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Sonny Hill Future Stars Tournament (8/13/08)
Thursday, 14 August 2008

Deshon Minnis
By Brian Crownover
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Things have been quiet in August, but they picked up quickly in Philadelphia this weekend.  The annual Sonny Hill Future Stars Tournament takes place on the campus of Temple University.  The action got started with a couple games on Wednesday night.  CAA Insider was on hand for opening night. Here is a look at some of the top players from Wednesday's action.

Sonny Hill Sophomores

Deshon Minnis (2010, 6-0 PG)
Deshon is a very talented lead guard. He is an excellent setup man and scorer. He did a fine job of combining both in this game. Deshon is quick ball handler with a strong crossover move. He gets into the lane with ease. He also was excellent at pushing the ball and scoring on the break. Deshon scored several times with tough finishes in traffic after breaking down the defense. He dished off quite a few beautiful passes too. From the outside, Deshon ended the game with a pull up jumper and a three pointer. He was inconsistent from the perimeter though and was blocked on a three pointer when he took too long to get the shot off. In this one, Deshon showed that he is another one of the talented point guards from Philadelphia in the Class of 2010.

Jamir Hanner (2010, 6-6 SF/PF)
Jamir is a forward who is at his best running the floor and playing above the rim. The athletic forward had several dunks. He banked home another shot on the inside, but was a bit inconsistent finishing. Jamir had a steal and nice pass on the break. Not surprisingly, he also blocked several shots and pulled down a couple rebounds. He can handle the ball a little, but Jamir can't consistently beat his man off the dribble at this point. He struggled with his jumper as well. He'll need to work on his wing skills some more to take his game up another level.

Billy Jaggon (2011, 6-1 SG)
Billy is another talented young player. He first caught our attention with a pair of pull up jumpers, including a three pointer. He didn't display the best form, but was effective nonetheless. Billy can also handle the ball a little. He was effective in transition too, including finishing with a nice scoop shot.


Rakeem Brookins (2010, 5-11 PG)
The RAIDERS had a balanced attack in the blowout victory. Rakeem might've been their standout player. He hit from the perimeter with a three pointer as is often the case. The lead guard had several nice drive and dish plays. He also scored on a put back. Rakeem did struggle with a couple turnovers though.

Dom Morris (2009, 6-10 PF)
Dom was solid in this one. The powerful forward was at his best on the glass, where he pulled down several rebounds. He scored once on a put back and another time on a lay-up after a fine feed. Dom had a steal too. He missed a face up jumper.

Travis Robinson (2010, 6-4 SG/SF)
Travis started off strong. He had a fabulous one handed tip in. He also scored another basket in transition. He struggled from the outside though as he missed a pair of jumpers.

Maurice Briggs (2009, 6-6 SF/PF)
Maurice made quite a few plays in his limited minutes. The lanky forward showed his ability to step outside as he hit on a three pointer. He also scored around the rim on a lay-up and transition basket.

Devin Coleman (2011, 6-2 SG)
This lefty is a very smooth ball handler. Devin got into the lane off the bounce several times. He had a beautiful scoop finish as well as a nice pass in transition. It was a solid game for this young talent.

Ahmil Jefferson (2012, 6-6 SF)
Ahmil is a young player who looks to have a nice future ahead of him. The rising freshman already has good size. He scored a lay-up off of a good pass in his few minutes of action. He also hustled after an offensive rebound. Ahmil does need to get stronger, but has plenty of time to do so.

Hoop Factory

Dave Jones (2009, 6-7 PF)
This lanky forward was very effective around the rim. Dave is quite athletic and he showed that on several dunks after nice feeds from his teammates. One of those dunks was an alley oop finish. Dave was a monster on the boards as he pulled down rebound after rebound. He does need to get stronger and could do better by showing more skills on the interior.

Bottom Blazers

Ade Barak (2009, 6-8 PF)
Ade is a big man with good size. He scored a couple times around the basket, including a short jumper. He grabbed several boards too. Ade didn't get a ton of opportunities to put the ball in the basket though.

Lamar Jackson (2009, 5-10 PG)
This quick guard made some plays. Lamar was at his best in transition, where he scored several times. Not only did he score on the break, he made a nice pass too.


Skylar Scrivano (2010, 6-8 PF)
Skylar is an intriguing prospect. The big man is fluid and moves well without the ball. He also possesses good hands. He plays mostly a face up game. Skylar scored on a short drive after an offensive rebound. He tipped in another missed shot. On the defensive end, he blocked a pair of shots with good timing. Skylar pulled down a couple boards too. He really struggled with his face up jumper though. He'll need to show improved wing skills or Skylar will need to score inside more frequently in order to take his game up another notch. He has some pretty good potential though.

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