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Rumble in the Bronx - Part 1
Monday, 15 June 2009

By Brian Crownover
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Melsahn Basabe
This past weekend, New York's premier AAU tournament took place at Fordham University.  The Rumble in the Bronx pitted New York's finest against some regional and national powerhouses.  Recruit Recon was on hand to take in Saturday's action.  Here is a look at the top players that we encountered during those contests.

NY Gauchos

Melsahn Basabe (2010, 6-7 PF)
Melsahn was very impressive in the Gauchos blowout win.  The forward combines athletic ability and some bulk to produce a tough interior player.  In this game, he ran the floor and scored time and time again in transition.  He moves well for his size and he threw down several dunks in the game.  The face up forward has good hands. 

Melsahn finished well inside and stepped outside too.  From the perimeter, he nailed several jumpers from just inside the arc and another from beyond three point range.  His release isn't the quickest, but with no one stepping out to guard him, Melsahn could take his time.  He handled the ball pretty well on the break and in short space, but he didn't attack from the perimeter in the halfcourt game.  Melsahn already has the Atlantic 10 and CAA looking and if he continues to play like he did Saturday afternoon, expect more to get involved.

Shane Southwell (2010, 6-5 SG)
Shane is an interesting player.  He has good size and strength from the wing position.  He loves to pass first though.  He proved to be an excellent distributor with great court vision and a feel for the game.  In addition to dishing it off, Shane can score the ball too.  He can get to the rim and knock down the occasional jumper as well.  He ran the floor well and scored or passed on the break time and time again.

Kadeem Jack (2010, 6-8 PF/C)
Kadeem was at his best when running the floor or getting himself in position around the rim.  He had several impressive dunks after feeds from his teammates.  The athletic big man showed that he can put the ball on the floor a bit too.  He had a couple short drives to the rim, one with a banked finish and another where he drew a foul.  Kadeem blocked a shot and grabbed a few boards too.  He didn't play much with his back to the basket, but that's something he can do too.

Mohammed Lee (2011, 6-1 PG)
Mohammed impressed us earlier this spring and he played well again today.  The explosive guard loves to attack off the dribble.  He can go in either direction and get into the paint with ease.  He finishes pretty well and drew quite a few fouls too.  Mohammed ran the floor and was very effective in transition.  He threw down a nice dunk on the break.  He grabbed a few rebounds too.  Mohammed struggled from the perimeter as he missed a couple pull up three pointers.  He had a very nice game though on a loaded Gauchos squad.

Rasi Jenkins (2010, 6-6 SF/PF)
Rasi opened with a nice mid range jumper early on.  The lanky wing hit a runner in transition too.  He worked on the inside as well.  He pulled down rebounds and both ends.  Rasi showed his athletic ability as he blocked a shot.  He was solid in the win.

Doron Lamb (2010, 6-5 190 SG)
This superb scorer torched the nets early on.  Doron was burying pull up jumpers from deep and finishing in transition over and over again.  He had roughly 20 points at intermission.  When the pull up game is on like it was today, there's no stopping him.  Doron put it into cruise control in the 2nd half of the blowout win.

Tauron Bailey (2010, 6-6 SF/PF)
Tauron made a few plays around the rim.  He displayed a nice hook shot on one occasion.  He crashed the boards on both ends and converted on a putback.  After another rebound, he had a short drive and finish.  Tauron showed he can handle the ball a little too, in addition to playing inside.

NE Playaz

Alex Francis (2010, 6-7 SF/PF)
Alex is a big and athletic wing player.  He loves getting up and down the floor and can play above the rim.  He has several dunks in the contest.  He is explosive off the dribble too and he got into the paint several times.  Alex drew several fouls while attacking.  He had an assist in transition too.  He didn't hit any jumpers in the game.  Alex had a nice outing though.

Denzel Brito (2010, 6-2 PG/SG)
Denzel is an athletic wing player who put together a nice game.  He showed his leaping ability on a transition dunk.  He ran the floor well and scored a few other times on the break.  Denzel is a slashing guard who got to the rim and finished well.  He's not the most explosive player off the dribble, but he's still quick enough to get into the lane and cause problems.  He proved to be an unselfish player as he dished out quite a few assists too.  Denzel stepped outside and nailed a three pointer as well.  He had a solid all around game for the NE Playaz.

Nate Lubbick (2010, 6-8 215 PF) Committed to Georgetown
Nate had a excellent game.  The future Hoya was at his best running the floor.  He had several athletic dunks with emphatic finishes that left the rim shaking.  He had a couple other fine finishes in traffic too.  Nate adjusts well around the rim.  He stepped outside and hit a jumper in this contest as well.  Nate was at his best on the break in this one though.

Anthony Ireland (2010, 6-0 PG)
Anthony is a quick lead guard.  He can attack off the dribble in either direction.  He drove left several times in the contest and once dished off for a fine assist.  Anthony is unselfish and distributes the ball well to his teammates.  He was quiet from the outside in this contest.  He has the looks of a nice point guard though.

Dejuan Coleman (2012, 6-8 260 PF/C)
This youngster is massive and long armed.  He combines that with some nice skills too.  Dejuan has good hands and catches almost everything thrown his way.  After struggling early to convert around the rim, Dejuan stepped it up late in the contest.  He showed better touch as he finished inside.  He banked home one shot.  Dejuan drew several fouls too.  Not surprisingly, he was good on the boards too.

Shabazz Napier (2011, 5-11 PG)
This small lead guard was solid while playing with a new team.  Shabazz is quick off the dribble and he displayed that on a drive and scoop finish.  He made a few nice passes throughout the contest.  He ran the floor and made some plays in transition.  Shabazz was quiet from the perimeter and could've attacked more on the offensive end.

Austin Carroll (2009, 6-3 SG)
Austin didn't have a big game on this deep team, but he made a few plays.  He buried a three pointer from the outside, although he missed a couple others.  He made a nice pass too.

NH Student Athletes

Malik Thomas (2010, 6-6 160 SG/SF)
This lanky wing put together a good game.  Malik is a bouncy player who gets to the rim rather quickly with his long strides and quickness.  He was tough to keep out of the lane and because of it, Malik drew quite a few fouls.  He converted on two of the plays in which he was fouled, including one that he used a scoop shot to finish.  Malik moves well without the basketball.  He was quiet from the perimeter in this conest.  He is thin and could certainly help himself out by adding some weight to his frame too.

Xavier Pollard (2010, 6-2 PG/SG)
Xavier made some nice plays as well.  He banked in a shot after driving to the hoop.  He ran the floor and scored in transition several times.  He also buried a jumper from the outside.

Javae King-Gilchrist (2010, 6-1 PG)
Javae is an impressive playmaking guard.  He gets into the lane quickly off the dribble and can change directions in a hurry.  Javae hit a pull up jumper and appears to really love that shot.  He often falls away while shooting it.  He finished around the rim several times after passes from teammates, including one where he was fouled.  He had a nice drive and dish play from the lead guard spot too.

Connecticut Basketball Club

Majok Majok (2010, 6-8 220 PF)
This long armed big man was very impressive.  Majok had a monster game on the glass on both ends of the floor.  He scored several times on putbacks.  He played some with his back to the basket too.  Majok hit a post hook shot, but also did miss on a pair of similar attempts.  Defensively, he picked up a steal and dished off for an assist.  Majok is quite the talent on the interior.

Chris Evans (2010, 6-1 PG)
Chris made a few plays in this game.  He hit a pull up three pointer early on.  He found a teammate on a nice drive and dish play.  Chris is a quick change of direction ball handler who can get into the paint.  While he did hit a jumper, he struggled from the perimeter throughout most of this contest.

Greg Langston (2010, 6-2 SG)
Greg hit a couple jumpers, including a three pointer.  He struggled to consistently shoot the ball though.  He drove to the hoop a few times too, but had limited success.

Westchester Hawks

Brian Voelkel (2010, 6-5 SG/SF)
Brian had a solid game.  He does a lot of little things.  In this one, he found his teammate on a nice pass.  He finished inside on another play.  He blocked a shot too.  Brian is very active defensively and always seems to be in the middle of things.  We left his game early, but Brian still stood out.

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