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Game Set 1
Wednesday, 12 December 2007

by Brian Crownover
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Larry Loughery
CAA Insider kicked off our high school coverage with three games over the past week.  Here is a look at some of the top players in those games.


Academy of the New Church 73 Lower Moreland 38
Neumann-Goretti 75 Cardinal Dougherty 65
Reading 53 Academy Park 52

Academy of the New Church

Larry Loughery (2008, 6-5 SF/PF)
Larry is a skilled forward and was clearly too much for the Lower Moreland defense. He did an excellent job of running up and down the court and was rewarded with several transition baskets. Larry was very active on the glass and had several nice spin moves in the paint. On one play he dished it off after the spin move. Larry missed on a three point attempt. Showing he can knock down that shot consistently would greatly improve the stock of this undersized forward. Larry led the way for his new school with 20 points. 

Sammy Givens (2008, 6-5 SG/SF) Committed to Drexel
This is far from the best weíve seen Sammy play. He was blocked by a defender early on. He then tipped in his own miss around the basket against a double team. Sammy missed a dunk and lay-up after that. He does move well without the ball and scored on a couple of occasions after cutting. Sammy missed on his lone three point attempt and will need to improve that shot at the next level. He finished with 8 points in limited minutes during the dominating win.

Shannon Givens (2009, 5-10 PG)
Shannon had a good game in transition for the Lions. Heís a solid ball handler who finishes quite well despite his size. He does a good job of keeping the ball away from the defender so it isnít blocked. Shannon had a nice pass to Larry Loughery on the break. He also missed on a three point attempt. Shannon has a solid all around game, but would benefit more by showing he can distribute the ball or shoot from the perimeter. 

Clay Penecale (2008, 6-1 SG)
Clay is a very good shooter with some good size. He was efficient in this blowout and knocked down a pair of threes.


Tony Chennault (2010, 6-2 PG/SG)
After watching this performance, itís easy to see why Tony is one of the most highly regarded guards in his class. He has a very complete all around game for a sophomore. He opened with a steal, hoop and foul and finished off the three point play with a free throw. Tony runs the floor well and is also a very sound ball handler in the half court set. He can get to the hoop with ease as he can knife through the defense. Heís quick, but also plays very under control and thus allows himself to maneuver through traffic. He can drive either way and changes directions quickly. Tony can not only score off the dribble, but he has very good vision and finds open teammates too. He has a very good pair of hands and pulled down several rebounds. Tony also has a smooth stroke and can hit out to three. He plays aggressive in your face defense too. He certainly is a good finisher, but adding strength could make him even better. Tony is a fantastic talent that will draw interest from most of the top schools in the east.

Jamal Wilson (2008, 6-5 190 SG/SF) Committed to Rhode Island
Jamal is a very gifted and athletic guard/forward. He had a phenomenal game in transition a dunk and an acrobatic tip in. He is very long-armed and finishes well around the hoop. He can attack off the bounce, but often likes to pull up for the mid range jumper. Heís a good shooter from that area of the court. Jamal does need to extend his range though as by our count he missed all of his five three point attempts. He is a very good rebounder as well. Jamalís play late in the game was clutch as he helped the Saints pull away en route to 22 points.

Daniel Stewart (2010, 6-6 SF)
This scrappy sophomore is a great addition to this squad. Heís a relentless rebounder who scores basket after basket on the offensive glass. He had an athletic dunk and displayed a solid short turnaround post jumper too. Daniel even took a charge on the defensive end. He had 13 points in the contest and is at least able to fill some of the hole left by the departed Rick Jackson. 

Tyreek Duran (2010, 5-10 PG)
This talented sophomore was very impressive with his speed and ability to play in transition. Playing alongside a talent like Chennault over the next few years should really go a long way in helping Tyreek.

Andre "Scooter" Gillette (2009, 6-8 PF)
Scooter opened with the gameís first basket on nice post move. That turned out his lone bucket of the game. He did battle on the boards throughout though. We expected more of an offensive impact.

Cardinal Dougherty

Zaahir Allen (2010, 6-2 SG)
Zaahir is a young guard who can score. He had a three point play and is quite aggressive taking it to the basket as he had several nice drives. He hit a mid range jumper. Zaahir is also very vocal. He finished with 9 points.


Jermaine Jackson (2008, 6-7 PF) Committed to Rider
He may have only scored 10 points in the contest, but it was still clear that Rider got themselves a real gem in Jermaine. The lefty is a skilled inside/outside combo forward. He has good hands and soft touch around the rim. Heís also a skilled passer who sees over the defense well. Jermaine is capable of putting the ball on the floor too. He is also pretty athletic although he doesnít use that part of his game a lot. The most puzzling thing to us was why his touches were so limited. It seemed like every time the Reading offense went through him, he made a play.  Jermaine is thin and does need to get stronger. He is a very talented forward though and should have an impact at the MAAC level.

Jordan Burdine (2008, 6-1 SG)
Jordan displayed the ability to knock down the three point shot at the Donofrio Classic last spring. He missed on his first four three point attempts in this contest. Jordan does need to show he can create more off of the dribble. He did have a nice short drive and kick out. His strong second half play continued with a three pointer and an old fashioned three point play as well as a steal and basket. Jordan does have a low release point on his jumper too. He is a talented shooter who finished with 11 points.

Trinity Burdine (2010, 6-3 SG/SF)
Trenity struggled with an air ball and another missed jumper. The lanky guard battled back scoring on a follow up runner along with several other shots. He can handle the ball some, but could improve in that area. He also needs to get quicker on defense.

Academy Park

Anthony King (2008, 6-4 SG)
Anthony is a very aggressive guard. He has good size and can really get to the hoop and finish. The strong off guard scored on three old fashioned three point plays. He can drive with either hand and get to the rim. He scored on a short floater in the lane too. Not only is Anthony quick off the bounce, but he showed a smoother perimeter stroke too as he buried a three. He led the way with 25 points in the narrow loss. Anthony looks to be a very good guard prospect.

Devon Cain (2009, 6-0 PG)
Devon is a very quick guard who can penetrate and get to the basket. He has a good crossover move. He hit a pull up jumper and was fouled. He had several nice passes for assists. Devon buried a three pointer too. His form could use work though as he shoots off to the side. He had a quiet second half, but still scored 11 points.

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