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Donofrio Classic: Day 1
Wednesday, 31 March 2010

By Bill Martin
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Tuesday night kicked off another year of the Donofrio Classic.  Every year this event seems to draw some of the best talent in the area and this year does not seem to be an exception.

In the first game of the night, I-3 took on the Yellow Jackets.  I-3 is loaded with future D-I players and proved to be too much for the Yellow Jackets.  Final Score 97-76.

The second game of the night featured Bucks County going up against Chickie & Pete’s.  This game was pretty close for most of the game but in the end Bucks County pulled away.  Final Score 90-73.

The following are player evaluations for these two contests.



Devin Coleman (2011, 6-4 SG/SF)
Devin was the games leading scorer with 20 points and he showed some versatility in how he got those buckets.  Devin hit a couple shots from beyond the arc and also scored on a few layups.  On one of the layups he converted, he was also fouled and hit the ensuing free throw as well.  Another of his layups came on a one on one fast break, where Devin gave a beautiful fake to the left, completely faking his man out, before hitting the layup on the right side.  Devin also hit a runner in the lane and threw down a two hand slam after picking off a pass and getting out on the break.

Dom Morris (2010, 6-7 PF) committed to Boston University
Dom was tough inside grabbing rebounds and scoring around the hoop in traffic.  After catching the ball just outside of the lane on one possession, Dom drew a double team and then made a fine pass to an open man under the hoop.  Besides his inside game, he also stepped out and knocked down a couple jumpers.  One shot he hit from right around the foul line while the other came from three point land.  Dom scored 17 points in the game.

Rakeem Brookins (2010, 5-11 PG/SG) committed to Tulane
This was a nice game for Rakeem as he didn’t force anything and still managed to knock down at least four shots from behind the arc.  He also made a great dish after driving into the lane and drawing the defense.

Amile Jefferson (2012, 6-7 SF/PF)
In the first half Amile had a couple nice baskets from close range, including a reverse and a pair of layups as a result of him running the floor.  Later in the game he struggled to convert though, as he missed two hook shots and a pair of layups in traffic.  Defensively Amile used his length to block a couple shots.

Jaylen Bond (2011, 6-7 SF/PF)
Jaylen had a very productive 18 points in this game but most of his buckets were scored off transition layups and put backs.  He had a nice lay in after grabbing an offensive board, before he hit the ground.  As is usually the case we would like to see more of what Jaylen can do from the perimeter.  His athleticism and ability to finish around the hoop are never in question.

Yellow Jackets

Terrence Bridgers (2011, 6-3 SG)
Terrence did not have a huge game offensively, but he did demonstrate a solid skill set.  From just beyond the foul line he was able to hit a pull up jumper on two separate occasions.  After showing that he could hit jump shots, Terrence then utilized a pump fake to get his man to leave his feet, before putting the ball on the floor.  Off the dribble he made a couple of perfect passes to cutters for easy layups.

Daron Harris (2011, 6-5 PF)
Daron did a nice job on the glass in this game and was able to score after pulling down an offensive rebound.  He also hit a hook shot out of the post.

Bucks County

Austin Tillotson (2011, 6-0 PG)
Austin is quick off the dribble and was able to beat the defense to the hoop in transition for layups.  He also scored on a mid range jump shot and a runner in the lane after dribbling around multiple defenders.  Austin had 14 points in the game.

Rob Poole (2011, 6-4 SG) committed to Siena
Early in the game Rob was struggling with his outside jumper, but was able to get to the foul line and hit three of his four attempts.  He did hit a runner off the glass over a defender.  As the game progressed he did find his jump shot and buried a number of threes, including one from NBA range.  Rob sunk a pull up foul line jumper as well.  While he does not appear to be particularly quick or athletic, Rob does have the size to shoot over smaller defenders.  Despite his slow start he still managed to tie as his team’s leading scorer with 15 points.

Andrew Nicholas (2011, 6-6 SF) committed to Rutgers
This future Scarlet Knight put together a solid outing.  He both attacked the rim and shot from outside on route to a 14 point performance.  Andrew hit multiple runners in the lane over defenders.  From the outside he hit a shot from just inside the arc.  After getting his man in the air with a pump fake he took a step forward and buried the jumper.

Darrun Hilliard (2011, 6-4 PG/SG)
This long and athletic guard struggled with his outside shot, but was able to have an impact on the game closer to the hoop.  On the defensive end of the court he blocked a couple shots preventing layups in transition.  Offensively he scored in a few different ways.  He hit layups after pulling down offensive rebounds and after grabbing a loose ball under the hoop.  In transition he hit a layup over a defender and also scored on a turnaround jumper from the post.

Cameron Gunter (2010, 6-8 PF/C) committed to Penn
Cameron struggled some to finish in this game, but he did hit a couple of layups including one with his left hand on the left side of the hoop while being fouled.  He hit the following free throw as well.  Although he made this free throw attempt he struggled on another trip to the line as he airballed one attempt and missed the second.  Later in the game he was fouled again on a successfully converted layup.  Cameron was also able to score on a mid range jump shot.  Defensively he blocked multiple shots and was solid on the boards.

Ryan Arcidiacono (2012, 6-2 SG)
Ryan hit a three pointer in this game but also made some plays off the bounce.  On one drive he got to the hoop and successfully converted on a layup, while being fouled.  When he drove on another possession he kicked the ball back out to an open teammate.  Ryan also made a couple hustle plays, going after loose balls.

Chickie & Pete’s

Fran Doughtery (2010, 6-7 SF/PF) committed to Penn
The future Penn Quaker was the leading scorer on the day with 21 points.  For a player his size he demonstrated excellent ball handling ability and did most of his scoring off the dribble.  He is not super quick but he utilized a pump fake, spin move and a behind the back dribble to gain separation from his defenders.  Fran hit a runner off the glass, as well as another bank shot on the run.  He was also able to get all the way to the rim and finish with contact.  Other than his ability to score using his ball handling, Fran also hit a pair of shots from beyond the three point line.

Seamus Radjke (2011, 6-8 PF/C)
Seamus is a bulky forward that played mostly in the post in this contest.  He did not seem to have a lot of post moves but he did use a somewhat slow drop step on a couple of occasions.  While performing this drop step he had a tendency to shift his feet, which could have been called a travel but the call was not made in the game.  Seamus did miss on a few hook shots from the post but was able to bank in a couple layups including one that he was fouled on.  He did hit a mid range jumper as well but badly missed on his lone three point attempt.

Ike Robinson (2010, 6-3 SG)
Ike hit a pair of threes in this contest but airballed another attempt due to a poor shot choice, as he was blanketed by his man on the shot.  On a pair of drives Ike was able to get to the hoop by crossing his man over.  He scored on one of these but was fouled on the other, and did hit both of his free throws.  Defensively Ike blocked a shot or two and also picked off a pass.

Benny Birch (2011, 5-9 PG)
Benny made numerous plays off the bounce.  He dribbled between two defenders using a crossover before hitting a finger roll and on another drive he drew the defense before passing off to a teammate under the hoop for an open layup.  Benny also scored in transition on two separate occasions.  On one of these he had the ball knocked loose from his hand but he regained control and hit the layup.  He also demonstrated the ability to shoot from the outside as he knocked down a pair of three pointers.

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