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Sonny Hill Future Stars Tournament (8/17/08)
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

By Brian Crownover
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The Sonny Hill Future Stars Tournament ended with the playoffs on Sunday afternoon.  CAA Insider was on hand as the Delaware Sharpshooters took home the championship.  Here are some of the best players from Sunday.

Delaware Sharpshooters

Isaiah Philmore (2009, 6-7 SF/PF)
Isaiah was outstanding throughout the playoffs for the Delaware Sharpshooters. The skilled forward was very dominant. Isaiah was aggressive. He attacked off the dribble and often either scored or was fouled going at the rim. He really helped himself out with a strong performance at the free throw line. Isaiah had a drive and reverse with a foul as well as a spin move and finish. He pulled down a number of rebounds and often looked to push the ball. Although he didn't shoot much, Isaiah was solid from the perimeter. He hit a pull up jumper and another jumper with a foul. The lanky forward also used good timing to block several shots throughout the day. Isaiah was the key component in the Sharpshooters successful weekend and was rewarded by taking home tournament MVP honors.

Ron Giplaye (2010, 6-5 PF)
Ron has really impressed us over the last few months and nothing was different on this day. He's very active around the hoop. He scored on a couple follow ups and was very effective on the glass at both ends of the court. Ron had several nice drives to the rim, including a left handed finish plus a foul. He has good hand and puts soft touch on the ball. Ron did get into trouble when he tried dribbling too much. He did have a couple nice passes too. We haven't seen him shoot the ball much from the perimeter, but Ron was impressive on this day. He hit from beyond the arc and knocked down two other jumpers. If he can continue to show that as well as his ball handling skills, Ron's stock will really rise. Regardless, he's still a prospect that a lot of teams will be tracking.

Daiquin Peterson (2009, 6-2 SG)
Daiquin proved to be a talented off guard. He shot the ball quite well throughout the day, including out to three point land. He showed that he's a quick ball handler who can get into the lane too. Daiquin scored a nice finish in traffic. He also ran the floor well and scored transition basket after transition basket in the semifinals. Daiquine was solid at the free throw line too. He played well on this day.

Hood Enriched

Jake Cohen (2009, 6-10 C)
After seeing him have quite a few quiet games over the last few months, we were thrilled to see what Jake can really do this weekend. He moves well and had a fantastic, quick spin in the post and short drive for a lay-up. He has good touch as he displayed on a hook shot on the inside. Jake scored on an old fashioned three point play after a cut through the lane. He ran the floor and scored in transition too. Jake takes full advantage of his size as he's very good on the boards. He could get stronger, but it doesn't hurt his game at this point.

Jaylen Bond (2011, 6-5 SF/PF)
Jaylen was much more impressive on this day then the previous one. He was very solid shooting from the mid range area. He also handles the ball pretty well. Jaylen went inside and converted a post turn around jumper. He ran the floor well and scored often in transition. Jaylen is quite the young talent.

Parrish Grant (2009, 5-10 PG)
Parrish was solid on Sunday. He scored in a couple ways. He hit a three pointer from the perimeter. Parrish also scored on an old fashioned three point play and put back.

Sonny Hill Juniors

Marcus Brown (2009, 6-4 SF)
Marcus looked pretty good in our first glimpse a couple weeks back. He was even better on Sunday. He's quite skilled and also has good size. He did a terrific job of converting in the lane. He banked home a couple runners and hit a floater. Marcus is a very smooth ball handler. He showed the ability to step outside as he knocked down several jumpers. He didn't show range beyond the arc, but was able to hit pull up jumpers. Marcus has outstanding hands and pulled down a number of rebounds. He scored on several put backs. He has certainly shown that he is talented with a strong performance in the playoffs.

Warren Gillis (2010, 6-1 SG)
Warren put together a nice game. The off guard hit a pair of three pointers. The lefty has a smooth stroke from the perimeter. He had several fine passes, including one in transition. He did miss a couple runners and was also blocked. Warren was solid though.

Xavier Harris (2011, 6-5 SF/PF)
Xavier really struggled converting in this one. He missed a couple put backs and a post hook. He is tough on the glass though and pulled down boards on both ends.

DJ Newbill (2010, 6-3 PG/SG)
DJ put together another decent game. He buried a three pointer early on. He showed more of his shooting ability as he knocked down a free throw line jumper. DJ didn't attack as often as earlier in the week, but did have a nice runner in the lane. He had a nice weekend.

New Jersey Celtics

Markus Kennedy (2010, 6-8 PF)
This big body post player was terrific. Markus has fantastic hands, great touch and gets good positioning on the inside because of his size. Time and time again, Markus sealed off well and converted for a short bank inside. He moves pretty well too for a player of his size. Markus is a monster on the boards. He hit on an 8 foot jumper after one offensive rebound. Markus is quite the talent and he showcased his ability in the playoffs.

Cecil Kirk

Cleveland Melvin (2009, 6-8 PF)
Cleveland made a few plays around the rim. He had a nice cut and lay-up. He also grabbed a few rebounds, including some on the offensive end.

Jerry Cummings (2009, 6-6 SF)
Jerry was a bit quiet in this one. He grabbed a couple boards and was fouled inside. He missed a bank shot.

Karee Watson (2010, 6-8 PF)
Karee had an offensive rebound put back. He also converted a lay-up on a nice feed. He grabbed a couple other boards too.

Jersey Shore Warriors

Will Barrett (2009, 6-8 SF/PF)
Will was solid in this one. He had a nice drive and foul on one play. He hit a three pointer. Will grabbed a couple rebounds too.

Weekend Recruiting News and Notes

MVP Isaiah Philmore will be making an unofficial at Temple on Tuesday.  He'll also be visiting Michigan, Central Florida and Oklahoma St.  George Washington, UMASSS and Providence may get visits as well. 

Daiquine Peterson is hearing from Long Island University and Quinnipiac.

Mark Bevacqua has recently picked up an offer from Canisius.

Antoine Allen has committed to Providence.

After it looked like CJ Aiken would be transferring to Abington earlier this summer, he's now headed to Plymouth-Whitemarsh.

Dion Waiters could wind up at Roman Catholic or Life Center.

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