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Sonny Hill Future Stars Tournament (8/16/08)
Monday, 18 August 2008

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Jesse Morgan
By Brian Crownover
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Philly's best AAU tournament continued throughout the weekend.  CAA Insider was at Temple University all day Saturday.  Here is a look at some of the best players we saw during the day.

Cuttino Mobley

Jesse Morgan (2009, 6-4 PG)
Jesse put together an excellent game. The big lead guard is at his best when his shot is on, like it was this day. He hit several three pointers, including a pull up one. He moved often without the ball and scored after a couple cuts. One was a left handed finish. Jesse attacked off the dribble and had a couple nice passes. He ran the floor and had a couple dunks. Jesse's strong play was down the stretch was instrumental in the Cuttino Mobley victory.

Tyree Johnson (2010, 5-8 PG)
Tyree distributed the ball very well in this one. The lead guard had several drive and dish plays. He also threw a beautiful long bounce pass right on the money on the break. He wasn't too aggressive in this game, but was effective when he did attack. Tyree drew a couple fouls and was solid from the line. From the outside, he hit a three pointer. Tyree was productive on Saturday.

Hood Enriched

Jake Cohen (2009, 6-10 C)
Jake played well all around. He went inside and hit a hook shot. He rebounded the ball well on the defensive end. Jake blocked a couple shots and ran the floor after one of them and then scored in transition. He had a nice drive and lay-up. Jake hit a jumper from the outside too. He was a bit inconsistent finishing even though he possesses pretty good touch.

Parrish Grant (2009, 5-10 PG)
Parrish is a quick guard who can score. He stepped outside and buried a three pointer early. After that, he went on the attack. He handles the ball well and gets to the rim quickly. Parrish had a drive and scoop finish. The lanky guard scored on a put back too. He had a nice pass on the break as well. Parrish does need to get stronger.

Jaylen Bond (2011, 6-5 SF/PF)
Jaylen scored on a lay-up and also ran the floor and had a couple transition baskets. He can handle the ball a little. Jalen was effective on the boards. He did miss a couple face up jumpers from the perimeter.

RAIDERS

Maurice Briggs (2008, 6-7 SF/PF)
This lanky forward was quite impressive on Saturday. He finished inside on one play. Maurice has good hands and that helped him pull down a lot of rebounds. He is also a solid ball handler. Maurice stepped outside and hit a deep two pointer as well.

Rakeem Brookins (2010, 5-11 PG)
Rakeem had an up and down outing. He had a couple missed shots early. He then knocked down a three pointer. Rakeem was effective attacking the hoop. He had a nice drive left and scoop finish. He converted with contact on another drive to the rim. Rakeem did miss a couple lay-ups and another jumper too. He was still solid though.

Dom Morris (2010, 6-7 PF)
As is often the case, Dom did a good job of powering his way to the hoop from the inside. He handles the ball fairly well and is tough to stop when he attacks because of his size. Dom converted on a three point play on one such occasion. He had a nice cut and finish. He also threw a nice pass to a cutter. As usual, Dom was strong on the boards.

Team Final

Tyreek Duran (2010, 5-10 PG)
Tyreek was very effective attacking the hoop. He handles the ball well and can get into the lane with ease. He hit a tough banked shot after one drive. He scored another time on a runner. Tyreek finished well in traffic all day. He distributed the ball well too on this day. He does need to be more consistent from the line. He also attempted very few shots from the outside.

DJ Irving (2010, 5-10 PG)
DJ was red hot from the perimeter throughout the day. He hit three pointer after three pointer. He had a nice pass on one play. He played off the ball on this day and was effective, but he's probably most suited as the lead guard. DJ played well for Team Final.

Trevor Cooney (2011, 6-2 SG)
Trevor had an up and down Saturday. He hit several three pointers, but was streaky from the perimeter. Trevor showed to be unselfish and found several open teammates throughout. He had a nice drive and bank on one play and followed his own miss on another play. He ran the floor and scored in transition with a foul for a three point play. It was not his best performance, but Trevor was solid.

Jersey Shore Warriors

Will Barrett (2009, 6-8 SF/PF)
This skilled forward was solid. From the perimeter, Will knocked down a pair of three pointers. He scored on a nice reverse in transition. He was strong on the boards on both ends of the court. He did a good job as he blocked two shots as well. Will airballed a pull up jumper after being off balance. He had a few turnovers and was blocked on the break. He does need to do a better job of using his body to protect the ball. Will played well though.

Ed DiRugeris (2009, 5-11 PG)
Ed put together a nice game. He was effective attacking the rim. He banked home a runner and was fouled for an old fashioned three point play. Ed finished well in traffic all game. He hit a pull up jumper to end the first half too. He did turn the ball over on one play when he should've passed the ball on the break. Ed did learn though as next time down he threw a behind the back pass. It was a solid day for this lead guard.

Crusader Nation

Dylon Cromier (2010, 5-11 PG)
Dylon is a young point guard who is good attacking off the dribble. He had a drive and scoop finish plus a foul for a three point play and also banked home a runner. He played well defensively and picked up a number of steals, including one that he converted for a lay-up late in the game. Dylon was streaky from the perimeter. He airballed a couple three pointers. Late in the game after one airball, he then hit a three pointer to tie the game. Dylon showed to be quite the talent.

Jason Newman (2010, 6-6 SF/PF
Jason is a a face up forward who was effective driving to the hoop. He drew a couple fouls after attacking. He was also very good on the glass on both ends of the court. Jason posted up a little, but didn't get many touches inside. He blocked a shot on the defensive end too.

Diamond State Titans

Joel Brokenbrough (2010, 6-6 SF/PF
Joel is a wing player with some good size who can shoot from the perimeter. He opened strong with a pair of three pointers, including one of the pull up variety. He was inconsistent though, including an airball. Joel can also handle the ball a little.

Hoop Dreamz

Aaron Walton (2010, 6-3 SG)
Aaron was strong for Hoop Dreamz in this one. He possesses a very strong pull up game, out to three point land. He also attacked off the dribble and converted quite often, including a banked shot. He had a couple nice passes too. Aaron did struggle a bit later in the game. He still was impressive though.

Artie Owens

Jon Ward (2009, 6-9 PF/C)
This big man has a nice skill set. He can post up, but likes to really play the face up game. He moves well without the ball and as a result ended up with several lay-ups. Jon also rebounded very well on both ends of the floor. He scored on several put backs, including one which ended in an old fashioned three point play. Jon is capable of knocking down jumpers from the mid range area. We'd like to see a few more back to the basket plays from him. Like many players, he'd benefit by adding strength. Jon played well in this one though.

JB Hoops

Mark Bevacqua (2010, 6-6 SF/PF)
Mark is a skilled forward that put together a nice game. He has good size and moves pretty well. The face up forward can play inside or outside. He's not super explosive, but Mark is a good ball handler. He opened with a nice drive, spin move and bank finish. The lefty drove to the hoop and hit another runner. In the low post, Mark faked towards the middle and spun back to the left for a finish. He has good touch and nice hands. Mark throws nice crisp passes too, both from the outside and in the low block. Mark also grabbed several rebounds and often looked to push the ball. He missed on the lone jumper that we noticed. He still had a good outing though.

Hoop Factory

Dave Jones (2009, 6-7 PF)
Dave played well the other night and that continued in this one. He makes most of his plays facing up around the rim. He scored on a couple follow ups, including a one handed tip in. Dave also ran the floor and made several plays in transition. He has good hands and is quite athletic. He was strong on the boards. Dave could certainly benefit by showing a back to the basket game or by making some plays further from the rim. He's shown to be a pretty good player though.

Team Kobe

Khalif Wyatt (2009, 6-2 PG/SG)
Khalif had a very good outing distributing the ball. He attacked off the dribble and had several fine assists. Khalif did struggle with his jumper though as he missed on a couple three pointers and a step back jumper.

CJ Aiken (2010, 6-8 PF)
We only caught the early portion of the game, but CJ struggled. He did have a lay-up, compliments of a nice feed from a teammate. He missed a reverse, fumbled a pass and missed a three pointer.

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