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Primetime Shootout - Trenton Day 1
Monday, 11 February 2008

by Brian Crownover
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Wes Kirkland
The Primetime Shootout took center stage over the weekend in Trenton, New Jersey.  Here are some of the strong performances from Saturday.


Academy of the New Church 72 Timber Creek 58
The Hun School 76 St. Augustine 56

Mount Vernon 74 Roman Catholic 73
Lincoln 76 Rice 68

St. Pat's 63 Oak Hill 54 

Roman Catholic

Wes Kirkland (2008, 6-5 SF)
The Kirkland twins have elevated their games lately and itíll be surprising if more offers donít start coming their way. Wes played an excellent complimentary role to Maalik Wayns in this one. He camped out on the wing and buried several three pointers. He has a very smooth shot and good size for his position. Wes also got out and ran the floor. He finished with 13 points. The twins could become a real spring steal for a low to mid D1 program.

Will Kirkland (2008, 6-5 SG/SF)
Will has played very well of late too. In this game he hit a three pointer early. He put the ball on the floor quite often and came up with a number of steals on defense. He scored several transition buckets because of it. Will did have some trouble defending Sherrod Wright though. He ended the game with 10 points in another solid showing.

Courtney Stanley (2008, 6-1 PG) Committed to Loyola-Chicago
Courtney made some nice plays including a long pass, a rebound which started the break, and had a steal and a block. Courtney scored on a transition lay-up. The Loyola-Chicago bound guard did struggle with a couple turnovers too though.

Academy of the New Church

Sammy Givens (2008, 6-5 SG/SF) Committed to Drexel
Sammy put together the best game weíve seen from him this season on Saturday morning. He worked hard inside and scored numerous times around the hoop. He had several nice bank shots. Sammy has done an exceptional job of passing the ball and that continued in this one. He does a great job of making decisions in transition and threw several beautiful passes to Larry Loughery in this one. He is definitely is at his best when he rebounds the ball and pushes the action up the court. Sammy even stepped outside and buried a foul line jumper. Shooting from the outside is something heíll need to do more of at the next level. He ended with 18 points and a number of rebounds and assists in the victory.

Larry Loughery (2008, 6-6 SF/PF)
Larry just always produces. He really worked inside and during this contest and was the beneficiary of several excellent passes. That said, he does a very good job of moving without the ball and making himself available for easy buckets. Larry had a dunk and ran the floor quite often. He rebounded well as usual too. Larry was named Most Outstanding Performer for this 23 point outburst.

Shannon Givens (2009, 5-10 PG)
Early on, Shannon drove and passed off to his brother. He threw several other good passes. He had a steal and a lay-up. The talented point guard scored on a couple runners too. He even had a block. This game wasnít on par with some of his recent performances, but it was still a solid 12 point outing.

Clay Penecale (2008, 6-1 SG)
He didnít have a big game offensively but did knock down a three pointer. We shouldíve wrote about him last week in his big outing, but didnít. What we really like in addition to his outstanding shooting is how he moves so well without the ball and makes himself available for other shots.

Warren Gillis (2010, 6-1 SG)
Warren had another solid game as the sixth man for ANC. He had a nice drive to the hoop with a smooth finish. Heís very fluid with the ball in his hands. Warren scored another basket on the inside too. He ended with a solid 8 points in the contest.

The Hun School

Sterling Melville (2008, 6-5 SG/SF)
Sterling is a good sized wing player. He was very aggressive attacking the hoop. Heís fairly athletic as he showed on a drive and dunk. He is a solid ball handler who isnít explosive, but still rather effective. Sterling battled on the inside, scoring a couple baskets and pulling down a lot of rebounds. He had a drive and dish play and also drew a foul posting up. Sterling was Most Outstanding Player for his team with 18 points.

Doug Davis (2008, 5-11 PG)
Doug had a very solid game. He is very quick off the dribble and does a good job of getting into the lane. He had several assists in this contest. He also picked up a couple steals with his quickness. Doug has a smooth shot and hit a couple three pointers. His shot was a bit inconsistent though. Doug finished with 14 points in the easy win.

St. Augustine

Josh Thompson (2008, 6-4 SG/SF) Committed to Wagner
Josh opened with a three pointer. He was most effective going at the hoop. This big wing is very explosive and athletic. He gets to the hoop in a hurry with very long strides. He also crashed the boards quite frequently, including an offensive rebound put back. Josh threw a nice pass on the break too. He did have some trouble with his jumper later in the game. His natural abilities should cause a lot of problems in the NEC. Josh was named Most Outstanding Player for his team after finishing with 16 points.

Isaiah Morton (2011, 5-8 PG)
This young guard is very quick and showed the ability to get into the lane off the dribble. He has good change of direction ability. Isaiah will go at defenders and drew a lot of fouls. He did show some ability, but also played like a freshman with several turnovers. He really struggled with his jumper while the game was close. Towards the end of the double digit loss he caught figure. He hit several threes and a few pull up jumpers. Isaiah didnít distribute the ball much either. He is definitely talented and will only get better with time. He finished with 19 points in the loss.

Mount Vernon

Sherrod Wright (2009, 6-4 190 SG/SF)
Sherrod is a good sized player who can really get into the lane. He loves to attack off the dribble. He was able to get into the lane on numerous occasions and either scored or was fouled. He used a crossover move and banked in a short shot. Sherrod also buried a pull up foul line jumper, a runner and a three pointer. The aggressive guard finished with 22 points.

Jordan Lessane (2009, 5-10 PG)
This lefty did a good job of getting into the lane. Heís a very smooth ball handler. Even though heís a lefty, he loves driving right. He hit a beautiful runner in the lane and an impressive step back foul line jumper. He also nailed a three pointer from the outside. Jordan did a good job of distributing the ball too after getting into the lane. He scored 9 points and dished out a couple assists in this contest. 

St. Patís

Jermel Jenkins (2008, 5-10 PG)
Jermel did most of his damage with the three point shot. He knocked down at least three from that range. He has a very smooth stroke from the perimeter. Jermel also converted on a lay-in after a nice pass from a teammate.

Kevin Boyle (2010, 5-9 PG)
The coachís son fit well in this slow paced contest. He didn't score much, but did a good job of driving into the teeth of the defense and kicking it out to teammates for open jumpers. He isnít the quickest player youíll find, but he can be an effective ball handler.


Darwin "Buda" Ellis (2009, 5-9 PG)
Buda put together a solid game. He opened with a pull up mid range jumper. He also hit a floater in the lane and knocked down quite a few free throws. He had a nice assist to Lance Stephenson, but also tried to showboat too much. Instead of scoring on an easy lay-up, he threw a pass off the backboard for Lance Stephenson. The play wound up in a foul. Buda also played strong defense on shooter Chris Fouch. He never let Chris out of his site. He made the most of the few opportunities he actually had to scoring during the Lance Stephenson show.

Justin Greene (2008, 6-6 PF)
Justin made most of his plays on the offensive glass. He pulled down several rebounds and scored inside. The big forwardís touches were limited in offensive sets, but he did a nice job in his role.

James Padgett (2009, 6-8 C)
This big bodied forward didnít do much in this contest other than crash the boards. He had few touches on the offensive end. His size is very impressive though.


Chris Fouch (2008, 6-1 SG) Committed to Drexel
Chris was very quiet for the Raiders. We donít believe he even attempted a shot in the first quarter and he took very few throughout the game. The lone shot he did bury was an NBA three pointer with a defender right in his face. Lincoln played strong defense and he rarely got any good looks. He was fouled on another three pointer and then buried all three of his free throws. Chris did have a couple nice drives and passed well. We did watch his defense more closely in this one. He moves his feet pretty quickly and does make it difficult for the opposition to move around him. Where he gets in trouble is when he gambles and goes for steals. Riceís defense is predicated on creating pressure and turnovers. Therefore, Chris will often look for steals.

Dorvell Carter (2008, 6-5 SF)
Dorvell was rather quiet in this slow paced game. He hit a nice one handed runner in the lane and also buried a pull up mid range jumper. He grabbed some boards too.

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