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King James Shooting Stars Tournament (Part 2)
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

by Brian Crownover
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Mouphtaou Tarou
The live period is now in full effect.  This weekend, many of the top AAU programs in the country flocked to Akron, Ohio, for the King James Shooting Stars Tournament.  CAA Insider was on hand along with coaches from all over the country.  Here is a look at some of the top players throughout the weekend.  B.A.B.C. out of Boston was among the bracket winners.

DC Blue Devils

Mouphtaou Tarou (2009, 6-10 C)
Mouphtaou is a very talented big man. He's strong and athletic and a tough match up. He really works a ton on the glass. The rebounding machine can score facing up or with his back to the basket. He had a lay-in and a couple follow up baskets. Mouphtaou also used his strength to convert an old fashioned three point play. He draws a lot of fouls and is already an impressive foul shooter. With George Mason coach Jim Larranaga looking on, this big man put together a good game. He'll have a bright future no matter whether he winds up at the mid major or high major level.

Brian Okam (2009, 7-0 C)
Brian had most of his impact defensively and on the boards. He's very long and athletic, but still developing on the offensive end. Brian did score on a fantastic dunk above the rim, but overall his offensive touches were limited.

Chaune Duffy (2009, 5-11 PG/SG)
Chaunce is a guard who is a solid ball handler. He scored on an old fashioned three point play.

Stuart Clarke (2009, 6-1 SG)
Stuart did a good job of attacking the basket. He drove and converted, drew fouls or dished off. He had a couple nice passes. Stuart couldn't convert from the perimeter.

NY Gauchos

Tyreak Johnson (2009, 6-0 PG)
During the evaluation period, there is a small window to make a big impression on college coaches. Tyreak surely did that with his strong play on Saturday evening. The normally solid point guard hit pull up jumper after pull up jumper. He can certainly shoot off the dribble and has a pretty quick release. He attacked off the dribble all game too and either scored or was fouled. Tyreak had a scoop finish with contact for a three point play. He had a nice drive and dish play, but looked mostly to score in this one. With one of the Gauchos' main players injured, Tyreak stepped his game up. He certainly elevated his play with plenty of coaches watching during our viewing.

James Stukes (2009, 6-7 PF)
Talk about elevating his play, James certainly did that. On the talented Rice team, he was quiet and had few touches. In this one, James was very aggressive and played quite well. We actually even had to double check the score book and make sure this was the same kid we saw with Rice all winter. James had a couple short drives towards the basket. He had a drive and a bank finish. He converted on an old fashioned three point play with a lay-up and foul. He finished pretty well. James has a good build and that helps him in traffic. He also finished with an up and under move around the rim. He had a good drive and dish play too. Not surprisingly, he pulled down a few boards too. It was a weekend to make an impression and James definitely did that.

Russell Smith (2009, 5-11 PG/SG)
Russ had a rough game in this one. The bouncy guard is quick off the dribble and can get into the lane. He struggled to convert on both drives and jumpers though. He did have a quick crossover move into a pull up three pointer. He had an offensive rebound put back. Russ had a nice behind the back assist in transition. He does need to get stronger.

Trevon Hamlett (2009, 6-6 SF)
Trevon didn't have many touches. He had an offensive rebound put back. He had a nice spin move which drew a foul. He missed a runner after another drive. Trevon had a block.

DC Assault

Javorn Farrell (2009, 6-4 SG)
Javorn was very impressive on this day. He scored in several ways. He had a nice drive and bank finish as part of a three point play. The forward had an athletic follow-up. He also stepped outside and hit a three pointer. Javorn made several nice passes too, including a behind the back pass on the break. He has nice hands which help him around the hoop. He showed his athletic ability with several blocked shots. Javorn certainly helped himself in their overtime victory.

Daryl Traynham (2010, 5-9 PG)
Daryl is a speedy guard who can really make plays. He's on the small side, but he can use his quickness to make plays in the lane. He had a beautiful scoop finish, a runner and a transition basket where he slid around a couple defenders. Daryl also waits until after contact to release his shot in the bank. He did so one time to the tune of a three point play. Not only can he drive in either direction, but Daryl is a very good distributor too after breaking down the defense. He missed a pair of key free throws that would've won the game, but came up big in overtime. He hit two free throws and an amazing fall away three pointer at the buzzer to win it. Daryl is a talented guard that is a treat to watch.

Rashad Whack (2009, 6-2 SG)
Rashad really struggled in this one. He missed four three pointers by our count before burying a key one in overtime. He was relatively quiet with his shot not falling and all the other talented guards on his team.

Chris Sherrod (2009, 6-9 PF)
Chris is a decent sized big man. He grabbed a couple rebounds. His opportunities were limited, but his natural ability is intriguing.


Jordan Miller (2008, 6-3 PG/SG)
Jordan is a combo guard with good size. He seemed to really favor the three point shot, but it just wasn't falling in this game. By our count, he only hit on one of six shots from that range. Jordan can handle the ball too. He's not explosive, but sound. Jordan proved to be very unselfish. He didn't throw any really impressive passes, but seemed to make the right one more often than not. He didn't look to attack the rim much. Jordan had a decent game, but it would've certainly been much better if his shot was falling.

Team Stat

Justin Jackson (2010, 6-6 SF/PF)
Justin is a pretty athletic wing player. He scored on a dunk and tip in around the rim. He also had a nice adjustment in traffic on another play. He played with his back to the basket some, but Justin didn't look too comfortable there. He does need to get stronger and could rebound better. He also struggled from the foul line. Justin is a solid prospect though.

MAC Irvin Fire

Terry Johnson (2009, 5-11 PG)
Terry is a point guard who can really shoot the ball. He has a smooth stroke and by our count knocked down four from behind the arc. He pulled up and hit a deep two as well. He also showed the ability to pass with a couple nice passes after breaking down the defense. Terry did have a couple turnovers. He was instrumental in bringing his team back from behind.

Squash All Beefs

Thomas Robinson (2009, 6-7 PF)
Thomas is forward who has a solid build and is quite athletic. He has short burst explosion around the hoop. He handles the ball pretty well. While he did grab some rebounds, he had some difficulty corralling others. Thomas played some with his back to the basket with mild success. He can score in that fashion, but hasn't developed a lot of moves. Thomas certainly has some talent and we're going to keep a close eye on him this spring and summer.

Phillip Wood (2009, 6-3 SG)
Phillip is a good sized guard. He's a solid ball handler. He had a nice drive and finger roll finish among his baskets.

Illinois Rising Stars

Nik Garcia (2009, 6-6 SG)
Nik is a guard with good size who showed he can really stroke it from the perimeter. He hit a couple three pointers.

Team Adidas

Quentin Harding (2008, 6-3 SG)
We arrived late with only 9 minutes left in the contest, but Quentin still really stood out. He was on fire from the perimeter. He nailed three shots from behind the arc and another pull up jumper in a short span. He has a smooth stroke from the outside. Quentin battled on the boards with a couple offensive rebounds. He showed a good handle as a well. If he plays like that all the time, Quentin will certainly generate a lot of interest.

Also see the other article on the NBE Basketball Report for Big East level players.

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