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Sonny Hill Future Stars Tournament: Part 3
Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Antoine Myers
By Brian Crownover
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Here is our last installment of the Sonny Hill Future Stars Tournament at Temple University.  The Raiders capped a fine weekend to take home the championship.  Here is a look at some of the best players from both Saturday and Sunday's action.

Cecil Kirk

Antoine Myers (2010, 6-3 PG/SG)
Antoine played very well for Cecil Kirk.  The left handed guard can do a little of everything.  He's great in the open court and he scored often in transition.  He had a pair of coast to coast finishes, including one that resulted in an old fashioned three point play.  Antoine is quick off the bounce and doesn't waste dribbles getting to the rim.  He got to the foul line often, with mixed results.  He displayed a smooth stroke from the perimeter as he hit on a pull up three pointer and a fall away jumper from inside the arc.  Antoine didn't shoot a lot though.  He threw a nice pass here and there too.  He had a stellar game pulling down defensive rebounds and often looked to push afterwards.  Antoine had an excellent two games in the playoffs for this strong squad.

Durand Johnson (2010, 6-5 SG/SF)
Durand strung together two nice games during Sunday's action.  The sweet stroking guard hit a number of jump shots, including several pull up three pointers.  He ran the floor well and scored on the break too.  Durand also rebounded the ball well.  He's capable of attacking off the dribble too and we would've liked to have seen more of that on this day.  He still had a fine outing though.

Antonio Barton (2010, 6-3 PG) committed to Memphis
This Memphis bound guard had a strong tournament.  He shot the ball very well and nailed numerous three pointers on Sunday.  He also did a fine job of taking the ball to the hoop.  Antonio is quick off the dribble and can get to the rim.  He had a nice drive and runner on one play.  He converted a huge three point play at the end of their contest against the Chosen League.  It wasn't enough though as Cecil Kirk was knocked out.

Cleveland Melvin (2010, 6-8 PF)
Cleveland strung together a pair of nice games.  In the first game, he was most effective down low.  The skilled forward hit a beautiful fall away jumper after a spin move in the post.  He had a turn around jumper on the inside too.  Cleveland hit a jumper just inside the arc.  He grabbed a couple rebounds and blocked a shot as well.

He did a little of everything in the second game too.  Cleveland nailed several face up jumpers.  He ran the floor well and banked in a shot.  He also had an athletic dunk on the break.  Cleveland banked in another shot around the rim and was fouled for an old fashioned three point play.  He scored on one of his patented explosive catches and finishes around the hoop too.  Defensively, he blocked a shot and picked up a steal.  Cleveland had his fantastic all around skill set on display during this one. 

Karee Watson (2010, 6-8 PF)
This undersized power forward was active around the rim in their first playoff win.  He had an athletic dunk after a nice feed from a teammate.  Karee converted on a putback and was fouled after another offensive rebound.  He crashed the boards well on both ends of the floor.  He had a solid game on the interior.


Dominic Morris (2010, 6-7 PF)
Dom had another productive game.  He works hard down low and is starting to make more plays from the wing too.  In the post, he used a spin move and banked home a shot.  He also scored on a putback and rebounded well on both ends.  Dom drove to the hoop several times from the perimeter.  He either finished or was fouled on most occasions.  The big bodied forward is not super quick, but still a solid ball handler.  He rolled in a jump shot too.  Dom has an impact nearly every time he's out on the floor and this game was no exception.

Jaylen Bond (2011, 6-7 SF/PF)
This athletic wing had a terrific game around the rim.  He had a high flying follow up dunk.  He also scored on a tip in and did a great job of clearing defensive rebounds.  Jaylen scored after a nice feed from a teammate and he finished on the break too.  He struggled with his jumper and that's an area that could improve.  He also didn't attack much off the dribble.  Jaylen put together a decent outing though.

Rakeem Brookins (2010, 5-11 PG/SG)
Rakeem made a few plays, but really struggled to find his shot.  He did hit a three pointer, but that was his lone jumper of the game for this normally strong shooter.  He scored on a runner as well as in transition.  He drew a foul after another drive.  Rakeem missed quite a few shots from the perimeter.  By other accounts, he had a solid tournament though.

Devin Coleman (2011, 6-4 SG/SF)
This talented guard got off to a slow start, but picked it up as the game wore on and was instrumental in the big victory over the Sonny Hill squad.  Devin had a drive and finish in the closing seconds, which ended up being the decisive shot of the game.  Prior to that, he had several finishes around the hoop, often after attacking off the bounce.  He is very good at getting to the basket and he converted at a high rate when doing so in this contest.  Devin made a couple nice passes too.  Early on, he shot quite a few jumpers and they weren't falling for him.  Once he went on the attack, things changed for Devin and the Raiders as they pulled up a tight win. 

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Bruce Brittingham (2011, 6-0 PG/SG)
Bruce had a solid weekend.  The lead guard proved to be unselfish as he made several fine passes.  He hit a couple jumpers and ran the floor too.  Bruce was aggressive playing the passing lanes on the defensive end and because of it, he picked up several steals.  He drove to the hoop and converted or drew fouls several times as well.  It was a fine weekend for Bruce.

Markese Tucker (2010, 6-5 SF/PF)
This big bodied forward was actually at his best attacking the hoop.  Markese converted on two old fashioned three point plays when driving, including one which involved a short runner.  He handles the ball well for his size and because of that size he can finish well in traffic.  Markese  hit a pair of jumpers, including a pull up one.  He made several good passes on the day.  He also worked down low and cleaned up on the boards on both ends of the court.  He has always shown some wing skills, but we've never seen Markese do this much from the perimeter.  He had a fine game during the playoffs for this squad.

Frantz Massenat (2010, 6-3 PG/SG)
Frantz made some plays, but wasn't at his best on this weekend.  The lead guard still had a fine couple games distributing the ball.  He's very unselfish and looks to find his teammates.  Frantz actually shot more than he typically does.  He hit a couple jumpers, but really struggled with his shot.  He had a few drives to the hoop and also scored in transition several times.  Even without playing his best, Frantz still had an impact.

Team Phenom

DJ Irving (2010, 5-10 PG)
DJ was great when on the attack.  He had a beautiful left handed finish on the break.  He converted twice with scoop shots, including one after an impressive crossover move.  DJ ran the floor well throughout the contest.  He made a couple good passes from the lead guard spot too.  He really struggled to find his jumper in this game though.  On the defensive end, he picked up a few steals too.  DJ had a solid outing for Team Phenom. 

Joey Gripper (2011, 5-11 PG)
This speedy guard continues to impress us.  Joey is one of the fastest point guards around.  He did a good job of setting up his teammates again.  He had a fine pass after slicing through the teeth of the defense.  Joey ran the floor well and scored often in transition.  He used his left hand several times, including once where he drew a foul too.  He also mixed in a nice scoop shot on the break.  Joey struggled to convert on the few jumpers he took.  Consistency in that area could elevate his stock even more.  He does a great job of putting pressure on the defense, off the dribble though and he also gets his teammates involved in that action.  Those are two things that you want to see first from a point guard.

Jabril Trawick (2011, 6-1 SG)
Jabril continued his fine play this summer.  The talented guard did a good job of attacking off the bounce.  He hit a tough bank shot in traffic.  He used the glass often, including after a well setup inbounds pass as well as on break.  Jabril ran the floor and had a fine left handed finish in transition.  He was fouled on a jumper.  He threw a good pass after freezing the defense with a crossover move.  Jabril just seems to produce every time he takes the court.

Frank Smalls (2010, 6-4 SF)
Frank put together a very nice game.  He was efficient, particularly around the rim.  He used the glass several times and converted after a few feeds from teammates as well as a drive to the hoop.  He absorbed contact and was fouled after one of those baskets too.  Frank scored on a putback as well.

Jersey Shore Warriors

Andrew Nicholas (2011, 6-6 SF)
We've been eager to catch up with Andrew all summer.  We only saw the second half of this contest, but he did some nice things.  The lefty has size and is a good shooter.  He hit a three pointer and faked another deep shot before settling on a jumper inside the arc.  Andrew also went inside and had a nice spin move and bank shot in the post.  He rebounded the ball well too.  It doesn't appear that he can create much off the dribble though.  He opted instead to just shoot the ball from the outside.  He was solid on this day.

Darrun Hilliard (2011, 6-4 PG/SG)
It was far from the best we've seen from Darrun this summer.  He made a couple plays around the hoop, including a putback.  He rebounded well at both ends of the floor.  He also blocked a shot on the defensive end.  Darrun was quiet from the outside and rarely looked to attack off the dribble in this one.

Rob Poole (2011, 6-4 SG)
Rob had an up and down game.  He had a nice offensive rebound and was fouled, resulting in an old fashioned three point play.  He faked a three pointer and hit the game tying pull up jumper late in the contest.  The Warriors would eventually lose though.  Rob rebounded the ball at both ends.  He struggled with a couple turnovers.  He also missed badly on a jumper and was blocked after taking the ball to the hoop.  He didn't play as strong as when we saw him earlier in the summer, but Rob has his moments in this one.

DC Storm

Soutiri Sapnas (2010, 6-3 SG)
Soutiri made some plays.  He had a nice slice through traffic and finish on one play.  He made several fine passes to his teammates.  The scorer never did quite get it going though.  He struggled to finish when attacking.  Soutiri didn't shoot much from the perimeter either.

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