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Southern Invitational Extended Coverage - Part 1
Saturday, 16 May 2009

By Bill Martin
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With two of us at the Southern Invitational we got to see a ton of prospects over the course of the weekend.

While we already posted some pretty extensive coverage earlier in the week, that was only about half of the games we saw.

This is part 1 of 5 more articles from Southern Invitational, with prospect evaluations of over 100 players total for all 5 articles.

Petersburg Elite - Wright

Devante Gardner (2010, 6-8 PF/C)
Immediately Devante stands out due to his massive frame.  He used this size to his advantage by backing down and overpowering his defenders, getting very close to the hoop for close range shots or layup attempts.  After backing his man down he could have converted around the hoop a bit more consistently, although on a number of his short range misses he grabbed his own rebound and then scored on the put back.  With his size he took up a lot of space in the lane, which really worked to his advantage on the boards.  Even when boxed out, he was able to rebound right over the smaller opposition. 

Besides his ability to dominate inside, Devante also displayed some wing skills.  He brought the ball up the court a few times and looked comfortable with the ball in his hands.  Devante even knocked down a 3 pointer as well as a mid range jumper off the glass.  Defensively Devante blocked a pair of shots and also tipped a 3 point attempt.  Overall Devante was very impressive when we saw him, but he could benefit from dropping some weight to help his overall quickness.

Jay Copeland (2010, 6-6 PF)
Jay did a great job on the boards but struggled finishing around the hoop after grabbing offensive rebounds.  He did throw down a powerful two hand jam while being fouled.  Jay was able to draw contact around the hoop but could have been more consistent from the free throw line.

Dion Bivens (2010, 6-1 SG)
Dion first caught my attention by knocking down a pair of 3's.  He followed this up by making a spin move in the lane to get to the hoop and then went up for a layup attempt.  Dion was able bank this layup in after adjusting midair to avoid being blocked.  On another strong take, he was fouled but could not convert on either free throw attempt.  While out on the break Dion made a beautiful pass to a trailer for an easy layup attempt.

VA Elite

Daron Fennell (2010, 6-3 SG)
Daron rebounded the ball well and was able to draw contact and get to free throw line.  He converted on most of his attempts from the charity stripe.  On probably his best play in our viewing, Daron soared into the lane and hit a finger roll while being bumped by a defender.

Kris McNeil (2010, 5-10 PG)
Kris ran point for the VA Elite and displayed a very quick jump shot.  He hit at least 3 shots from behind the arc, including one that he fired up immediately after catching a pass, coming off a screen.  Kris further displayed his shooting ability from the free throw line hitting 4 of 4 attempts.  He handled the ball pretty well and made a spin move in the lane.  I would have liked to see him show more passing skills but he did throw a long outlet pass that was right on the money.

Chad Canady (2010, 6-2 SG)
Chad  buried a pair of 3 pointers and hit a running jumper after crossing his man up.  He was also fouled on the play and proceeded to knock down the free throw as well.  Chad also made a fantastic one handed pass from the perimeter to an open man directly under the hoop for an easy layup.

VA Assault (16U)

Jarvis Threatt (2011, 5-11 PG)
This thin guard displayed excellent shooting ability.  He hit on at least 4 shots from behind the arc in one game.  One of these shots was from beyond NBA range, just beating the halftime buzzer.  At times, Jarvis brought ball up the court for his team, but struggled some when pressed or double teamed.  He also turned the ball over a couple times on questionable cross court passes.  Jarvis did however make a great pass from outside the arc to an open man under the hoop for an easy lay in.  He was also able to to drive in and get to the hoop utilizing a crossover and a spin move.  Once at the hoop, he drew a lot of contact getting to the free throw line, but was unable to convert with contact.  By my count jay went 6-8 from the free throw line in the contest.

Marvin King-Davis (2011, 6-5 SF/PF)
Marvin did most of his work right around the hoop.  He was able to score on put backs and hit a close range baseline shot.  Marvin also hit a layup after going up high to catch a pass in the post.  He did a fantastic job of boxing out and pulling down boards.  Defensively, he had a couple blocks and altered a few others.

Petersburg Elite (16U)

Micah Thomas (2012, 6-0 PG)
Micah showed off his jump shooting ability by knocking down a pair of three pointers and a pull up jumper from the free throw line.

Boo Williams (16U)

Larry Savage (2011,6-5 SF)
Larry is an athletic forward that finished very well around the hoop.  He scored on put backs and out of the post.  Larry also showed some ability to shoot the ball.  He hit one midrange jumper, but missed on another of the pull up variety, from just inside the arc, after a crossover dribble.  There were a number of plays that he made that really showed off his athleticism.  After making a steal, he got out on the break all by himself, and threw down a powerful dunk.  While in the post, he went up high to catch an entry pass and on defense he flew in from behind to block a fast break layup.

Carlos Anderson (2011, 6-1 SG)
Carlos hit a pair of impressive floaters in the lane in the game we watched.  One he shot with very high arc to avoid a block and the other he converted on, coming right out of a spin move.

Sim Frazier (2011, 6-1 SG)
This lefty made some impressive buckets in the lane.  He hit an off balance runner, as well as a finger roll over a defender.  Frazier hit another layup with contact after driving to the hoop.  His lone jump shot of the game was a pull up jumper from just inside the free throw line.

Ben Dickenson (2011, 6-7 PF)
This forward proved to be a very accurate shooter.  He did not miss many jump shots, and he hit on a pair of 3's and a pair of midrange jumpers.  Ben even converted both his free throw attempts after getting fouled on a put back attempt.  His jump shot is smooth but he does not really jump much when shooting.  Besides his shooting, Ben was also able to convert on a layup after making a cut along the baseline.

Trey Davis (2011, 6-4 SG/SF)
Trey started off a little slowly missing a pair of tough layups with contact.  After this though, he shot the ball well, hitting a pair of three pointers and another shot from just inside the arc.  Trey also showed that he was able to finish out on the break as he threw down a dunk and hit a finger roll over a defender.  He also made a nice pass off the dribble passing over his defender to a cutting teammate.

Dorian Smith (2011, 67 SF)
Dorian is a long forward with a lot of bounce.  His first bucket came on a layup after catching a pass cutting down the lane.  Dorian was also able to score on a pair of put backs, one of which was a tip in.  He hit another layup as well while being fouled although the foul was not called.  Dorian did miss a three pointer and got hung up on an alley-oop attempt.

Wykevin Bazemore (2011, 6-3 SG/SF)
Almost immediately Bazemore showed off his athletic ability on defense with a pair of blocks.  Offensively he attacked the hoop and was able to convert on some tough layups even with contact.  On one play he, got out on the fast break and went up for a dunk.  A player hit his arm from behind, which prevented the dunk, but he still managed to lay it in with 2 hands.  Bazemore was also very active on the boards.  He is the younger brother of current ODU Monarch Kent Bazemore.

Keith Hornsby (2011, 6-2 SG)
Keith scored on two tough layups in transition and knocked down a three pointer.  On another fast break, he made a good pass.

Baltimore Assault (16U)

Greg Lewis (2011, 6-9 PF/C)
Greg stood out right away because he was by far the tallest player on the court and he is very long.  On defense, he blocked numerous shots and altered even more.  He dominated on the boards as well, especially off his own misses.  Greg scored most of his points around the hoop and although he struggled to convert at times, he would grab his own rebounds and then score on the put backs.  He was also able to score with contact and hit on a reverse as well.  Another aspect of his game that stood out was his ability to see the floor, as he made quite a few quality passes.

Miles Code (2011, 6-1 SG)
Miles hit a three pointer and had two fantastic takes to the hoop.  On one of these takes, he hit a short running shot off the glass to beat the halftime buzzer.  He also made a block coming from behind.

Terard Ansar (2011, 6-4 SG/SF)
Terard seemed to have a knack for getting to the hoop but he was struggling to convert early on.  He did get fouled on a number of these drives, and by my count went 4 for 6 from the free throw line.  Later in the game, he did make a couple of tough shots.  He hit a running jumper over a defender and also converted a layup after driving along the baseline.  Terard made one spectacular over the shoulder no look pass, but also made a terrible pass when he left his feet.

Eric Savage (2011, 6-2 SG)
Eric scored on a pair of reverses but airballed a midrange jumper after bumping his man back to clear space.

Virginia Storm (16U)

Jordon Smith (2011, 5-10 160 PG)
Jordan knocked down 2 shots from behind the arc but airballed an open 3 pointer later in the game.  He also hit a runner in the lane.

Judah Morgan (2011, 6-3 SG/SF)
Judah did a number of things in this game that coaches love to see.  He took a couple charges, scored on layups as a result of moving without the ball and was also holding his own on the boards against taller opponents.

Robert Thompkins (2011)
Robert ran the floor well and was able to score on a transition layup.  He also hit a short 1 handed shot out of the post.

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