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Reebok Summer Classic East (Part 1)
Monday, 14 July 2008

By Brian Crownover
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The "live" period is a busy time.  Hoop Group ran yet another event on Friday and Saturday, with the Reebok Summer Classic East at Rider University.  CAA Insider was on hand for Saturday's action.  Here is a look at some of the top players from the event.

Juice All-Stars

Keith Spellman (2009, 6-2 SG)
Keith is one of the top scorers in New York City. After this strong performance, it's easy to see why. Keith is a very smooth guard who is a good side to side ball handler. He showed the ability to hit difficult shots in this contest as well. Keith had a fantastic crossover move to the left and then finished with a runner and contact for a three point play. He hit a very tough pull up jumper. Keith also showed he can distribute the ball too. He was very active defensively as he played the passing lanes and picked up several steals. Keith does need to get stronger. He is a very talented player though.

James Padgett (2009, 6-8 C)
This big man put together a solid game. James has a big body and is pretty effective on the inside. He showed his power game as he banked home a shot with contact. He also had a lay-in around the hoop. James put together a strong game on the glass at both ends of the floor. He drew a foul after one offensive rebound. He wasn't as dominant as he should be with his size and athletic ability, but James did play a nice game.

Vincent Council (2008, 6-0 PG)
Vincent really showed the ability to score and pass from the lead guard spot. He drove into the lane in both directions. He scored on a runner and a floater. From the perimeter, Vincent buried a pull up jumper. He had several good passes, including a fine transition assist. Vincent played quite well on this day.

Darwin "Buda" Ellis (2009, 5-9 PG)
Darwin had a nice drive and dish play. Aside from that, he struggled though. The small guard missed on several three pointers. He also missed a runner and a transition basket.

Curtis Loving (2008, 6-5 SF)
Curtis is a super athlete. The high flyer might've had the dunk of the year. He leaped over 6-10 Mouphtaou Tarou for a jam. Curtis had a tough finish inside. He also looked to push the ball after a rebound. He's great in the open court, but Curtis does need to show some other skills.

Cecil Kirk

Cleveland Melvin (2009, 6-8 PF)
After a pedestrian first game, Cleveland responded with a strong outing the second time around. The big man moves well. He had several nice finishes early on. Cleveland then really started turning it up and he flashed his athletic ability. He showed he can elevate with a pair of jams as well as a pair of blocks. He was very active in the 2nd half and mixed in a nice pass too. For Cleveland, most of his plays were face up plays on the inside. He grabbed several rebounds too in this strong performance.

Antoine Allen (2009, 6-2 SG)
Antoine is a guard with a good combination of strength and quickness. He can get into the lane off the dribble and drew a ton of fouls throughout the day. On the perimeter, Antoine buried several three pointers. He was tough inside too as he pulled down a number of offensive rebounds. After one, he finished and was fouled for a three point play. Antoine was inconsistent shooting from the perimeter though and also when finishing around the hoop on this day. He's a very talented guard though, with the speed and strength to really cause problems.

Jerry Cummings (2009, 6-6 SF)
Jerry attacked often from the wing. The big forward is most comfortable doing that. He's long and athletic. He was fouled on one drive. Jerry actually struggled converting on this day though. He airballed a runner and missed an athletic jam. From the outside, he missed a three pointer. His size and skill make Jerry an intriguing prospect though.

Naufall Folahan (2010, 6-10 PF/C)
Naufall is another athletic big man from Africa who will play at Massanutten Military Academy. He's not as far along as Mouphtaou Tarou, but Naufall is very long and athletic. He had a fantastic dunk and blocked shot. He grabbed a couple boards. Naufall did have some trouble consistently converting inside. He does have a lot of upside though.

NJ ABC 16s

Frantz Massenat (2010, 6-3 PG/SG)
This left handed guard played very well for this young team. Frantz did a fine job distributing the ball. He had three assists in the first half alone. He threw an outstanding long pass after a rebound. Frantz is a good change of direction ball handler who gets into the lane. He drove and dished quite often. He also stopped and pulled up for a mid range jumper on one of his attempts. With his size and all around skills, look for plenty of schools be on Frantz as he progresses.

Steve Rennard (2010, 6-0 PG/SG)
Steve played very well in this one. This talented shooter was on from the outside. He hit a pair of early three pointers and hit another jumper towards the end of the game. In between, Steve scored on an old fashioned three point play in transition. He had a steal and dish off to a teammate. Although he won't consistently blow by his man, Steve showed a solid handle. He is very scrappy too and is often hustling up and down the court. Steve was certainly a big key to the victory.

Dondre Whitmore (2010, 5-9 155 PG)
This small, but quick point guard made several plays. He was fouled on a three pointer and then converted all three free throws. Dondre finished with contact on another play. He also scored in transition. Overall, he had a solid outing.

Markus Kennedy (2010, 6-9 PF)
Markus did most of his damage on the boards. He pulled down board after board on each end of the floor. He put back his own miss on one play. The wide bodied forward also had an athletic jam on the offensive end. He didn't do much else in the contest though from an offensive standpoint.

Markese Tucker (2010, 6-5 PF)
Markese didn't do too much in this game. He showed his power game with a nice finish inside. He grabbed a couple boards too. Markese can handle the ball, but was rather quiet in this game.

Grassroots Canada

Curtis Trotter (2008, 6-6 240 SF/PF)
Grassroots didn't bring their listed roster, but still had a couple talented players. Curtis proved to be very powerful. He also showed a nice skill set. He can play both inside and outside. He had a nice drive and banked finish around the rim. On the perimeter, Curtis showed he can shoot the ball too. He nailed a pair of three pointers. He grabbed a few rebounds on both ends of the court. He also threw a nice pass. Curtis played very well in this one.

Tramar Sutherland (2008, 6-4 SG/SF)
Tramar was another talented Canadian. This forward is very athletic and active. He had a nice lay-up inside. He grabbed a couple rebounds. On the outside, Tramar buried a three pointer.

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