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PA State Semifinals
Thursday, 20 March 2008

by Brian Crownover
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Greg Edwards
State Playoff action continued over the past week in Pennsylvania.  Victorious teams punched their tickets to the state finals in State College.  CAA Insider was on hand for two games.  Here is a look at some of the top performers.


Susquehanna Twp. 61 Scranton Prep 52
Strawberry Mansion 80 Imhotep Charter 68

Susquehanna Twp.

Greg Edwards (2009, 6-4 SG/SF)
Greg really struggled early on; missing a lay-up, a couple threes and a runner. He is a good sized wing who can play inside and outside though. He battled inside on the boards and scored on put backs. He also ran the floor. Greg is a long strider who can get into the lane. He scored after a spin move and hit a deep pull up jumper after a nice crossover move. He never did find his three point shot. Greg is fairly athletic and blocked a shot too. He ended with 13 points.

Akeem Wilson (2009, 6-5 PF)
This forward is a very good athlete and was quite active.  Akeemís athletic ability was too much for Scranton Prep to handle.  He blocked several shots and completely controlled the paint.  He has good timing.  Akeem was also a monster on the boards and rebounded very well out of this area.  Heís pretty quick and moves quite well as he displayed on a nice reverse lay-up.  He has the ability to knock down the face up jumper too.  Akeem hit one from 8 feet and later extended that range to 12 feet.  His shot is stiff though.  He had some nice quick posts moves, but didnít consistently finish.  Akeem is long and thin and would benefit by adding some weight.  He finished in double figures with 10 points.

Ben Dupree (2010, 5-10 PG)
This talented young point guard has great vision. Ben found his teammates with several strong passes throughout the game. The setup man can score too though. He hit a floater in the lane and a fall away jumper. He rarely shot from deep on perimeter. Ben played tough, aggressive defense. He finished with 6 points and a number of assists. 

Tajh Turner (20109, 5-11 PG)
Tajh was solid in the victory. The point guard had a nice drive and kick out early on. He banked in a tough runner where he used his body to shield the defender. He is small though. Tajh hit a three pointer and sealed the game with 4 free throws down the stretch. Heís a quick ball handler, but could improve in that area. He dribbles on the side of the ball too much. Tajh scored 11 points in the win.

Strawberry Mansion

Devon White (2008, 6-8 PF/C)
Devon got off to a slow start with some misses inside. The athletic forward picked his play up as the game went on. He had a monster game on the boards throughout. He did most of his scoring right around the rim. Devon had a couple lay-ups as well as a pair of monster dunks, including one at the end of the game. He hit a short post jumper and also threw a nice, long cross court pass. Devon had a couple athletic blocks as well. He finished with a strong 12 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks in the victory.

Dwayne Davis (2008, 6-4 SG/SF) Committed to Morehead State
Dwayne did his usual thing scoring the ball. He hit from the perimeter, ran the floor and scored going at the rim. He uses his body so well in traffic and really gets up and down the court. Dwayne distributed the ball and crashed the boards too. He did take quite a few shots in this one. He had a solid all around game though, finishing with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

Eddie Frazier (2008, 6-4 SG/SF)
Eddie put together yet another good game. The smooth wing ran the floor and scored in transition. He handles the ball well in the open court. On one occasion, he had a beautiful crossover move which led to a nice pass. Eddie had several other solid assists. He buried a couple from behind the three point line in this contest too. Heís very active and pulls down a lot of rebounds. Eddie has a solid all around skill set. The senior scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.

Imhotep Charter

Lamar Trice (2008, 6-0 PG) Committed to Mount St. Maryís
Lamar is a fantastic lead guard. He is quick off the dribble and has an outstanding ability to drive and dish. He setup his teammates time and time again in this one. He had a brilliant no look pass during one sequence. Lamar can finish when he gets into the lane too. He has the ability to change direction quickly and had several nice moves including a crossover into a scoop finish. Lamar does get close to carrying the ball when he crosses over. He plays fast and does need to cut back on the turnovers some. He also didnít show any outside game. Lamar is a talented player though who should cause a lot of trouble with his speed and passing at the next level.  He ended the game with 13 points and quite a few assists.

Will Adams (2009 6-3 SG)
Will was somewhat quiet by his standards early on. He did score in transition and had a nice stop and finish move where he let the defender go by him. Heís a solid ball handler who can get into the lane. Will buried several three pointers as the game went on. He continued to run the floor and pulled down a few boards too. Will finished strong and ended with 23 points in the loss.

Rashad Savage (2008, 6-5 PF)
Rashad wasnít nearly as dominant as we saw earlier in the year. He had some trouble against talented big man Devon White. Rashad did have a nice reverse lay-up and offensive rebound follow up. He was most productive when White out of the game in foul trouble. Rashad loves to attack with the dribble away from the basket. He grabbed a couple boards in this one too. He was fouled inside several times, but was inconsistent at the line. Rashad scored just 6 points. 

Ivory Wells (2009, 6-4 SG/SF)
Ivory is a nice sized wing player. He pulled down a couple boards, including an offensive rebound put back. He scored in transition and had a nice drive and 10 foot pull up jumper. Ivory is a solid ball handler as well.

Scranton Prep

Bill Joyce (2008, 6-1 SG)
This guard was on fire early. He has a smooth shot and buried three pointer after three pointer. By our count, he hit four from deep in the first half and weíre not sure any of those even touched the rim. He hit ones of the pull up variety as well as catch and shoot. Bill did cool off as the game wore on. While he can shoot, Bill didnít show the ability to beat his man off the dribble. He was outmatched in that area against the more athletic Susquehanna Twp. Squad. Bill finished with 16 points.

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