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Playoff Set 1
Friday, 15 February 2008

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Dwayne Davis
It's hard to believe that it's already playoff time.  This season has moved by so quickly.  CAA Insider took in several early round playoff games.  Here is a look at some of the top performers.

Scores:

Strawberry Mansion 113 Hope Charter 87
Council Rock South 55 Lower Merion 51  
Norristown 64 Glen Mills 55

Strawberry Mansion

Dwayne Davis  (2008, 6-4 SG/SF) Committed to Morehead State
There’s a number #21 jersey hanging from the rafters of the Strawberry Mansion gym. It’s the retired number of the Public League’s all time leading scorer Maureece Rice. Today another stalky Mansion guard did his best impersonation of Rice. Morehead State bound Dwayne Davis dropped an astounding 42 points in the playoff victory for the Knights. Early on it looked like this big and quick guard might struggle as he missed a couple jumpers. Soon after that, he was attacking the goal and scoring at will. He has such a great combination of quickness and strength. He can blow by people or absorb contact and score right at them. He had a pair of three point plays in the contest.

It was actually close early on, but Dwayne’s 23 point explosion in the 2nd quarter propelled Mansion to a 53-33 halftime lead. His smooth jumper really started working in that period. By our count, he was 4 of 6 on the day from behind the arc, including nailing one with two defenders right in his face. Not only does he have an array of dribbling moves, including a quick crossover and spin move, but he finishes well in traffic. He had an outstanding scoop finish around several defenders and he also banked home a few runners around the rim. Dwayne got to the line plenty in this one and converted (8-10). The solidly built guard also crashed the boards. Here’s his stat line for the game (by our count). 42 points, 8 rebounds, 15-23 FGs, 4-6 3 point FG, and 8-10 from the foul line. He will sure cause a lot of problems in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Devon White (2008, 6-8 PF/C)
Devon was a solid compliment to Dwayne. The big man possesses a wide array of skills. He has fantastic hands and quickness to beat defenders on the inside. He can score facing up or with his back to the basket. He also already has a pretty solid build. Devon can play on the perimeter as well. He has a decent mid range jumper and handles the ball pretty well for his size. He’s also athletic and can block some shots.

Where we’ve always worried about him in the past was effort. Devon is able to do things on the court with such ease that he often becomes passive. He did pick up a foul during the big second quarter run and was forced to sit during most of that period. However, even when he was in the game, he didn’t get involved much in the action. Devon did have a nice offensive rebound put back where he did a good job of keeping the ball high. We would’ve liked to have seen him more involved on plays like that. There were a couple rebounds away from him that he could’ve got to, but didn’t hustle after. He did pull down quite a few boards, but didn’t go out of his area much. 

Devon is also forced to play on the wing a lot in this offense and we’d like to see him in the paint more. He did have a beautiful turnaround jumper inside. He hit a couple jumpers from the corner, but also badly missed on another one. Occasionally, he’ll tend to overshoot the ball. His shot is pretty smooth though when he is on target. Devon also had a couple transition buckets late in the game, including a nasty alley-oop dunk. He converted on 3 of 4 free throws and finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds. If he plays hard at the next level, Devon has the potential to be a fantastic player. 

Lower Merion

Greg Robbins (2009, 6-4 SG/SF)
Greg has the ability to play both inside and outside. Early on, that created a lot of match up problems for the Council Rock South defense. Once they adjusted defensively, Greg’s production slowed down. He opened the game by working the post. He hit a short turnaround jumper as well as banking home a shot which resulted in a three point play. He has some pretty nice post moves and finishes well. Another area where Greg is really strong in is passing the ball. He has a good understanding of where to go with it and he makes very crisp passes. He can pass from the wing or out of the post. He had an excellent bounce pass in transition for an assist. Greg struggled in this one from the outside. He missed a number of jumpers in the contest. He did knock down a huge shot late to trim the South lead to 2. It wasn’t enough though He also pulled down several rebounds. Greg had a strong first half with 12 points, but the above mentioned three pointer was his lone basket in the second half by our count.

Carl Johnson (2008, 6-0 PG)
Carl is a very quick point guard who can get into the lane off the dribble. The lefty is capable of changing directions quickly and using an array of dribbling moves. When he went all the way too the hoop, Carl was inconsistent finishing in traffic against bigger defenders. He had a very strong game passing the ball. He has good vision and can often find the open man, whether it’s around the basket or by kicking the ball out. Carl looked to have decent form on his jumper, but really struggled to knock it down in this one. He did play aggressively on the defensive end though. He does appear to be a solid prospect. 

Norristown

Khalif Wyatt (2009, 6-2 PG/SG)
Khalif has a smooth stroke and can hit from 3-point land, and did so on multiple occasions in this game.  His release could however be a bit faster.  Khalif is not super quick but he was able to get into the lane using long strides.  Once into the lane he scored in a variety of ways.  He hit jump shots while on the move as well as pulling up.  Khalif even hit one turn around fade away shot.  He also took the ball all the way to the basket and hit some tough lay ups.  Khalif scored a couple buckets by getting out on the break as well.  On one occasion Khalif blocked a shot then immediately started running up the court, caught a pass and hit a lay up despite an oncoming defender.  Khalif did travel quite a few times in this game.  While the refs were more strict than usual with the travel calls, Khalif should have adjusted his game to limit these calls.  He also could have done a better job from the free throw line.  Khalif tallied 18 points and was the most consistent scorer in this contest.

Russell Graham (2008, 6-0 PG)
This was a big game for Russell and he was a huge factor in Norristown’s win.  He showed the ability to shoot from beyond the arc, with his biggest three pointer falling with just over 2 minutes remaining in the game to put Norristown up 8.  Besides hitting multiple threes Russell also excelled at getting to the hoop and scoring in transition.  After getting to the hoop he did struggle to finish at times, but that could have been partly due to Aaric Murray clogging up the middle.  He had to double pumped in mid air a few times in order to get his shot off.  He was able to convert in this manner at least once.  Russell finished as the games leading scorer with 19 points.

Glen Mills

Phil Worsham (2008, 6-3 SG/SF)
Phil did most of his damage in this game with his jump shot and was the leading scorer for Glen Mills with 17 points.  His first basket came on a turn around fade away shot from just inside the foul line.  Although his jump shot proved to be accurate his form is not the best.  He does not completely square up and he releases the ball with one hand.  This unorthodox form could limit his consistency.  Down the stretch Phil hit a couple contested three pointers to keep the game close.  He hit one with 30 seconds left to bring his team within 7 points and another with 12 seconds left to cut the lead to 6.  He may have offset this effort however by turning the ball over late by fumbling passes.

Francis Drummond (2009, 5-11 PG)
Drummond started this game off strong, getting into the lane and hitting a pair of running floaters over defenders.  This seemed to be his favorite type of shot as he hit another running shot later in the game.  Drummond is quick and found his way into the lane very easily.  He also made a few nice passes after penetrating that resulted in easy buckets.  A couple of times Drummond cut to the hoop without the ball caught a pass and scored on a tough lay in.  In this game Drummond attempted few jump shots and only one three-point attempt that we can remember.  He did not connect on any of these shots. 

Aaric Murray (2009, 6-10 C)
This was not a huge game offensively for Aaric, but he was a force defensively and on the boards.  He had numerous blocks and was rebounding right over the Norristown players, but he was always the tallest player on the floor by at least 5 inches.  Aaric did all this without jumping much at all.  By keeping his feet on the ground it probably prevented him from picking up more fouls. 

Aaric was inconsistent on offense.  He missed a few point blank shots and lay ups, but made a couple impressive shots.  In the post he made a turn around bank shot. On another play he got the ball from about 15 feet from the hoop and put the ball on the floor before pulling up and hitting a jump shot. His only other two points came from the free throw line; he was 2-2 on the night.  Aaric also did a nice job running on the break in this game and caught some difficult passes on the run.  While Aaric did dominate this game defensively we would have liked to see him takeover more offensively.  With his height advantage he should have been able to score at will.  He finished the game with only 6 points.

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 February 2008 )
 
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