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Imhotep Takes First Pub Title
Friday, 20 February 2009

By Brian Crownover
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The Philadelphia Public League has a history of talented players.  While this year's Championship contest doesn't have any big names, a pair of future MAAC players really dueled it out.  Sam Prescott, who is heading to Marist, went head to head with future Siena Saint Denzel Yard

Neither player disappointed and it should be a great matchup in northern New York for years to come.  In the end, it was Prescott and Imhotep Charter who took home a much deserved Championship, 49-43.  CAA Insider was on hand at Temple University to take in the action.  Here is a look at all the standout players.

Imhotep Charter

Sam Prescott (2009, 6-3 PG/SG) Committed to Marist
Sam had a nice summer last year, but has put together an even better winter.  The explosive guard added Public League Title game MVP to his résumé in this one after a huge 24 point game.  Sam is so quick and athletic and gets to the rim with ease.  He's a terrific finisher who can adjust in traffic.  Sam's most impressive play was a beautiful scoop finish that really showed his athletic ability.  He also showed his ability to elevate on a alley oop finish after picking up a steal earlier in the play.  He scored on an old fashioned three point play.  Sam was fantastic on the glass on both ends of the court in this one, including scoring on a couple putbacks.  He nearly did cost his team late in the contest as he missed 3 of 4 free throws at one point.  Sam bounced back though and came up with a huge steal and runner and finished off the game by hitting 6 of 8 free throws in the final minute.  Sam will be heading to play for the Marist Red Foxes next year and looks to be a real steal for coach Chuck Martin.  He doesn't shoot much, so it's tough to tell how good that aspect of his game is, but he does just about everything else well. 

Parrish Grant (2009, 5-10 PG)
Parrish put together a nice game.  The quick guard was able to attack off the dribble.  On one play, he banked home a shot after a beautiful spin move.  He converted on a big runner late in the contest when FLC was coming back.  Parrish hit a pull up three pointer, but did miss a couple other deep shots.  He had an alley oop assist and a few other fine passes.  He struggled with several turnovers though.  Parrish finished in double figures with 10 points.

Will Adams (2009, 6-3 SG) committed to Towson
It certainly wasn't the type of day that the future Towson guard would've dreamed of having in the Public League Title game.  Will really had a rough outing.  He did come up with a huge dunk in transition late in this tight contest.  That was his lone bucket of the game though.  Will struggled from beyond the arc as he missed three pointer after three pointer.  He missed badly on a pair of those shots too.  Will did have a nice drive and dish play.  On the defensive end, he picked up a steal.  In the end it was a tough day for Will, but he was still smiling after the big victory.

Erik Copes (2011, 6-8 PF/C)
This big youngster has the potential to be a good player.  Erik has good size and a nice pair of hands.  He made most of his impact on the boards.  He grabbed several offensive rebounds.  Erik really struggled to finish though.  He had one nice quick spin move in the post, but failed to convert.  With all the depth and talented guards on this team, Erik doesn't get many touches.  On the defensive end, he blocked a shot.  His progress will be interesting to track over the next few years.  

Kenny Battle (2009 6-2 SG)
This physical guard made a few nice plays.  Kenny hit a pretty fall away jumper after grabbing an offensive rebound.  He also had a fine drive and finish with his left hand.  He came up with a steal too.  Kenny did miss a jumper and had a turnover after a drive.

Jamal Jones (2010, 6-5 SF/PF)
Jamal played a nice game when we saw him earlier in the year.  The undersized forward was quiet in this one.  This physical player made most of his impact on the boards.  He had a nice putback on one play.  Jamal drew a foul after a short drive.  He came up with a steal too.

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Denzel Yard (2009, 6-0 PG/SG)  Committed to Siena
Much like his future MAAC counterpart, Denzel is super quick off the dribble and can get into the lane.  The small guard is terrific at adjusting in traffic and finishing around the rim too.  He opened the game with a pair of steals and converted a lay-up after the first one.  Denzel then banked home a shot after a crossover move.  He loves to use the glass after attacking.  After one drive, Denzel scored on a nearly impossible underhand scoop shot.  He had it going from the outside as well during this one.  Denzel can pull up and hit from nearly anywhere.  He nailed a few pull up jumpers.  He could help his stock by showing more point guard skills, but there's no denying that Denzel can really light up the scoreboard.  His 24 point outburst wasn't quite enough without the benefit of a strong supporting cast.

Jerrod Johnson (2010, 6-3 SG/SF)
This big wing player was solid.  He uses his size and attacks off the dribble to get into the lane.  Jarrod is a solid ball handler, but could actually improve in that area.  He drew a foul on one drive and also hit a mid range jumper.  Jarrod scored three of his points from the foul line.  He did miss a couple jumpers in the game.

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