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Home arrow Recruiting News arrow Sonny Hill Future Stars Tournament Day 4 (Part 1)
Sonny Hill Future Stars Tournament Day 4 (Part 1)
Monday, 20 August 2007

By Brian Crownover

{mosImage}The action continued over the weekend at the Sonny Hill Future Stars Tournament.  Here is a look at some of the best players throughout Saturday's action.

Capital Blackhawks

Justin Frank (2008, 7-1 C)
I wandered over to the Blackhawks game about halfway through. It didnít take long for Justin to stand out. Aside from the obvious height, he threw down a monster jam in the first minute. The massive interior player did a ton of damage on the defensive end. He blocked shot after shot after shot. He did have a six inch height advantage. That said, Justin can get off the ground some and does have pretty good timing. He looks awkward running the floor, but he can get up and down the court. He had another power jam later on. Justin can hit the boards too, although youíd like to see him grab more rebounds than he did. He had a nice pass from the high post for an assist on the offensive end. He can handle the ball some on the interior too. Justin catches your attention with his size, but the big man can play too.  

Marquis Tyler (2008, 6-3 SG)
Marquis is a guard who is quick off the bounce. The lefty has a nice pull up game to compliment his slashing ability.

Reading Red Knights

Jermaine Jackson (2008, 6-7 PF) Committed to Rider
Jermaine is a very skilled face up forward. The lefty started things off with a nice left handed drive and lay-up. He likes to attack off the dribble from the perimeter. He can get to the rim, but did have some trouble finishing. The lanky forward is very fluid. He hit a short hook shot in the post when we caught a peak of him in the earlier game. On the inside, Jermaine also had an offensive rebound follow up. He had a long pass down court too. He shot an air ball on a three point attempt on one of his few perimeter shots. Jermaine is thin and needs to get stronger. While he had a pretty good game, it looks like he could be more dominant. His production didnít quite match is fantastic skill set. He sure looks like heíll be a good player on the MAAC level though. 

Jordan Burdine (2008, 6-1 SG)
Jordan played well this spring at the Donofrio Classic. He put together another solid outing on Saturday afternoon. Jordan is a deadly perimeter shooter. He hit a number of times from behind the arc. He also looked better attacking off the dribble than we can recall back in the spring. Jordan got to the hoop a few times and ran the floor well. He scored on a short bank shot on one occasion and drew a foul too. He also had a nice assist to Jackson on the break. Jordan may settle for the three a bit too often, but he doesnít seem to force many of them and he certainly can hit from there. 

Trinity Burdine (2010, 6-3 SG/SF)
This young guard already has pretty good size. Heís a very good perimeter shooter with a smooth stroke. He was inconsistent at times from the perimeter and rather quiet in other aspects of the game. Heís still a solid prospect who can fill up the stat sheet from long range.

New Jersey Celtics

Dexter Strickland (2009, 6-3 PG/SG)
Dexter opened the game with a three pointer and never cooled off. The fantastic lead guard can do so many things. As is costumory with Celtics point guard, Dexter loves to push the ball up the court and is a fantastic open court player. Heís super quick off the dribble and is an excellent finisher who has good body control. The lanky point guard is a very good decision maker who will also look to get his teammates involved. Dexter can hit from the perimeter as well. He is on the thin size and could benefit by adding strength, but at this point that doesnít seem to hurt his game. Dexter is a super talent a major reason why St. Patís will continue to be a force both in New Jersey and nationally.

Paris Bennett (2009, 6-6 SF)
Paris ran the floor well and scored often in transition. He played more on the interior than he does with his normal AAU team. Paris did rebound very well too. He didnít look for his jumper all that often. 

Jermel Jenkins (2008, 5-10 PG)
To play the guard spot at St. Patís you have to be able to run the floor. Thatís exactly how Jermel was getting his points on this occasion. The small guard scored on the break, but struggled to find his pull up jumper. 

Michael Gilchrist (2011, 6-5 SF/PF)
The St. Patís program just continues to reload. Theyíll certainly miss Jeff Robinson, but Michael Gilchrist does look to be the next in line. The long and thin rising freshman can already play inside and out. He scored on a three point play during the game. He has quick post moves and can really get out and run the floor. The skilled youngster didnít score much from the wing, but did show he can pull the ball on the floor out there and isnít afraid to shoot the mid range jumper either. Michael has a bright future ahead and should have an impact this winter.

Marcus Kennedy (2011, 6-8 PF)
Marcus was another impressive rising freshman. He scored early on some offense rebound put backs, but showed he has other skills too. He has good size for a young player. He also possesses a nice set of hands and good touch around the bucket. Marcus is very efficient around the hoop and also moves well for his size.  He looks to be another top notch prospect in the St. Patís program. 

Ewing Falcons 

Will Barrett (2009, 6-8 SF/PF)
After a productive game on Thursday, I was very interested in seeing Will again. He might not have played as well this time around, but didnít disappoint either. When he catches the ball in the post heíll often spin towards the basket in an effort to score. He had several nice passes after doing this. He moves well without the ball. Will was able to hit a few jumpers from the outside, but his shot wasnít really on during this game. He does tend to settle for too many perimeter shots. Will can also attack off the dribble. He does tend to dribble the ball too high and does need to work on keeping his head up during the dribbling process. He can also rebound the basketball. Will appears to be a player who has just scratched the surface and should come into his own over the next few years.

Richmond Metro 

Anthony Ervin (2008, 6-3 SG) 
Anthony is a big, left-handed guard. He has a good set of hands. He has good court vision and can distribute the ball. Anthony possesses a good crossover move and can get into the lane with ease. He had a couple offensive rebounds and came up with an assist following one of them. Anthony also showed he can hit from the perimeter as he nailed too late three pointers. 

Ahyaro Phillips (2008, 6-8 PF)
Ahyaro is big and athletic. The interior player is a very good rebounder. He was able to draw a foul in the post, but also missed on a short turnaround jumper later on. He did hit a deep jumper too though. Ahyaro could use some work on the offensive end, but he does have some good natural talent. 

Ed Davis (2008, 6-9 220 PF/C) Committed to North Carolina
Ed opened the action with a mid range jumper. The versatile forward kept it going on the defensive end with a blocked shot. Ed has a terrific spin move, drive and finish in the post with a foul. He also managed to throw down one of his patented dunks. The baby faced forward added in a beautiful up and under move too. Heís very patient and under control when making moves in the low block. Ed is thin and did have some trouble defensively against the wide bodied Eugene Teague (see below). Ed is an elite level player and put on a good performance on Saturday.

South Jersey Express 

Eugene Teague (2008, 6-7 PF/C)
Eugene put together a solid outing. The big bodied post player possesses a solid skill set. He scored on a short post jumper and also knocked down the face up variety from about 7 feet. Eugene is pretty explosive when going at the basket, particularly for a man of his size. He has some decent post moves and is a pretty good finisher too. Eugene is pretty talented and if can ever drop some more weight, he might become even quicker and more dangerous. He also is a bit undersized too though. Eugene is a productive player at this point regardless. 

Team Kobe  

 Henry Smith (2009, 6-5 SF)
We only caught a few minutes of their game, but Henry strung together a few nice plays. With some of their top guys missing, Henry became more of a go to option. He proceeded to knock down a pair of three and score on a transition bucket too. He doesnít have the smoothest form, but is still an effective shooter.

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