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Eastern Invitational (Day 1)
Thursday, 05 July 2007

By Brian Crownover
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{mosImage}The start of the live period means a busy week.  Kicking off this week's action is the Eastern Invitational.  Here is a look at some of the top players from Thursday evening.

Quasim Pugh (2008, 5-10 160 PG)
At a camp like this where youíre playing with new teammates, it always helps to play an unselfish style. Thatís exactly what Quasim did. He setup his teammates first and looked for his offense second. Heís a very good passer, particularly in the open court. He puts a lot on his passes and they get to his teammates quickly. Quasim is also a pretty good ball handler who can get into the lane off the bounce. He can use either hand to drive, but his best move is his quick crossover. He is strong and that helps him finish in traffic. Quasim showed his commitment on both ends of the court as he played lock down defense. On one play, his in your face defense led to a steal and fast break. Quasim also knocked a pull up three on one of the only outside shots he took. Heís already off to a good start in this camp. 

Chaz Williams (2009, 5-8 PG) Committed to Hofstra
Chaz has recently given a verbal commitment to Hofstra. In a program known for quick guards, Chaz should fit right in. The small point guard is cut out of the mold of a typical lightning quick New York City guard. Heís very flashy with the ball in his hands and can change directions in a hurry and will do so quite often. His crossover move is fantastic and he has no problem getting into the lane. He also likes to go to the spin move off the dribble. Hofstraís guards typically look to score, but Chaz appears to be a pass first point guard. He has very good vision and made quite a few spectacular passes throughout the game. While Chaz can certainly dish it off, he did have some trouble in traffic. He was unable to finish among the bigs on a few occasions and he also was stripped while going to the hoop. In his defense, there were no refs and he mightíve been fouled a couple of times. That said, heís going to have to finish better than he did on this evening. Chaz also only took one perimeter shot which he missed. His form did look okay though. Chaz will continue to bring speed to the Hofstra backcourt and should be a nice addition in a couple of years. He was one of the most impressive players on this day.

Phillip Brooks (2008, 6-7 SF/PF)
At every event, there are always a few impressive players that youíve never even heard of. That was the case this evening with Phillip. The strong and athletic forward was fantastic in transition. He has great hands and is an excellent finisher. He also possessions sound ball handling ability as well. Phillip had a very impressive play where he drove to the hoop and then used a spin move before finishing with a bank shot. He is a very intriguing player who really stood out in a short period of time.

Max Kenyi (2008, 6-4 175 SG/SF)
Max is among the top players at this camp. The scoring guard may not have played up to his standards, but he still put together a solid outing. He buried a couple of deep jumpers with his smooth stroke. He also scored some in transition, although he didnít have any of the explosive plays that heís accustomed to. Max clearly didnít have his best night as he missed a dunk and shot an air ball on one occasion. Look for Max to pick up his play as camp rolls along.

Jim Mower (2008, 6-4 SG)
Jim played better than last time we saw him in action. He was at his best distributing the ball. He had a beautiful behind the back pass as well as several other assists. Jim hustled up the court on the fast breaks and scored in that fashion. He was somewhat inconsistent finishing though. He also struggled with his jumper in the limited perimeter shots that he took.

Patrick Jackson (2008, 6-6 180 SG/SF)
Patrick hit a nice pull up jumper off the dribble. Heís a solid ball handler, but could improve in that area. Because of the setup of the opening night, everyone only gets to play for short stretches at a time. Patrick didnít really get a chance to make his mark in the short that we saw him. 

Stephen Spinella (2008, 6-5 SF/PF)
Stephen had a solid couple of games. He made most of his impact running the floor. He had two open court dunks. Stephen pulled down a couple of offensive rebounds too. He struggled to find his jumper.

Eugene Teague (2008, 6-7 PF/C)
Eugene opened a few eyes with a pretty reverse lay up. He is very nimble for a player of his size. The big bodied post player was solid around the basket. His size and skill will likely cause trouble for a lot of people at this camp.

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