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I-3 All Stars, Sonny Hill Juniors Advance to Semifinals
Thursday, 09 April 2009

By Brian Crownover
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The quarterfinals of the Donofrio Classic started on Wednesday night.  In the first game, the I-3 All Stars fought off a pesky Mainstreet team for a 91-79 win.  In the nightcap, the Sonny Hill Juniors fine defense helped them pull out a 55-54 victory over Positive Image.  Here is a look at some of the top performances on the evening.

I-3 All Stars

Khalif Wyatt (2009, 6-3 PG/SG) committed to Temple
Khalif played a fine all around game.  He got off to a very fast start.  As usual, he was terrific getting to the rim and converting.  He had a pretty behind the back move that he finished off with a runner in traffic on one play.  He scored on another play where he grabbed the rebound, took it down the floor and finished with his left hand.  Khalif loves the scoop shot and he converted on one of those too.  He got up and down the court throughout the contest.  He dished out a few nice passes too.  Khalif had a strong game on the boards as well and defensively he played the passing lanes to the tune of five steals.  He finished off a stellar all around game with 19 points and 9 rebounds.

Rakeem Brookins (2010, 5-11 PG/SG)
Rakeem had a strong game after a slow start in this contest.  The talented scorer made some fine plays down the stretch, including a steal and transition basket.  He banked home a shot after another drive.  He got out and ran the floor and converted from the foul line.  Rakeem had a beautiful coast to coast drive which ended with him converting on a runner on one play.  Early on, he hit from the outside with a three pointer and pull up mid range jumper.  Surprisingly, Rakeem didn't pull the trigger much from the outside.  He dished out a three assists in the contest, but continued to struggle with the point guard role as he had 8 turnovers.  The standout guard finished with 17 points in the victory though.

Dominic Morris (2010, 6-7 PF)
Dom is a model of consistency.  He's just productive every time on the court.  He has a big body, but combines that with good skills.  He's a monster on the boards.  Dom scored several times on putbacks.  In the post, he hit a nice turnaround jumper.  He has good footwork and nice back to the basket moves.  He had several fine passes, including one from out of the high post.  Dom isn't the most athletic player and he was actually blocked several times in the contest because of that.  He was very efficient though.  He finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

Travis Robinson (2010, 6-4 SG/SF)
Travis put together a nice game.  He scored in a number of ways.  He had a coast to coast drive and left hand finish.  He hit a mid range jumper and three pointer from the outside.  Travis also converted on several free throws.

Amile Jefferson (2012, 6-7 SF/PF)
Amile is a long and thin forward with some skills.  The young freshman can handle the ball.  He runs the floor well and hit on a deep jumper.  He had a steal and a few boards too.  Amile didn't have a huge game, but he's certainly a talented player.

Jaylen Bond (2011, 6-7 SF/PF)
Jaylen had most of his impact on the boards at both ends of the floor.  He finished with 11 rebounds in the contest.  The talented wing has good size and athletic ability.  He banked home one shot on the inside and scored on a reverse lay-up on another occasion.  Jaylen hit a face up mid range jumper too in this solid outing.

Devin Coleman (2011, 6-4 SG/SF)
This young lefty is a quick ball handler who can get into the lane.  He drew a few fouls while attacking.  He also scored after a nice cut to the hoop.  Devin pulled down a few offensive rebounds, but failed to convert on putbacks.


Tyree Johnson (2010, 5-9 PG)
This small but quick guard had a strong finish after a tough start.  Tyree had several good drives to the hoop and conversions on runners.  He did an excellent job distributing the ball too, especially on the break.  Tyree settled for too many pull up jumpers early on.  He can hit those shots, but he's very streaky.  Once he started attacking, he become much more effective.  He can really score and make plays in bunches.  Tyree finished with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the loss.

Aaron Brown (2011, 6-5 SF)
Aaron had a fine outing.  He plays with a lot of energy and really gets after it on the glass and runs the floor well.  He also loves to attack from the perimeter.  He had a nice drive and bank.  From the outside, he hit a jumper.  Aaron needs to show more of that.  He had an athletic dunk on the break.  While he plays hard and that leads to some great plays, he also has some bad misses and turnovers.  He needs to play a bit more under control.  Aaron finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Duane Johnson (2009, 6-5 SF)
Duane blocked three shots in the first half, but didn't make the high energy plays he's known for in the early part of the game.  He got it going in the second half though.  He crashed the offensive boards and drew a couple fouls.  Duane had a nice cut and finish and also ran the floor well.  He finished the game with 8 rebounds.

Rahlir Jefferson (2009, 6-7 SF/PF) Committed to Temple
Rahlir had his usual array of high energy plays.  He had a steal, block and offensive rebound early on.  He grabbed a few more rebounds and picked up another steal.  Rahlir also had a couple nices passes too.  He made a few plays in transition, but was rather quiet in the scoring column.  He had a nice step back jumper and perimeter shots are something we'd really like to see more of from him.  It was a decent game by Rahlir though.

Maurice Nelson (2011, 5-9 PG)
Maurice had a drive and banked finish as well as a nice drive and dish play.  He really struggled in this contest otherwise though.  He missed several deep shots, including an airball on a three pointer.  Maurice also missed several runners and floaters.  It certainly wasn't a strong game for Jameer Nelson's younger brother.

Sonny Hill Juniors

Savon Goodman (2012, 6-4 SF)
Savon has impressive size and strength for a freshman.  This wing used that ability to pull down boards on both ends of the court.  He scored on a couple putbacks.  Savon is quick off the dribble and can get into the lane.  He converted on a nice runner and drew a couple fouls.  He was quiet from the perimeter in this game.  If he can show a better jumper than he did on this day, he'll draw more interest as he moves forward.  Savon is quite the young talent though and looks to have a very bright future.

Devonte "DJ" Newbill (2010, 6-3 PG/SG)
DJ has good size for a lead guard.  He can attack with either hand and scored while driving to the left for an old fashioned three point play.  He's a steady ball handler, but not super quick.  DJ did have a nice drive and dish play, but struggled with a couple turnovers too.  He hit a pull up jumper and that's clearly a shot he likes.  He really struggled to hit it throughout the contest though.  DJ will have to get stronger too as he goes forward.  It wasn't a great game, but DJ did show some solid skills.

Xavier Harris (2011, 6-5 PF)
After a strong previous game, this undersized post player really struggled in this game.  Xavier loves playing with his back to the basket.  He had a nice array of moves, including a fall away jumper and a hook shot.  He struggled to finish though.  He did score on a couple reverses.  Xavier also had a nice short drive, bank finish with a foul.  He scored on a one handed tip in and was solid on the boards.  He would certainly benefit by showing more skills from the wing.

Saadiq Berry (2010, 6-0 PG)
Saadiq is a guard who showed some nice skills.  He's a pretty quick ball handler who can get into the lane.  He ran the floor well and scored several transition baskets.  On one play on the fastbreak, he finished with a foul and converted for an old fashioned three point play.  He grabbed a pair of offensive rebounds and scored after one of them.  Saadiq was quiet from the perimeter.

Positive Image

Gary Lawrence (2009, 6-6 SF)
Gary was quite impressive in this game.  The combo forward got it done inside and outside.  The lefty is pretty quick and can attack off the bounce.  He has a good feel around the rim which allows him to finish at a high rate.  He likes to use the glass when facing up.  Gary had an impressive drive, spin move and short hook shot on one play.  He was active on the boards and both ends and efficient around the hoop.  He showed fine athletic ability on a dunk. Gary even knocked down a three pointer.  If he showed even more of that, his stock would rise.  He can definitely play though and proved it on this night.

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