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Sonny Hill League Future Stars Tournament Player Evaluations (A to I)
Tuesday, 22 August 2006

By Brian Crownover   
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Jamar Abrams – Richmond Metro (Highland Springs, VA 2007 6-6)
Jamar was a long, athletic forward.  This lefty showed the ability to finish around the basket.  He also displayed good touch from the outside as he knocked down back to back threes.  He played with a very talented Richmond Metro squad and had a pretty good impact.  Had Jamar been on a team with lesser players, he might’ve really opened eyes.

Olu Ashailu – GC Ballers (Community Christian, GA 2008 6-6)
Olu is an athletic forward that can get out and score in transition.  He has a smooth shot and showed he can hit it from 15 feet.  Playing with talented guards Johnny Flynn and Roshawn Tabb, Olu didn’t get a lot of touches.  He still was able to have an impact for his team though.

DJ Boney – PAL of Delaware (Tatnall, DE 2007 6-4)
Image Boney is a long armed small forward with decent athletic ability.  He plays mainly in the paint scoring most of his points off lay ups, although he has trouble converting when he draws any kind of contact.  Boney does get to the line a lot and showed a soft touch on his free throws, now if he can convert that soft touch into a midrange game he could be a much more effective player.  He plays solid defense and comes up with steals due to his length.  Running the floor is also something Boney does well, but he is much more comfortable running without the ball his ball handling looks like it could use some work.  Boney was the star of his team and did lead them to an overtime victory; he needs some work but could be a solid pick up for Delaware. 

Corey Chandler – Roadrunners 17s (East Side Newark, NJ 2007 6-1 175)
This Rutgers commit is a highly rated prospect that lived up to his billing over the weekend.  He can do so many different things.  He’s not the biggest guy, but he’s strong and can change directions quickly.  He seems to be able to get to the hoop almost anytime he wants.  Corey made some very impressive adjustments in mid air around the basket.  He is also very capable of stepping behind the arc and draining threes or passing to a teammate after breaking down the defense.  Rutgers did an excellent job of keeping this talented kid at home.

Dwayne Davis – Raiders (West Catholic, PA 2008 6-4)
Davis is a big guard who displayed solid outside shooting ability.  He also showed very good passing skills for the young Raiders team.

Ed Davis – Richmond Metro (Benedictine, VA 2008 6-8 195)
Davis is a highly rated player who lived up to the hype this weekend.  He has an excellent combination of athletic ability and skills.  He does a great job of getting position in the post.  Ed winds up with a lot of dunks because he gets so close to the basket.  That combined with his quick feet in the block allow him to score with ease.  Ed also runs the floor very well and can finish in transition.  On one of his more impressive plays, he missed a shot, grabbed the rebound and threw down a thunderous dunk.  He has very good touch on his shot and even displayed the capability of hitting a jumper from 15 feet away.  Because of his great leaping ability, Ed was also able grab a lot of rebounds and block a few shots.  He was one of the impressive players in the tournament.

Omar Davis – Crusader Nation (Douglass, MD 2009 5-9)
I only caught a few minutes of his game, but this small guard got my attention.  He was most impressive from behind the arc where he displayed nearly unlimited range.  He knocked down three from deep in less than half the game.  He also showed good ball handling skills.

Papa Dia – Team Final (South Kent, CT 2007 6-9 220)
This big lefty was impressive yet again.  He has very good size, but is also an excellent athlete.  He scored quite often around the hoop and also from the wing.  He has a very nice touch on his jumper (something not often seen from a man of his size).  He also blocked a number of shots and grabbed plenty of rebounds.  The one thing that still bothers me is that he loves using a fade away jump shot.  I’m puzzled why a guy his size wouldn’t go at the basket every time he catches the ball in the post.  That said it’s not a huge complaint because he can hit that shot.  He just leaves himself no chance for an offense rebound if he does miss.

Steve Egee – Narberth Boro Boys (Ridley, PA 2008 6-3)
Egee and his team were late additions to the tournament.  They didn’t disappoint though as they made it to Sunday’s playoff action.  Steve was a very integral part of his team’s success.  He has a great basketball IQ and made excellent decisions with the ball in his hands.  He did a good job of distributing the basketball and also shooting it from the perimeter.  He has good size and is able to get to the hoop, although his ball handling could improve.  Steve is also very tough on the defensive end, although he was out of his league trying to guard Chandler. 

Kim English – Cecil Kirk 17s (Lake Clifton, MD 2007 6-6)
Kim is an athletic forward who is active around the basket.  He is a good finisher and a tough competitor.  He bounced back from an injury to play well for his team.  With talented guards on Cecil Kirk, Kim didn’t touch the ball a lot.  He still managed to have an impact on the game though.

Tyreke Evans – Team Final (American Christian Academy, PA 2008 6-4 185)
This super prospect only made an appearance on Sunday, but certainly was impressive.  He isn’t as great an athlete as most elite players, but he can flat out score.  Tyreke has good size and can get to the hoop whenever he wants.  He was nursing an injury, and seemed to struggle with his shot from the perimeter and at the foul line.  I was a bit surprised that he didn’t make any eye opening plays, but he played well nonetheless. 

Ken Faried – Playaz 16s (Newark Technology, NJ 2008 6-6 170)
Faried is a very active, high energy forward.  He was quite impressive when using this style on Saturday.  He scores a lot of points around the goal by hustling down the court and being aggressive on the offensive glass.  He does have trouble finishing at times, but is relentless at going after his own miss.  Ken does need to develop his game beyond the basket area.  The big front line of Richmond Metro was able to neutralize him because of inability to score away from the hoop.  He is a decent ball handler, but could certainly improve in that area.  Ken also doesn’t have much range on his shot, although he did bank one in from 15 feet during one game.  The fact that he puts forth so much effort on the floor leads me to believe that he’s fully capable of putting in the time to develop his skills and become a complete player.

Jiovanny Fontan – Playaz 16s (St. Anthony’s, NJ 2008 5-10)
Jiovanny didn’t have all that impressive of a game for the Playaz 16s.  I’ve really been disappointed that I haven’t seen him play anywhere near the level he did in an all star game earlier this spring.  That said, the Playaz have a few other guys on their team who look ordinary there, but great when playing elsewhere.

Novar Gadson – Bartram Beacon Blazers (Bartrum, PA 2008 6-4)
Novar was a player who I’ve been waiting to catch up with for awhile now.  I was quite impressed with him the first time around and it was much the same during this tournament.  He is a long-armed guard who is quite skilled.  He did a good job of scoring both off the dribble and from the outside.  He is very smooth with the ball in his hands.  Novar had a strong first half before one of his other teammates took over the game.

Chauncey Gilliam – Jersey Gym Rats (LEAP Academy, NJ 2007 6-3)
Chauncey is a strong guard who likes to run the floor.  Most of his damage was done on the fast break.  He did have trouble finishing at times though.  This lefty also showed the ability to knock down the three ball.  He is a decent, but not great athlete.  He is also solid dribbler who can go either direction.  He’s not a flashy player, but still an effective one.

Justin Harper – Richmond Metro (Meadowbrook, VA 2007 6-7)
ImageJustin turned a lot of heads at the tournament this weekend.  He was a relatively unknown to the Philly crowd coming in, but left with quite a reputation.  It’s not surprising that a Richmond player is unheard of here, except for how phenomenal he looked all weekend you would think he’d be rated nationally.  Justin first opened some eyes in a blowout win early Saturday.  He is a big time athlete who can score both inside and outside.  He is great in transition and can finish with authority.  Justin had the most impressive play I witnessed all tournament; he basically used a defender as a ladder on a thunderous dunk.  He showed his versatility on Sunday as he buried multiple threes.  He has a very smooth sweet stroke.  He also had a nice turnaround jumper in the post.  Justin is probably suited for the small forward position and at 6-7 with his skills he should be big time recruit.  He might not have the reputation of a Top 100 prospect, but he certainly played like one this weekend.

Brandon Herbert – Cecil Kirk 17s (McDonough, MD 2008 5-11)
Despite being looked at by a variety of mid major schools, Brandon didn’t do much on the talented Cecil Kirk team.  This small guard, with a solid build, displayed decent ball handling skills and was able to hit a deep jumper.  He also missed a few shots and didn’t touch the ball all that much on the offensive end when he was in the game.

Johnny Higgins – Cecil Kirk 17s (Notre Dame Prep, VA 2007 6-2)
Higgins was very impressive all weekend for Cecil Kirk.  He strong guard who loves to attack the hoop.  He uses his strength very well to score around the basket.  He is a good ball handler and displayed some nice guard skills, such as a good spin move.  I was also impressed with his desire to win as he demanded his coach put him on the opponents’ top player.  Johnny could also been seen coaching his teammates when he was on the bench.  He showed he can hit three pointers, but probably could use more consistency in that area.  He also is capable of passing when he drives, but perhaps should do it more frequently when he is drawing multiple defenders.  All in all Johnny was definitely a standout performer and would be a nice pickup for a CAA school.  

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