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Home arrow Recruiting News arrow Sonny Hill League (6/9)
Sonny Hill League (6/9)
Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Novar Gadson
by Brian Crownover
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The strongest summer league in Philadelphia continued on Monday night.  Many of the Public League's top committed players were on hand.  Here is a look at some of the top performances from the evening.

11th and 12th Grade Division

Sam Cozen 

Novar Gadson (2008, 6-5 SF) committed to Rider
Few seniors have surprised us as much as Novar this spring and summer. He continued to impress in this one with his smooth handle and ability to score the ball. He changes directions with ease and the lefty can finish with either hand. Novar banked home a shot inside, had a couple transition dunks and a beautiful right handed finished after a crossover move. He also stepped outside and hit a three pointer. Novar grabbed a couple boards too. He looks poised to have an impact with Rider.

Brandon Penn (2008, 6-6 SF/PF) committed to Rider
This bouncy forward made some nice plays in the paint. He banked home a shot inside, converted on a runner in transition and finished inside again on another runner. Brandon also had a nice pass too a cutter. The athletic forward pulled down a couple boards as well. 

Henry Smith (2009, 6-5 SF)
Henry played inside quite often. He scored on bank around the rim and was fouled after cutting on another play. After a quiet game from the outside, the sharpshooter buried the game winning three pointer at the buzzer.

Team One

Ferguson Myrick (2009, 6-5 SF/PF)
Ferg arrived at halftime, but still made an impression. He scored on a left handed scoop shot, an offensive rebound and a reverse and after contact on another bucket. He had a nice block from behind too. When he stepped outside on the offensive end, Ferg airballed a three pointer and missed another jumper. He struggled from the foul line too. Ferg had a decent outing though.

Jesse Morgan (2009, 6-4 PG)
Jesse also didnít arrive until halftime. With the extra energy he had from not playing the first half, he got out and ran the floor. He had several finishes around the rim with contact, including one after driving left. He buried a three pointer, but Jesse also missed on a couple other attempts.

Lamar Trice (2008, 6-0 PG) committed to Mount St. Maryís
Lamar is quick with the ball in his hands and does a lot of damage off the dribble. When he didnít convert after driving, he was able to draw foul after foul after foul. He played the passing lanes and picked up several steals. After one steal, he threw an alley oop pass to Shaquille Duncan. While he made some plays, Lamar really needs to improve his shot selection. He still struggles to shoot from the perimeter yet he took pull up three pointer after pull up three pointer. 

Shaquille Duncan (2010, 6-8 PF)
This big guy can really get out and run the floor. He scored several times in transition, including an alley oop throwdown. Shaq put the ball on the floor several times too. In the post, he was able to drive towards the center and bank home a shot. He does a good job of keeping the ball high around the hoop. Shaq also dove on the floor for a ball. He blocked a shot and drove the floor and dished off for an assist. This young talent has really played well lately.

Olney Eagles 

Miguel Bocachica (2008, 6-5 SF) committed to Long Island
Miguel wasnít able to hit from the perimeter. Often when thatís the case, he becomes the forgotten man. In this one, he did some other things. He had several nice passes, especially to cutters in the lane. He also scored once himself on a cut. Miguel had a nice drive and bank finish. He even dove on the floor for a loose ball. We were happy to see him do other things besides just shoot. 

Velton Jones (2008, 5-10 160 PG) Committed to Robert Morris
Velton did most of his damage by drawing fouls. He scored several times from the charity stripe. He had a nice pass to a teammate. Velton struggled converting in this one, whether it was driving or shooting.

Urban Pioneers 

Andrew ďScootieĒ Randall (2008, 6-6 SF/PF) committed to Temple
Scootie put together a good game. He did a number of different things. He scored on an offensive rebound follow up, transition dunk and a runner with a foul. As usual, he rebounded well on both ends of the floor. Scootie also had a nice pass to a cutter.

Russell Johnson (2008, 6-6 SF) Committed to Robert Morris
Russell also played a solid game. He scored several different ways. He hit a runner, knocked down a three and converted a fall away post jumper. As usual, Russell rebounded well. He had a nice no look pass too. He was a bit inconsistent finishing, but did make some plays.

Jon DeShields (2009, 6-4 SG)
Jon showed the ability to hit from the outside. He buried a pair of three pointer with his smooth stroke. He also scored on a transition lay-up.

Interstate Realty

Jarrod Denard (2008, 6-3 SG) Committed to Morgan St.
Jarrod is a scoring machine. We only watched him early on, but he still put up some nice numbers. The lefty was getting into the lane with ease and knocking down floaters. On his most impressive one, he started out driving right and crossed back over left to convert. Jarrod had a nice drive and kick out. He also converted a steal into a lay-up at the other end.


Jake Godino (2008, 6-0 PG/SG)
Jake caught our attention with his smooth stroke as he buried three from beyond the arc early on. He later showed that he can handle the ball and bit and displayed a nice crossover move. He was blocked and had a turnover as he was trying to showboat a bit after the strong early start. Jake definitely displayed some talent though.

9th and 10th Grade Division 

G.A.D. Beacon 

Andrew Moye (2011, 6-1 PG) 
Andrew is a very quick young guard. He played a great game in transition. He rebounded and pushed the ball on several plays. His most impressive finish was of the left handed scoop variety with a foul that he converted for an old fashioned three point play. Andrew gets to the rim in a hurry off the dribble. He is also quite strong. He scored on another scoop finish later on to cap a good performance.

Andre Thomas (2010, 6-6 SF)
Andre looks to be a solid young combo forward. On the outside, he was able to hit a deep two pointer and get out in transition. Inside, he pulled down a number of rebounds and blocked a shot. He is quite an athletic forward who can wreak havoc on both ends of the court.

Trevor Cooney (2011, 6-2 SG)
He wasn't quite as dominant as we saw last weekend at the Rasual Butler Classic, but Trevor made some plays. He hit a pull up mid range jumper. He also converted on a floater on the break. Trevor had a nice long pass too in this solid game.

North Philly 

Lamar Hayes (2011, 6-1 PG)
This young guard made some more plays during this game. He had two nice stop and go moves with scoop finishes. He also drew a foul on another drive. Lamar can handle the ball and get into the lane. He will have to get a little stronger, but thatís typical for a player of his age. Lamar missed the lone jumper we saw from the outside. He is definitely a good, young talent. 

5-K Logistics 

Jon Riles (2011, 6-0 PG)
Jon looks to be a solid lead guard. He can hit from the outside as he displayed with a couple pull up jumpers. He scored a couple times in transition and also setup a teammate with a nice pass. Jon has a solid handle and can drive in either direction. He did struggled to finish consistently.

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