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Coaches vs. Cancer Underclass All-Star Games
Wednesday, 25 April 2007

By Brian Crownover
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Dalton Pepper
After the conclusion of another solid Donofrio Classic Tournament, some of Phillyís top underclassmen returned to the Fellowship House for the Coaches vs. Cancer Underclass All-Star Games. The Catholic League defeated the Public League 136-118. In the nightcap, the Surburban team beat the Private School team 105-99. Here is a look at some of the top players.

Suburban Team

Dalton Pepper (2009, 6-6 SG/SF)
Not to be outdone by fellow sophomore Malik Wayns, Dalton stole the show in the second game and was the best player on the evening. The MVP of the Suburban squad showed scoring ability that had been missing in the last several viewings. His jumper was on like Iíve never seen before and he was raining shots from all over the court. Dalton hit a tough fade away jumper and several other mid range to deep pull up shots. Even when guarded, he simply used a head fake to get the defender off his feet before hitting all cotton. Itís your night when youíre fouled and hit a tough runner that rolls in. Dalton didnít just score from the perimeter. The crafty ball handler was aggressive going at the basket as well. He doesnít use his athletic ability as often as perhaps he should, but he did explode on one dunk. Dalton also rebounded well as usual. I was beginning to question whether Dalton was as good as I originally thought last spring when I first caught him in action. If he plays anywhere near this level over the summer, his stock will rise even more. 

Steve Egee (2008, 6-3 185 PG/SG)
Steve had a solid outing, but what really has stood out lately is his athleticism. He elevated on several rebounds in this contest. He typically beats you with skills rather than athletic ability, but he does have that in his arsenal as well. Steve was good on the boards, but struggled to find his jumper. He was aggressive and attacked the rim. 

Rahlir Jefferson (2009, 6-6 SF/PF)
Rahlir is a kid that is hard not to notice. Heís very long and athletic. In this contest he threw down several dunks, the most impressive one by being a one handed alley oop. He played well in transition and also crashed the boards. Rahlirís upside is just fantastic. 

Dan Robinson (2008, 6-6 PF)
This lanky forward didnít have a big game on the offensive end, but he has some nice skills. Heís a very aggressive rebounder. He also displayed good touch with several finishes around the hoop. 

Private Schools Team
Sammy Givens (2008, 6-5 SF)
Sammy is such a fun player to watch. He played well in transition. The second he grabs a rebound he pushes the ball up the court. He doesnít have great side to side ball handling skills, but instead gets to the hoop quickly by using a good first step and good north-south speed.  Heís not flashy, but still a very smooth and solid ball handler. Sammy has a good feel for how much touch to put on his shot no matter how close or far he is from the hoop. He showed his unselfishness as he dished off to teammates on several occasions. Sammy was also active on the glass. Even if he doesnít hit the first shot, heís very relentless following up his own miss. 

Shannon Givens (2009, 5-10 PG)
The younger Givens caught fire early. He has a very smooth shot and buried pull up three pointer after pull up three pointer. He displayed a quick release. After a big start, Shannon cooled off and let his big brother get his turn.

Ligah Thompson (2009, 6-7 PF)
Ligah played only the second half of the 2nd game. The athletic forward made his impact felt with several impressive dunks. He was very active on the boards as well.

Public League

Malik Wayns (2009, 6-1 PG)
Malik had an outstanding game for the Catholic League squad. He struggled with his jumper early, so he went into attack mode. He is a fantastic ball handler with a number of different skills. He has an explosive first step. If that doesnít beat the defender he has a lightning quick crossover. Lastly, heís great at using hesitation moves to completely freeze defenders. Once Malik gets in the lane and around the hoop he uses his body to score over the defense. He has broad shoulders and goes up strong with the ball. Malik also has good court vision which was on display with several nice passes. As the game moved along, he began to find his shot too. Malik hit 3 triples and finished with 20 points on the evening on his way to the MVP award. 

Eric Brennan (2008, 6-6 SF)
Eric is a lanky left-handed wing player. He didnít have a good game, but he certainly does have some skills. He has good hands and a nice soft touch on his shot. Heís also a solid, but not explosive ball handler. Eric was tough on the glass as he pulled down 7 rebounds. He also came up with a few steals from bad passes. He was an efficient 3-5 from the floor. 

Clay Penecale (2008, 6-1 SG)
Clay led the Catholic team in scoring. Heís strictly a spot up shooter, but he sure made the most of his craft as he buried 7 three pointers. The small shooting guard also played big on the boards as he pulled down a team high 12 rebounds.

Public League

Velton Jones
Velton Jones (2008, 5-10 160 PG)
Velton put together another good outing at the Fellowship House. The hardnosed guard was very aggressive driving to the hoop. He scored in a number of other ways as well, including a pull up three pointer, a steal and a lay up and a floater in the lane. He also strung together two nice plays late in the game, as he used a spin move to knife through the defense in the lane and then followed it up with another pull up three pointer. Velton showed he can distribute the ball as well with several beautiful passes. 

Alibaba Odd (2008, 6-2 SG)
I havenít seen Alibaba play aggressive in awhile, but he was attacking on this night. He was very effective scoring when going at the hoop. He struggled when he went to his pull up jumper. He continued to attack off the dribble throughout the contest though. Alibaba finished with 19 points and contributed 6 rebounds as well. 

Andrew Randall (2008, 6-5 SF/PF)
Andrew continued his solid play this month. He showed his versatility as he hit various shots from all over the court. He knocked down a pull up three pointer, a turnaround jumper in the post and an alley oop just to name a few. Andrew also tossed a nice no look pass. He scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.

Novar Gadson (2008, 6-4 SF)
Novar made his presence known early on at the defensive end of the floor.  He had several impressive blocks, where he displayed his ability to elevate.  He finished well in transition.  Novar has very long arms which allow him to adjust his shot in traffic.  He struggled from the outside in this contest though.  His physical gifts are quite impressive and if Novar can ever put it all together he could become a big time player.

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