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Primetime Tour (Philadelphia)
Tuesday, 13 February 2007

By Brian Crownover
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The Primetime Tour is one of the best, if not the best high school basketball tournament in the country.  The Philly vs. Jersey portion of the tour kicked off Friday at Villanova.  On hand were some of the region’s and nation’s top teams.  In the final two games St. Patrick’s defeated Chester 71-55 and perennial power Oak Hill Academy defeated Prep Charter 99-66.

 St. Patrick’s

ImageJeff Robinson (2007, 6-5 SG/SF) – Memphis
This future Memphis player never seems to have an off night when I see him.  I’m not quite sure why Jeff isn’t more highly regarded in the national rankings.  He’s a very explosive athlete who can run the floor, but his game is well rounded.  He is a good spot up shooter from beyond the arc and can knock down the mid range jumper as well.  Jeff looks like he’s stronger than last time I caught him in action.  He used that strength to score in the low block and also grab a number of rebounds.  Jeff isn’t a great passer, but he is willing to do so from time to time.  He was the Player of the Game, finishing with 24 points and 12 rebounds.

Quintrell Thomas (2008, 6-8 PF)
Quintrell was a monster on the inside in this game.  An argument could’ve even been made for him as Player of the Game.  He gave St. Pat’s a physical presence that Chester couldn’t match.  Quintrell got into the scoring column on several put backs in the paint.  He has a solid build and is very active around the basket.

Corey Fisher (2007, 6-1 PG) - Villanova
This was certainly not one of Corey’s better nights.  Playing at his future home court, his jump shot was somewhat inconsistent and he didn’t get to the hoop all too often.  Corey did hit a tough step back jumper as well as a couple of threes.  He did finish with 14 points.

Dexter Strickland (2009, 6-3 PG/SG)
The talented sophomore was relatively quiet against the Chester zone defense.  Dexter scored a few transition buckets, but didn’t do much else.  He attempted very few jump shots and struggled to convert the ones he did take.

 Chester

ImageKaron Burton (2008, 5-8 PG)
Trying to catch this kid in action has been nearly as difficult for me as trying to keep up with him on the court is.  The lightning quick point guard did not disappoint on this evening.  Karon is a superb ball handler with an explosive crossover.  He can get to the hoop at will and has a great ability to score despite his diminutive stature.  Karon has an excellent feel for when to release the ball in traffic and uses an array of moves, including an excellent floater, to score in the lane.  He loves to use the glass well.  He is a capable passer as well, but is clearly a score first point guard.  Karon scored 15 points on this night.

Nasir Robinson (2008, 6-4 SG) – Pittsburgh
I really enjoy watching Nasir play.  He loves to attack the basket and had several good drives in this game.  He also had a beautiful turn around jumper in the low post.  Nasir was his usual steady self on the boards as well.  He still didn’t show the ability to hit a jumper.  Nasir scored 15 points and added in 8 rebounds.  He was Player of the Game for Chester.

Russell Johnson (2008, 6-6 SF)
Johnson made most of his impact on the boards.  He didn’t have a big game offensively but chipped in with 9 points to go along with his 10 rebounds. 

Oak Hill

Brandon Jennings (2008, 6-2 PG) - USC
ImageJennings was not only the best player on the court on this day, but he put together the best performance I’ve seen all season.  The USC Trojans will be very happy when this big time point guard steps on the court.  The lanky point guard is an explosive player that makes highlight play after highlight play.  Brandon is a superb passer.  He throws nearly every pass with authority and is amazingly accurate.  He loves to use the bounce pass and can get it to teammates through traffic or from far down court.  Obviously with such great passing skills he has excellent vision.  I knew he could get to the basket and score in that fashion, but I was really impressed with how good Brandon can shoot.  He hit a few tough pull up jumpers off the dribble from both the mid range and behind the arc.  I guess maybe his jump shot is still his weakness, but it’s certainly not much of a weakness.  Brandon ended the evening with 30 points and 9 assists (every one was noticeable).

Nolan Smith (2007, 6-3 SG) – Duke
Nolan had a surprisingly quiet game.  He managed to score thanks to his ability to run the floor.  His jumper wasn’t falling on this evening.  Nolan is a very strong guard and took advantage by rebounding in this contest.

Alex Legion (2007, 6-5 SG/SF) - Michigan
The Michigan bound Legion played well in transition.  He has a strange release on his shot, but it is still very effective.  He showed the ability to hit a nice pull up jump shot from the mid range area.  Alex had 21 points.

Julian Vaughn (2007, 6-9 PF) - Florida State
Julian is a big bodied low post player.  He is a great rebounder who can also contribute a few points in the scoring column.  With all the talent in the Oak Hill backcourt, Julian doesn’t get too many touches on the offensive end.  He is excellent at doing a lot of the dirty work inside though. 

Terrance Boyd (2009,  6-5 SF)
Terrance is well built for a sophomore forward.  He is very strong and an active rebounder.  He also runs the floor very well.  He is a key role player for this super talented Oak Hill squad.

 Prep Charter

Marcus Morris (2007, 6-8 SF/PF) – Memphis
This was not one of Marcus’ better games, but he still had an impact.  He hit a three pointer and had several nice finishes around the bucket.  He got to the line quite often and finished with 19 points.

Markieff Morris (2007, 6-8 PF) – Memphis
Markieff struggled some with Oak Hill’s physical frontcourt, but still managed to be effective.  He put in 17 points and grabbed 10 boards.

Jesse Morgan (2009, 6-4 PG)
This young talent continues to impress me each time out.  Jesse started off with a big early three.  He followed that up with a very difficult off balance shot in traffic.  It was clear he wasn’t intimidated by the talented Oak Hill squad.  Jesse hit from three a few more times as well.  He slowed down in the second half, but still had a solid outing.  Jesse scored 11 points on the evening.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 February 2007 )
 
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