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Home arrow Recruiting News arrow 2008 Donofrio Classic Finals
2008 Donofrio Classic Finals
Tuesday, 22 April 2008

by Bill Martin
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Novar Gadson
The Donofrio Classic came to a close last week with Waterview Phoenix taking on Team Philly in the finals.  This was a close game from start to finish but in the very end Waterview Phoenix pulled away for a 121-113 victory.  CAA Insider was on hand for this game, and below are player evaluations from some of the games top performers.

Waterview Phoenix

Novar Gadson (2008, 6-5 SF) committed to Rider
This has been a very impressive tournament for Novar as he just finds ways to score the basketball.  Novar scored in a wide variety of ways in this game, but most of his points came from right around the hoop.  Novar did a nice job of putting the ball on the floor and getting to the hoop.  He had a beautiful hop step into the lane and scored in traffic.  On another possession he faked a crossover getting by his man for a lay in.  Novar did not take many outside shots in this game but he did hit a well-defended three pointer.  One of his more impressive plays of the night was a turn around fade away jump shot from in the post.  He also did an excellent job scoring and passing the ball in transition.  Novar finished the game with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and was named MVP of the Donofrio Classic along with Maalik Wayns.

Andrew “Scootie” Randall (2008, 6-6 SF/PF) committed to Temple
This was not Randall’s best offensive performance but he still managed to score 18 points.  He struggled with his jump shot and was inconsistent finishing around the hoop.  Randall did do extremely well from the free throw line as he hit 8 of 9 attempts.  He did hit a hook shot in the post and a scoop in lay up under a defender’s attempted block.  Besides shooting well from the free throw line Randall also did a nice job on the boards, grabbing 12 in all.

Russell Johnson (2008, 6-6 SF)
This game showcased some of Russell’s versatility, as he scored in a variety of ways.  He shot the ball well hitting two three pointers and all 4 of his free throw attempts.  Russell also scored in transition and showed off some dibbling skills.  He dribbled behind his back to go around a defender for an easy lay up on one play.  On another play he made a dribble hesitation move to freeze his defender getting to the hoop and finished with a finger roll.  Russell finished the game with 20 points.

Eric Brennan (2008) committed to Lock Haven (D-II)
Eric did not shoot a lot in this game but he was very efficient.  He hit 3 out of 4 three point attempts and hit a fast break lay up, finishing the game with 11 points.

Devon White (2008, 6-8 PF/C)
In this game Devon attempted quite a few mid range jump shots but only converted on 1 of them.  He also struggled a bit to finish inside.  Devon has very impressive athleticism and he showed that off on a highflying break away dunk.  He did miss another dunk attempt when he attempted a reverse, but the ball slipped out of his hand and flew over the rim.  Devon did an outstanding job on the boards and ended up grabbing 15 total.  He also scored on some put backs and hit a pair of clutch free throws at the end of the game to extend the lead to 8.  Devon loves to throw the outlet pass after a rebound but sometimes he forces it and it can result in turnovers.  Devon ended up with 14 points on the night.

Team Philly

Velton Jones (2008, 5-10 PG) committed to Robert Morris
Velton aggressively attacked the hoop all night and did a fantastic job of drawing contact and getting to the line.  He attempted a game high 16 free throws and hit 13 of them.  Velton used his body very well to protect the ball while he muscled his way to the hoop.  He was inconsistent finishing around the hoop but he did create some open looks for his teammates by getting into the lane and making good passes.  Velton finished with 21 points but only went 4-12 from the field.

Maalik Wayns (2009, 6-1 PG) committed to Villanova
Maalik managed to score 16 points and earned MVP honors despite having to leave the game twice because he hurt his ankle.  He seemed a bit slowed after the second time he returned from injury.  Before he got hurt, he was getting to the hoop at will and finishing strong.  His jump shot was not falling but he did hit one three later in the game. 

Tony Chennault (2010, 6-2 PG/SG)
This was really a great game for Tony and he ended up as the games leading scorer with 32 points.  He got to the hoop pretty much whenever he wanted and finished exceptionally well in traffic.  Tony scored time and time again after driving to the hoop.  He also hit a couple jump shots including a pull up jumper along with 3 three pointers.  Tony did not shoot well from the charity stripe though, as he only hit 3 of 7 attempts.

Rashad Savage (2008, 6-5 PF)
Savage did a great job on the boards in this game and most of his points were off put backs from offensive rebounds.  He also drew a number of fouls going up strong after these rebounds.  Savage finished with 10 points and a game high 19 rebounds.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 April 2008 )
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