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Rumble in the Bronx 2010 - Saturday Coverage Part 1
Thursday, 17 June 2010

By Bill Martin
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This past weekend we traveled up to Fordham University for the 2010 Rumble in the Bronx.

While we were unable to make it up for Friday’s action, we were still able to catch plenty of games on Saturday.

Here is Part 1 of our coverage from Saturday.

NY Panthers

Jeffrey Short (2011, 6-3 SG) committed to Fordham
The future Fordham Ram got off the a hot start as he buried his first two shots from behind the arc.  Later in the game he hit an NBA range three pointer as well.  He has a smooth stroke on his shot but barely elevates when he shoots.  This is not for a lack of athletic ability though, as Jeffrey showed he could get up when he threw down a two hand dunk when he was out all alone on the break.

Maurice Harkless (2011, 6-7 SF) Committed to Connecticut
Maurice has good size and athletic ability to play out on the wing.  Most of his points were scored around the hoop but he did hit a foul line jumper and a runner in the lane after driving by a taller defender.  He was also able to score on a tip in, a break away layup after getting a steal, and a layup after pulling down an offensive rebound.  His highlight play of the night was a two hand dunk right over a defender. 

Charles Oliver (2011, 6-0 PG/SG)
Charles shot the ball well in this game.  He started out by hitting a 15 foot jumper that he was fouled on and proceeded to hit the free throw as well.  Then he followed that up by burying trio of three pointers.  Charles also hit on a pair of free throws after he was fouled after driving along the baseline.

Yemi Makanjuola (2011, 6-10 C)
Yemi was out for some of the game with an injury but he still contributed by altering shots and pulling down rebounds.  He did hit a reverse after scooping up a loose ball.

Gold Coast

Jonathan Holton (2012, 6-9 SF)
At 6-9 you would expect Jonathan to play inside, but he played out on the perimeter for most of the game.  He showed he wasn't out of place out there by knocking down a pair of three pointers.  Jonathan also demonstrated his leaping ability by throwing down a two hand slam off of a lob pass. 

Austin Keel (2011, 6-3 SG)
Austin drained an early three pointer before going a bit cold from behind the arc for awhile.  Later in the game he did find his shot and sank a pair of jumpers from beyond the arc.  Other than his three point shooting, Austin made a couple other plays.  He scored on a tip in and had a couple of assists.  On one possession he threw a perfectly placed lob pass that resulted in a dunk.  On another play he drove to one side of the lane then passed across it to the other side to a wide open man, which also resulted in a dunk.  Austin did not put the ball on the floor all that much but when he did he showed a quick behind the back move that was effective at getting him by his defender.

Adrian Diaz (2011, 6-11 C)
Adrian is a long, lanky big man who runs the floor well and is a solid athlete.  He is also pretty quick on his feet, for a guy hovering around seven feet tall.  Because he ran the floor so well he ended up getting a number of buckets in transition, including a pair of dunks.  These were not his only dunks in the game as he also had one after cutting along the baseline, and another after a short drive to the hoop.  Adrian was also able to score on a put back after grabbing an offensive rebound and he had another layup over a defender while on the move.  Adrian did struggle to finish through contact though and would benefit from adding some bulk and getting stronger.  Defensively he utilized his length to block a couple shots and alter a few others.

Cody Mann (2011, 5-10 PG)
Cody came on kind of late in the game but he was definitely one of the standouts once he got going.  Off the dribble he was able to get into the lane and create for his teammates.  On one drive he dribbled between two defender before throwing a beautifully placed bounce pass.  After driving another time, he leaped into the air and dished off to a teammate for an open dunk attempt.  Cody did take the ball all the way to the hoop as well.  He took his man off the dribble and fully extended his arm to get the layup off in front of the trailing defender.  Cody's best play of the game was pull up mid range jumper that he shot with very high arc in order to get the shot over a much taller defender.

Daniel Herrera (2011, 6-6 PF)
Daniel is an undersized power forward, but he is tough, well built and plays with a lot of energy.  He is also a good leaper and demonstrated this with a pair of athletic two hand slams.  He rebounded the ball well and pulled down a couple offensive boards.  After grabbing one offensive rebound he then took a hop step laterally seeking out contact.  He ended up drawing the foul and still hit a short shot, and completed the old fashioned three point play by hitting his free throw.  Daniel also scored on a tip in and a transition layup.


Greg Langston (2011, 6-3 SG)
Most if not all of Greg's points were scored right around the hoop or from the free throw line.  He did struggle early from the foul line missing his first few attempts, but he did eventually hit from the charity stripe later in the game.  Greg finished extremely well around the hoop regardless of traffic or being fouled.  He scored as a result of cutting to the hoop without the ball as well as taking his man off the dribble.  Two of his plays really caught our attention though.  After driving baseline he went up and under the hoop and put english on the ball in order to bank it in.  On the other play he hustled after a loose ball and as soon as he got to the ball he put it behind his back completely changing directions.  This move gave him a step on his man and resulted in a layup.  It would have been nice to see Greg show any signs of a jump shot, but it's hard to complain when he was converting so efficiently around the rim.

Vince Van Nes (2011, 6-11 PF/C)
At 6-11 Vince runs the floor very well and is pretty athletic.  In transition he was rewarded for getting up the court with a pass, and then hit a layup without breaking stride.  Vince displayed his leaping ability on a two hand slam.  On one play he did show some fine court vision by locating an open man under the hoop, but he ended up throwing the pass a little too high that ended up out of bounds.

Phil Gaetano (2011, 5-11 PG)
Phil ran point for CBC when he was in the game and proved to be a crafty playmaker.  He was able to get into the lane using dribble hesitation moves and a crossover.  Once in the lane he showed off his court vision by finding open teammates with a number of no look passes.  Phil drove into the lane on another possession, but this time he stopped and gave a head fake getting his man off the ground.  With his man in the air, Phil then turned and hit a jumper.  He did score another bucket on a fast break but finished with his right hand on the left hand side of the hoop.

Kris Dunn (2012, 6-2 PG/SG)
Kris has quick hands and good length for a guard.  These two attributes helped him on the defensive end of the court as he knocked the ball loose a number of times and also came up with a couple steals.  After one of his steals, Kris just beat his man to the hoop and hit a layup with his right hand on the left hand side of the hoop.  Kris also utilized his length to tip in one of his teammates misses. When handling the ball Kris displayed an extremely quick crossover that allowed him to blow by his man on a number of occasions.  When he did beat his man with the crossover he looked to pass and dished off to his teammates for easy buckets.  One of his passes was of the no look variety.  While he did not take many outside shots, Kris did manage to bury one shot from beyond the arc.

Dennis Levene (2011, 6-7 SF/PF)
Dennis threw down a two hand dunk inside, but he also stepped out on the perimeter and knocked down a three pointer.

Andre Drummond (2012, 6-11 PF/C)
There is no question as to why Andre is one of, if not the top player in the class of 2012.  At 6-11 he is a fluid athlete with an ever developing skill set.  What really stood out about his game this time was his guard like ball handling ability and surprising quickness off the dribble.  At times he brought the ball up the court and was able to dribble around defenders with a variety of moves.  His most impressive play of the game was when he took a smaller defender off the dribble and then proceeded to throw down a monster slam right on him.  His leaping ability was again put on display when he threw down a two hand slam off of an alley oop inbounds pass.  Andre also showed that he could hit the mid range jumper.  While he does have a fairly quick release on his shot, his release point is lower than it should be.  Andre was strong on the boards but did not do much out of the post.  He seemed to be focusing more on taking his man off the dribble.  Andre is also a formidable shot blocker due to his leaping ability, length and excellent timing.  With his size and skills Andre should be able to play his college ball pretty much wherever he wants.

Tavon Allen (2011, 6-7 SF)
Tavon did an excellent job of moving without the ball in order to put himself in position to score.  Twice he found open space to knock down mid range jump shots.  On one inbounds play Tavon made a beautiful cut to the hoop, caught the pass and scored while being fouled.  He had another cut later in the game that resulted in a layup, but on that play he cut along the baseline.

Metro Hawks

Deonte Houston (2011, 6-0 PG)
Deonte was able to score in a variety of ways in this contest.  Twice he took the ball the length of the court himself and hit a layup over a defender.  He scored on another layup, but on this occasion he absorbed contact and had to put up the layup around the outstretched arms of the 6-11 Vince Van Nes.  He managed to score on a runner over Van Nes as well.  One of his more impressive plays was a pull up jumper after making a fantastic hop step into the lane.  Deonte did hit a three pointer early in the game as well, but missed on a number of attempts after that.

Sidiki Johnson (2011, 6-9 PF) committed to Arizona
This contest showed off some of Sidiki's versatility.  Out of the post he hit a hook shot over Andre Drummond.  On another play he faced up and took his man off the dribble but this time got blocked by Drummond.  He does handle the ball well for a player his size.  After getting the the ball inside he pump faked, which got his defender in the air, he then ducked under him and hit a layup with contact.  Sidiki also scored on a layup after pulling down an offensive rebound, and on a dunk after he scooped up a loose ball.  Surprisingly Sidiki even stepped out and knocked down a three pointer, which we hadn't seen from him before.

Malik Nichols (2011, 6-5 SG/SF)
Malik buried a three pointer and scored by tipping in a teammates miss as well.  He also made a play on the defensive end as he picked off a pass and then threw a nice pass up court to start up the break.

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