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Donofrio Semifinals
Friday, 18 April 2008

by Brian Crownover
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Action continued with the Semifinals of the Donofrio Classic in Conshocken, Pennsylvania. Here are the standout players.

Scores

Waterview Phoenix 99 Mainstreet 94
Team Philly 109 Sonny Hill Seniors 108

Sonny Hill Seniors

Lenny Young (2008, 6-1 SG) Committed to Coppin State
Lenny really had a standout game in the heartbreaking loss. He was aggressive driving to the rim. He was on fire from the outside. Lenny had a beautiful crossover and lay-up. By our count he used his smooth stroke to hit on four from beyond the arc. Lenny had a drive and runner as well as a banked finish. He uses his stalky frame so well in the lane. Lenny found his pull up jumper too. His play is very streaky. Sometimes he dominates games and other times you forget he’s even there. Lenny had a monster 31 points in the loss. He really stepped it up for a Sonny Hill team that had several key players injured.

Sammy Givens (2008, 6-5 SG/SF) Committed to Drexel
Sammy put together another solid game. He made some plays around the goal and had several nice finishes. He’s crafty around the rim as he seeks to get his shot off. Sammy crashed the boards on both ends of the court. He knocked down a rare deep jumper. While he finished many plays, Sammy did also have some easy misses inside. He had a very costly foul of Maalik Wayns on a three pointer with just seconds left and Sonny clinging to a one point lead. It wound up costing Sonny Hill the game. This is a little out of character for this typically heady player. He is very aggressive though and will likely continue to make some mistakes because of it. He still had a solid game.

Waterview Phoenix

Novar Gadson (2008, 6-5 SF) Committed to Rider
Without question, Novar has been the most impressive player at this event. The smooth lefty can just score. He has the ability to slash and use his length to score over people. He adjusts well in traffic and he’s also very active on the glass. Last year, Novar could do all those things, but not with as much frequency as he’s been doing lately. The Broncs are finding a real steal with this one. Novar banked home a couple shots. The athletic wing also blocked several attempts from the opposition. He has been outstanding all tournament long and simply dropped in another gem of a performance with 31 points.

Devon White (2008, 6-7 PF)
Devon is a blocking and rebounding machine. He had four rejections by our count. We’re not sure why anyone would bother going inside when he’s controlling the paint. Devon had a dunk and basket inside. He is inconsistent finishing around the goal though and that’s an area he’ll need to improve. At times he looks fantastic in that area. Other times he doesn’t. Devon missed a step back jumper and deep two pointer in this contest. He definitely has potential and hopefully he’ll put it together at the next level. Devon ended with 12 points.

Andrew “Scootie” Randall (2008, 6-6 SF/PF) Committed to Temple
Scootie has been steady, but not spectacular in this tournament and that was the case again in this one. He had a couple put backs and lay-ins around the hoop. He also rebounded well and blocked a shot. Scootie hasn’t looked to his scoring as much lately. He did finish with an athletic transition dunk. He still had 15 points and 12 rebounds as well.

Russell Johnson (2008, 6-6 SF)
Russell has certainly shown more wing skills in this tournament than he did with Chester. He buried a three pointer in between a pair of steals. He did struggle through the middle portion of the game with a missed pull up jumper as well as reverse. Russell also hit a deep two pointer and a mid range pull up jumper. He was impressive driving to the hoop too. On one play, he drove left and finished. Just for good measure, he went right the next time. As usual, Russell did grab some boards too. He finished with 15 points.  

Team Philly

Maalik Wayns (2009, 6-1 PG) Committed to Villanova
Maalik looked a lot better than he has as of late. He really had the pull up game going early on. He hit on a couple runners, including a drive left and runner back right. Maalik hit a step back jumper and was fouled quite frequently in this one because of his aggressive natural. Maalik did struggled with the pull up game in stretches, but overall was solid. He had a couple nice passes too. Maalik knocked down three clutch foul shots with time running out to give his team the one point victory.  He poured in 35 points.

Bryan Cohen (2008, 6-4 SG) Committed to Bucknell
Bryan made several nice plays early on. He hit a three and had a put back. He struggled as the game wore on and missed several from beyond the arc. Bryan still had 16 points.

Jake Cohen (2009, 6-10 C)
Jake has been nearly invisible all tournament. He was at least slightly productive this time around. He had a couple of lay-ups, partly due to nice passes from his teammates. Jake did have and offensive rebound put back though and grabbed a few other rebounds.

Mainstreet

Ron Giplaye (2010, 6-5 PF)
Ron just continues to be all over the place in this tournament for Mainstreet. He opened with a mid range jumper. He then followed it by going to work around the rim. Ron had a couple follow up baskets and a dunk. He really hustles all over the court. He had a beautiful reverse in traffic and a nice spin move despite missing the hook. Ron pulled down rebound after rebound. He’s a player that has really impressed us this spring and now we’re eager to see him expand his game more.

Karon Burton (2008, 5-8 PG)
Another day, another dominant performance for Karon. He might not be the best prospect at this event, but he’s probably the best player. Karon buried a handful of three pointers. He made several more fantastic plays around the rim, including an acrobatic finish and a runner. He also hit on a very difficult fade away pull up bank shot after a killer crossover move. Very few people around can score like this little guy. He’s so entertaining to watch, but must be frustrating for coaches. After making one three pointer and falling into the aisle in the stands, Karon just sat down instead of getting back on defense. Karon dropped 26 points in the loss.

Kevin Green-Germany (2008, 6-0 PG/SG)
This was a quiet game for Kevin when compared to some of his outbursts. He hit a pair of three pointers. The crafty ball handler also had nice drive and scoop finish as well as a very difficult finish around the bigger Devon White. Kevin was solid, but not spectacular in this one. He still had 15 points.

Duane Johnson (2009, 6-4 SF)
This kid is such an explosive and athletic playmaker. Duane elevated for a pair of blocks as well as a dunk. He grabbed some rebounds too in this one. It’ll be interesting to see if he can transition to the wing more this summer. 

Tyree Johnson (2010, 5-8 PG)
Tyree has been very up and down when we’ve seen him play. He’s inconsistent finishing and shooting from game to game. In this one, he had a nice drive and scoop finish as well as hitting a runner. The quick ball handler drew a couple fouls. He certainly has talent, but he just needs to be consistent every time out. 

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