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Southern Jam Fest - Saturday: Part 1
Sunday, 10 May 2009

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Frantz Massenat
By Brian Crownover
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On Saturday the action continued at the Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest in Hampton, Virginia.  With games taking place from 8:30 am - 11:00 pm it was an eventful day with pleny of talented kids from all over the country. 

 Recruit Recon was on hand taking in the action from start to finish.  Here is a look at the top players that we encountered during Saturday's games.

Team NJABC

Frantz Massenat (2010, 6-3 PG/SG)
Frantz is a talented left handed combo guard.  He played well throughout Saturday's action.  He prefers to slash first and can get to the rim easily. Frantz is a good finisher too.  He is also a capable setup man and he found his teammates for several good assists throughout the day.  He possesses a smooth stroke and can hit out to three point range.  Frantz was a key to Team NJABC's advancement into championship Sunday.

Shaq Duncan (2010, 6-8 PF)
Shaq played very well in the afternoon session.  The athletic forward was active on the break and scored often in transition.  He handles well in the open court.  On the inside, he converted on a reverse, turnaround jumper and also had a one handed tip in.  Shaq cleared the boards on both ends of the court.  He even had a nice pass on one play.  It was a solid outing for this forward.

Dondre Whitmore (2010, 5-9 PG)
Dondre played decent on the day, but didn't stand out as much as he has in the past.  The small guard hit a three pointer, but was otherwise quiet from the outside.  He ran the floor and scored a few times on the break.  He also dished off a couple nice passes.  Dondre was solid at the line too.

Frank Mitchell (2010, 6-5 SF/PF)
Frank is a skilled forward who had a nice outing in the early afternoon game.  He finished well around the hoop, including after being fouled on one occasion.  He rebounded well at both ends of the floor.  Frank moves well without the ball too.  He'd certainly benefit  by showing more from the perimeter, but he stood out on this day nonetheless.

Harold Spears (2010, 6-5 SF)
Harold is a wing player with good size.  He was at his best when running the floor and either scoring in transition or drawing fouls.  His handle is okay, but does have room for improvement.  Harold made a few fine passes and hit a three pointer from the perimeter too.

Markese Tucker (2010, 6-5 SF/PF)
This big bodied, undersized forward was at his best on the boards.  He pulled down rebound after rebound on both ends of the court.  Markese ran the floor and converted often in transition, including a dunk.  He's a pretty good finisher around the rim and is most comfortable there.  He does flash some wing skills from time to time too.  He hit a pull up jumper from about ten feet and had a nice cut and finish on another play.  Markese was solid throughout the day.

Chase Plummer (2010, 6-5 SF/PF)
Chase is a forward with a solid build.  He did several different things in this contest.  He threw a few nice passes to teammates.  He showed a decent handle on a few plays.  He pulled down several rebounds too and picked up a steal on the defensive end.

Steve Rennard (2010, 6-0 PG/SG)
Steve hit a couple three pointers from the outside.  Other than that, he was rather quite throughout the day.  He's a solid spot up shooter.  He can handle the ball a bit too, but didn't do so much in today's action.

Team Final

Markus Kennedy (2010, 6-9 PF) committed to Villanova
This killed forward played quite well.  Markus used his fine combination of size and skill to score often inside.  He was strong on the offensive glass.  His soft touch also allowed him to finish on the inside on hooks, bank shots and a turn around jumper.  He was solid with his back to the basket.  Marcus cleared quite a few rebounds and scored on several putbacks.

Daryus Quarles (2010, 6-6 SF) committed to St. Joe's
Daryus is an extremely lanky forward.  He's a long strider who is pretty athletic too.  The St. Joe's commit can get to the rim pretty quickly and also shoot from the outside.  He hit a couple jumpers, including out to three point range.  Daryus is good as a catch and shoot or off the dribble.  He was a bit inconsistent from the outside in this one though.  He made several fine passes throughout the day too.  He'd greatly benefit by putting some weight onto his thin frame.  He appeared to struggle in traffic during this contest.  With his freakish length and athletic ability, Daryus could be a standout player at the next level provided that he gets stronger.

Trevor Cooney (2011, 6-2 SG)
Trevor hit a couple three pointers, but was streaky from the perimeter.  He hit a few times with pull up threes too.  He had a nice drive and banked finish, but didn't do much other than shoot from deep.

Tyreek Duren (2010, 5-10 PG)
Tyreek was rather quiet in this game.  He was at his best setting up his teammates with several fine passes.  His scoring was limited though. 

Youth Interlock

DJ Irving (2010, 5-10 PG)
This speedy guard was terrific on Saturday morning.  DJ put a lot of pressure on the defense as he attacked off the dribble.  He plays fast and changes directions well, but also plays under control.  He drew several fouls and converted from the line.  DJ showed his scoring ability from the outside too as he buried several three pointers.  He also ran the floor well.  He didn't setup his teammates up with great passes, but he did a good job of setting up his teammates.  DJ put together a stellar game from the lead guard spot for Youth Interlock and was a key in their advancement out of pool play.

Maurice Nelson (2011, 5-9 PG)
Maurice did most of his damage behind the arc.  He hit several times from three point land.  He knocked down a pull up jumper off the dribble too.  Maurice drew a foul after driving on one play, but he was quiet when it came to attacking off the dribble.

Daniel Stewart (2010, 6-6 SF/PF
As usual, Daniel put together a nice game on the glass.  He scored on a couple putbacks and rebounded at both ends of the court.  One of his follow-ups was the game winning basket in the closing moments.  Daniel mixed in a couple perimeter plays too.  He had a beautiful crossover and drew a foul on one occasion.  He also hit a deep pull up jumper from just inside the arc.  The more he can show of that, the better.  Daniel displayed his athletic ability too on a blocked shot.

Dockery Walker (2010, 6-7 PF)
This forward made most of his impact on the boards.  Dockery scored on several putbacks, including one where he was fouled and converted an old fashioned three point play.  He showed athletic ability on a blocked shot and has a solid build.  Dockery didn't do much from the outside in this contest.  He was solid though.

Fran Dougherty (2010, 6-7 PF)
Fran is a skilled combo forward.  From the outside, he had a nice drive and banked finish.  He hit a pull up mid range jumper too.  On the inside he grabbed several rebounds.

Soutiri Sapnas (2010, 6-3 SG)
Soutiri excelled in transition in this contest.  He had a nice spin and bank shot.  He pulled down one rebound and went coast to coast for a basket.  In the half court offense, Soutiri, drove left and banked in another shot.  He drew a foul when attacking on another play.  He displayed a solid handle throughout.  He did miss on the potential game winning lay-up, but his team still prevailed.

Baltimore Assault

Wayne Sparrow (2010, 6-3 PG/SG) committed to Richmond
This Richmond commit continued his strong spring.  Wayne hit a couple threes from the outside, including one of the pull up variety.  He ran the floor and finished well in transition.  He had a steal and dunk on one play.  Wayne played the passing lanes throughout and picked up several steals.  He attacked off the dribble and scored in that way too.  Wayne is a fine get for the Spiders.

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Patrick Holloway (2012, PG/SG)
This youngster was pretty impressive playing up.  He's still on the small side, but showed very good shooting ability.  Patrick hit several three pointers, including one of the pull up variety.  He showed some steady ball handling too and ran the offense very efficiently.  He played under control and got his teammates involved.  Patrick looks to have a bright future ahead of him.

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