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Prime Time Shootout Kean Sunday Games 4 & 5
Tuesday, 19 April 2011

By Bill Martin
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The Prime Time Shootout at Kean University took place back in mid February and Recruit Recon was on hand for the first five games of Sunday's action.  Our coverage continues with games four and five.

The fourth game of the day featured two teams loaded with talent and two players rated at the top of their class.  St. Patrick features Michael Gilchrist who is one of the top 2011 players while St. Thomas More has Andre Drummond who is widely regarded as the top player in 2012.  St. Patrick ended up winning this game 73-61.

The final game of the day was also the closest.  St. Peter's went up against Our Savior New American with Our Savior New American coming out on top by the score of 56-54.

The following are player evaluations from games four and five on Sunday.

St. Patrick

Chris Martin (2011, 6-0 PG/SG)
This was not a huge offensive performance by Chris but you still got a feel for his shooting ability.  He has a smooth stroke, a quick release and can create space to get his shot off.  Chris only hit one of his three shot attempts from behind the arc, but he did hit a deep two coming off of a screen and when he was slightly off balance.  The only other points he had came off of a step back mid range jumper.  Other than his jump shooting, Chris did not show much else.  He did get out in transition on one play but was blocked from behind on the layup attempt.  With his shooting ability Chris has been a hot commodity in the spring and he has since narrowed his college choices down to only VCU and UAB.

Jarrell Lane (2011, 5-11 PG) committed to UMBC
Jarrell buried a three and went 4-6 from the free throw line.

Derrick Gordon (2011, 6-3 SG) committed to Western Kentucky
It seems like every time out Derrick is very productive and this game was no exception, as he finished with 17 points.  Derrick has a smooth jump shot and he hit from the corner of the foul line and a very deep three pointer with a hand in his face.  He also hit a short jumper after grabbing his own missed free throw.  While he hit a couple jump shots, Derrick was actually more dangerous off the dribble.  He was able to score attacking the hoop and also set up his teammates for open looks.  Derrick used dribble hesitation moves to get into the lane and hit a couple runners.  If he didn't score or dish off to teammates he was usually fouled.  This was the one area of the game where Derrick struggled.  He got to the line a lot but probably converted on less than 50% of his attempts.  Derrick has seemingly been committed to Western Kentucky forever and he should prove to be a very good get for the Hilltoppers.

Dakari Johnson (2014, 6-10 PF/C)
Dakari is a very highly rated big man in the class of 2014, but with all the talented upperclassmen on the St. Patrick roster he was not looked upon to score all that often.  Dakari still had an impact though as he was strong on the boards and scored inside after grabbing offensive boards.  On one of his teammates misses he went up high for the rebound and then hit a reverse.  He was also fouled on a couple of occasions and hit all 4 of his free throws.  Out on the break Dakari threw down a dunk.  Dakari has a very bright future ahead of him and should be one of the most highly sought after big men in the class of 2014.

St. Thomas More

Roy Mabry (2011, 6-1 SG) committed to St. Anselm’s (D-II)
Roy got off to a fast start by burying a pair of threes and banking in a runner off the glass.  At the halftime buzzer he threw up a ridiculous shot over his head but just missed.  After the break he hit a layup but then went somewhat cold from the outside.  He did however manage to knock down another three pointer late in the game.

Adam Jones (2011, 6-7 PF) committed to Fairfield
This was an extremely quiet game for Adam.  He made quite a few solid passes including one from the perimeter to a man open under the hoop.  Offensively he did not look to do much at all, but his lone three point attempt was well off the mark.

Damion Lee (2011, 6-5 SG/SF) committed to Drexel
In the first half Damion did not look to do much offensively but he became much more aggressive in the second half.  At times he was looking too much for his shot and as a result he put up some bad shots.  He even had a pair of airballs, one was a well contested off balance mid range jumper and the other was a three pointer with a hand right in his face.  When he was left open and had his feet set Damion did knock down a three pointer.  To beat the buzzer at the end of the third quarter Damion knocked down a shot from just a few steps over the half court line, where he seemed to shoot it with almost his natural shooting form.  Damion did not however just settle for jumpers and he was productive attacking the hoop.  He had a strong baseline take and hit a layup on the move with contact.    On another play he slashed to the hoop and hit a finger roll off the window.  Moving without the ball he cut to the hoop, got the pass and missed a layup but got his own board and was fouled.  Damion got to the line twice and converted all four of his attempts.   Damion should prove to be a valuable wing player for Drexel, especially if he improves his shot selction.

Indiana Faithful (2011, 6-3 PG)
Indiana ran point for St. Thomas More but while he brought the ball up he didn't really create much for his teammates.  What he did manage to do was drain a three pointer and he got fouled on a pull up mid range jumper.  Indiana converted on both of the attempts from the Charity stripe.

Whis Grant (2011, 5-11 PG)
Whis did not get a ton of minutes but he still managed to make a couple plays.  He hit a very difficult floater over Kentucky commit Michael Gilchrist who also fouled him and Whis drained the free throw.  He also had a great dish to an open teammate under the hoop after beating his man off the dribble.

Our Savior New American

Eyimofe Edukugho (2011, 6-6 SF)
Eyimofe is high leaper who plays out on the wing.  He had a couple dunks including an alley-oop slam early in the game.  He was able to put the ball on the floor and converted once he got to the hoop.  Eyimofe also fired up a three pointer but missed on that attempt.

Jevon Thomas (2012, 6-0 PG) committed to St. John's
Jevon made plays off the dribble but also demonstrated the ability to step out and knock down jumpers from the perimeter.  On a baseline drive he leaped into the air and hung there before dishing off to his teammate for an open layup.  Jevon also got out in transition and hit a layup which he was also fouled on.

Daouda Soumaoro (2011, 6-10 PF/C)
Daouda is a very long interior player and he was one of the reasons why St. Peter's had difficulty scoring inside.  He was strong on the boards and was able to score close to the hoop as well.  He hit a layup in traffic while being fouled and converted the old fashioned three point play by hitting the following free throw.  Daouda stepped slightly away from the hoop to knock down a mid range baseline jumper but he barely left his feet on the shot.  He also made a great pass to a teammate who was cutting down the lane.

Christopher Obekpa (2012, 6-9 PF)
Christopher is a long athletic forward who had an impact offensively and defensively.  He was a constant shot blocking threat and was able to score out of the post.  When his defender was fronting Christopher one of his teammates threw up a very high pass.  Christopher went up very high to get it and ended up getting an easy layup as a result.  After making a drop step around his defender Christopher banked in a hook shot.  At one point he did find himself out on the perimeter and launched up a three but it did not fall.

St. Peter's

Stephon Wyatt (2011, 6-1 SG)
Stephon showed off some explosive athleticism and also the ability to shoot from the outside.  Out in transition he threw down a powerful slam and late in the game he dunked right over a much taller defender.  Stephon buried a three pointer and had a layup off of a baseline drive.  His team lost but Stephon still put together a strong performance and earned the MVP award for his team.

Chase Fluellen (2011, 6-4 SF)
Chase did his damage close to the hoop.  He hit a short shot and a reverse layup.  On his most highlight worthy play, Chase made a spin move around his defender and banked in a layup right out of the spin.  Chase also used a head fake to get his man in the air to draw a foul.

Keith Lumpkin (2011, 6-8 C) committed to Rutgers (Football)
Keith was facing a very long, Athletic OSNA front court, but he still managed to get himself in good position and got his shots off by utilizing his large frame.  He scored on a number of layups in traffic and even finished when he was fouled.  Keith also tipped in a teammates miss and was strong on the boards.  With his size it is easy to see why he will be playing football at the next level.

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