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Home arrow Recruiting News arrow Southern Invitational (Day 1 Part 2)
Southern Invitational (Day 1 Part 2)
Tuesday, 13 May 2008

by Brian Crownover
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The strong play in Charlottesville continued on a Saturday at the Southern Invitational.  Here is a look at some of the other top players from the day.

Team Final

Andre Gillette (2009, 6-8 PF)
Andre was real a disappointment when we saw him over the winter with his high school team. He looked like a completely different player throughout this weekend though. Scooter had a very nice turn around hook shot in the post. He was very active around the rim. He followed his own miss on one occasion and laid in a couple other shots. Like many high school kids, Scooter does need to get stronger. He already has some of the Philly schools tracking him and if he continues to play this well over the summer many more schools will be tracking him.

Khalif Wyatt (2009, 6-2 PG/SG)
Khalif was solid again. He scored as he usually does. In the game we watched, he hit a three pointer. He also followed that up with several nice drives, one ending in a scoop finish.

Calvin Newell (2009, 6-0 SG)
Calvin didn't get to play a full high school season after transferring, but luckily he can continue to showcase his game during this AAU season. He did just that in this one. He showed the ability to shoot from the perimeter as he hit on a pair of three pointers. He's a pretty solid ball handler who can get into the lane. He had a steal and lay-in on one play. Calvin also dished off an assist after a rebound. He put together a nice outing.

Ligah Thompson (2009, 6-7 PF)
What more can be said about the athletic plays Ligah makes. Few can match him in that category. As usual, he threw down several athletic dunks. Even if you choose to watch the game on the next court over the loud sounds of the rim rattling or the crowd cheering will catch your attention. Ligah scored often around the rim and rebounded well throughout.

Bilal Kelley (2009, 6-8 PF)
Bilal was another solid player in the crowded Team Final front court. He scored on a nice reverse. He showed he can put the ball on the floor a little. He grabbed an offensive rebound in his brief stint. For some reason, he chose to take a deep three pointer. That is certainly not his game. He does need to get stronger.

Triple Threat

Raven Barber (2009, 6-5 PF)
Raven is an athletic big man with a solid build. He had a fantastic block early on. He plays with his back to the basket. He possesses nice hands and soft touch around the rim. He pulled down several rebounds. Raven also blocked a shot later on. He didn't actually make a lot of plays, but he still looked good.

Dalonte Boyd (2009, 6-6 PF)
Dalonte is a big bodied post player who works inside. He had a nice follow up basket and drew numerous fouls on the interior. He hit on a short left hand hook shot. He has pretty quick post moves. Dalonte also crashed the boards. He is a bit undersized and was somewhat inconsistent finishing. He is a solid player though.

Raphiael Putney (2009, 6-9 PF)
Raphiael was probably the most unique players at the event. He is very, very long, but extremely thin. He certainly stands out on the court. He made most of his impact grabbing rebounds. He put the ball on the floor a little and really surprised us when he knocked down a mid range jumper. Raphiael tapped in his own missed shot on another occasion. He obviously has to get stronger and develop more. He is definitely a project, but he has freakish natural ability. Raphiael could wind up being a real sleeper.

Brendan Bald (2009, 6-4 SG/SF)
Brendan is a skilled wing who is very active. Like his older brother, he can play inside or outside. He moves well without the ball. On the interior, he had an offensive rebound follow up. He also stepped outside to hit a jumper. Brendan showed surprising athletic ability on a missed dunk. He doesn't quite have his brother's height and therefore plays a completely different position. His skill set isn't quite as unique. He can play though.

David Golladay (2009, 6-2 SG) committed to Mount St. Mary's
This lefty had a couple nice drives and finished well.  He did not do too much else offensively on this talented Triple Threat team.

NC Fire

Ryan Hargrave (2009, 6-6 SF)
This wing forward played well. Ryan hit on a tough step back jump shot. He really worked the offensive glass. On the inside, he also used a spin move and banked home the shot. He possesses nice size for his position. Ryan could move quicker on the defensive end. He definitely stood out though.

Wakefield Ellison (2009, 6-5 SF)
We arrived late, but Wakefield did make a few plays. He showed some stuff both inside and outside. He buried a pull up mid range jumper off the dribble. He also banked home a shot on the inside.

Earnest Ross (2009, 6-5 SG/SF)
Earnest showed some versatility as well. He first hit a shot from beyond the arc. He followed that up with a few plays on the interior. He drew several fouls by working hard down there. Earnest used a nice spin move before one of them. He pulled down a number of rebounds. He did force a shot, but played well for the most part.

Mike Grace (2009, 6-0 PG)
Mike struggled in our first viewing of his game. He's a small point guard with a decent handle. He was able to get into the lane, but really struggled to convert around the rim.


Javan Mitchell (2009, 6-9 PF/C)
Javan played very well at this event. He has a decent build and some impressive skills to go with it. He has very good hands and some nice touch around the rim. He scored some on the interior using those skills. Javan had a nice hook shot on one play with his back to the basket. He had an offensive rebound follow up and he pounded the glass all weekend. Javan even showed some versatility by knocking down a mid range jumper. He had a strong showing in Virginia.

C.J. Harris (2009, 6-1 PG)
C.J. had a solid weekend. He was attacking quite often. He had a very nice drive and scoop finish around a 6-10 defender. He followed that up with several other drives and finishes. He did have trouble with the big men on a couple other occasions too though as he was blocked inside. CJ does throw some nice passes, but it seems like they typically come from a well designed back door play. The big guard hit several jumpers throughout the weekend too.


Akeem Richmond (2009, 6-1 SG)
Akeem really has the ability to shoot from the outside. He buried numerous three pointers throughout the weekend. He also can utilize a very quick handle. He opts to hang on the perimeter a lot though.

Chris Richardson (2009, 6-8 PF/C)
Chris is so impressive in the size department. He has a college ready body. This helps him out as he is always a force on the boards. He isn't always involved offensively, but he does make some plays on that end when given the chance. He did convert on a short basket inside and displayed a nice hook shot later on.

Jairus King (2009, 6-7 PF)
King is a wide bodied post player.  He possesses nice hands and grabbed a number of boards.

Squash All Beefs

Thomas Robinson (2009, 6-7 PF)
Thomas played pretty well when we saw him last week. He was even better on this day though. He made quite a few plays around the rim. Thomas hit a left handed hook shot. He also finished inside with contact. He can step outside too. He handles the ball pretty well. On one drive he scored with a runner. He used a spin move later on and was fouled. Thomas dominated on the boards and had a pair of athletic blocks too. He is quite the talent.


Dominic Morris (2009, 6-7 PF)
As usual, Dom made some plays around the basket. He had a couple offensive rebound put backs. He also banked home another shot. He drove to the hoop and was fouled on another occasion. Dom rebounded well too.

SJ Select

B.J. Bailey (2009, 6-3 SG)
B.J. played a solid game. He's a good sized guard who can handle the ball. He also stepped outside and knocked down a three pointer. He played point guard most of the game, but looks more suited to play off the ball.

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