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Home arrow Recruiting News arrow December Player Evals out of Eastern Pennsylvania
December Player Evals out of Eastern Pennsylvania
Friday, 21 December 2012
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman
By Brian Crownover

It is now December and in Pennsylvania that means it is time to kick off the high school basketball season.  Last week, Recruit Recon was on hand to check out several programs from throughout Eastern Pennsylvania.  

Last Monday was our first stop as Abington Heights cruised to a 77-34 victory at home over Wyoming Valley West.  

On Tuesday night, it was off to Notre Dame-Green Pond for the Crusaders win over Saucon Valley 67-44.  

The most competitive game of the week was Allentown Central Catholic’s 68-58 come from behind victory over Hatboro-Horsham at the Viking’s famous Rockne Hall in Allentown.  

Here is a look at some of the top players we saw throughout the week.
Allentown Central Catholic

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (2014, 6-4 PG/SG)
It is hard to believe that a player that made the all-state team as a freshman could be under the radar, but that may be the case for this talented guard.  Abdur-Rahkman now enters his junior year after already putting together two stellar seasons.  Early on in this season, he looks even better.

Abdur-Rahkman is one of the most explosive guards around.  If there was a knock on him the first few years of his career, it would be that he can disappear for stretches and maybe defers to less talented teammates too often, rather than taking games over like he is capable of.  That was the case early on in this game as he settled for jump shots and typically was misfiring in the first half.  He closed the 2nd period with half court buzzer beater and that really seemed to spark Abdur-Rahkman and the entire Vikings team.

The second half then became the Abdur-Rahkman show as he took the game over with 26 points in that half alone.  He rallied his team from a 31-26 deficit to a 68-58 victory.  When he is on his game, there are few that can stop the talented 6-4 guard.  He can do just about anything you can ask from a lead guard.  He’s lanky and quick to the rim.  He’s quite athletic and explosive going to at the hoop.  He can change directions off the dribble and he possesses a smooth stroke on his jumper.  Abdur-Rahkman can hit from beyond the arc or pull up from the mid range area.  He’s also a good setup man too.

He scored in all those ways in the 2nd half.  It started with a step back jumper.  Later on, Abdur-Rahkman followed that up a couple three pointers, including a pair of the pull up variety.  He had a beautiful left handed finish in the lane and an athletic dunk after another drive.

The play of the game was definitely a terrific stop and go move near the baseline.  Abdur-Rahkman completely froze the defense and then went to the hoop for a layup.  College coaches see a lot of games, so it isn’t too often that you can make a single play that impresses them, but that’s just what he did on that one.

Abdur-Rahkman finished the contest with 34 of his team’s 68 points.  In his two games over the weekend, he continued where he left off in the 2nd half this contest.  He has led the Vikings to a 4-0 start and makes them a real contender in the Lehigh Valley Conference as well as the 3A level in the state of Pennsylvania.  Coaches from Drexel and Lehigh were in the building for this one and if Abdur-Rahkman continues to play at this level, he will have plenty more suitors following.

Jean Lee Baez (2014, 6-5 PF)
Not a lot of programs have one veteran player that is heading into his junior year, let alone two.  That is exactly what Central Catholic possesses though.  Jean Lee Baez has been a regular in the Vikings lineup since his freshman year as well.  The talented forward provides a good inside compliment to Abdur-Rahkman’s outside game.  As usual, Baez made some plays around the rim and was strong on the boards.  He’s got a solid built and works hard.  Almost all of his production comes from within a few feet of the hoop.  Baez finished the contest with a solid 13 points.


Mike Brown (2013, 6-5 SF)
Brown has already committed to Navy.  It looks like he could have an impact with the Midshipmen.  He’s a well built guard and a good athlete.  Mike can take it to the hole and use that strength and athleticism to finish at the rim.  He converted an old fashioned three pointer on one occasion.  He’s a solid, but not great ball handler.  Mike does possess a very smooth shot and can hit out to three point range.  He even played on the inside too, where he could also use that strength to his advantage.  He hit a turnaround shot down low too.  Mike played aggressive on defense and made Abdur-Rahkman work for his points early on.  The Navy bound guard finished with 20 points for Hatboro-Horsham.

Zach Quattro (2014, 6-5 SF/PF)
Quattro gives the Hatters an excellent one two punch.  The skilled junior can get it done from both the inside and outside.  He created a lot of matchup problems for Central Catholic.  He has good size for a combo forward.  He started off with a mid range jumper.  He then followed that up with a hook shot in the post.  Zach showed that he is a very good spot up shooter.  Just when it looked like he might not be capable of putting the ball on the floor, Zach had a pair nice drives to the basket.  Particularly impressive was when he attacked with his left hand and finished through contact with a finger roll for an old fashioned three point play.  He not only had an impact on the offensive end, but Zach used good timing and solid athletic ability to block at least three shots on the defensive end as well.  He finished the game with 23 points, but it wasn’t enough as his team lost. 

Abington Heights

JC Show (2014, 6-2 PG/SG)
Abington Heights is one of the top 3A teams in all of Pennsylvania and it starts with experienced junior combo guard JC Show.  JC has been leading the way for the Comets since he was a freshman.  He’s a very dangerous shooter and he showed that in this game.  He nailed 3 three pointers in the contest.  He possesses a smooth stroke and is an efficient scorer, not a high volume shooter.  JC has good size and strength and can play either guard position, although he might be more suited for the off guard position at the next level.  He’s not overly athletic or quick, but he makes up for it by being a crafty ball handler.  He can get to the hoop when he wants to at this level, but opts for the outside shot more often.  JC is a solid setup man as well.  He finished the game with 19 points and didn’t even play the final 10 minutes of this blowout victory over Wyoming Valley West.

Evan Maxwell (2014, 6-8 C)
Evan is an intriguing big man.  He came off the bench in this one, but had an immediate impact.  He ran the floor and had an emphatic dunk.  He showed some solid footwork in the low post as he scored on a hook shot.  Evan blocked a shot and pulled down a couple rebounds too during his time on the court.

Notre Dame-Green Pond

Vincent Eze (2014, 6-8 PF)
Vincent is an improving big man and has become the focal point of the Crusaders offense.  He definitely has a lot of developing yet to go, but the junior already appears to be the best post player in the Colonial League.  What probably stands out most about Vincent are his great hands.  He catches everything thrown anywhere near him, including some bad entry passes.  He gets pretty good positioning and also works quickly when he does touch the ball.  He isn’t hesitant or indecisive.  Vincent is very active inside and runs the floor.  He is a decent athlete.  He scored on a few putbacks and some banked shots inside.  

At this point, he hasn’t really developed any true post moves.  Vincent just kind of goes at the basket and uses his size to his advantage.  It works in this league, but could hurt him against better players.  He also doesn’t seem like he always has a good feel for where he is compared to the rim and thus doesn’t put the correct touch on the ball.  The wiry big man would benefit from getting stronger too.  

Another intriguing aspect of his game is that he can handle the ball a little and although he didn’t hit from the outside, he took a deep jumper.  He didn’t look too bad shooting it.  Vincent does need to protect the ball a little better when he dribbles in on the inside or away from the basket.  All in all, he a solid prospect whose best days are surely ahead of him.  He finished this game with 17 points and 8 rebounds in the easy Notre Dame victory.  
Last Updated ( Friday, 21 December 2012 )
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