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Southern Invitational Extended Coverage - Part 2
Sunday, 17 May 2009

By Bill Martin
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ImageHere is part 2 of our continued coverage from the Southern Invitational.

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Maxie Esho (2010, 6-7 PF) committed to Massachusetts
Esho is a long, thin, athletic forward with tremendous upside.  From out of the post he hit a hook shot but most of his points came off dunks.  In the post on another occasion he took a drop step to get around his defender and then dunked it.  Out ahead of the pack he was thrown an alley-oop pass and he caught it and threw it down with two hands.  This really showed off his leaping ability as his head was almost parallel with the rim. 

Another impressive aspect of Esho's game was his ability to handle the ball.  He looked very comfortable dribbling the ball up the court and used long strides to get up the court quickly.  While playing defense he picked off a pass and then took it all the way to the hoop himself for a dunk.  On another occasion he picked up a loose ball and dribbled up the length of the court for yet another slam.  It seemed like he was always trying to push the ball up court when given the opportunity.  The competition was not the best in this game so I would like to see how he plays against bigger more physical forwards as he is very thin.  That being said, UMASS fans should be excited about this pick up due to his athleticism and natural ability. 

Damion Lee (2010, 6-4 SF)
Damion did not get a ton of touches in the contest we saw, but he did drain a 3 pointer.  He also scored on a bank finish after driving to the hoop.

Christian Gordy (2010, 6-5 SF)
Gordy made a couple impressive plays in this game.  He hit a pull up mid range jumper off the dribble.  Later in the contest he grabbed a long offensive rebound and drove towards the hoop and hit a running shot off the glass.  On another drive he did not separate from his man but fully extended his arm to be able to hit a finger roll just ahead of the defender.

Ben Hazel (2010, 6-4 SG)
Ben was very tough on the boards and hit a 15 foot jump shot.

Cedric Lindsay (2010, 6-2 PG/SG))
Cedric was extremely quiet in his team's blowout win.  He did knock down a 15 foot jumper but did not do much else.

Marcus Carmon (2010, 6-6 PF)
Marcus did his damage inside in this game.  He scored by tipping a teammate's miss in and also hit a hook shot out of the post.  On an inbounds play he pinned his man behind him, caught the inbounds pass and had position for an easy layup.  He did miss a couple tough put backs and also missed his lone outside shot from behind the arc though.

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Brandon Dorsett (2010, 6-1 SG)
Brandon hit a 3 pointer and scored on a put back after grabbing an offensive rebound.

Mark Parker (2010, 6-7 PF)
Mark knocked down a 3 pointer but missed on a midrange jumper off the dribble.    He was also able to score on a put back off a teammates miss and also hit a short shot over his defender after corralling a loose ball.

Akil Mitchell (2010, 6-8 PF/C)
In the game we watched of Akil's he was able to hit a pull up jumper from 15 feet out and also drained a shot from behind the arc later in the game.  He also had a strong offensive rebound and was fould on the put back but missed both free throws.  Defensively he blocked a shot.

George MaNgoue (2010, 6-8 C)
George was strong on the boards and did a fine job of drawing contact under the hoop.  On  one play he pump faked to get his man in the air and initiated contact to draw the foul.  He failed to convert though and went to the free throw line missing both attempts, he again went 0-2 from the line later in the game.  George did make a tough layup in transition between two defenders. 

Jeremy Jeffers (2010, 6-5 SG)
Jeremy had a couple nice drives and finishes around the hoop.  On one play he drove baseline and scored on a very difficult reverse.  After driving on another occasion, he got all the way to the hoop for a layup.  He was fouled on the play and proceeded to knock down the ensuing free throw.  Jeremy only showed a glimpse of his perimeter game as he hit on his lone 3 point attempt.


Shaq Duncan (2010, 6-8 PF)
Shaq demonstrated the ability to put the ball on the floor and hit a jumper off the dribble.  He also made a 15 foot jump shot and a couple good passes throughout the game.  Defensively Shaq did not block any shots but definitely altered a couple.

Steve Rennard (2010, 6-0 PG/SG) committed to Penn
This recent Penn commit did not have a huge game offensively.  He was able to score on a pair of transition layups, one of which was a finger roll that he hit just ahead of the trailing defenders.  Steve  hit an open three pointer but missed on another open look.  He did bring the ball up the court for his team at times but really did not display too many point guard skills.

Markese Tucker (2010, 6-5 SF/PF)
Markese jumped out right away with a big block on defense.  He then let his offense do the talking and scored in a variety of different ways.  Out of the post he hit a 1 hand shot and he hit another layup inside while being fouled, but missed the free throw.  After catching the ball out away from the hoop, Markese drove by his man along the baseline and hit the lay in.  He even sunk a mid range jump shot.  Markese was tough on the boards and was able to score on a put back as well.

Frantz Massenat (2010, 6-3 PG/SG)
Frantz was the primary point guard for Team NJABC and he handled the ball very well.  He utilized both a spin move and a behind the back dribble to get by his man.  Frantz contributed offensively by hitting a runner in the lane and converting on an easy layup.  His best play of the game was when he went up for a layup, but had to bring the ball down to avoid a block before laying it in.

Dondre Whitmore (2010, 5-9 PG)
Early in the game Dondre was very quiet.  He did make his impact felt later on as he hit a pair of shots from behind the arc and went 2-2 from the free throw line.  After penetrating into the lane on one possession, he kicked it back out to an open man for a three point attempt.

Charlotte Jayhawks

Chris Coleman (2011, 6-9 C)
This big talented forward was dominant in our viewing.  He was a force on the boards and and scored on a number of put backs.  From out of the post Chris was able to score on a hook shot.  He even knocked down a pair of close range jump shots.  What was really impressive about him was his athleticism, which he displayed on a pair of dunks.  On one play he drove right down the lane and dunked on a defender.  For his other dunk he flew in from behind, trailing on the play and slammed home his teammate's miss.  While Chris really had a good game he could have improved on a couple aspects.  He struggled from the free throw line and missed on his lone 3 point attempt.  Chris also made a couple bad passes that resulted in turnovers trying to push the ball up the court.

Chavis Cliette (2010, 6-2 SG)
Chavis shot the ball with high arc, hitting both a 3 pointer and a midrange jump shot on which he was fouled.  He also pulled down an offensive rebound and scored on a put back while being fouled again.  Both time he got to the free throw line he failed to convert on the old fashioned 3 point play. 

Montez Singleton (2010, 6-0 PG)
Montez hit a mid range jumper and a floater in the lane.  He also left his man standing still after a devastating crossover, but he badly missed a midrange jumper coming right out of the move.

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