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Sonny Hill Future Stars Tournament (8/15/08)
Saturday, 16 August 2008

Brett Roseboro
By Brian Crownover
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Things have been quiet in August, but they picked up quickly in Philadelphia this weekend.  The annual Sonny Hill Future Stars Tournament on the campus of Temple University continues throughout the weekend.  CAA Insider was on hand for more action on Friday night. Here is a look at some of the top players.

Sonny Hill Seniors

Shannon Givens (2009, 5-10 PG) Committed to Drexel
The recent Drexel Dragon commit had a solid game on Friday night.  After a couple early misses, Shannon used a head fake and then hit a runner in the lane.  He followed that up by burying a pull up jumper.  He then started doing what he does best, going on the attack.  The stalky guard hit a tough bank inside plus the foul.  Shannon finished well in traffic on this night, as is often the case.  He converted a beautiful reverse as well as another nice fake shot and drive with a left handed finish.  He was blocked when he tried to go directly at a big man though.  He can finish well at this level, but the question will be whether Shannon can be as effective going at defenders at the next level.  Shannon mixed in some other fine plays too.  He hit on a three pointer and dished off a nice pass to a teammate.  He struggled some at the foul line.  Shannon would benefit by improving his conditioning.  Overall, it was a good game for this point guard.

Cecil Kirk

Cleveland Melvin (2009, 6-8 PF)
Cleveland made several plays above the rim.  The athletic forward blocked a pair of shots.  The most impressive one was on the perimeter and he chased the ball down and slammed it home for two points.  Cleveland converted another dunk in transition too.  He did little else though in the few minutes that we saw.

Delaware Sharpshooters

Isaiah Philmore (2009, 6-7 210 SF/PF)
We only caught some limited action, but Isaiah was solid.  He opened with an athletic dunk.  The lanky forward showed some good timing on a blocked shot.  He also grabbed several rebounds and often looked to push the ball.

Ron Giplaye (2010, 6-5 PF)
Ron is just so active every time he takes the court.  He was quite effective around the hoop.  He scored in a couple ways.  He had a put back plus a foul, he threw home a dunk and even converted a left handed finish inside.  Ron also ran the floor and scored on the break.  As usual, he pulled down numerous boards on both ends of the floor.  We'd like to see him start to take his game out to the perimeter more.  That's where he'll have the most success at the next level.

Old School Cavs

Brett Roseboro (2009, 6-9 C)
The lefty has good hands and is quite effective in the post.  He had a nice spin move and short hook shot.  Brett was strong on the offensive glass, including one put back plus a foul.  He pulled down numerous rebounds on the other end of the court as well.  Brett drew quite a few fouls in this one and really helped himself out by converting from the free throw line.  What really surprised us was the athletic ability he displayed.  He blocked a couple shots and on one of them showed he can elevate better than we originally gave him credit for.  Brett's strong July has carried over to August.

Affinity Bank

Trenity Burdine (2010, 6-6 SF)
It was a rough day from the perimeter for this lanky forward.  He struggled to find his jump shot.  After a few early misses from the outside, Trenity started moving through the lane.  He scored several baskets as a result of this.  He had a put back, scored on a lay-up after a nice feed and hit a short face up jumper inside.  Trenity was also solid on the glass.  We would like to see him attack the rim off the dribble when his shot isn't falling.  He didn't do much of that in this one.

Sonny Hill Juniors

DJ Newbill (2010, 6-3 PG/SG)
DJ played well from the lead guard spot.  He first caught our attention with a free throw line jumper.  It was his ability to penetrate into the lane that really stood out though.  He's not super quick, but DJ possesses good size and is an effective enough dribbler.  He got to rim on several plays, including a nice finger roll finish.  He also showed he is fairly athletic as he threw home a dunk.  DJ proved to be unselfish too.  He had a number of fine assists after breaking down the defense.  The talented guard stood out in this one.

Lansdowne Patriots

Duane Johnson (2009, 6-4 SF)
We only caught a few minutes of his game, but Duane was solid.  He ran the floor and scored a couple times in transition.  He stepped outside and buried a three pointer.  That's something that could take his game up a notch if he can do it consistently.  Duane did miss on a pair of dunks, but his athletic ability was impressive.

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