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Home arrow Recruiting News arrow Game Tape Analysis: Bishop Loughlin (NY) vs. Monsignor Bonner (PA)
Game Tape Analysis: Bishop Loughlin (NY) vs. Monsignor Bonner (PA)
Thursday, 15 November 2007

by Bill Martin
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Jay Pinkston
Back in December of 2006, Bishop Loughlin took on Monsignor Bonner.  I recently had a chance to view the game tape over on The College Coaches Network.  This was a hard fought game but Bonner came out victorious, lead by current University of Virginia freshman Jeff Jones.  There were some younger players in this game who also stood out, including 2008 commits to Drexel and Qunnipiac.

The following are player evaluations from the game.  All players are from the 2008 class or younger.

Bishop Loughlin

Jay Pinkston (2010, 6-6 SF/PF)
Pinkston has a very versatile game, he has the ability to play in the post or play face up and drive to the hoop.  He even hit a turn around jumper in this game.  When Pinkston posted up he did a fantastic job positioning himself to receive passes.  On one inbounds play he pinned his man behind him allowing him to catch the entry pass and hit a lay up basically uncontested.  Pinkston was strong on the boards throughout this game and he finished well around the hoop. 

James Johnson (2008, 5-11 PG) Committed to Quinnipiac
This Quinnipiac commit did not get all that much playing time in this game, but he was in for the final stretch of the game.  When he first got into the game he made a couple mistakes.  He walked, committed an offensive foul and threw up a shot with one hand in a ton of traffic that missed everything.  Once James settled down he did a nice job of penetrating and dishing off to his teammates.  He also had a clutch steal that he converted into a fast break layup tying the game.

ImageKevin Phillip (2008, 6-7 PF) Committed to Drexel
Kevin started this game out with some very impressive plays. He scored the first bucket of the game on a midrange jumper while surrounded by defenders.  His shot is high arcing and he has a high release which makes his shot difficult to defend.  Kevinís most impressive play of the night came when one of his teammates threw him a lob pass.  He caught the ball in mid air and threw down a reverse slam.  Kevin hustled throughout this game saving the ball from going out of bounds on more than one occasion.  He used his athleticism in this game to block shots and rebound.  He did an outstanding job on the boards. 

When posting up Kevin needs to establish position better.  A couple of the passes that were thrown to him were deflected by his defender, because he did not block him out well enough.  Kevin also settled for his jump shot too often in this game, even though he proved he could knock down that shot.  It would have been nice to see him take it strong to the hoop more frequently.  Defensively Kevin moves well enough to guard out on the perimeter, but with his leaping ability he is probably more valuable defending near the basket.  Kevin has a lot of potential and should play even a bigger role in the success of Bishop Loughlin this year.

Monsignor Bonner

Ligah Thompson (2009, 6-7 PF)
Ligah played well on the interior for Bonner.  He blocked a couple shots and rebounded well against the talented Loughlin frontline.  Ligah blocked one shot, then ran the length of the court, caught a pass and scored.  He was also fouled on the play and he hit the ensuing free throw.  This series of events really seemed to shift the momentum Bonnerís way.  From inside the paint Ligah hit a shot right over his defender.  He finished the game with 10 points, all coming from inside the paint.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 November 2007 )
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