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Rasual Butler All City Classic
Sunday, 08 June 2008

John Johnson
by Brian Crownover
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Most of the top players in Philadelphia gathered on Friday evening for the annual Rasual Butler All City Classic.  The game was loaded with talented players.  Here is a look at some of the best prospects on the day.

Freshmen Game

Jaylen Bond (2011, 6-5 SF/PF)
Jaylen is an impressive young talent. He is already very strong and battled inside and ran the floor. He had a bank shot in transition. He grabbed several offensive rebounds and converted on a few put backs. Jaylen can handle the ball some. He also has an impressive set of hands. Jaylen was named MVP for his team. Look for big things out of him in the future. 

John Johnson (2011, 6-0 PG/SG)
John started off on fire and looked like he was going to tear apart this game like he did the competition at the Donofrio Classic in April. He scored first in transition. He then hit a three pointer and a tough fall away jumper. He scored again in transition and converted on another three pointer. Following that, John airballed a three pointer and seemed to struggle from that point on. He missed on a scoop finish and on a pull up jumper. John also had a turnover. He didnít attack off the dribble as much as he had when we saw him a couple months back. John is very talented though and among the top young players in the city.

Lamon Church (2011, 6-3 SG)
Lamon is a quick change of direction ball handler. He had a good crossover move and dish off to a teammate. He had another nice drive and dish play. He also showed off some athletic ability with a block. Lamon was quiet from the perimeter though.

Lamin Fulton (2011, 5-9 PG) 
Lamin showed to be a talented lead guard. He had several nice passes on the break. He can attack off the bounce too and drove left to convert on one play. Lamin scored on a runner and pull up jumper too. He missed a couple shots late, but still had a strong showing.

Juan'ya Green (2011, 6-3 SG)
Juaníya made several plays with the ball in his hands. He can really attack the rim and did so driving and either converting or drawing fouls. He had a nice behind the back pass. Juaníya did hit from three in this one, but that still appears to be an area of his game he needs to work on.

Joey Gripper (2011, 6-0 PG)
Joey made a couple nice passes, including one after an impressive stop and go move. He scored a several transition buckets, among them a steal and lay-up. Joey did struggle with his jumper and that appears to be an area he could improve upon. 

Tawquil Bailey (2011, 5-9 PG)
Tawquil is a small guard with a super quick handle. He can drive in either direction off the dribble. He had several nice passes to his teammates in this one. He didnít score much though.

Aaron Brown (2011, 6-5 SF/PF)
Aaron made several plays in transition, including a dunk. He did hit from three, but struggled with his jumper throughout the game. Thatís an area he needs to work on.

Ameen Tanksley (2011, 6-4 SF)
This left handed wing player is quite gifted. He finished well around the rim, including after contact. He made a nice drive and dish play. He also stepped outside and buried a three pointer.

Sophomore Game

Jamir Hanner (2010, 6-6 SF/PF)
All Star games can always make an athletic player who runs the floor look impressive. Jamir certainly is that type of player. He is a very athletic forward who had a huge impact in transition. He played above the rim with several jaw dropping dunks. The most impressive was a left handed offensive rebound where he stretched out as far as he could and jammed the ball home one handed. He also had an alley oop on the break. Jamir scored in transition and on the offensive glass, but didnít show much else in this game. Itís certainly hard to ignore his athletic ability though.

Daryus Quarles (2010, 6-5 SF)
Daryus started off with a great athletic block. The lanky wing can handle the ball well in the open court. He is very smooth with the ball in his hands. He ran the floor and scored often in transition. Much like the first time we saw him, Daryus struggled with his jumper. He is quite a talented player nonetheless. 

Willis Nicholson (2010, 5-10 PG)
Willis is one of the best young ball handlers in the city. Heís very quick and can change directions. He is unselfish as displayed on several assists. He had a nice drive left and scoop finish. Willis also used an impressive stop and go move that got the defender out of position and led to a foul. Good things happen when Willis handles the ball.

Tyrone Garland (2010, 5-11 PG)
Few players can score like this guard. He handles the ball well. He scored often going at the rim as well as in transition. Tyrone showed the ability to hit from the perimeter too. He had a pull up jumper and knocked down a couple three pointers. We would like to see him dish the ball off more often. Tyrone can certainly scored and it led to him winning the MVP award for his team.

Rakeem Brookins (2010, 5-11 PG)
Rakeem has played very well as of late. Heís really developed into one of the best three pointer shooters around. In this one, we counted five from beyond the arc, including several of the pull up variety. The MVP also ran up and down the court and scored in transition. Rakeem was aggressive defensively and had several steals, including picking Tyrone Garlandís pocket in a one on one match-up. Rakeem had several nice passes too. He has really elevated his game as of late.

Zaahir Allen (2010, 6-2 SG)
Zaahir had most of his impact in transition in this one. He got out and ran the floor. He had an offensive rebound follow up and a few other boards. Zaahir stepped outside and buried a three pointer as well.

Deshon Minnis (2010, 6-0 PG)
This South Philadelphia guard made a couple nice plays. He hit a jumper from the outside. He also scored a transition basket. Deshon hit a runner in the lane as well.

Cameron Ayers (2010, 6-4 SF)
Cameron was very efficient in this one. He had a steal and lay-up. He showed his ability to shoot from the outside with a three pointer and a pull up two. Cameron can attack off the bounce too and converted on a pair of runners.

Junior Game

Nurideen Lindsey (2009, 6-2 PG) Committed to La Salle
This is certainly the perfect game for this transition player. Nurideen got to the rim several times off the bounce. He used a nice crossover move and reverse on one play. He drew a foul after another crossover move. He missed on a dunk attempt though. We only watched the first half of this game, but Nurideen played well.

Jake Cohen (2009, 6-10 C)
Jake was solid in this grind it out game. He made most of his impact pulling down rebounds. He often looked to make outlet passes after those boards. Offensively, Jake had a tip in and nice left handed finish in transition.

Rahlir Jefferson (2009, 6-6 SF/PF)
Rhalir had a nice rebound and coast to coast finish. Other than that, he was quiet in the half that we watched. 

Koron Reed (2009, 6-5 SF)
Koron put together a solid game. Heís a strong and athletic forward who made several plays above the rim. He had several dunks, including an alley oop. He didnít do much else though.

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