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Donofrio Classic: Start of the 2nd Round
Wednesday, 12 May 2010

By Bill Martin
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The second round of action kicked off at Donofrio with a pair of games that were both decided by 36 points.

In the first game of the night the Classics went up against the Bucks County All-Stars.  Surprisingly the Classics easily dispatched the very talented Bucks County team by the score of 105-69.

I-3 took on Keystone-Berks in the other game.  Keystone-Berks was simply over matched and found themselves down 21 at the half.  Because of this large lead we left at the half. I-3 ended up winning the game by the final score of 124-88.

Here are the player evaluations from these two contests.

Classics

Whis Grant (2010, 5-11 PG/SG)
This was an absolutely outstanding game from Whis, as he was the high scorer for the night with 39 points.  Whis scored at will on the defense with an onslaught of jumpers from all over the court.  His quick release and ability to shoot off the dribble made him nearly impossible to defend.  From behind the three point line he drained nine shots, very few of which he had his feet set on.  He was able to shoot off the dribble and with a defender right in his face.  Whis also showed that his range extended out well beyond the arc, as he buried a shot from NBA range.  Not only did Whis demonstrate that he could hit from three but he also displayed a mid range game.  Off the dribble he pulled up and buried a number of mid range jumpers.  He dribbled back and forth between his legs and also utilized a crossover in order to gain space on his defender before pulling up.  He hit a high arcing floater in the lane as well.  Whis really just took this game over and displayed the abilities of a big time player.

Jamil Brown (2010, 6-3 SG)
The pairing of Whis Grant and Jamil Brown proved to just be too much for the Bucks County squad to handle.  Jamil finished as the second highest scorer of the night with 27 points.  From outside the three point line he knocked down a pair of shots, but could have had a better shot selection.  A number of his outside shots were either very well defended or from extremely deep.  Most of Jamil’s other points were scored around the hoop, either off the dribble or just by being active.  When driving he was able to get to the hoop and score in traffic with contact.  On a number of occasions Jamil got points by following up his own miss or on his teammates misses.  He tipped in a teammates miss following behind on a break, and also threw down a one hand slam from someone else’s bricked shot.  This flashed Jamil’s leaping ability but he showed a glimpse of it again, when he tried to dunk on a defender but his attempt was foiled by a hard foul.  Jamil is also fast in open space with the ball in his hands, which he showed out in transition.  From the wing he was strong on the boards as well.  This was another impressive performance from Jamil.


Bucks County

Andrew Nicholas (2011, 6-6 SF) committed to Rutgers
Andrew got out to a blazing hot start as he knocked down five early shots from behind the arc.  One of which he was fouled on and hit the ensuing free throw as well.  A little later in the game he hit another three pointer.  Andrew also scored on a layup off the dribble and by converting on two free throw attempts.  After this though, his perimeter shooting went cold.  These misses seemed to weigh on his confidence and he didn’t look to shoot much later in the game.  Despite his lack of shots late, Andrew was still the leading scorer for Bucks County with 23 points.

Darrun Hilliard (2011, 6-4 PG/SG)
This was not a great game for Darrun but he did open the game up by hitting a three pointer.  After the initial make though, he could not find his jumper for the rest of the game.  He was able to score by tipping in a teammate's miss and by getting to the free throw line.  Defensively he made some plays, including a blocked shot and a steal.

Rob Poole (2011, 6-4 SG) committed to Siena
Like many of his teammates Rob struggled in this game as well.  He had a tough time finishing in traffic, and it didn’t help that he was blocked and the ball was knocked loose from his hands on a few occasions.  The lone layup he made came off a fast break where he was all alone after getting a steal.  Rob did shoot the ball decently as he hit a pair of threes and a mid range jumper.  He did however miss a couple of wide open looks from three.  Rob did show he could put the ball on the floor some but is not very quick off the dribble.  On one play he was fouled on a pull up jumper and proceeded to hit both of his free throw attempts.

Ryan Arcidiacono (2012, 6-2 SG)
When Darrun Hilliard was not in the game Ryan was called to run the point and did so effectively.  He handled the ball well in traffic and also showed solid court vision as he drove in and kicked out to open teammates on multiple occasions.  Ryan did not shoot the ball as well as we had seen in the past but he was able to score in other ways.  Cutting down the lane without the ball, he received a pass and hit a layup.  He also had a transition layup after getting a steal.  Ryan was definitely a willing defender and played tough defense on Whis Grant when he was covering him.

Cameron Gunter (2010, 6-8 PF/C) committed to Penn
Cameron had a rough game as he struggled some to finish inside and even airballed one of his free throws.  He did knock down a mid range jumper and scored a couple buckets inside.  The strongest aspect of this game for him was probably his rebounding.


I-3

Dominic Morris (2010, 6-7 PF) committed to Boston U.
In the first half Dom had a couple buckets inside and also hit mid range baseline jumper.

Devin Coleman (2011, 6-4 SG)
Devin made a couple of impressive plays.  He started off by picking his man's pocket and then got out all alone on the break for a dunk.  On another play he took the ball up the court himself and went straight at the hoop.  Once there he jumped forward initiating contact with a defender and hit a finger roll.  Devin also hit both his free throws when he went to the line on a separate possession.

Travis Robinson (2010, 6-4 SG/SF) committed to Boston U.
Travis' jump shot was on in the first half as he hit a pair of threes and a step back jumper with his foot on the three point line.  He also buried a mid range jumper along the baseline.  His other points were scored on a layup and by hitting both of his free throw attempts.  This was a great half from the future Boston University Terrier.

Amile Jefferson (2012, 6-7 SF/PF)
Amile made plays both inside and while running the floor.  From in the post he took a drop step before hitting a hook shot. He was fouled on the play and hit the ensuing free throw as well.  After getting the ball again in the post, Amile made a quick spin move along the baseline to get around his man for an easy layup.  Amile also banked in a short one handed shot while being fouled, but this time he missed the follow up free throw.  In transition he hit a layup and slammed home a dunk with two hands.  Amile even flashed his ball handling ability as he took the ball all the way up the court himself after pulling down an offensive rebound.


Keystone-Berks

Jon Angstadt (2011, 6-1 SG)
Jon was able to score in a variety of ways in the first half.  He started off by sinking a pair of three pointers and was fouled on another three point attempt later in the game.  On this trip to the charity stripe he hit two out of three attempts.  The other two shots he hit were a pull up mid range jumper and another short jumper in the lane.  Also from in the lane he was able to hit a floater over a defender.  Off the dribble he made a beautiful bounce pass to a cutting teammate for an easy layup.  On another possession Jon cut down the lane, caught a pass, and made a layup in one smooth motion without taking a dribble.  Jon is definitely a player to keep an eye on.

Tae Huffman (2011, 6-1 SG)
Tae got his baskets off layups.  He hit one layup in transition and another he banked in high off the glass over a defender.  On his other layup he was fouled as well but couldn't hit the following free throw.

Donovan Jack (2012, 6-7 PF)
This long, lanky forward displayed solid footwork.  His most impressive play of the day was when he took one dribble and then drop stepped around his man before hitting a pretty finger roll.  He did miss a jumper from out of the post.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 August 2010 )
 
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