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Wayne Ellington All City Classic 2013
Thursday, 27 June 2013
Jamal Custis
By Brian Crownover
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On Friday evening, Philadelphia’s best took to the court in the annual all star game.  The Wayne Ellington Classic was held at Girard College.  The four games were packed with action.  Recruit Recon was on hand for the games.

Junior Game

The Junior game was an up and down the court fasted paced game.  The black team won the game 73-72 on a buzzer beater by Michigan import Kyle Kuzma (Rise Academy).  Kyle is a big win player who displayed some nice skills, including a running hook in the lane and an athletic alley oop dunk.

Another athletic forward on the black team, Mustapha Traore of Prep Charter, ran the floor well and had several dunks.  Fellow forward, Basil Thompson of Imhotep Charter, took home MVP honors on the balanced squad.  In the backcourt, Constitution’s Floyd Preito showed good change of direction ball handling, as well as the ability to knock down the outside shot.  He did shoot a bit too much though.  Backcourt mate, Louis Myers of Math, Civics & Science, chipped in some as well.

For the losing white team, Jamal Custis of Neumann-Goretti was everywhere, as he won MVP honors.  The athletic forward threw down dunk after dunk after dunk.  He was just the third player ever to win three MVP awards in this game.  Roman Catholic guard Rashann London, had a strong showing as well.  He was great going at the hoop and also nailed a three pointer and had some nice passes throughout the game.  Rashann was also named Defensive Player of the Game for his fine efforts on the other end of the floor.
Sophomore Game 2

The sophomore class is so depth and talented that they were split up into 2 games.  In the feature game of the class, well built White team forward Sean Lloyd of the Haverford School was a standout en route to MVP honors.  He ran the floor well and showed athletic ability on several dunks.  He can also attack off the bounce.  Teammate Chris Clover of St. Joe’s Prep has some athletic ability as well, but did many other things too.  He had a beautiful spin move and left handed finish in the lane.  He hit a three pointer, got his teammates involved (named game’s Most Unselfish Player) and also rebounded the ball.

For the Black squad, guard Samir Doughty of Communications Tech led the way.  He was great going to the rim, finishing with a couple runners in the lane.  He hit a three pointer and step back jumper as well.  Strawberry Mansion’s Donovan Barnes was faster than anyone on the court.  Ahmad Gilbert of Constitution has good size and a smooth game to go with it.  Salesianum Delaware’s Donte DiVincenzo has surprising athletic ability and Bartram’s Michael Watkins is impressive physically, even though he struggled some with missed dunks. 

Sophomore Game 1

West Catholic’s Brandon Cole played well for the Black squad in the first game.  He was voted MVP for his efforts.  He’s a smooth ball handler who ran the floor well.  He stepped outside and knocked down a three pointer as well.

Lower Merion forward Jule Brown, was very impressive en route to MVP honors for the black squad.  He looks ready to play a bigger role for the Aces next season.  He was very aggressive attacking the hoop and seemed to be all over the court in the first half.  Shafi Meachum of Palumbo is a small guard that can shoot the rock.  Prep Charter’s Marques Jackson had a nice all around game.  The wing has good length, can handle the ball, rebound, drive and dish and play some defense.  His shot could use some work.

Freshman Game

The future appears to be good with some talented young forwards making their way up the ranks.  Long armed forwards, DeAndre Hunter of Friends Central (Black) and Lamar Stevens of Abington Friends (White), both ran up and down the floor all game and won MVP awards for their respective teams.  They threw down several dunks in the process.

Perhaps the most intriguing player in the game was Imhotep’s Nyseir Brooks.  He is an extremely long interior player who stood taller than all the rest in this game.  He blocked a few shots and won Defensive Player of the Game.  He’s very raw on the offensive end though and didn’t even score a single point.  For the black team, Jabri McCall of Math, Civics and Science, showed the ability to shoot it from the perimeter and can also handle the ball as well.  
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