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Jameer Nelson Classic: December 27th
Saturday, 30 December 2006
By Brian Crownover
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ImageThe annual Jameer Nelson Classic tipped off on Wednesday evening at Widener University in Chester.  Several of the areas top teams battled it out with Plymouth Whitemarsh taking on St. Joe's Prep and Lower Merion facing Chester.  Here is a recap of the day's action. 

Plymouth Whitemarsh 65 St. Joe's Prep 51

I showed up 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tip time, but unfortunately still missed most of the first quarter.  St. Joe's Prep ran out to a 30-25 halftime advantage.  Plymouth Whitemarsh battled back behind Anthony Minor's 27 points to take the victory.  Here is a look at some of the players.

Plymouth Whitemarsh

Anthony Minor (2007 6-4 SF)
This undersized forward is such a treat to watch.  It would be great if most big men understood how to play the post as well as he does.  He loves using his long arms and quickness to navigate in the paint.  He seems to have a great feel for where to go when he catches the ball deep.  He is also very good at catching the ball around the mid range area, facing up and kniving through the defense.  Anthony has good hands and a very soft touch which allows him to convert at a high rate.  He is also very athletic and displayed that on a nice block as well as a dunk.  Anthony is a solid ball handler, but could use some improvement in that area.  He won't consistently beat his man off the dribble from the perimeter.  He also rarely takes any outside shots.  If he can develop his perimeter skills as well as he has his post skills, Anthony could become a star at Hartford. 

Greg Maugle (2007 6-7 C)
Greg was a player I was interested in seeing.  I haven't been able to catch him much during the offseason and I had yet to see Plymouth Whitemarsh in action.  Unfortunately, by the time I arrived he was already on the bench in foul trouble.  He sat most of the game due to this and eventually fouled out.  He missed the only shot attempt that I saw while he was in the game.  His length is quite impressive.

St. Joseph's Prep

Larry Loughery (2008 6-5 SF/PF)
This certainly wasn't one of the better games I've seen from Larry.  He was unusually quiet from the perimeter.  He had a few nice conversions inside and got to the FT line several times.  Larry had a couple nice passes and rebounded well.  He just wasn't as big of a force on the offensive end as he typically is.

Lower Merion 49 Chester 48 (OT)

Yet another classic game in this series.  Thankfully too since this wasn't much of a game to scout with the absence of three future D1 players (Greg Robbins, Karon Burton and Nasir Robinson).  Chester got out to an early 12-9 first quarter leader.  Lower Merion then began executing their four corners offense to perfection.  They took a suprising 31-26 lead into the locker room.  Chester regained momentum in the 3rd and Lower Merion's offense began to sputter.  The Aces had just 5 second half points before hitting a three pointer  to cut the Chester lead to 41-39 with 1:24 to play in the contest.  Solid free throw shooting down the stretch helped send this one into overtime.  The extended session was a back and forth battle of these two powerful squads.  Lower Merion led 47-44 in the final minute after making three free throw attempts.  Chester then got a basket from Russell Johnson, but he missed a foul shot and thus failed to convert the three point play.  After Chester got the ball back Micah Covert made a layup with 10 seconds remaining.  Adam Ellison then stunned the Chester faithful with the game winning 10 foot jump shot at the buzzer. 

Chester

Russell Johnson (2008 6-6 SF)
Russell had a solid, but not great game.  He was inconsistent from both the perimeter and around the hoop.  The lanky forward did rebound well.  He also missed a potential game tying free throw.  With two of his fellow stars out (Karon Burton and Nasir Robinson), I really would've liked to have seen Russell step up more.  He did finish as the team's leading scorer with 14 points.

Micah Covert (2007 6-0 SG)
Early on, it looked like Micah was going to have a huge game.  He opened the game by hitting a tough pull up mid range jumper.  He then followed it up with a nice drive and dish.  Micah was solid throughout the rest of the contest and converted a key layup in the final moments.  He plays pretty smart and doesn't try to force the action.  Much like with Johnson, I would've liked to have seen Micah do more with his teammates being out.  He finished with 11 points.

Raheem Bowman (2008 6-8 PF/C)
Raheem looked solid last time I saw him.  This time out though his minutes were limited as became a defensive liability.  He had difficulty guarding the quicker Lower Merion players on the perimeter.  He had very few touches on the offensive end during his time on the court.  Getting his weight down will be one of the keys for Raheem to be successful in the future.

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