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Rumble in the Bronx lost coverage
Thursday, 24 September 2009

By Bill Martin
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Back in June we traveled up to New York to watch the annual Rumble in the Bronx tournament.  We already posted pretty extensive coverage right after the event, but here are some additional player evaluations from Rumble that we never got around to posting.


Russ Smith (2010, 5-10 PG)
This was an impressive game for Russ but that is usually the case when we see him play.  He shot efficiently from behind the arc, burying a pair of shots from that distance.  Off the bounce he was able to beat the defense and score.  He had a spectacular spin move to split 2 defenders before passing the ball off.  Russ had a highlight worthy layup when he went behind his back with the ball just before going up and hitting a layup.  There was a 2 on 1 fast break where Russ took a very difficult layup attempt when he probably should have passed it off for an easier layup attempt, but he managed to convert on it.  On the defensive side of the ball Russ blocked a 3 point attempt.

Allen West (2010, 6-8 PF)
Defensively Allen was blocking and redirecting shots left and right.  He did not score a ton but he did have a pair of dunks.

Rhamel Brown (2010, 6-6 PF)
Rhamel was strong on the boards and also had a pair of blocks.

Joel Wright (2010, 6-6 SG/SF) committed to Fordham
Joel was outstanding in this game and really showed a vast array of skills.  From the post he hit a short fade away jump shot and also had an easy layup after catching a pass over his defender who was fronting him.  He also used a spin move on a couple occasions in order to get around his man.  Out of one of these spins he hit a short 1 hand shot and the other came along the baseline and resulted in a layup.  Joel demonstrated that he could put the ball on the floor and even pushed the ball up on the break on a few occasions.  Once he beat everyone on the break and threw down an open dunk.  Joel also beautifully faked a behind the back pass freezing his defender before hitting a layup overtop of him.  Joel is a big time talent and should be an impact player at Fordham.

Isaiah Morton (2011, 5-8 PG)
Isaiah has a very quick crossover and used it to get by his defender.  One time when he beat his man he was able to get all the way to the hoop and converted on a layup while being fouled.  He hit the ensuing free throw attempt as well.

James Stukes (2010, 6-6 SF/PF)
James showed off some of his guard skills with a no look pass and a fantastic reverse.


Keegan Hyland (2010, 6-3 SG)
Even though Keegan struggled early in the game to find his shot and finish, you could definitely see some ability and confidence to his game.  Early on he hit a reverse but missed a pair of tough runners and a couple shots off the dribble from various distances including behind the arc.  Keegan is quick off the dribble but also moves well without the ball.  He also used a crossover to get by his defender.  On one of his drives he went along the baseline and found an open man out on the perimeter.  Eventually he did get going and hit a step back 3 pointer and another shot from behind the arc where he caught a pass and immediately fired up the shot.  Another one of his shots was of the pull up variety just inside the 3 point line.  His release is quick on his jump shot making it difficult to block.  On the defensive end he showed some leaping ability when he broke up an alley-oop.

Stephano Mancini (2010, 6-0 SG)
Stephano really demonstrated his ability to shoot in the game we saw.  He knocked down at least 4 shots from behind the arc, along with a well defended midrange jumper and short shot off the glass.  Other than his shooting ability, Stephano also hit a layup while being fouled.  He did miss that ensuing free throw but he did hit both of his other attempts from the charity stripe.

Dominic Borelli (2010, 6-7 SF/PF)
Dominic was able to score out of the post and step out and hit medium range jumpers.  On one play he backed is man down before stepping back and hitting a shot from about 10 feet out.  While more out on the perimeter he gave his man a pump fake before taking a step in and knocking down a midrange jumper.  Closer to the hoop he was able to step around his defender and then hit a short 1 handed shot.  He even showed that he could put the ball on the floor some, by driving by his man and hitting a finger roll over another defender.

Indiana Faithful (2010, 6-3 PG)
This guard’s best asset was his ball handling ability.  He utilized both a crossover and a spin move to get around his defenders.  Indiana did not score a whole lot but he was able to knock down a 3 and also a tough layup from directly under the hoop.  He used his body well to shield the defender from blocking him.  Indiana also made an impressive behind the back pass.

Metro Hawks

Aaron Brown (2010, 6-4 SG)
In the game of Aaron’s I saw he finished well around the hoop and was attacking off the dribble.  After grabbing a rebound on defense he took the ball the length of the court and hit an underhand layup just beating the defender behind him.  His most impressive play of the day was a spot up jumper from beyond the arc.

David Samuels (2010, 6-6 SF/PF)
David finished extremely well around the goal, even when he was fouled.  When he made his way to the free throw line he proved to be a very good free throw shooter.  He shot the free throws with a high release point and high arc.  David scored a couple of his baskets after pulling down offensive rebounds and putting them right back up.  On one of his successful layup attempts, he double clutched mid air before releasing the ball.  Besides his layups, David also hit a pair of short jumpers right over his defender.  One of these he banked in and the other he was leaning forward jumping into but yet over top of his man.

Leroy Isler (2010, 6-5 SF)
What stood out about Leroy’s game was his ability to hit difficult layups and score through contact.  Twice he drove into the lane, went up strong with the ball and was hit on the arm.  He converted on both of these but a fouled was not called on either occasion.  On a different possession he drove into the lane, was fouled and still managed to convert.  A foul was called this time around but he failed to hit the free throw.

Jeffrey Short (2010, 6-3 SG)
Although Jeffrey has an unorthodox form and does not jump much when he shoots the ball, he was able to knock down shot from behind the arc.  He sunk a pair of 3 pointers and another shot from just inside the arc.  Jeffrey had a strong offensive rebound as well and then converted on a short 1 handed shot in traffic.  He also had a nice drive where he shielded the ball with his body in order to prevent his man from blocking him and ended up successfully hitting the layup.

Antoine Mason (2010, 6-4 SG/SF)
While this was not a huge game offensively for Antoine he managed to make his presence felt by playing very tough aggressive defense often denying his man from even receiving a pass.  He did hit a pair of tough runners in the lane but airballed a difficult 3 point attempt and also missed a couple free throws.

City Rocks

Taran Buie (2010, 6-2 PG/SG) committed to Penn State
Right off the bat Taran looked to be a gifted player even though he struggled to convert at the beginning of the contest.  He demonstrated quickness off the dribble and made a spectacular spin move to get by his defender.  Early on he would get all the way to the hoop and would throw up a very difficult layup attempt but was not even close to hitting them.  He also badly missed a three point attempt.  During his early struggles, he did still manage to hit both of his 2 attempted free throws.  Once Taran got going though, his play was very impressive.

Taran really started to feel it after he made a dribble hesitation move and then sank a runner off the glass.  After this he hit 2 layups out on the break.  They looked difficult, but at times it seemed like Taran made the shots more difficult than they needed to be.  After grabbing one offensive rebound he really showed off his leaping ability by grabbing the ball with one hand coming off the rim and immediately slamming it home.  He followed this up with a beautiful reverse and by burying a shot from behind the arc.  Besides the early struggles Taran put together a fantastic game.

Will Regan (2010, 6-8 SF/PF)
This was not a particularly strong game from Will.  He was able to score around the hoop but did not show much from the wing.  He only took 2 shots from behind the arc but missed them both.  Will did rebound the ball well and scored on a put back after grabbing an offensive rebound.  On one inbounds play he positioned himself perfectly under the hoop with his man behind him.  He then caught the inbounds pass and hit the layup with the defender right on his back.

Pat Moore (2010, 6-3 SG)
In the one City Rocks game that we saw, Pat hit a couple of difficult layups.  He drove the baseline on 1one before converting between defenders.  On another play he cut down the lane without the ball, then caught a pass and immediately hit the layup.  Pat did take one shot from beyond the arc but failed to convert.

Kameron Ritter (2010, 6-3 PG/SG)
Kameron drove to the hoop and scored while being fouled, and he hit the following free throw.  Kameron also knocked down a 3 pointer in the contest.

Kyle Callanan (2010, 6-2 PG)
The thing that stood out about Kyle’s game was his excellent court vision and no look passing.  He also showed that he could knock down shots from behind the arc and even hit 1 from NBA range.

Brice Kofane (2010, 6-8 PF/C)
Brice was tough on the boards and deflected a couple shots.  He was also able to score on put backs.

Hippolyte Tsafack (2010, 6-8 PF/C)
Tsafack is athletic and much like Brice he was also strong on the glass.  He pulled down one offensive rebound right over his man and was fouled on the put back.  Tsafack hit 1 of the 2 attempts during that trip to the line.  Defensively he blocked a shot and altered a couple others.  

Florida Gold Coast

Charles Hankerson (2010, 6-4 SG/SF) committed to Alabama
Charles is a powerful guard with broad shoulders and a lot of versatility to his game.  He used a combination of strength and quickness to get to the hoop or create his own shot opportunities.  Charles also has a smooth stroke and good elevation on his jumper which makes it difficult to defend.  Most of his shots seemed to be hitting nothing but the bottom of the net.  From behind the arc he was able to bury 4 shots, including one of the step back variety.  Besides the 3 point shots he also sunk a 10 foot baseline jumper off the dribble. 

When attacking the hoop Charles was able to draw the defense and made excellent passes to open teammates.  He was also able to convert on a couple runners in the lane right overtop of the defenders.  When he took it all the way to the hoop he finished strong and converted on 2 old fashioned 3 point plays.  Besides his scoring he also rebounded well from the guard spot.  In what seemed like his only miscue of the game, Charles did brick a dunk attempt hard off the back of the rim.  Charles is quite the talent and it is easy to see why he is headed to Alabama.

Austin Keel (2011, 6-3 SG)
Austin showed that he could shoot from beyond the 3 point line or pass off the dribble.  He hit a pair of 3 pointers and also had 2 drives where he got by his man drawing the defense, before dishing off to an open man.

Jonathan Holton (2011, 6-8 PF)
Jonathan stuck to shooting from the perimeter when we saw him, and he buried at least 3 shots from behind the arc.

Adrian Diaz (2011, 6-10 PF/C)
This long and lean forward did most of his damage on the offensive glass.  He pulled down numerous offensive rebounds but struggled to convert on the put backs.  He was able to score on a short hook shot after pulling down one such offensive board.  Defensively Adrian blocked a couple shots and redirected a few more.

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