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Game Set 3
Tuesday, 15 January 2008

by Brian Crownover
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Karon Burton
CAA Insider continued our high school coverage with two games over the past week.  Here is a look at some of the top players in those games.


Chester 92 Glen Mills 49
Roman Catholic 53 Monsignor Bonner 52 


Karon Burton (2008, 5-8 PG)
When heís playing at the top of his game, Karon is one of the most fun players around to watch. On this evening, the lightning quick guard was unstoppable. He got wherever he wanted to on the court off the bounce. The diminutive guard was very unselfish as he dished the ball to open teammates nearly every time the help defense picked him up. If he didnít end up with double digit assist totals it was only because his teammates didnít always finish. On Karonís most impressive play, he actually had a bad pass batted back in his face. He then reacted quickly and threw a touch pass for an assist while falling out of bounds. Karon did manage to score several times himself while driving into the lane or running the floor. He hit a beautiful floater in the lane and was fouled. He did struggle with his perimeter jumper. It was good to see him continue to attack throughout. At times last year he tended to fall in love the outside shot too much. That wasnít the case today as he played under control. Karon also had a strong day on the defensive end. He came up with a number of steals and drew a five second call too. It was his passing that really got everyoneís attention though.  Karon had 13 points and countless assists.

Russell Johnson (2008, 6-6 SF)
Russell was dominant early on as the Clippers opened up a huge lead. He started with a three pointer then followed that up with an athletic offensive rebound and dunk. He hit one reverse layup and then flashed his jumper again as he hit a pull from the mid range area. He had a remarkable 11 first quarter points. Russell added in another offensive rebound dunk as well as a three pointer. His ability to play inside and outside makes him an ideal small forward at the next level. He played a good game on the defensive end as well. He was effective at guarding super talented Aaric Murray. He kept Murray away from the hoop and off of the glass. The long armed Johnson could wind up being a solid spring signee.

Kevin Green-Germany (2008, 6-0 PG/SG)
Kevin was on fire from the perimeter in the early going. He went on a three point shooting barrage as Chester built a commanding lead. Kevin showed his range out beyond the NBA line. He has a very smooth jumper. He also ran the floor well and did a solid job of distributing the ball. Kevin did cool off as the game wore on, but he was still huge in a balanced Chester attack.  He led all scorers with 21.

Monsignor Bonner

Ligah Thompson (2009, 6-7 PF)
Ligah put together a much stronger game than he did a week ago. He was very active as usual. He did a lot of damage on the offensive glass and scored several baskets off of those plays. He also showed improved post skills. He had a nice turn, drive and monster dunk finish. The explosive forward had several jaw dropping dunks in the contest. Ligah flashed his ability to take defenders off the bounce from the perimeter too. He didnít do that as much last week. He was also a force defensively as he swatted several shot attempts from the aggressive Roman Catholic guards. Ligah can score around the hoop but he doesnít possess the greatest touch at this point. He missed back to back shots in close range. He is continuing to develop though and finished with 11 points.  

Henry Smith (2009, 6-5 SF)
Henry was huge once again for Bonner. The sharpshooter buried in an early shooting barrage by both teams. He has a very smooth jump shot, the only issue might be that he doesnít have the quickest release Henry did a few other things too. He was aggressive rebounding and scored on an offensive rebound put back. He also showed some ability to dribble as he hit on a pull up jumper. He is still largely a spot up shooter though. 

Jamal Melvin (2010, 5-5 2010)
This explosive young guard is fun to watch.  He has a superb handle and can get anywhere he wants on the court.  The big key though is that he plays under control while doing so.  Heís unselfish and can drive and finish or distribute depending on what the defense gives him.  Jamal scored on a runner in the lane and even buried a three pointer.  His shot is pretty smooth, but he doesnít take many from the outside.   He did miss what wouldíve been the game winning three (it was a difficult shot though).  Size is one thing that will really hurt him.  It doesnít too much yet, although he was blocked once, but it will hurt him at the next level.  He certainly has a couple of years to grow though.  If he does that, heíll draw interest from a lot of mid major teams. 

Roman Catholic

Wes Kirkland (2008, 6-5 SF)
Wes started off red hot as he buried a mid range jumper and a deep two. He possesses a smooth shot and good size. He also mixed it up inside with an offensive rebound and hook shot. He was solid on the boards. After a great start, Wes cooled off and missed a couple from close range as well as the front end of a one and one.   

Will Kirkland (2008, 6-5 SF/PF) 
Will put together a decent game as well. He flashed his range on a smooth three point shot. He had a nice drive to the left, but couldnít finish. Will missed on a short post turnaround jumper, but recovered later with an offensive rebound follow up. Defensively he was solid and picked up a steal.  Will ended the game with 9 points.

Courtney Stanley (2008, 6-1 PG) Committed to Loyola-Chicago
Courtney was at his best on the attack. He scored a couple buckets with drives as well as picking up some assists. He did have trouble finishing every now and then, but for the most part was solid. He was quiet from the perimeter during this game, opting instead to leave that for some of his teammates. He played aggressive defensively as well.

Aaron Brown (2011, 6-5 PF)
This young player has quite a future ahead of im. Heís the sixth man on this experienced squad and he plays a lot of minutes. The face up lefty likes to battle inside. He hit a ten foot jumper. Aaron did have some trouble finishing though as he often tried to score from the right side. If he can develop a short right handed shot, he can really become a monster on the inside. He did follow up one of his own misses with a lay-in. Aaron is already pretty well built and should be a force down low for years to come.

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