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Sonny Hill League Future Stars Tournament Player Evaluations (S to Z)
Friday, 25 August 2006

By Brian Crownover    
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Aaron Sallie – Jersey Gym Rats (Woodrow Wilson, NJ 2009 6-0)
This young guard played well when I saw him in action.  He loves to attack and get to the basket.  He ran the floor well in the full court offense and was able to finish quite frequently.

Chris Smith – Playaz 17s (St. Benedict’s, NJ 2007 6-3 175)
Chris has been one of the best players in the region this summer and that fine play continued on through this weekend.  He is really difficult to guard because he is so deadly from behind the arc and can hit from all over the floor.  He is also very quick and athletic and can get to the rim in the blink of an eye.  Chris might not be as highly rated as his brother was in high school, but he is certainly making up ground in a hurry.

Wyatt Smith – Maryland Elite (John Carroll, MD 2009 6-5)
Wyatt is a long, left handed guard.  He is quick off the dribble and can get to the hoop.  He is also a pretty good shooter from the perimeter.  He was one of the few bright spots on his teams drubbing put on by Richmond Metro.

Kenny Spotwood – Hunting Park (Frankford, PA 2007 6-2)
Normally this unheralded player takes a backseat to his more talented Hunting Park teammates, but on this weekend he shone brightly right along with the rest of them.  He was very instrumental in their success making it out of pool play.  He did an excellent job of scoring around the basket time and time again.

Rashon Tabb – GC Ballers (Niagara Falls, NY 2008 6-0)
After having a huge weekend at the Playaz Ball, Rashon was relatively quiet during the games that I saw this weekend.  He is a small guard who is quick to the basket and can also knock down the perimeter shot.  Rashon is about the same size as teammate Johnny Flynn, but the guard isn’t as dominant at this point in his high school career as his backcourt mate.

Delonte Taylor – Sam Rines (Lutheran Christian Academy, PA 2007 6-5)
Delonte first caught my eye at the last session of Eastern Invitational that I attended.  He is a big, athletic forward who can do a lot of different things.  He did a great job just of running the floor and using his excellent leaping ability to score in transition.  Delonte also knocked down a number of threes, however he did take too many of them and didn’t attack the basket enough in the half court offense.  Delonte did do a good job on the boards and had a monster game blocking shots (close to double digits), he wasn’t nearly as effective when I caught him on Saturday,  his minutes were limited due to foul trouble though.

Eugene Teague – South Jersey Express (St. Augustine Prep, NJ 2008 6-7)
Eugene first grabbed my attention in DC earlier this spring.  I’ve been hoping to catch up with him ever since.  Eugene played pretty well again this weekend.  He is a wide-bodied player with an array of skills.  He’s much quicker you’d expect when first seeing him.  He combines that quickness with good touch on his shot as well as a great feel for where he is in relation to the basket.  He loves catching the ball deep and spinning in either direction and finishing with either hand.  Eugene also has very good hands and catches most passes thrown his way.  Too often, big men will stay in one spot on the court in the post,  Eugene does a very good job  moving around and making himself available for the guards.  For how big he is, he doesn’t seal off very well when he getting position inside, too many times this weekend defenders were able to go around him and intercept the interior pass.  Although he has nice spin moves, he doesn’t seem to have a lot of other post moves,  that said, so few post players even have one interior move that they can consistently rely on.  Eugene has such good hands and a nice feel for the game that you’d think he’d be a good passer, but that is one area he struggled in this weekend.  He certainly looks like he’s skilled enough to pass effectively, but doesn’t seem to make the right decisions.  Although he is quick, Eugene has trouble elevating.  This gives him some difficulty when rebounding, so he’s not as dominant in that area as you would expect.  He also could do a better job of playing hard throughout the entire game.  At times, he wouldn’t hustle up and down the court.  Improving his conditioning could certainly help in this area.  Keeping his weight under control will be important as he continues to progress.    

Jordan Theodore – Playaz 15s (Paterson Catholic 2008 6-0)
Jordan is a small quick point guard.  He was effective attacking the basket and also showed that he can hit his jumper from behind the arc.

Jerrell Thompson – Roadrunners 17s (Plainfield, NJ 2007 6-0)
Thompson is a strong point guard.  He didn’t handle the ball too much with super talented Corey Chandler on his team.  Jerrell still did a good job of setting up his teammates with some nice passes though.

Des Wade – Roadrunners 17s (Linden, NJ 2008 5-10)
Des is a small, but super quick guard.  He can change directions on a dime and is effective at getting to the bucket.  He is a good finisher and also has a smooth stroke from the outside. 

Devon White – Cuttino Mobley (Strawberry Mansion, PA 2008 6-8)
White is an impressive physical presence.  He uses his size well and has surprisingly good skills for a man of his size.  In one stretch, he scored on a nice post move, a 17 foot jumper and an even deeper shot from three.  He can shoot the ball fairly well, but he sometimes puts too much on the ball and misses badly.  Devon is also a very good rebounder.  He doesn’t play hard all of the time and often disappears for stretches but when he wants to play he can be very dominant.

Travon Woodall – Playaz 16s (St. Anthony’s, NJ 2008 5-11 160)
Travon is a small, slashing guard.  This lefty gets to the hoop in a hurry and has excellent body control.  He can also shoot off the dribble with his lightning quick release.  He passes pretty well too, although the strength of his game is probably scoring.

Jamal Wilson – Playaz 16s (Neumann-Goretti, PA 2008 6-4)
Jamal was one of several players on the balanced Playaz 16s squad that helped them make a surprise run deep into tournament.  Jamal is a big and athletic guard.  He ran the floor very well and scored most of his points in that fashion.  He is a quick ball handling guard.  Jamal still gets by more on his natural gifts rather than on skills.  His jump shot could definitely use some improvement. 

Andrew Young – Cuttino Mobley (Cheltenham, PA 2007 6-7 210)
Andrew is a developing forward.  This long forward, struggled early finishing near the bucket, but picked it up as the game wore on.  He had some trouble defensively and needs to move quicker on that end of the court.  Andrew isn’t a great athlete, but he is adequate in that area and also fairly skilled.  He has nice touch on his shot and did a very good job of rebounding.  He did a nice job of keeping the ball high after the rebound so guards couldn’t steal it.  Andrew is a player I’m looking forward to watching more of.

Jahmar Young – Cecil Kirk 17s (Notre Dame Prep, VA 2007 6-5)
Young was the other half of Cecil Kirk’s talented backcourt tandem.  He teamed up with Johnny Higgins to lead Cecil Kirk out of their pool and into the championship bracket.  Jahmar is a lanky point guard who can score in a variety of ways.  He loves the pull up jumper off the dribble and has a quick trigger to knock it down.  He is a smooth ball handler who can get to the hoop in a hurry with his long strides.  Jahmar is also a good athlete and combines that with his length to score near the hoop.  He is also a solid passer.  Jahmar lost his cool during one game Saturday and wound up with a technical and a seat on the bench.  I was impressed with the way he responded though when he was put back in the game.  He didn’t take over, but scored plenty and continued to have an impact.  He hit a three pointer, a floater in the lane, and also added in a few transition baskets.  Jahmar was among the top players in the tournament.

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