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Southern Jam Fest - Championship Sunday
Tuesday, 12 May 2009

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Tyreek Duren
By Brian Crownover
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The Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest concluded in Hampton, Virginia on Sunday.  The CP3 All Stars knocked off Boo Williams in the 17&U championship.  In the 16&U championship, it was Team Final over the DC Assault Gold.

Team Final

Tyreek Duren (2010, 5-10 PG)
Tyreek had a quiet game on Saturday afternoon, but really erupted in Sunday's heartbreaking playoff loss.  He did an outstanding job of creating off the dribble.  Tyreek is quick and can get into the lane and either score or dish off.  He had a nice mix of both types of plays in this contest.  He ran the floor well too and often made plays on the break.  Tyreek didn't shoot much from the perimeter, but he didn't have to do so because of the ease at which he was getting in the paint.  He's a very good lead guard who has really come into his own lately. 

Markus Kennedy (2010, 6-9 PF) committed to Villanova
You know what you're going to get with Markus every time out.  He's a model of consistentcy and efficiency on the interior.  He doesn't need a lot of touches to have an impact and that should help him out when he heads to the guard dominated Villanova program.  Markus possesses great hands and soft tough on the inside to go with his big frame.  He finishes well in the paint and did so again on this day.  He rebounds the ball well too.  He was productive yet again in this one.  

Trevor Cooney (2011, 6-2 SG)
Trevor started off slowly again in this game.  He was firing jumpers and failing to convert.  In the second half, he got it going though and buried a couple threes.  He attacked a little more in this contest.  Trevor finished a few times when doing so, but also missed a couple runners.  The more he can show off the dribble, the more he'll be able to elevate his stock.  His shooting wasn't strong in the two games we saw this weekend either.  That is the strength of Trevor's game though.

Daryus Quarles (2010, 6-6 SF) committed to St. Joe's
Daryus put together a solid game in the playoffs.  The lanky wing player did a better job of finishing plays off the dribble than he had on Saturday.  He had a beautiful adjustment in traffic on one occasion.  He hit a runner and drew the foul for an old fashioned three point play on another.  Daryus did still really struggle with his jumper though and that's something we were hoping to see him improve upon following Saturday's game.  He has the length to make that shot impossible to guard .  He just has to knock it down more consistently.  He threw a nice pass on one play, but is more of a scoring threat than a distributor.  Daryus looks to be a fine pickup for St. Joe's, but with Michael Gilchrist and Dion Waiters absent, we were hoping to see some more explosive games from him.

George Harper (2010, 6-7 PF)
George had a productive playoff game.  He played well around the rim.  He converted several baskets in close range, including an old fashioned three point play.  George grabbed a couple rebounds and scored on a putback.  He also showed his athletic ability as he blocked three shots.

Cecil Kirk

Durand Johnson (2010, 6-5 SG/SF)
Durand was strong in Cecil Kirk's win over Team Final.  He's a good sized wing with the ability to score.  He handles the ball well and attacked off the dribble throughout.  He finished well at the rim.  Durand also displayed a strong game from the outside.  He buried a couple three pointers.  He also knocked down a few pull up mid range jumpers.  He ran the floor and scored in transition.  Durand mixed in a fine drive and dish play too.  He's at his best scoring the ball though.

Cleveland Melvin (2010, 6-8 PF)
Cleveland wasn't nearly as dominant in the playoff game on Sunday as he was on Saturday evening.  He still scored quite a few baskets though.  His most impressive play was a viscous throw down over a defender that resulted in a three point play.  Cleveland hit an interior jumper and followed his own miss after being blocked.  He ran the floor and on one play used a scoop shot to convert.  Cleveland was still pretty efficient in this contest, he just didn't dominate as much as he had previously.

Team Final 16s

Rakeem Christmas (2011, 6-8 PF/C)
Rakeem was arguably the best big man of the entire event.  He did a little of everything during Team Final's championship run.  He showed an array of terrific moves on the inside.  He has good hands and footwork and excellent touch.  Every shot on the inside was soft and many of them just died on the rim and went in.  Rakeem loves using hook shots to take advantage of his length and score over defenders.  He actually has a methodical style on the interior which is similar to that of Tim Duncan.  It allows him to go to a second move on the fly.   

Not only can he play with his back to the basket, but he proved to be a very capable face up player too.  He can put it on the floor and go at the rim and hit mid range face up jumpers.  Rakeem is very athletic and he showcases that on the defensive end.  He blocked a number of shots.  He did have a few athletic jams when wide open, but he doesn't look to play around the rim a lot on the inside.  He'd actually prefer to score over his man.  He rebounded the ball well too throughout.  Rakeem was easily the best player in the 16 and under bracket.

Deon Jones (2011, 6-4 SG)
Deon is a slashing wing with good size.  He's a fine ball handler with long strides, but also the ability to change directions.  He gets to the rim quickly because of that and can finish.  He struggled with his jumper in the first game of the morning, but exploded from the outside in the championship game.  Deon hit a three pointer and a pair off deep pull up jumpers.  He ran the floor well too and had an athletic dunk over a defender too.  The younger brother of Virginia's Jeff Jones, Deon is quite the talented young wing player.

Savon Goodman (2012, 6-4 SF)
Team Final sure makes things interesting.  They lost in the closing moments in the 17 and under bracket.  In the 16 and under championship, Savon nailed the game winning three pointer at the buzzer.  Ironically, his three point shooting is an area for improvement.  Savon is at his best attacking the rim.  The slasher uses his size and strength in the lane to finish.  He had an old fashioned three point play late in the game.  He finished well throughout the day.  Savon is an impressive freshman with a bright future.

Aaron Brown (2011, 6-5 SF)
Aaron was solid throughout the day.  He grabbed numerous rebounds in the championship game and hit a pair of jumpers.  He is better attacking off the dribble though.  In the semifinal, he had several short drives from the mid range area and then finished with bank shots.  The lefty runs the floor well too.

Rashawn Cunningham (2011, 5-10 PG)
Rashawn is a quick lead guard who loves to attack off the bounce.  He can do so in either direction.  He had a fantastic drive and dish play.  He also had another good pass as well.  Rashawn attacked to the left and hit a fall away jumper later on and banked home a runner too.  He was quiet from the perimeter though as he miss a three pointer and airballed a jumper.  Rashawn still stood out though.

Josh Heyliger (2012, 5-11 PG)
Josh was solid off the bench.  The freshman guard already possesses pretty good size for a point guard of his age.  He didn't do a lot, but showed a couple different things.  He opened with a good pass.  Josh then hit a three pointer.  He didn't attack often, but did show a solid handle and drew a foul on one play.

Shawn Valentine (2011, 6-6 SF/PF)
Shawn is a lanky forward who made a few plays.  He ran the floor and scored on the break.  He grabbed a couple rebounds.  Shawn had a nice pass on another play.  He was quiet on the inside.

DC Assault

Cedrick Lindsay (2010, 6-2 180 PG/SG)
Cedrick had a fantastic game.  The speedy guard is terrific at getting into the lane and finishing in traffic.  He had a rebound and coast to coast drive and finish with contact on one play.  Later on, he drove left and banked home a difficult runner in traffic with a foul.  Cedrick also had a drive left and hit a deep pull up jumper.  He buried a three pointer too, but struggled to consistently shoot it from the perimeter.  He had a good pass as well, but could certainly benefit by distributing more.  Cedrick is an outstanding scorer though and very tough to stop with his quickness.

Max Esho (2010, 6-7 PF) committed to UMASS
Max has incredible length for a face up forward.  He had a nice drive and finish and drew a foul later on when attacking.  He handles the ball pretty well.  He grabbed a few rebounds too.  Max missed a three pointer, a jumper and a dunk.  He was still solid though.

Eric Atkins (2010, 6-1 160 PG) committed to Notre Dame
Eric is a speedy scoring point guard.  He puts a lot of pressure on the defense with his ability to create off the dribble.  He did convert several times around the rim, but was also blocked on a few occasions.  His small stature seemed to be a problem on the inside.  Eric also struggled with his jumper.  The speedy guard had a decent outing though.

Boo Williams

James McAdoo (2011, 6-9 PF/C)
James was productive once again.  He played both inside and outside in this one.  He actually showed more from the wing than he did on Saturday night.  James had a nice drive and dish and drew a foul when attacking on another play.  He ran the floor very well and finished in traffic.  He brought the crowd to its feet with a nasty athletic jam over a defender with a foul.  He hit the free throw to finish off the three point play.  James was strong on the inside too of course.  He used his great hands to bank home a putback.  He also hit a fall away post jumper.  He grabbed several rebounds and blocked a shot as well.  James had an outstanding weekend.  It's too bad he didn't get to play against Rakeem Christmas.   They are two of the best big men in their class and were the top 2 big men at this event.

Justin Anderson (2012, 6-5 SG/SF)
Justin is clearly an elite prospect in his class.  He was playing up a couple levels and on a loaded Boo Williams team, but he still stood out.  The young left handed wing player already has the build of a college player, not a high school freshman.  He's a rare combination of strength, athletic ability and skill.  From the perimeter, he hit a three pointer.  Justin can handle the ball too.  He had a few rebounds as well.  Initially, we assumed he was a junior at a good mid major prospect.  Being that he's only a freshman though, there is no doubt that he's a high major talent.

Brian Richardson (2010, 6-4 SG)
Brian had a solid game off the bench.  The athletic wing had a couple nice drives to the hoop.  He's a decent ball handler.  He added in a nice pass and grabbed a couple rebounds.  Brian didn't get a lot of opportunities on this loaded team, but he showed some skills.

Dimitri Batten (2010, 6-3 180 PG/SG) committed to Old Dominion
Dimitri played well on Saturday night.  He showed a good jumper and the ability to create off the dribble.  We'll have a report on that game later.  On Sunday, he really struggled though and barely got off the bench.  Dimitri started the game and missed a pull up three pointer and followed that up with a turnover.  After that short stint, he found himself on the bench for the rest of the half.  He started the second half too, but again was back on the bench quickly.  We're unsure why Dimitri was benched so quickly.  The semifinal game was rough for Dimitri, but he was impressive playing alongside his ACC bound teammates on Saturday night.

DC Assault 16s

Quinn Cook (2012, 6-0 PG)
Quinn is a very good young guard.  He has a well developed all around game.  He can attack off the bounce and finish in the lane.  He's able to step outside and nailed jumpers out to three point range.  Quinn likes using his pull up jumper from deep.  He ran the floor and finished with a foul for an old fashioned three point play one time.  He had a few nice drive and dish plays too.  Quinn had a very good outing in the heartbreaking loss.

Jordan Goodman (2012, 6-8 SF/PF)
This young big man played pretty well.  Jordan has excellent size already and combines that with a unique skill set.  He can battle inside, but actually plays more on the wing.  He has a good handle and can drive to the hoop and finish.  Jordan can hit out to three point land.  He was inconsistent from the outside though.  He can catch and shoot or pull up off the dribble.  He also rebounded and blocked a shot.  Jordan did have trouble guarding Rakeem Christmas when asked to do so, but so do many players.  Jordan is a fantastic young talent though.

Chris Martin (2011, 6-0 PG)
Chris had a solid game.  He ran the floor and converted in transition.  He drove into the lane and was fouled.  He finished on that play and hit the free throw for a three point play.  Chris buried a three pointer from the outside too.

Wave 16s

Kevin Buchanan (2011, 6-3 SG/SF)
Kevin was fantastic early.  He was on fire early as he knocked down a pair of three pointers.  He was fouled on the second one and converted the free throw for a rare four point play.  He ran the floor too.  Kevin drew quite a few fouls and was very good from the foul line.  After the fast start, he missed four straight three pointers.  He nailed another three after though.  Kevin didn't attack much and would benefit by showing more of that ability.  He's a very good shooter though and had a strong game.

George Radford (2011, 6-0 SG)
George is an outstanding shooter.  He hurt Team Final with his range.  By our count, he buried five shots from beyond the arc.  He did finish inside after an offensive rebound and he grabbed another offense rebound in the contest.  George did little else though.  He proved to be a deadly shooter and worth watching.

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