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Playoff Set 2
Friday, 22 February 2008

by Brian Crownover
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Lenny Young
Playoff action continued in the Keystone State (Pennsylvania).  CAA Insider was on hand for a number of games.  Here is a look at some of the top performers.

Scores:

Pennsbury 60 Ridley 41
Norristown 50 Pennsbury 45
Communications Tech 68 Strawberry Mansion 62

Archbishop Ryan 44 Monsignor Bonner 42  
North Catholic 52 St. Joe's Prep 41

North Catholic

Lenny Young (2008, 6-1 SG) Committed to Coppin State
Lenny put together another dominant performance as he led North Catholic to the Catholic League finals. He has the ability to get into the lane whenever he wants and he combines quickness with power. Heíll drive in either direction. He scored in a number of ways. He converted a fantastic scoop finish in the lane, as well a floater and a couple banked runners. On one of those runners, he scored with a foul and completed a three point play with a free throw. Lenny also used a stop and go move before another bank shot. He can finish after contact and he draws quite a few fouls. Lenny also rolled in a pull up jumper, but overall didnít shoot much from the perimeter. He opted instead to attack off the bounce. Itís hard to argue when he has the success that he did. Lenny threw a great pass over top of the defense, but didnít look to pass very often. Instead he scored a game high 25 points. His strong fourth quarter made the difference for the victorious Falcons.

Xavier Harris (2011, 6-4 PF)
This young kid is already polished. You typically donít find many freshmen who like to play with the back to the basket, but Xavier sure does. He gets positioning pretty well inside and is already quite strong for his age. In this one, he was very aggressive on the inside and pulled down a number of rebounds. He did have some difficulty finishing though. Xavier did show a smooth stroke from the foul line. This youngster is already quite a talented player off the bench for North Catholic and should only get better. 

Woody Redding (2010, 5-9 PG)
Woody opened with a steal and a lay-up. The small guard is very aggressive defensively. At times, perhaps a little too aggressive. He did hit a deep three pointer but missed on another attempt. The shot selection on the second attempt was poor. Woody was solid in this one, but he really just sat back and watched Lenny do a lot of the work.

Velton Jones (2008, 5-10 160 PG) Committed to Robert Morris
Velton really struggled in this one. He was injured and rarely played in the second half. He has an ongoing back problem.  When he was in action, he had a steal on the defensive end.  He struggled offensively though as he missed several pull up jumpers.

Norristown

Russell Graham (2008, 6-0 PG)
Russell is a very smooth guard who can score. He opened with a flurry, scoring on a mid range jumper, three pointer and a runner in the lane. Heís a pretty quick ball handler who can get into the lane off the bounce. Russell also crashed the boards on both ends of the floor and had a couple put back baskets. He drove to the basket and made several nice passes too. Russell was aggressive on the defensive end and forced a lot of turnovers. He finished with great all around numbers (16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists) in the upset victory.

Khalif Wyatt (2009, 6-2 PG/SG)
Khalif is very smooth and a natural scorer. He hit a couple runners in the lane, including one where he was falling away from the rim. He has very good touch on his shots. Khalif has a well developed mid range game. He was in foul trouble throughout the game because he didnít play good defense, but when he was in he put up some points. He was clutch at the foul line late in this contest. He has dropped a significant amount of weight, but still has good size and uses his body well in the lane. Khalif can really score; he just needs to learn how to play on the other end. He ended up with 13 points.

James Ramsey (2009, 6-1 SG)
This lanky lefty is a very smooth ball handler. He can get into the lane off the dribble. He drove and scored on a finger roll finish. James also showed he can hit the three point shot. He had an offensive rebound put back too.

Communications Tech

Andrew "Scootie" Randall (2008, 6-5 SF/PF)
Andrew did not have one of his stronger games. He scored several times from the post, including a spin move and bank shot as well as his patented fade away jumper. He did a good job passing the ball and he crashed the boards too. His scoring was a bit down though.

Shaquille Shannon (2010, 6-0 PG/SG)
This young sophomore was solid off the bench. Shaquille did some damage from beyond the arc. He hit several from downtown, including a steal and buzzer beater shot to end the first half. Shaquille is a quick ball handler who got up and down the court very well. He had a nice drive and dish play. He did make a dumb play late as he tried to dunk rather than take a lay-up. He still played well though for the Phoenix.  His 24 points off the bench were huge.

Pennsbury (vs. Ridley)

Ed Dirugeris (2009, 5-11 PG)
Ed opened by burying a three pointer. He had quite a few nice drives into the lane where he either converted or drew a foul. Ed set up a teammate with a nice feed too on one occasion. He really struggled with his pull up jumper though.

Jesse Krasna (2010, 5-11 PG)
Jesse was quiet in this one. He had a nice pass on one play. He had a steal on the defensive end. Jesse also buried a three pointer. His shot isnít too bad and he should look for it more often.

Pennsbury (vs. Norristown)

Jesse Krasna (2010, 5-11 PG)
Jesse handles the ball well and provides a steady hand at the point guard spot. He does have the ability to scored and needed to look to that more in this one with Dalton struggling. He had a nice drive and kick out. Jesse was also able to draw some fouls when going at the rim. He has a smooth stroke and converted from the line. He is unselfish, but Jesse needs to look to score more often.

Ed Dirugeris (2009, 5-11 PG)
Ed really struggled in this one. He wasnít too aggressive and when he was aggressive, he was often plagued by turnovers. He did have a nice spurt in the 2nd half where he was able to convert or setup his teammates after driving. Pennsbury needed someone other than Dalton Pepper to step up and no one did.

Strawberry Mansion

Devon White (2008, 6-8 PF/C)
Devon had another up and down game. His teammates donít get him involved much and when that happens, he seems invisible. He grabs some rebounds, but doesnít work a lot inside to give himself opportunities. He rarely boxed out in this one and while he pulled down a lot of rebounds, the majority came right to him. That said, Devon did play much harder in the 2nd half and his team benefited from it in their comeback effort. The strong and athletic post player threw down a number of dunks. Overall, though he had great difficulty finishing inside from close range. He also blocked a few shots and worked on the glass down the stretch. Devon really elevated on one of those blocks. He struggled with turnovers in this one when heíd try to push the ball after rebounds. All the skills are there, Devon just has to learn how to play hard and find other ways to get involved when his teammates arenít finding him. He can be a fantastic player at the next level if heís willing to work at it.  Devon scored 10 points, mostly on dunks.

Dwayne Davis  (2008, 6-4 SG/SF) Committed to Morehead State
Dwayne scored a lot of points, but also took a ton of shots. He hit a few three pointers with his smooth stroke. Dwayne did a good job of getting into the lane and using his great body control to score in the lane. He hit a couple runners. He was very inconsistent though as he missed quite a few of those, as well as a number of deep shots. Dwayne can score, but needs to learn how to get his teammates more involved. It was great when we saw him take over the Hope Charter game with Devon White in foul trouble. However, in this one he had Devon to use at his disposal and opted to take jumpers even when Devon was open underneath for a dunk or easy lay-up. Dwayne certainly needs better shot selection if he wants to help his team advance far in the AA playoffs. He finished with 23 points.

Eddie Frazier (2008, 6-4 SG/SF)
Eddie is a lanky slasher who gets into the lane off the bounce. He hit a runner in the lane. He also followed his own miss to convert several times. Eddie flashed his leaping ability with a block of a shot attempt. He is thin and does need to get stronger. Eddie can certainly score though and had 13 in this one.

Ridley

Dan Robinson (2008, 6-7 PF)
Dan had a solid game. He scored a couple times in the lane and got to the line a few times. He showed his versatility by hitting a three pointer, but also missed a couple others. He pulled down a few rebounds too. Dan finished with 14 points.

Steve Egee (2008, 6-3 185 PG/SG)
Steve really struggled to score in this one. He missed jumper after jumper. Usually his shot selection is pretty good, but he forced quite a few in this one. Steve did move well without the ball and converted a number of lay-ups. He had a quiet 15 points.

Monsignor Bonner

Ligah Thompson (2009, 6-7 PF)
Ligah made some plays in the brief time we were at this game. He showed some wing skills with a nice drive and pull up mid range jumper. Thatís a part of his game that weíre not used to seeing. Ligah also had his usual athletic block and crashed the boards. He picked up a couple steals too.

Jamal Melvin (2010, 5-5 2010)
We came in during the second half, but this quick little guard made some plays. Heís developed a really nice runner in the lane that he hit a couple times. He also hit a couple pull up jumpers, including out to three point range. Jamal showed some passing skills too.

St. Joeís Prep

Jim Mower (2008, 6-4 SG) Committed to Lafayette
Jimís jumper just always seems to be off when we see him. He buried a three pointer early on, but never got going in this one. He took several other threes, including a couple of tough off balance ones, but couldnít convert. Jim also got into the lane, but couldnít hit on many runners or other shots of that variety. His 32 points were huge in the upset of Roman Catholic, but his quiet game on this evening hurt the Prep. 

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