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Reebok U Mid Level Report
Thursday, 12 July 2007

By Brian Crownover

{mosImage}Reebok U concluded on Wednesday. In past years at the Reebok camp, there was so much high major talent that it wasnít really worth covering from a mid major standpoint. This yearís cut back version still had a lot of high major players, but just not as many of them. That opened the door for more quality mid major type guys. Here is a look at some of the top performers from that level. A lot of these players are walking the mid major to high major line.

Jiovanny Fontan (2008, 5-11 PG) Committed to Fordham
The way Jiovanny has been playing has to leave a lot of people scratching their heads. Being mixed in with a great St. Anthonyís backcourt caused him to fly under the radar for awhile. That is no longer the case and he was virtually unguardable in the championship game (although he did play with the 2nd unit). Jiovanny is a wonderful ball handler. Like many guards, he has a quick crossover move. What really makes him tough though is not just the change of direction, but his ability to stop and go ago. It freezes the defender for a split second and before you know it he has put the ball in the basket. Jiovanny is very good at scoring in the lane too despite his small stature. He knows how to use his body just enough to shield himself from the defender and get the shot off. In addition to being able to score, he has good court vision and can distribute the ball as well. Jiovanny mixed in several pull up jumpers too. Fordham has a real steal on their hands.

Jamal Wilson (2008, 6-5 190 SG/SF)
Jamal was playing in his hometown and he looked right at home on Sunday. The lanky wing is very smooth with the rock in his hands. He hit several threes in the opening game. You could always tell Jamal had the ability to be a solid three point shooter, but itís only lately that heís really started to improve that craft. As usual, he was good slashing to the basket. He scored off the bounce and also distributed the ball. Jamal hit a tough pull up jumper in the lane and another one on the break. His offensive game caused fits for Shaquille Johnson (see below). Jamal does still make some poor decisions from time to time. On one play, the athletic forward couldíve dunked over a much smaller 5-8 player. Instead, he slowed down and hesitated to shoot, thus allowing the defender to recover and take a charge. He played very well throughout Sunday though. Jamal has been a starting at very talented Neumann-Goretti program for 2 years now (3 this coming season) and has always oozed with potential. He is really rounding himself into a big time mid major prospect or possibly even a high major player.

Andrew Randall (2008, 6-5 SF/PF)
Andrew was at the top of his game on Sunday afternoon. He hit his patented turnaround jumper from about ten feet out on several occasions. He fades away on that shot and has perfected the move so well thatís itís impossible to defend. Andrew also buried several three point shots throughout. He lit the score board up in a hurry in the 1st half. Andrew didnít play as well in the championship when he was moved from the second unit to the first one. That fact that he played himself on to the first unit is impressive in and of itself.

Shaquille Johnson (2008, 6-2 175 PG/SG)
Shaquille is a talented guard who finishes well around the basket. Heíll often use reverse lay-ups to convert. He had a nice spin move prior to one basket. Shaquille used a head fake to free himself on that particular plays. His shot wasnít falling on this day, but his form looked decent. He also had trouble defending the bigger Jamal Wilson. 

Brian Walsh (2008, 6-4 180 SG) Committed to Xavier
Brian is skilled guard who plays a very intelligent brand of basket. He is a good jump shooter, including the pull up variety. Heís also unselfish and will setup his teammates. Brian moves well without the ball and seems to find soft spots in the defense where he can get off his shot. On one such occasion, he hit a short bank shot after getting himself open.

Mike Shanahan (2008, 6-4 SG)
Last year, Mike showed the ability to hit the three point shot. This year, he continued to do so, but mixed in other aspects to his game. Mike scored on a 10 foot bank shot after a nice head fake. He also ran the floor fairly well and scored on a couple of lay-ups.

Alan Chaney (2008, 6-9 215 SF/PF)
Alan is an athletic forward with a huge wingspan.  He possesses nice hands that he used to grab a number of rebounds.  His touches were limited on the offensive end.  He showed a pretty good stroke from the free throw line.  Alan could improve his lateral movement on the defensive end.  He definitely has some great natural talent though.

Kevon Moore (2008, 6-2 180 PG/SG)
Kevon can get into the lane quite easily off the bounce. Heís very smooth with the rock. He was able to score some going at the basket, but was also very inconsistent finishing around the goal. Kevon did sprinkle in a nice pass, but was quiet from the perimeter. 

Jordan Henriquez (2008, 6-9 PF/C)
With his recent play, Jordan may have brought himself up from the mid level. He has a fantastic wingspan and can really wreck havoc on the defense end. There are few players around who can rebound and block shots as well as him. On the offensive end, he didnít play all that well in the game we saw though. He missed a dunk and a mid range jumper among the few shot attempts he took. Jordan was apparently a very efficient 4 for 4 from the field in the first game though.

Darryl "Truck" Bryant (2008, 6-1 PG/SG)
Truck had a solid outing. Heís an excellent pull up jump shooter, particularly from the mid range area. He buried several of those shots. He also mixed in a three point shot, although he was somewhat inconsistent from that range. Truck is quick off the bounce and was fouled several times while going to the basket. 

Tony Taylor (2008, 5-10 PG/SG)
Tony is a guard who is quick off the dribble. He had little trouble getting into the lane throughout the game. He can dish the ball off too and had several assists. Tony also drew a foul after a nice spin move. He can knock down the three point shot as well.

B.J. Monteiro (2008, 6-5 SG)
B.J. is a lanky wing player. He is a decent ball handler. He runs the floor well. B.J. can also rebound.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 July 2007 )
 
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