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Southern Invitational Extended Coverage - Part 5
Tuesday, 28 July 2009

By Bill Martin
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This event took place over 2 months ago, but never got around to posting the fifth and final portion of our extended coverage, so finally here are the last of the player evaluations from Southern.

Boo Williams

Dimitri Batten (2010, 6-3 PG/SG) Committed to Old Dominion
With the vast amount of talent on Boo Williams, Dimitri is not the top offensive option but he still managed to have an impact.  Where Dimitri was at his best was attacking the hoop.  He was able to get all the way to the rim and draw contact.  Dimitri could have finished more consistently as he missed a few tough layups that he probably could have hit.  Out in transition he split 2 defenders and then hit a layup.  Dimitri did make a few quality passes off the dribble.  He was able to get into the lane and draw the defense before dishing it off.  On one play he jumped up to shoot the 3 ball but while in the air he saw an open man under the hoop and found him for an easy layup.  While he didn't shoot the ball much from the outside, Dimitri did hit a couple 3 pointers.  Defensively he had a pair of blocks on smaller guards.  One of which he flew in from behind on a breakaway to swat it out of bounds.  It would be interesting to see Dimitri as more of the main option as he often took a backseat to his talented teammates.

James McAdoo (2011, 6-9 PF/C)
This big time talent has great hands and is strong in the post.  James was a monster on the boards and really imposed his will on his opponents.   There were numerous times where he corralled an offensive rebound and scored on the put back.  Offensively he seemed to constantly be backing his man down and converted over top of them.  Many times he finished with contact.  Where he could improve some is with the speed of his post moves.  James did show the ability to put the ball on the floor some as he had a couple short drives.  He was also able to knock down a couple short to mid range jump shots.  Defensively he blocked a couple shots.  Overall James showed why he is one of the top prospects in the class of 2011.

Justin Anderson (2012, 6-5 SG/SF)
Justin showed his range by knocking down a number of shots from behind the arc.

Brian Richardson (2010, 6-4 SG)
Brian displayed decent ball handling ability.  After getting a defensive rebound he took the ball the length of the court and beat the defense back for a layup.  He had another nice take as well but failed to convert on a reverse.

John Manning (2011, 6-10 C)
John did not get a whole lot of playing time for this loaded Boo Williams squad.  When he did make it into the game he had a short drive that he finished off with a jump stop and then a layup.  

West Chester Hawks

Daquan Brickhouse (2010, 5-9 PG)
This small but quick guard first caught my attention by playing very aggressive defense.  He covered his man very tightly with or without the ball.  His aggressive style of defense allowed him to pickoff one pass, which resulted in a breakaway layup for him.  Brickhouse also hit a short 1 hand shot over a defender.  He did however have one of his passes deflected that resulted in a turnover. 

Kadeem Francis (2010, 6-1 PG/SG)
Kadeem made a couple very impressive plays in the contest I saw.  He buried a pull up mid range jumper.  On another possession he drove along the baseline and then made a beautiful pass back the other way along the baseline, finding a teammate for an open layup.

Brian Voelkel (2010, 6-4 SF/PF)
Brian demonstrated that he could do some damage both inside and from out on the wing.  Early on he buried a shot from behind the arc but struggled some after that from the perimeter.  He did however look very comfortable shooting the ball from that distance.  Brian was able to put the ball on the floor.  On one play he made a great spin move to get to the hoop and then banked in a layup.  Playing closer to the hoop he scored in a couple of different ways.  After catching a pass inside he made a great pump fake, this got 2 defenders into the air.  Once they were on their way back down, Brian went up and hit a layup off the backboard.  He also hit a short shot off the glass over a defender.  Defensively he was able to get a steal which he then took all the way to the hoop and hit a left handed layup while receiving contact but a foul was not called.  Brian even showed off some athleticism on a dunk attempt but he missed due to being fouled hard.  He did struggle from the line however hitting only 3 of 6 attempts by my count.

Jordan Bronner (2010, 6-0 PG)
What was most impressive about Jordan’s game was his ability to adjust in the air and convert around the hoop.  On his most spectacular finish he drove into 2 defenders who both went up to block the shot.  Jordan then proceeded to release the ball from somewhere behind his head in order to get the shot off and somehow it went in.  He converted another tough layup after adjusting to avoid a block later in the game as well.  A number of his other buckets also came from right around the hoop.  Jordan had a pair of nice scoop finishes with defenders in his vicinity and he had a breakaway layup.  He did not take a lot of shots but he did manage to hit a pull up jumper from the foul line corner.

Dustin Hogue (2010, 6-5 SF/PF)
Dustin did not do a whole lot offensively when we saw him but the couple plays he did make were enough to get my attention.  Defensively he had a big time block and offensively he was able to finish in traffic with a finger roll.

DC Assault Gold 16U

Quinn Cook (2012, 6-0 PG)
This point guard first caught my attention by knocking down a pair of 3 pointers, but after that he went more on the attack.  On a number of occasions he was able to make his way all the way to the hoop and converted on his finger roll attempts.  When he didn’t take it all the way to the hoop he was also able to find his open teammates for good looks.  However, on another drive attempt he was stripped trying to dribble into too much traffic.  A couple of his passes were slightly off the mark making them somewhat hard to handle.  Cook did have two nice outlet passes to get his teammates out on the break and he scored on one transition basket himself.  Late in the game he made a fantastic 1 handed turnaround jumper right over top of his defender.

Kenny Osse (2011, 5-11 SG)
What stood out most about Osse was his shooting ability.  He buried a pair of shots from behind the arc early in the game, but he did air ball an open look from that distance later in the game.  On a different successful shot, he gave a pump fake getting his man in the air, and then took a step forward over the 3 point line and fired.  Cook would utilize the pump fake later in the game as well but he drew the foul on that one.  He did hit both of the following attempts from the charity stripe.  He did not put the ball on the floor too often, but he did make an impressive move where he utilized his two steps to go around his defender for a layup attempt.  He scored the bucket, but hit the layup with his right hand on the left side of the hoop, you would have liked to see him use his left hand.  Defensively he was able to pick off a pass and then took it the length of a court but he tried to initiate contact with the defender and ended up missing and didn’t get a foul call.

Jordan Goodman (2012, 6-8 SF/PF)
This forward has quite the skill set for a player of his size and age.  Already he can score from inside and out, and can also put the ball on the floor.  Shooting the ball he knocked down at least 2 from beyond the arc and another from about 12 feet out.  He scored on a pair of impressive plays off the dribble as well.  On one such drive he dribbled towards the left side of the hoop, but then spun back to the right beating his man for a layup.  He hit another shot while on the move after putting the ball on the floor.  Goodman was also very effective playing inside.  He grabbed numerous boards, including at least 1 offensive rebound that he put back up for an easy bucket.  Goodman also threw down a dunk and hit another layup with contact.  On one inbounds play under the hoop, Goodman positioned his man behind him, then caught the inbounds pass and hit a layup.  Only a rising sophomore, Goodman has a very bright future ahead of him.

DC Assault Blue 16U

Adjehi Baru (2011, 6-8 PF/C)
Baru is a forward with excellent length and leaping ability.  He used this to his advantage in rebounding and blocking shots, as well as scoring right over his defenders.  At least 4 of his scores came off put backs of one type or another, including a tip in and a 2 handed slam where he grabbed his teammates miss off the rim and threw it down in one smooth motion.  Baru did however miss a foul line jumper and shot pretty poorly from the free throw line.

Malik Kone (2011, 6-5 SG)
There is definitely a versatility to Malik’s game, as he was able to shoot off the dribble, attack the hoop and even posted his man up once around the foul line scoring on a hook shot.  Malik hit shots from all over the court.  He had a very deep 3 pointer, a shot from the foul line corner and another from mid range all fall.  While he was along the baseline he gave a head fake to get his man in the air.  Malik then ducked under him and hit a 1 hand shot.  He did however air ball one 3 ball attempt, when he tried to pull up off the dribble with a defender right on top of him.  Driving the ball he displayed an effective crossover and step around move that he utilized to get all the way to the hoop.  Once he got to the hoop he typically would finish with a finger roll.  Off the dribble he was also able to make a couple quality passes.

CP3

PJ Hairston (2011, 6-5 SG/SF)
PJ started off very strong, hitting a high arcing runner over 2 defenders and followed that up by tipping in a teammates miss.  After this however, he struggled to convert.  He missed on 2 of 3 shots from behind the arc, although 1 of his misses was from NBA range.  PJ was even having trouble converting on his dunks.  On 1 of these he was out on the break and the ball ended up flying off the back of the rim.  His other two attempted dunks were highly contested.  He showed excellent leaping ability trying to dunk on Cleveland Melvin but failed to slam it home.  The other attempt he was bumped back and ended up grabbing his own rebound and then put it back in. 

Dezmine Wells
(2011, 6-3 SG/SF)
Desmin made a standout play early in the game, before leaving with an ankle injury. On this play he picked up a loose ball and took it the length of the court and threw down a big time 1 hand slam.

Jay Canty (2010, 6-4 SG)
Where Jay really excelled was scoring after grabbing offensive rebounds.  He had at least 3 offensive boards where he scored on the put backs, one of which was a hook shot.  Jay did catch another rebound coming off the rim and attempted to throw it down but was not successful.  He was fouled on a different dunk attempt and ended up going to the foul line and hitting 1 of his 2 free throws.  Jay was also able to score on a running jumper and had a dunk out on the break after picking off a pass as well.

Detrique Baker (2010, 6-8 PF/C)
Detrique did most of his damage right around the hoop.  He was strong on the boards and threw down a pair of powerful 2 hand dunks.  While in the post his man was fronting him so Detrique established position and caught a nice pass right over the defender which resulted in an open layup.  Defensively he tipped his man's jump shot attempt.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 September 2009 )
 
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