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Home arrow Recruiting News arrow Sonny Hill League Opening Day (6/3)
Sonny Hill League Opening Day (6/3)
Wednesday, 04 June 2008

Will Adams
by Brian Crownover
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The strongest summer league in Philadelphia got underway on Tuesday night.  The annual Sonny Hill League has seen many legends over the years.  Here is a look at some of the top players from Tuesday's action.

Interstate Realty

Will Adams (2009, 6-3 SG)
Will put together a nice game. He was at his best running the floor. He scored often in transition, including a dunk. He also attacked some off the dribble and converted or drew fouls. Will hit a pull up three pointer too. He rebounds quite well for a guard and pulled down a couple of those in this game. It wasn’t the best he’s played this spring, but Will was still productive on this balanced squad.

Rashad Savage (2008, 6-5 PF)
This powerful post player was solid. Rashad got out and ran the floor. He had a dunk on the break among his baskets. He had an offensive rebound put back and grabbed a couple more boards. Defensively, Rashad had a pair of blocks too. 

Maalik Wayns (2009, 6-1 PG) Committed to Villanova
It wasn’t a strong game by his high standards. Maalik did have a transition dunk and reverse after an offensive rebound. He used one of his favorite moves, a quick spin and scoop finish. He did miss a few conversions from close. Maalik dished out a several good passes too. It wasn’t a bad game, but he’s certainly been more dominant.

Ligah Thompson (2009, 6-7 PF)
Ligah did what he usually does, make plays at and above the rim. He had a turnaround post bank shot plus the foul. He had a couple put backs, including dunk. Ligah also had two outstanding blocks and pulled down some boards. 

Denzel Yard (2009, 5-10 PG)
Denzel ran the floor and made several nice passes to his teammates. He also showed the ability to step outside as he hit on a pair of three pointers.

Parrish Grant (2009, 5-10 PG)
Parrish is a decent ball handler. He scored some in transition. He also had a nice pass. He did miss on a three pointer though.

Cuttino Mobley

Woody Redding (2010, 5-9 PG)
Woody put together a good game. This small point guard is quick, but under control. He attacked off the bounce and had several nice moves, including a stop and go conversion. He was able to finish when getting into the lane. Woody also stepped outside a buried a pair of three pointers. From the lead guard spot, he threw nice pass after nice pass. He really played well. 

Jack O' Neill (2010, 6-6 SF/PF)
We’ve been eager to watch this young player for awhile now. Jack didn’t disappoint. He’s a skill forward he can play some inside and outside. He moves well without the ball and is quite active. Jack hit a tough pull up mid range jumper with a defender in his face. He had a drive, ball fake and then banked home a shot. He’s a solid ball handler, but didn’t exactly blow by anyone. Jack had several nice passes, including a cross court one. His shot wasn’t consistent throughout. Jack showed some skills though.

Jaleel Mack (2010, 5-10 PG)
Jaleel showed the perimeter jumper again as he buried a three pointer. In this game, he showed some nice ball handling as well. He did struggle to convert on a couple occasions though.

Alvin Williams

Dwayne Davis  (2008, 6-4 SG/SF) Committed to Morehead State
Few around can score like Dwayne and he showed that again in this one. He attacked off the bounce and drew a few fouls. He had a nice scoop finish and a runner. On Dwayne’s most impressive play, he actually switched the ball into his other hand in mid air to finish. He didn’t hit much from the perimeter during our viewing.

Bryan Cohen (2008, 6-4 SG) Committed to Bucknell
Bryan had a solid outing. He really can shoot the ball. He buried several three pointers, including one of the pull up variety. He hit on another deep too as well.

North Philly (9th & 10th) 

Lamar Hayes (2011, 6-1 PG)
Lamar is an impressive young lead guard. He has a quick handle, but at the same time is very steady. He had several nice drives, the most impressive of which was a crossover move and left handed finish with contact. He had a nice pass to his teammate and did a good job of running the offense. Lamar did miss on a couple runners (one pretty badly). He is certainly a talent though.

Shaquille Duncan (2010, 6-8 PF)
Shaq played well as we arrived during the middle of the game. He put the ball on the floor and went coast to coast for a bucket after a rebound. His ball handling still needs some work, but he can get to the rim because of long striders. Shaq rebounded quite well. He also had a nice pass to a cutter on one play. He did miss on a face up jumper.

Urban Pioneers

Russell Johnson (2008, 6-6 SF) Committed to Robert Morris
As usual, Russell was tough on the boards. The lanky wing struggled to convert on the offensive end though. He missed a deep jumper, a follow up attempt and a transition bucket during our viewing. He also had a turnover. 

Eddie Jones (9th & 10th)

Rakeem Christmas (2011, 6-8 PF)
Rakeem is really starting to develop. The big man was aggressive and showed a nice face up game as well as back to the basket game. While facing up, he hit a 12 foot jumper and also a short runner. He converted on a turn around jumper with his back to the basket. He put the ball on the floor some, but typically only took a couple dribbles. Rakeem showed great hands as he snagged a rebound. He pulled down quite a few boards in the contest. His shot wasn’t consistently there and he’s far from a finish product, but Rakeem'ss upside is huge.

Interstate Realty (9th & 10th)

Aaron Brown (2011, 6-5 PF)
We only caught the end of this game, but Aaron had a couple of nice drives and finishes at the rim. He showed the ability to attack on the perimeter. It’s something he’ll need more of as his game progresses. 

Jamal Jones (2010, 6-5 SF/PF)
Jamal is a player we’d definitely like to see more of. He stands out because he’s already a pretty strong young player. He showed a nice face up jumper from about 8 feet. He also displayed the ability to handle the ball some.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 June 2008 )
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