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It was a big weekend for the Gauchos. Their 15u,16u, and 17u all took home the championship in the Gym Rat Challenge in Albany,NY which attracted teams from up and down the east coast. All three age groups are stacked with talent and prime time players. The program is really coming back around and establishing itself as a powerhouse once again. The 15u and 17u teams are stacked and have been winning tournaments right and left. The 16u team lost its first two, providence jam fest, and connecticut select, both in the quarterfinals. This past weekend the 16u team stepped it up big-time to prove that the Gauchos are back. Every team in the organization is strong now. They went 7-0 in the Gym Rat challenge in Albany NY. The had a fairly easy ride to the semifinals behind strong play from Kenny Eusey (Rice), Donnie McGrath (JFK Catholic) , Isaiah Davis (Brooklyn Tech), Benny Utley(Robeson), and many more. They played tough throughout and would meet two of their toughest games in the semifinals and championship. In the semi's they went up against the Westchester Hawks. This team has been playing great throughout the year and once again was in the semifinals. Both teams came out big and it was a tight game. It came down to the wire and a buzzer beater by Isaiah Davis won it for the Gauchos 41-39. Ronnie Wyatt led the Gauchos with 11 points, Isaiah Davis and Kelvin Reese(Teaneck) played strong. Westchester was led by Luis Rodrigez (Rice) 12 points and strong play from Rashard Turner (Peekskill). In the finals they met Riverside church who was led by Davonne Wise(Robeson), Mikial Malik (CTK), Jomo Belfour (Mt Vernon), and Rob Barrett (CTK). The Church came out strong but the Gauchos would answer back behind the play of Donnie McGrath, Benny Utley, and Kelvin Reese. McGrath hit 3 three pointers down the stretch and Reese had two clutch drives and finishes. The Gauchos won by 4 and led by McGraths 14 points,Benny Utley's 13 and Reese's 10. Riverside was led by Robert Barretts 14 points. This sealed the trifecta win for the Gauchos. Out of every team in every age group the Gauchos won 15's, 16's, and 17's. The 16u team would face another big game the following day at Island Gardens for the championship of the AAU Qualifiers. They played the Westchester Hawks, who were gunning for them from the night before after losing by a buzzer beater. The Gauchos looked great and came out strong. Donnie McGrath and Kenny Eusey both came out hitting threes and driving to the hoop. They went up 30-7. The Hawks would battle back behind strong play from Luis Rodrigez and Michael Goin(John Jay). The score at the half was 37-25. The Gauchos came out strong again and would never give up the lead throughout. They won it and will represent the gold medal team from New York in the Nationals in Detroit. McGrath led scorers with 21 and Benny Utley had 17. Luis Rodrigez led the Hawks with 18 points. It was a big weekend for the Gauchos and if they keep this up once again they will establish themselves as the powerhouse they once were.

The New York Ravens defeated the Long Island Lightining by a score of 77-61 to earn the #1 seed out of New York for the nationals that will take place in late July in Florida.  Julius Hodge scored 25 points despite an injured wrist and Chris McRae put in 23.
Marlon Smith was named to the All-Tournament team for the 16&U division at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, with the Tim Thomas Playaz.

PrepStars evaluation of Julius Hodge- Some players don't wow you with a beautiful stroke or stunning athleticism, yet they always find a way to score baskets. Such is the case with Hodge, a WG/WF from Bronx (NY) St. Raymond. Julius certainly possesses athleticism and a soft shooting touch, but it was still surprising when he tallied approximately 27 points per game to finish second in scoring.  He is very thin, but he is quick with ball and a long-strider who runs the floor tirelessly to finish nicely with his right or left hand. His mid-range game was perhaps the finest of everyone in the tournament, and he also drilled some three-pointers. The biggies will be all over him.

Brooklyn USA News
Brooklyn USA won five straight games before coming up short in the semifinals of the Nike Midwest Showdown in Columbus, Ohio May 26-28.
After sweeping all three pool round games, Brooklyn USA won two playoff games to reached the semifinals.
In their first playoff game, Brooklyn USA withstood a late comeback attempt by All-Ohio Green to win 74-73. Brooklyn USA held a 43-32 halftime lead but the lead slowly dwindled and it took clutch blocks by Tommie Eddie and Darren Sykes in the last ten seconds to seal the win. Tremayne Singletary was unstoppable inside, finishing with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Eddie added 14 points and Sykes 11.
In the quarterfinals, Brooklyn USA downed the defending champion SYF Players 72-60. A 9-2 spurt keyed by successive treys by Sebastian Telfair gave Brooklyn USA control and a 38-30 halftime lead. Telfair led a balanced scoring attack with 11 points.
The semifinal contest against the NJ Roadrunners saw Brooklyn USA fall behind quickly before they mounted a second half comeback, again led by Telfair, who finished with a team-high 18 points.

Both of the Riverside teams lost in the first round of the Nike Bluegrass Classic.  The 17&U team lost to Coast to Coast 60-51, and the 16&U lost to the Arkansas Rockets 65-56.  Ted Munford was the leading scorer for the 17&U team with a 14.25 points per game average.  Keydren Clarke was the leading scorer for the 16&U team with a 13.25 points per game average.  
The New York Ravens showed this weekend that they are one of the best teams in the country.  The Ravens did not qualify for the National Tournament because they came in second in their pool, but they did qualify for the Select Tournament.  The Ravens beat the Jackson Panthers 69-53 in the quarterfinals.  They beat the PG Jaguars 70-67 in the semifinals, but fell short in the championship to the DC Assault 67-76.  Julius Hodge scored 21 in the championship, and was named to the All-Tournament team.  Hodge was second in the tournament in the scoring averaging 25.3 points per game.  Charlie Villanueva of the Long Island Panthers averaged 23.3 points per game and was fifth in scoring and Lenny Cooke averaged 23 points per game and was sixth in scoring.  
Scouting reports from Rival100hoops:
Shagari Alleyne, C, N.Y. Ravens, 2003: This goggled 7-2 big man is going to be a good player. He already has a nice touch, will block shots and is extremely long. He might only weigh 200 pounds right now, but he still aggressively tries to finish a lot of plays with a dunk.
Lenny Cooke, WG/WF, Long Island Panthers, 2002: In the game we watched, he was the best player on the court. He's 6-5 and blessed with extremely long arms which he uses to elevate and get his shot off over defenders. He's tough on the drive and has the makings of a standout in the Class of 2002.
Julius Hodge, WG, N.Y. Ravens, 2001: Lately, there has been much talk about Hodge as a prospect. He's down to five schools - three have offered - and he's deserving of the attention each is paying him. One observer noted he's a lot like former Georgetown star Reggie Williams, and that's pretty high praise. He's extremely skinny, but he doesn't have a problem getting his shots. Whether it's deep or medium-range, Hodge makes shots. He uses his dribble and quicks to create his opportunities.
Chris McCrae, WG/WF, N.Y. Ravens, 2001: Much improved from last season. He's taken his perimeter game to a level where he's dangerous.
Since there was no report given for Charlie Villanueva I will make one for him.  Despite being well under weight for his size he definitely has shown that he can compete with the top players in the nation.  He was the leading on his team which included Lenny Cooke.

Brooklyn USA News
Brooklyn USA won their third straight game Saturday night to finish undefeated after the pool round of the Nike Midwest Showdown in Columbus, Ohio.
They will begin the playoff round Sunday morning with a 9:15 a.m. game against All-Ohio Green. The championship game is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. on Sunday.
With a 35-15 second half, Brooklyn USA completed its pool play with a 73-42 romp over Charlotte (NC) Magic. Darren Sykes led the second-half surge with 13 of his game-high 21 points. Chris Taft and Roberto Stukes were the other players in double figures with 10 points apiece.
Earlier on Saturday, Brooklyn USA won a hard-fought 77-76 overtime contest over the Newark Rams. After a first half that ended tied at 31-31, Brooklyn USA fell behind as the game entered the final minutes of play. Muhammed Wilson led the Brooklyn comeback with a 25-footer that tied the game at 63-all, then hit Amadou Fall underneath for a three-point play with 3.6 seconds left to force OT. Sykes led Brooklyn early with 12 first-half points and tallied 5 more in OT to finish with a team-high 19. Tremayne Singletary also scored 5 points in the extra session for 15 overall, while Stukes and Shakim Berry each contributed 11 points.
In their first pool game Friday night, a 20-6 run late in the first half propelled Brooklyn USA to an 81-55 victory over Reading (PA) Roadrunners. With Brooklyn USA holding a narrow 22-20 lead, Singletary (11 points, 8 rebounds) and Fall (8 points, 12 boards) sparked the surge by taking over inside. Tommie Eddie helped Brooklyn USA expand the lead in the second half by recording 14 of his game-high 18 points after halftime. Berry had a consistent performance, finishing with 15 points, including two treys.

Scores from the Blue Grass Classic courtesy of Sportscombine.
Riverside 58 Del Val Hoops 40.
Box Score
Ted Munford 20 pts, Wendell Gibson 15 points, Ricardo Soliver 11 points, Jason Wingate 7 pts, Tyqwan Goode 3 pts, Mike Clarke 2 pts.
Riverside 73 High Five America 57
Carl Lee 14 pts, Ricardo Soliver 13 pts, Kelvin Nelson 11 pts, Ted Munford 10 pts, Mike Clarke 9 pts, Jason Wingate 6 pts, Shakeim Mitchell 5 pts, Tyqwan Goode 3 ts, Eric Sterling 2 pts
Riverside 56 St. Louis Eagles 59
Wendell Gibson 14 pts, Ted Munford 13 pts, Eric Sterling 9 pts, Mike Clarke 7 pts, Carl Lee 6 pts, Ricardo Soliver 4 pts, Jason Wingate 2 pts, John Hemmingway 1pt.
Scores from the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions courtesy of Bob Gibbons Report and Insiders Report.
New York Ravens 78 Blue Ridge Wildcats 57
New York Ravens 83 Illinois Select 63
New York Ravens 86 New Orleans Jazz 89
Long Island Panthers 77 Kappa Magic 92
Long Island Panthers 71 Illinois Gold 78
Long Island Panthers 73 Jackson Panthers 77

ACC Recruiting Update story on Ben Gordon
New rankings will be posted after the Rumble in the Bronx which takes place at Fordham University.  New rankings meaning, current 8th graders will be ranked as freshmen and the class of 2000 will no longer be ranked.
Brooklyn USA will begin pool play Friday night, May 26 in the 11th
Annual Nike Midwest Future Stars Showdown in Columbus, Ohio.
The Memorial Day weekend tournament directed by Jerry Watson and the
All-Ohio program runs until Sunday, May 28.
Brooklyn USA will be led by forwards 6-7 Tremayne Singletary
(Cardozo) and 6-5 Tommie Eddie (Boys & Girls) and the backcourt trio
of 6-2 wing Darren Sykes (New Utrecht), Muhammed Wilson (Robeson) and
Sebastian Telfair, the outstanding eighth-grader who is coming off a
16-point performance against Albany City Rocks Juniors in last week's
Other top players for the young Brooklyn USA squad will be Amadou
Fall (6-4 sophomore forward from Boys & Girls), Shakim Berry (6-2
junior guard from Robeson), Jerel Blassingame (Redirection), and a
pair of top freshmen in 6-8 Chris Taft (Xaverian) and 6-4 Kirk Bunn
Brooklyn USA won two age divisions in this tournament during their
last appearance in 1998.
To get updates from the tournament or for other information on
Brooklyn USA Basketball, visit our website at:

Story on New York Raven Julius Hodge.  The story show Hodge's list of schools, but I know for a fact that his early favorite is Florida, and if he does end up going to Florida he will join Kwame Brown and possibly James White who is also strongly considering going to Florida.
The Long Island Lightning will also be competing in Albany this weekend in the Gym Rat Tourney.
The Long Island Panthers will also have a 16&u team in the Tournament of Champions in North Carolina.  Here are the Panthers and the Ravens schedules for pool play at the tourney:                                             New York Ravens                                        8:30PM Friday May 26th@ NC State University vs. Blue Ridge Wildcats
1PM Saturday May 27th@ UNC vs. Illinois Select
6:30PM Saturday May 27th@ UNC vs. New Orleans Jazz
LIP 17&U
7PM Friday May 26th@ Chappel Hill High School vs. Jackson, MS. Panthers
1PM Saturday May 27th@ UNC vs. Kappa Magic
8PM Saturday May 27th@ Duke University vs. Illinois Gold
LIP 16&U
7PM Friday May 26th@ UNC Carmicheal Auditorium vs. Atlanta Celtics
1PM Saturday May 27th@ Cary Academy vs.  Lee, Fl Bulls
6:30PM Saturday May 27th@ Chappel Hill High School vs. Alabama Ice

The Gauchos, Riverside's 16&u and the Westchester Hawks will all be at the Albany Gym Rat tourney this weekend.
Ben Gordon has made his decision on what AAU team he will play for this year and it is the Riverside Church, he will be at the Kentucky Blue Grass tourney this weekend.  Riverside will have an unstoppable 1,2 punch with Gordon and Adrian Walton, not to mention Wendell Gibson, Kelvin Nelson, Teddy Munford and Ricardo Solivera.

On Friday 2 New York teams will go off to the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, the New York Ravens and the Long Island Panthers.  The field at the tourney is very tough with such players as: Eddy Curry, James White, Billy Edelin, Kelvin Torbert, Eiljah Ingram, Kwame Brown and many more.  So if the Ravens and the Panthers want to make it an all New York final they better bring their "A" game.
The most important news of the day came out of the NCAA, they have decided not to get rid of the summer recruiting instead they will limited.  In 2001 the period will be 14 days with a 10 day layoff in July.  Insiders Report story
The NY Ravens breezed by the competition at the Long Island Garden posting 2 50 point victories and a 40 point victory and 2 other 12 point wins in the tournament and  will play the Long Island Lightning A team on Monday to decide the #1 and #2 seeds for the nationals.
Yesterday at IS8 the Gauchos ended the regular season with a 4-1 record beating Mt. Vernon (3-2) 75-60.  But the game was not the story or why anyone was there, the reason people were there was to see the #1 and #2 juniors go head to head.  But the #1 junior, Ben Gordon was greatly outplayed by the #2 junior Julius Hodge.  Julius had 34 points while Ben had 18, and they both guarded each other the whole game.  Julius had 18 at the half including 8 in the final minute of the half.   This 34 point performance was preceeded by Julius scoring 47 on Saturday against the NY Skyriders at IS8 and he did not even play the last 5 minutes of the game. This game along with the fact that Julius has gotten better from just 2 months ago when St. Ray's lost to Kennedy, and with his monster Spring he is having (led the NY Ravens to Charlie Webber championship with 27 in the championship, leading the Gauchos to a championship in a tournament at Basketball city where he had 37 on the Wolfpack which had Curtis Sumpter and Lenny Cooke) has proven to me that Julius is the best junior in the city!!!  Also Kendal Provit had a great game and was the main reason, besides Julius himself that Julius had 34.   
Kenny Saterfield has changed his mind, he will not turn pro.  He said the reason he won't turn pro is because he knows he will get plenty of playing time next year for Cincinnatti and would ride the bench in the NBA.
JC Mathis has signed with Virginia, he becomes the second player in two years to take a scholarship to UVA from NYC.  JC averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds this year at Kennedy, along with Willie Shaw led them to the State championship game.  Insiders Report Story

Former Rice star and a 1999 McDonalds All-American Kenny Saterfield will forgo his sophomore season and enter the NBA draft.  But Kenny has yet to sign an agent so he still can take his name out of the draft, as long as he does it by May 14th.
Report courtesy and Rosters of Realscout
Gary Charles and assistants got his team pumped up! The Panthers went up 17 in the first half. With 8 players the Panthers had great games from Charlie Villanueva 25 plus, Kenny Adekele played excellent, Jason Frasier one of the best defensive big man in any class, and Eric"Hard Working" Ferguson. But through all the players I seen the future! Tristan, a nice pg from Amityville. Out played a lot of guards and has a excellent feel for the game.

He can be a Mid Level recruit with a summer like this weekend. Gauchos came back and won the end by 3 pts. Julius Hodge and Roscoe Biggers played great come crunch time. Once again the game was very physical with Rashid and Charlie almost coming to blows. The Long Island Panthers showed that with more game time experience they will have the best junior team in the country!

Long Island Panthers

Name HS HT Sept 2000

Eric Ferguson Hempstead 6-1 Prep
Charlie Villanueva Newtown 6-8 11th
Tristan ? ( He's Nice) Amityville 6-2 12th
Ontea Gates Robeson 6-1 12th
Major Wingate Florence SC 6-10 10th
Kenny Adekele Robeson 6-8 12th
Olabade Olukkani Lincoln 6-2 11th
Marc Konecny Holy Cross (CT) 6-10 12th
John Quintara Lincoln 6-2 12th
Jason Frasier Amityville 6-8 11th


Name HS HT Sept 2000

Shagari Alleyne Rice 7-2 10th
Kevin Bishop MCClancy 6-2 12th
Julius Hodge St. Ray's 6-5 12th
Carlton Aaron 6th yr Prep 6-5 Temple
Terrel Grant Prep? 6-7 6th yr prep?
Juel Wiggans Prep 6-2 6th yr prep
Will Frisby prep 6-7 Quinnapic
Rashid Hardwick prep 7-0 6th yr prep
Roscoe Biggers Wadeligh 5-8 prep
Termaine Stevens McClancy 5-7 12th grade

Over the weekend the NCAA ruled to eliminate summer recruiting mainly because of the kids who were suspended this year for receiving extra benefits from AAU coaches (Erick Barkley, Kareem & Jaron Rush and Dermarr Johnson).  This is a bad ruling because every high school kid is being punished because of mistakes made by a few, and in the case of Erick Barkley and Dermarr Johnson receiving money from tuition at prep school, which mysely as well as many others feel there was nothing wrong with.   College coaches will now have to rely heavily on Internet recruiting sites and newsletters like the one made by possibly the most respected scout in the nation Tom Konchalski.  Despite many of the recruiting services being very informative nothing is better than seeing a player in person, and players that aren't nationally ranked will have a tougher time getting recruited by the major schools.