Pittsburgh , Tennessee , Indiana , Wake Forest and North Carolina State. Branden Frazier hears from South Carolina , Rutgers , Siena and
Kadeem Jacks rattled off Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and Rutgers thus far. When Shaquille Thomas puts the pieces together he’s going to be a strong player. He uses his dribble and athleticism to slide into his shots and sooner than later they’ll begin falling for him. St. Bene’s Mike Poole said Marquette is on him the hardest and he speaks with Kansas frequently. UConn, Seton Hall, Florida and West Virginia have been in touch.
Jordin Mayes said Colorado, San Diego and Washington State are recruiting him like that must sign him. They’re chasing him as a point, which he’ll play this summer. Mountain State junior Justin Drummond doesn’t have offers but has heard from George Mason, Harvard and Pepperdine. Devon Collier will have his pick one day. Right
now, Villanova , UConn, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Louisville , Syracuse and Memphis are glad to be on the list.
Life Center def. Our Savior
St. Raymond’s def. Timber Creek
Bishop Loughlin def. Union
Rice def. Rancocas Valley
St. Benedict’s def. Mountain State Academy
Westchester def. Lincoln
St. Anthony’s def. Hotchkiss
Oak Hill def. St. Patrick’s