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Pub Powers Continue to Roll
Tuesday, 20 January 2009

By Brian Crownover
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Over the last two days, CAA Insider took in some action amongst the Philadelphia Public League's top teams.  Olney defeated Fels for the second time this season with a convincing 107-85 victory on Tuesday afternoon.  Imhotep Charter won a non league slugfest at home on Martin Luther King Day 56-48 over Girard College.  Both games were full of taletned players.  Here is a look at some of the standout performances.

Olney

Jesse Morgan (2009, 6-4 PG/SG)
When we first saw Jesse as a sophomore he was a solid young guard with a ton of potential. On a talented Prep Charter team, he wasn't a main option. Now as a senior at Olney, he's become the go to guy and appears to have really flourished in that roll. Possessing good size, quickness and athletic ability, Jesse was unstoppable in this contest on his way to 35 points. His jumper has really improved over the past year or so and with his size, it's difficult to stop at this level. Jesse buried pull up three pointer after pull up three pointer. He has a smooth release and can hit from just about everywhere. He can pull up and hit from the mid range area as well.

Jesse ran the floor a lot in this up and down contest and also made some plays driving in the half court. He had a beautiful spin move and finish in the lane. He also made good decisions with the ball and dished off some nice passes. Jesse rebounded the ball too. Just when you think he can't impress you anymore, he'll flash his athletic ability. He showed that he can really elevate on a pair of second half the dunks. The second one brought the crowd to its feet as it was off an offensive rebound that he timed beautifully for the slam.  

Because of his size and skills, Jesse will be a versatile player in college. He can play anywhere from point guard to small forward depending on what level he plays at. He is a terrific talent who has really elevated himself to one of the elite players in the city. His play was enormous in this blowout win.

Terrance Bennett (2009, 6-5 SF)
Terrance proved to be a very talented combo forward. When left open, he showed his range by burying no fewer than four three point shots. He also hit a mid range face up jumper. On the inside, Terrance scored on a short drive and reverse. He ran the floor well. He had a strong game on the boards. Terrance is thin and will need to get stronger if he wants to continue working on the inside at the next level. It does look like he'll have the potential to play on the outside when he moves on. Terrance finished with 24 points in the contest.

Kadeem Patterson (2010, 6-0 PG)
Olney really has some nice complimentary player to Jesse Morgan. Kadeem is a wing who showed he can do a number of things. Early on, he buried a three pointer. He later scored on an old fashioned three point play inside. He's a solid ball handle who can attack some. Kadeem scored on a putback and converted quite often from the foul line. He ran the floor well. He did struggled finishing after driving on several occasions. It was a strong complimentary role for Kadeem as he poured in 21 points in the blowout.

Fels

Shannon Givens (2009, 5-10 PG) Committed to Drexel
In the battle of two of the Public League's premier guards, Shannon came up on the short end. He did finish with 30 points on the afternoon in a decent outing, but most of it came when the game was out of reach. He scored 13 points in the 4th quarter of the blowout and 23 in the second half. Early on, Shannon was relatively quiet. He opened with a nice pull up mid range jumper. He hit a few of those throughout after faking three pointers. That's a shot that'll really help him at the next level.

In the first half, Shannon did miss a couple shots while attacking and had a few turnovers. He does have a knack for getting into the lane though. He had a few crafty finishes around the hoop. He also gets to the line quite frequently and is a solid free throw shooter. Shannon loves the pull up jumper and hit several three pointers in that fashion during this one, particularly in the second half off the contest. He ended the third quarter by nailing a halfcourt shot. Shannon did have a couple nice passes and pulled down some boards too.

Shannon was solid defensively, but Morgan's size and smooth jumper were impossible to handle. The biggest problem in the game was that Shannon wasn't assertive enough early on. He carried the team in the second half, but by then it was too late as they were already far behind in this blowout loss. He doesn't have much help on this team and it certainly is a far cry from the Academy of the New Church squad that he played on last season.

Imhotep Charter

Sam Prescott (2009, 6-3 PG/SG) Committed to Marist
Sam has really made great strides over the last year. He led the charge for the Panthers in this one. The explosive guard was at his best in transition. He made plays time and time again in the full court offensive. Sam used a nice spin move on one play and also finished with his left hand on another. He scored on several putbacks and grabbed a few other rebounds too. He made a couple nice passes as well. Sam was quiet from the perimeter, but very efficient overall en route to a game high 22 points.

Will Adams (2009, 6-3 SG) committed to Towson
It was a tough day for this future Towson Tiger. Will came off the bench, but couldn't get it going. In first half, he missed a putback and a three pointer. He did grab two offensive rebounds, but wound up turning the ball over right after both. Will airballed another three pointer and added several more turnovers to his tough game. He did score a pair of transition baskets late in the contest. Those were his lone baskets from the field though as he finished with 5 points.

Jamal Jones (2010, 6-5 SF/PF)
This undersized forward had a nice game. He plays mostly inside and displayed quick moves. He was pretty efficient finishing inside and Jamal also ran the floor. He pulled down a lot of rebounds as well. He will have to transition his game to the wing more at the next level. Jamal finished with a nice 8 points in this outing though.

Parrish Grant (2009, 5-10 PG)
It was a sloppy game for both sides and Parrish was a part of that. The guard did grab a few rebounds, made a nice pass and also blocked a shot. He struggled to find his jumper and turned the ball over way too frequently. Parrish is a quick guard who will have better days.

Kenny Battle (2009 6-1 SG)
Kenny got off to a strong start for the Panthers. The physical guard was effective attacking the rim. He drove to the hoop a few times and finished once, dished off on another play and drew a foul on a third one. Kenny mixed in a deep two pointer and grabbed quite a few rebounds. On the defensive end, he took a charge. He was quiet after the good start and actually finished with 4 points. Kenny did some other things though.

Erik Copes (2011, 6-7 PF/C)
This young big man has a lot of upside, but also needs quite a bit of work. Erik has terrific size and should be able to punish smaller defenders, but his interior skills just aren't there yet. He got decent position inside during this game, but couldn't finish. He often put too much on his shots as they bounced out.

Girard College

John Johnson (2011, 6-0 PG/SG)
John is one of the best young players around. He was quite inconsistent in this contest. He hit several pull up jumper from beyond the arc, often from very deep. It's hard not to like John's aggressive nature. He really wants the ball in his hands and often looks to get to the rim. He changes directions in a hurry. John was up and down in this one. One particular play defined his day. He made a beautiful spin move to free himself, but then failed to finish. At times, he made some nice passes and hit some shots while breaking down the defense. At other times, he dished off poor passes or took difficult shots. His teammates didn't help him out much though either as they struggled to finish. It wasn't near John's best performance, but he did still finish with a team high 18 points.

Torrell Candelaria (2010, 6-2 PG/SG)
Torrell had a decent game. He hit a three pointer and scored on a tough scoop finish. He failed to consistently hit his jumper though, specifically when Girard College was trying to come back in the fourth quarter. He also ran the floor, although was inconsistent finishing. Torrell scored 11 points in the loss.

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