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Primetime Shootout - Philadelphia
Tuesday, 03 February 2009

By Brian Crownover
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One of the country's top high school tournaments made it's way to Villanova over the weekend.  Some of the top schools from the Philadelphia area battled it out on Friday night along with a DC power.  Here is a look at some of the standout players.


Bishop McNamara 56 Academy of the New Church 50
Neumann-Gorretti 71  Penn Wood 62
Chester 61 Roman Catholic 47

Bishop McNamara

Brandon Coleman (2010, 6-7 PF)
Brandon isn't a household name on this team, but he was very impressive and is really making a name for himself.  The forward stood out early when he showed his versatility.  He opened by hitting a deep face up jumper.  He then worked inside and converted on a hook shot.  He hit another hook shot too.  Brandon was active and moves well without the ball.  He's pretty athletic and put together a strong game on the glass as well.  On the defensive end, he blocked a shot.  Brandon took home the Player of the Game award for McNamara with 11 points in the victory.

Rashad Whack (2009, 6-2 SG) committed to George Mason
This George Mason bound guard had a rough outing.  Rashad scored on a transition basket and hit a free throw after being fouled on another transition play.  Those were his only points of the game though.  He struggled with his shot as he was 0-5 from beyond the arc and just 1-9 overall.  Rashad was active defensively and picked up three steals, all in the second half.  He also made a few nice passes.  His shot just wasn't there in this one.  Rashad will certainly have better days.

Academy of the New Church

Malcolm Gilbert (2011, 6-11 C)
This young big man has the kind of size and wingspan that college coaches drool over.  Malcolm completely controlled the paint on the defensive end as he blocked shot after shot after shot.  What was really impressive too is that he seemed to do it with relative ease.  His length and timing are so impressive that he barely has to leave his feet.  He not only blocked much smaller players, but he frustrated 6-8 Pittsburgh bound Talib Zanna as he swatted away several of his shots as well.  Malcolm has some athletic ability, but he's not overly athletic or fleet of foot.  He grabbed a few rebounds thanks to his outstanding size.  Despite his exceptional defensive play, Malcolm still has a long way to go.  He really struggled offensively.  He's not super quick or overpowering.  He'll certainly have to get stronger.  He also looks awkward and uncomfortable on that end of the floor.  He needs to develop a better feel around the hoop.  Malcolm did hit a nice face up shot in the post.  He seems to really like the hook shot and if he can develop that more, he'll be unguardable with his size.  He has to do a better job of catching the ball though.  Malcolm's nature skills rank very high right now and he's a major impact player on the defensive end.  If his offensive skills can catch up, he'll terrorize opponents.  

Kenny Ross (2009, 6-0 PG/SG)
With talented freshman Savon Goodman out, Kenny really stepped up his game.  He's mostly just a jump shooter, but that proved to be effective in this one.  Kenny nailed several pull up shots en route to 12 points and Player of the Game honor.  He scored in transition and made a nice pass.  

Warren Gillis (2010, 6-1 SG)
Warren was another player who had a good game on the perimeter for ANC.  He hit a number of three pointers, including a couple that were of the pull up variety.  He had a nice drive and dish play and buried a floater in the lane.  Warren could help himself out by attacking more, but it's hard to argue with that too much when his jumper was on.  He has pretty good size for a guard, and pulled down a few rebounds too.


Tyreek Duran (2010, 6-1 PG)
Tyreek isn't Neumann's most well known player, but the junior really put together a nice game including a big second half.  Tyreek is a quick guard who can get into the lane.  He had a drive and scoop finish, a fine drive and dish play, and a steal and lay-up.  Tyreek buried several three pointers in this contest as well.  He was very efficient on the offensive end.

Andre "Scooter" Gillette (2009, 6-8 PF) Committed to Niagara
Scooter put together a solid outing.  He was active moving without the ball and his teammates were able to find him for several baskets or fouls.  The athletic forward ran the floor and tipped in a shot.  He hit a nice face up jumper too.  Scooter grabbed a few rebounds and blocked a shot on the defensive end.  He did airball a hook shot and does need to improve from the free throw line.  The big man is a good player though.

Daniel Stewart (2010, 6-6 SF)
This athletic forward is the jack of all trades.  He does a little of everything.  In this contest, he had a nice drive and kick out, athletic dunk and he banked home a deep jumper.  Daniel also blocked a shot, pulled down a couple boards and made several nice passes.  While his versatility is a strength, he doesn't seem particularly strong in any one area.  He does need to develop something that he can rely on consistently.  Daniel is a very intriguing player though.

Mustafa Jones (2010, 6-0 PG)
This rail thin guard had a fine outing.  He buried a number of shots from three point land.  Mustafa is also a quick ball handler, although he didn't look to attack much.  He converted on most of his free throws in this one.  It was a nice game for this shooter.

Penn Wood

Duane Johnson (2009, 6-5 SF)
Duane had a fantastic second half en route to his Player of the Game status.  The lanky wing scored in a variety of ways.  He ran the floor and converted in transition.  He attacked off the dribble and drew a number of fouls and was efficient from the line.  Duane tipped in a shot.  The lefty also showed a nice right hand post hook shot and banked home a jumper too.  Duane has good hands and is a very athletic.  With how active he plays, he could turn out to be a real steal for some program in the spring.

Tyree Johnson (2010, 5-8 PG)
This speedy guard had a rough start, but came on late.  Tyree has a knack for getting into the lane and will often hit difficult shots like the high arching bank he scored on in this one.  After a few missed runners early on, Tyree scored on a teardrop floater.  He got his outside game going in the second half and he hit a few three pointers, including ones of the pull up variety.  Tyree did have a few nice drive and dish plays, but that's one thing he could do more of.  The small guard is certainly talented though.

Aaron Brown (2011, 6-5 SF/PF)
Aaron had a decent game.  He scored early on a pair of drives and banked finishes.  He then missed on a few runners.  Aaron is strong and when we've seen him in the past, he's been most effective on the inside.  He was utilized more on the wing in this one though.  While his ball handling is okay, he's really going to need to improve it at the next level.  The lefty needs to develop his right hand more.  Aaron grabbed quite a few rebounds in this contest.

Thomas White (2009, 6-8 PF)
Thomas made a couple plays.  He converted a reverse lay-up and scored on a put back.  He had a short drive and miss and couldn't hit a hook shot in the post.  His opportunities were limited on this guard dominated team.

Shawn Oakman (2011, 6-8 PF)
This young big man has a lot of upside.  He's well put together for a sophomore.  Shawn did most of his damage on the glass and he scored on a pair of put backs.  He didn't get too many touches in this one.


Rahlir Jefferson (2009, 6-7 SF/PF)
With the other four starters gone from last year's squad, Rahlir is now the leader.  The Temple bound forward did just that in this one.  As usual, he was active.  He made some athletic plays around the rim and cleared double digit boards.  Rahlir appeared to be driving more in this game from the outside than we're used to seeing.  He converted one runner in the lane.  He did hit a nice pull up jumper, but still needs to extend his range though as he moves forward.  Rahlir mixed in a couple nice passes too.  He took home the Player of the Game award after finishing with 19 points and 12 rebounds.  

Maurice Nelson (2011, 5-9 PG)
The brother of NBA Jameer Nelson was impressive in this one.  The small guard is capable of attacking off the bounce.  He had several fine finishes after driving, including a scoop shot.  Maurice proved to be a good shooter too as he nailed several shots from beyond the arc.  While he did make several nice passes, he would benefit by showing he can setup his teammates with more frequency than he did on this night.

Laquan Robinson (2010, 5-10 PG)
Laquan is a quick point guard who runs the show for the Clippers.  He opened with a couple jumpers, including a three pointer.  When attacking, he scored on a scoop shot, drew a few fouls and also dished off to teammates.  Laquan had one nice play where he recovered from a turnover to pickup a steal on the other end of the floor.  He is a big reason Chester will be in the hunt once again come state playoff time.

Roman Catholic

Rakeem Brookins (2010, 5-11 PG/SG)
Due to a recent injury to Maalik Wayns, this suddenly became Rakeem's team.  The junior who has been having a stellar season, came away with mixed results.  With Maalik in the lineup, Rakeem loves to fire away from the perimeter.  Now, he had to handle the responsibilities of the point guard role and look to attack more.  He did drive more than usual and came away with mixed results.  At times, he made some nice plays either driving and dishing or finishing it himself.  Other times, he missed after attacking and sometimes even forcing up some difficult shots.  He hit a pair of pull up three pointers, but wasn't nearly as effective from that area as when we saw him a week ago.  Rakeem was able to convert from the line and that's a big plus if he's going to attack more.  He did finish with 22 points, but was just 6-11 from the field.  It'll take Rakeem some time to adjust to the new role and how well he can handle it will likely determine where he ends up at the next level.  

Koron Reed (2009, 6-7 PF)
With Maalik Wayns out, Koron was very active in this game.  He made some outstanding athletic plays.  He threw down several dunks, including an alley oop.  He scored on a reverse lay-up and hit a face up jumper.  Koron did have some misses around the rim as well though.  He had a monster game on the boards and blocked numerous shots.  Koron will have to continue to step up for Roman.

Andre Horne (2012, 6-3 SG/SF)
This youngster had a rough outing.  He ran the floor and made a few plays in transition.  He missed several jumpers and a floater in the lane.  Andre is quick and has pretty good size.  The guard had a nice drive and banked finish and also picked up an assist.  With Wayns out, Andre and some of his other young teammates will really have to adjust and step up their games.

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