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Donofrio Classic Opening Night 2009
Wednesday, 25 March 2009

By Bill Martin
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Every year around this time the Donofrio Classic starts up in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.  The Donofrio Classic is a single elimination tournament that draws a lot of talented players from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and beyond.

I managed to make it over to Conshohocken for the opening night on Monday, and caught both games on the evening.

The first game pitted the I-3 All Stars against Positive Image II.  This game got out of hand early as the I-3 All Stars jumped out to an early double digit lead and never looked back.  They ended up winning by the score of 88-56.

The second game proved to be a much better contest, as it was close throughout its entirety.  DeStefano Electric pulled out the victory by hitting clutch free throws down the stretch to preserve their small lead.  Winning by the final score of 76-72.

Here are the player evaluations from these two contests.

I-3 All Stars

Khalif Wyatt (2009, 6-2 SG/PG) committed to Temple
This was an outstanding game for Khalif as he did a little bit of everything and was a real leader on the floor.  Khalif played very unselfishly and was really looking to set his teammates up for easy buckets.  He passed the ball well all game displaying excellent court vision.  Defensively Khalif was getting a lot of steals and most of these thefts resulted in lay ups on the other end of the court.  Khalif did not shoot many 3 pointers but he did hit 1 from behind the arc.  He finished with 21 points, 7 assists and 7 steals for the game.

Jaylen Bond (2011, 6-7 SF/PF)
Jaylen had a big game dropping 24 points and pulling down 13 rebounds.  Most of his points were scored right around the bucket, as he was very efficient from close in.  On the couple of layups that he did miss, he grabbed his own rebound and scored on the put back.  Jaylen did make a couple highlight reel worthy plays.  One such play started off on defense as he blocked a shot, grabbed the ball and took it the entire length of the floor before hitting a short running shot off the backboard.  He also had a highflying alley oop that he threw down with two hands.  Jaylen did take a few mid range jump shots in this game but failed to convert on any of them.  If he is going to reach his full potential he will definitely need to improve that part of his game.

Dominic Morris (2010, 6-7 PF)
What stood out most about Dom’s game was his rebounding, as he used his size and strength to dominate on the glass.  Offensively he was able to score in a variety of different ways.  He scored out of the post, in transition and even scored a pair of times off the dribble.  On one such occasion he dribbled in then stopped just inside the foul line and hit a jumper.  On another drive he hit a layup right over top of a defender.  From the post Dom showed a couple impressive moves including a spin.  He did however miss on a pair of put backs after getting offensive rebounds.

Sheldon Mayer (2010, 5-9 PG)
On this loaded team Sheldon was not the focal point of the offense but he definitely made some plays.  He hit a 3 pointer and a pull up jumper from the foul line.  Sheldon showed the ability to pass off the dribble and he also had a beautiful finger roll finish after driving to the hoop.

Amile Jefferson (2012, 6-7 SF/PF)
This young player showed a ton of promise in this outing.  Amile first caught our attention when he cut down the lane, caught a pass with his right hand and switched to his left midair to hit the layup.  While most of his points were scored right around the hoop, he did show the ability to put the ball on the floor as well.  On one play he got a steal, dribbled up the length of the court, going behind his back once before hitting a layup off the glass.  Later in the game he drove to the basket and hit a runner off the glass.  Defensively he deflected and blocked quite a few shots.  When defending on the ball he kept his feet on the ground with his arms straight up, but he did jump to block shots when playing help defense.  Amile is very thin but that is not unusual for a player his age.  He is loaded with potential and is surely a player to watch for the next few years.

Positive Image II

Warren Gillis (2010, 6-1 SG)
Warren was really the lone bright spot for Positive Image II, as he scored 21 of their 56 points.  He displayed his range by knocking down 3 shots from behind the arc and 1 more shot from just inside the 3 point line.  Warren was also able to score on a pair of layups in transition and on a 1 handed shot from the free throw line.  After getting a steal he had a dunk in transition as well.  While he did shoot the ball well in this game he did miss a couple shots badly when he was closely guarded.

Sonny Hill Sophomores

Jabril Trawick (2011, 6-1 SG)
Jabril came ready to play as he had two fantastic finishes around the hoop right off the bat.  He made a spin move from the post and converted a lay up, as well as another layup off the glass, over a defender after driving down the lane.  Jabril did have two tough layup attempts later in the game both of which he missed, but on both occasions he grabbed his own rebound and scored on the put back.  From the outside he hit 1 shot just inside the arc but badly missed another jumper from roughly the same distance.  Near the very end of the game Jabril drove to the hoop and threw down an impressive dunk, but the defense gave him the lane because they did not want to foul him, since they were in the lead by 6 at that point.  Jabril finished the game with 15 points.

Maurice Watson (2012, 5-6 PG)
Maurice is a very speedy young point guard that already has some impressive skills.  He has good court vision and likes to make the no look pass.  Maurice was able to get into the lane and kick out, but he was also able to pull up and hit jumpers in the lane after penetrating.  Despite his diminutive stature, Maurice was able to attack the hoop and draw fouls.  By our count he went 6 of 6 from the charity stripe.  Maurice scored 15 points as well in this contest.

DeStefano Electric

Harley Williamson (2009, 6-5 SG/SF))
Harley got off to a somewhat slow start but got it going as the game wore on.  Most of his points were scored around the hoop as he had numerous layups and a dunk out on the break.  Harley did rebound the ball very well with 11 total for the game.  He also scored 14 points and had 4 assists.  Late in the game he hit 2 free throws to extend the lead to 4 with just under 1 minute remaining in the game.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 April 2009 )
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