Godby Shoots Lights Out versuses Holy Trinity to win 4A semi-final

The undefeated Godby Cougars (30-0) jumped out to an early 27-13 first quarter lead against their Melbourne-based opponents, led by junior comb guard Quan Jackson. Jackson had 10 first half points. The Cougars forced Holy Trinity (24-9) in to quick, contested shots throughout the first half– shooting 9 of 24 from the field. Jackson contineud his hot shooting throughout the half going in to the locker room with a game-high 18 points– which included four three-pointers. Junior DeSean Enzor had an efficient first half making four of his five shots. He would finish with 11 points. Enzor scored inside and out making both of his long range attempts in the first sixteen minutes of gameplay. While the first half didn’t have very many bright spots for Holy Trinity, senior point guard Keoni Wallington helped spark a 9-0 run that got Holy Trinity back within single-digits. That spark would be short-lived as Jackson hit two threes late in the half that saw the team from Tallahassee take a 42-29 lead in to the locker room. Godby shot a scorching 58 percent from the field– including 63 percent from the perimeter. Holy Trinity would proove to need the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost to get back in to this game in the second half. Shooting less than 38 percent from the field and just 20 percent from the perimeter seems to overshadow the excellent performance put on by Wallington. His efforts at attacking the rim and playing with confidence throughout the second 4A semi-final game kept Holy Trinity’s fan section alive. Senior guard Julian Gardner was only the second...

Cardinal Newman gets 4A semi-final win over Dunbar

Dunbar (19-7) came in to the first semi-final 4A game against a Cardinal Newman team who had only one loss on the year (26-1). Newman took an early lead that included being able to to get to the rim and some key three-pointers, but Dunbar hung tough and fought back to take a 26-25 halftime lead. The Tigers were led by a solid guard-forward combo in seniors Christopher Sutherland and Keanu Pennison. The Fort Myers-based squad did not shoot a free throw the entire game despite being a primarily paint scoring team that looked to drive early and often in the first half. Their attack style allowed them to stay close until the second half. Cardinal Newman clearly made halftime adjustments as they packed the paint preventing Dunbar from being able to score in the lane. That opened up the game for the West Palm Beach-based Newman as they took a ten point lead late in the fourth quarter and never looked back. The Crusaders’ showcased talented guards in K.J. Fitzgerald and Abdul Dial. Dial, a senior, plays more of a forward type of game. He showed great hands catching and finish around the rim in the first half. His activity really set a tone for Cardinal Newman’s interior. Fitzgerald, a sophomore getting high-major interest, took care of the basketball and orchestrated the offense. But the story of the game center around senior forward-center, John Collins, who is commited to play at Wake Forest next season. Collins led the way with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks. His active hands were an huge assett in grabbing boards on...
2013 Proviso West Holiday Tournament Preview

2013 Proviso West Holiday Tournament Preview

Though Proviso West’s 32-team field is not the biggest tournament in Illinois, as York expanded to 32 teams this season, it still boasts a very large pool of talent in one location. The tournament will spread the first round over three days on December 21, 23, and 26. Then teams will begin their push for the consolation championship or title game beginning Dec. 27 with the rest of the tournament coming to a close on Dec. 28, 30, and 31. Head coach Donnie Boyce and Proviso East made championship game appearances the past two seasons, falling to eventual Class 3A State Champion Morgan Park last December after winning the title in 2011. Both teams return this year along with 2010 champion Benet Academy and 2008 champion Morton (Berwyn-Cicero). There is no doubt that 2013 Class 4A runner-up Stevenson and its 2015 stars Jalen Brunson and Connor Cashaw will make a push for the title as well. Other teams who could contend are Bogan, St. Joseph’s and Fenwick, especially if Northwestern commit Scott Lindsey returns from injury. Below is a quick preview of who to keep an eye on in the first round match-ups: Top Bracket Uplift vs. St. Charles East Uplift boasts a 7-0 record and cracked the Sun-Times Top 25 as it is making a push to move Foreman out of the top seat in Chicago’s Red North Division. 2014 St. Charles East point guard Dominic Adduci will be looking to make a statement after missing the entire spring and summer with an injury. Morton vs. Gage Park 2015 6’6” wing Weisner Perez and Morton have had a...
2013 Boo Williams Invitational (Nike EYBL Session #2)

2013 Boo Williams Invitational (Nike EYBL Session #2)

The end of April (26th-28th) marked a hot and heavy live evaluation period where college interest and potential life-changing scholarship offers hang in the balance for many young and hungry athletes. The EYBL, arguable the toughest AAU league in the country, is in the early stages of the 2013 season. Hampton, Virginia played host to stop number two of this year’s Nike EYBL circuit. The Boo Williams Sportsplex and it’s 8 tournament courts were full of action. Here are just a few of the players that stood out during this weekend long intense hoops showdown. JaQuan Lyle (Indy Spiece/Benjamin Bosse High School) – 2014 – 6’5’’ PG Lyle is a known quantity by now, but continued to impress in Hampton en route to picking up another offer from UCLA. Lyle offers great size at the point guard spot and takes advantage of it in a multitude of ways. He is able to see over defenders and see the entire court. He delivers precise, strong passes and doesn’t waste time at the top of the key dribbling the air out of the ball. Lyle also operates well without the ball and isn’t afraid to post up smaller defenders. In the game against Team Final, he was unstoppable in the post and he also looked to dominate down low in other games. He’s a point guard who can also do fine working off the ball, although he does need to improve his shooting to become a more efficient threat. Going to the basket, Lyle has the body control of a smaller point guard and is able to finish among the trees...
Beach Blast 2013 (IMG Academy) Day 3

Beach Blast 2013 (IMG Academy) Day 3

Sunday was the last day of Beach Blast 2013. Below are the games we were able to check out and write-ups on those who stood out. New Creations (FL) vs SE Texas Prep Abdoulaye Harouna (New Creations, FL)–Post Grad Player–6’0″ G: Abdoulaye made four three pointers in the first half of this game. He made sure that every time SE Texas Prep played less than stellar transition defense (which was often in the first half) he would make them pay, knocking down open shots from the perimeter. He also showed some good awareness of defense as he stepped up and took a charge in the lane. His physical size (height/weight) makes him pretty thin and undersized, but he showed he has a legit natural stroke and showed some athleticism getting to the rim. He has good lateral movement on defense, which was evident at the start of the second half where he beat his man to his spot with his feet and then as his man was going up, he swatted his shot. He followed up with another block minutes later. Harouna has good instincts for the game and looked good on both ends. Harouna finished with a game-high 29pts. William Rigby (New Creations, FL)–Post Grad Player–6’3″ W: Due to New Creations lack of size, Rigby plays as a forward for his team. He does play bigger than his size suggests. His natural instincts are to post up and look to score inside off of offensive rebounds. He didn’t show any ability to handle the ball or to shoot, which makes him a “tweener” in our eyes, being that he more...
Beach Blast 2013 (IMG Academy) Day 2

Beach Blast 2013 (IMG Academy) Day 2

Saturday was Day 2 of Beach Blast 2013 held at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. IMG Academy is a beautiful facility and the day was full of some great games. We’d like to thank IMG Academy for their hospitality and for putting on a first-class event. Click here to find out more info on IMG Academy Below are the best 3 games we were in attendance for on Day 2 and we’ve detailed for you who stood out in each game. IMG National Varsity (FL) vs. Covenant Christian (GA): Denzel Council (Covenant Christian)–2013–6’9″ WF:  Council has good ball handling skills; quick change of direction type of player who can finish with plenty of bounce in his step. He’ll need to bulk his frame up more, but at 6’9″ he’s long which allows him to finish around the rim. Denzel has solid explosiveness getting to the rim from the wing; acrobatic and athletic finisher around the rim. According to his coach, Denzel will be playing JUCO for Columia State next year. Emanuel Ezechinonso (Covenant Christian)–2013–6’11” C: Emanuel still has a raw, but developing offensive skill set. He plays like a true big man: hits the block and posts hard for position and does all he can to hold that position, and is sometimes successful in holding position and sometimes not. His ability to establish post position and leverage needs some work. His foot work needs to improve and his lateral quickness is decent, but needs to improve. He’s very physical and active on the defensive end and won’t shy away from contact on either end of the floor. Emanuel gets...