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Team Philly vs. Team Maryland AAU Shootout (Junior and Senior Games)
Tuesday, 31 October 2006

By Brian Crownover
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Senior Game (Maryland 131 Philly 117)

Chris Wright - St. John's, DC (2007 6-0 SG)

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Josh Martin (left), Chris Wright (right)
Chris was one of the highest rated players in this game and he sure didn’t do anything to hurt his stock.  Chris can fill up the stat sheet in a hurry and he did so in a variety of ways.  He was most impressive from behind the arc where he buried numerous threes.  He is deadly off the dribble from that range.  The slashing guard has a lightning quick crossover and finished time and time again.  He doesn’t always take the best shots and could’ve gotten his teammates involved more, but it’s tough to complain when he’s as effective as he was on this evening.  Chris won MVP for the winning squad on his way to a game high 35 points.  The Georgetown backcourt is in good shape for the near future.

Josh Martin - Simon Gratz, PA (2007 6-0 PG/SG)
It’s not a bad night when the only players on the court that outplay you are potential McDonald’s All Americans, particularly when you outdo two other Top 100 rated players on your own team.  Josh has had an up and down summer.  Some games he dominated and other games he has sat back and not involved himself enough in the offense.  The last few times I’ve seen him he’s been unstoppable.  This game was no exception as he chalked up 30 points in route to MVP honors for Team Philly.

Josh had every phase of his game going.  He was attacking the basket both in the half court and transition.  He hit some sick step back threes that very few players are capable of knocking down.  He displayed plenty of razzle-dazzle with several crowd pleasing ball handling moves.  Josh does a nice of job of remaining under control while displaying some of his patented street ball moves.  He is good at keeping his body square to the basket and doesn’t shy away from contact.  He also did a good job distributing the ball.  Although ODU and several other schools are interested, Josh currently holds no offers.  If he continues to play like this he should have quite a few mid and high level programs after him.

Donte Greene - Towson Catholic, MD (2007 6-9 SF/PF)
This Syracuse commit had a spectacular game.  The long and athletic Greene brings back memories of Hakim Warrick.  He is a capable of doing just about everything.  Donte can post up and beat defenders with his quickness.  He has good hands and soft touch.  He handles the ball much like a guard and also can knock down the three ball.  The athletic Greene can play above the rim too and his length should fit in perfectly to the Syracuse zone defense.  The potential All American finished with 26 points and did it in a very impressive fashion.

Isaiah Tate - Dematha, MD (2007 6-4 SG)
Isaiah had a solid game.  He ran the floor well and scored in transition.  He’s a well built lefty who can do a variety of things.  He’s a solid ball handler.  Isaiah showed he can knock down the three, but he could’ve been more consistent from beyond the arc.  He finished the game with 20 points.

Image Vlad Moldoveanu - St. John's, DC (2007 6-8 SF/PF)
Vlad has quite an impressive stroke for a big man.  He rarely missed from behind the arc in warm-ups.  During the game he was 1 for 2 from behind the arc in limited minutes.  The only other shot he took was a missed hook shot from about five feet.  Vlad really needs to improve on the defensive end.  He struggled to defend in the post against the more skilled Markieff Morris and he also picked up several fouls attempting to play help defense.  Vlad even gave up a three point play when the 6 foot Martin went right at him in transition.  Vlad needs to move quicker defensively.  Because of his limited minutes, it was tough to get a feel for what he can do offensively besides shoot the ball.

Edwin Santiago - Sanford Prep, DE (2007 6-2 PG)
Edwin was a pleasant late addition to the Philly roster.  This was the best game I’ve witnessed from him thus far.  He knocked down a three, was aggressive attacking the hoop and finished well.  He even went at Maryland’s 7 foot center, although he was unsuccessful. 

Jay Gavin - Bishop McNamara, MD (2007 6-1 PG)
Jay has been impressive every time I’ve caught him in action.  He is a very aggressive, attacking guard with a good build.  Like many of the Maryland players, Jay was able to hit from behind the arc.  He also knocked down a tough step back mid range jumper.  Jay is an excellent pickup for the Marist program.

Todd O’ Brien - Garden Spot, PA (2007 6-9 PF/C)
Todd played with his back to the basket a bit more than I’m used to.  He made a couple of nice plays early, but then went quiet.  He rebounded and passed well. 

Rob Keefer - Abington Friends, PA (2007 6-3 SG)
Rob was the silent assassin in this game.  He isn’t the type of player who excels in this type of game, but he made the most of his opportunity.  Rob knocked down several big three pointers and set up his teammates with nice passes.  He is just a very sound player who finished with 12 points for Team Philly.

Troy Blue - Del Val Charter, PA (2007 6-4 SG)
Troy flashed some of his skills in this contest.  He can put points up in a hurry.  He knocked down a three ball and showed some crafty ball handling skills.  The streaky Blue was also quiet during stretches of the game.  He scored 15 points in the contest.

Markieff Morris - Prep Charter, PA (2007 6-8 PF)
Markieff was a force early on in this game for Team Philly.  Once it turned into an up and down, guard oriented game he took a backseat to some of his teammates.  Markieff finished with 10 points.

Marcus Morris - Prep Charter, PA (2007 6-8 SF/PF)
The wing twin struggled more in this game than I’ve ever seen.  One of the reasons Marcus is such a good player is because he’s usually very consistent.  That wasn’t the case on this evening as he struggled to find his jumper and also turned the ball over several times as he attempted to drive.


Junior Game (Maryland 84 Philly 78)

Kevon Moore - Archbishop Spalding, MD (2008 6-2 PG/SG)
Moore was one of the few solid players in this ugly contest.  The lefty has a very good crossover move and can finish when he gets to the hoop.  He has a nice pull up jump shot as well.  Kevon scored 13 points in the victory.

Max Kenyi - Gonzaga, MD (2008 6-4 SG/SF)
Max is a long, athletic guard/forward.  He runs the floor well, but didn’t do a lot else.  He also needs to add some weight to be more effective.

Andrew Randall - Communications Tech, PA (2008 6-5 SF/PF)
Randall was his usual solid self.  He’s very smooth and has nice size.  It wasn’t his best shooting night, but he still finished with 18 points.

Frank Ben-Eze – Bishop O’ Connell, MD (2008 6-10 PF/C)
Frank didn’t have much of an impact, but it’s hard not to notice his size and athletic ability.  He has only been in this country for about a month and he should improve as he becomes more comfortable.

Devon White - Strawberry Mansion, PA (2008 6-8 PF/C)
White had his moments in the stagnant paced Junior Game.  He has an impressive set of size and skill.  If he ever plays at a consistent level, he’ll be a real force. 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 November 2006 )
 
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