Usually I don't post things that other people email me,
but I will make an exception this time. This email is from Kevin Williams, the
Co-Director for the Tiny Archibald/Rod Strickland tournament in the Bronx, as
well as the coach of Mt. Carmel. The topic of the email was about 3 players who
have yet to find a college, Kevin Draughorn from Trevor Day, Alonzo Brown from
FDA and Sam Moise from Kennedy:
I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY THAT THESE
GUYS ARE NOT BEING RECRUITED BY ANY COLLEGES. THESE YOUNG MEN HAVE GOTTEN THEIR
SCORE AND YET THEY ARE NOT BEING RECRUITED. THESE GUYS ARE NOT HOUSEHOLD NAMES,
BUT THEY CAN MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO SOMEBODY'S COLLEGE PROGRAM. THERE ARE
PLAYERS OUT THERE WHO DON'T GOOD IN SCHOOL BUT ARE GREAT BASKETBALL PLAYERS SO
THEY STILL GO TO COLLEGE. I THOUGHT IT WAS ABOUT GETTING THE NECESSARY
SCORE AND COMPLETING YOUR HIGH SCHOOL ELIGIBILITY AND GETTING THE NECESSARY
SCORE ON YOUR S.A.T. BASKETBALL IS GETTING OUT OF HAND. I THOUGHT THAT YOU USE
BASKETBALL TO GO TO COLLEGE FOR FREE. I WONDER IF SOMEBODY IS MAKING MONEY OFF
OUR KIDS. THERE IS SO MUCH EMPHASIS ON SPORTS THAT ACADEMICS IS NOT IMPORTANT.
HERE IS THREE KIDS THAT HAVE FULFILLED THEIR ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND THEY ARE
NOT BEING RECRUITED. IT IS A GOD DAMN SHAME. KEITH, I AM SORRY THAT I AM GETTING
UPSET, BUT IT HURTS THAT THESE YOUNG MEN (WHO BY THE WAY ARE GOOD KIDS AND COME
FROM GOOD FAMILIES) ARE DISAPPOINTED THAT THEY ARE NOT BEING RECRUITED. IN THESE
DAYS, I GUESS YOU HAVE TO BE A NOT-SO GOOD STUDENT AND DAMN GOOD BASKETBALL
PLAYER AND YOU CAN GET A SCHOLARSHIP.
The Bridge and the Panthers go
head up at the 8
IS8 report, LeBron James
makes an appearance but struggles to score.
Wheelchair Classic Report,
The Bronx and Brooklyn battle it out to decide the best borough.
Wheelchair Classic Report.
Charlie Villanueva and Ramel Bradley play great but both in losing efforts.
Freshman rankings were updated about three weeks ago,
but I got a few emails asking me when they were going to be updated, so I was
guessing a lot of people didn't see it.
Also I realized after posting the editorial "Why Wait?" that the
original post was the unfinished version. For those of you who never saw the
finish product here is the link once again.
The McDonald's All-American game will be played tonight at 8pm, only one player
in the site's region is playing, Jason Fraser. Fraser probably won't score a lot
but I'm sure he get a couple of highlight alley-oops and put back dunks,
and as always will dominate the boards and will get a few blocks. But I
think the player to look out for in this game is Ray Felton, he may break the
record for points scored in the All-American game. Personally I think he is the
best player in the country and could dominate college basketball next year like
Dajuan Wagner did this year. The East Squad is loaded and should win the game by
20-30 points. For the rosters click here.
Why Wait? An editorial piece
about going from high school to the NBA. Also my opinion's of LeBron James,
Lenny Cooke and Jason Fraser making the jump.
Rashard Turner profile
CYP championship report
Keith Mason- Somehow 5'9 PG Keydren Clark was left off of
the All-Tournament team at Glens Falls, despite dropping in 16 points 8 rebounds
and 4 steals in the championship game. No disrespect to Christian Brown but he
should not have been named to the All-Tourney team over Clark, as he only had 6
points and 5 rebounds in the championship game. It seems as if no matter what
Kiki does he will never get the respect he deserves. I mean this year he was
named to the 3rd team All-CHSAA team despite coming up biggest when the games
counted the most. But the next four years at St. Peter's he will get the chance
to show how good he really is.
Keith Mason- In other news I have heard that 6'4 SG Quincy Douby is thinking
about reneging on his commitment to Hofstra and instead going to a big time
school. However I think that would be a huge mistake. Despite Douby's
unbelievable year where he averaged 35 points a game in PSAL play, I don't think
this would translate into him being a big time player in a big time conference.
The reason I say this is I saw him at ABCD camp where he struggled, and at times
really didn't look like he belonged there. He also didn't show the scoring
skills he displayed this season in any other summer tournament he played in. The
reason the summer is so important is because you play against the best players
in the nation and the best shine against the best and Douby did not do that. If
you ask the coaches Grady's division they will admit besides Grady and Lincoln
the league is very weak, and that was obvious as Grady lost just 2 games in
league play, both to Lincoln, and Lincoln did not lose. I am not trying to take
anything away from Douby, he is a very good player and Hofstra is a perfect fit
for him, not one of those big time schools. An example of a mid major player
going to a big time school is 6'6 SF Andre Sweet from Rice a couple of years
back. He went to Duke and didn't make it through the whole school year before
being dismissed from the school, and only played in a hand full of games. A
player that was in the same position as Douby was 6'4 SF Peter Mulligan who was
Mr. Basketball out of St. Ray's despite being unknown as a Junior. He committed
to UMBC early, then after his stellar senior year a lot of Big East schools
wanted him, but he opted to go to UMBC, and all he did was win NEC Freshman of
the Year. And he nearly led UMBC to the tourney this year but fell short to
Central Connecticut. Just a couple of examples for Quincy and the people closest
to him to consider.
Matt Grasso- In Federation tournament news, Rice defeated
Henninger 61-53 to win the Class A State Federation Tournament. They won the
Federation tournament without the services of their two big men, Junior Shagari
Alleyne and sophomore Arturo Dubois. The outstanding high school basketball
career of Jason Fraser has to come an end in defeat. St. Mary's knocked them off
65-61 in overtime to win the Class B State Federation tourney.
Earlier it was reported on the site that, Shagari Alleyne,
Arturo Dubois and Kenny Eusey did not play yesterday due to academic
ineligibility, but that is not true, they did not play because they got to
school late and were unable to make the trip with the team. Sorry for mix up.
CYP Report, Yata Gaines put
on a show for the Gauchos, as did Randy Foye for his Roadrunners squad.
Matt Grasso-In news from the State Federation tournament in Glens Falls, Rice
defeated Lincoln 50-48 on a buzzer beater by senior point guard Jason Wingate.
Sebastian Telfair turned in an Allen Iverson like performance scoring 28 of the
team's 48 points, further solidifying his spot as one of the best players in the
nation. Junior center Shagari Alleyne, Sophomore forward Arturo Dubois, and
Senior guard Kenny Eusey did not make the trip up to Glens Falls because they
were late to school and could not leave with the team. Rice will now take on Henninger who beat Long Island
Lutheran by the score of 60-56. That game takes place Saturday night at 5:00 PM
at the Glens Falls Civic Center. In the Class C Federation Tournament, Blind
Brook continued their unbelievable winning streak which now stands at 28-0 by
defeating Catholic League champion Monsignor Scanlan. They won by the score of
42-38 despite only scoring 15 points in the second half. They take on Woodmere
Academy for the Class C Championship Saturday night at 8:30 PM.
Saturday night at CYP, Riverside Church takes on Hoop Street
Gang at 7:15 PM and the Long Island Panthers take on the Connecticut Select in
the second game at 8:30 PM.
AJ Price Profile added
Two Reports added for the
PSAL championship. Lincoln is moving on to face Rice.
Applebee's Westchester All Count Classic at Yorktown High School
8:00PM Showcase Game
|Hilton Armstrong (Uconn)-Peekskill
Justice Hall-Sleepy Hollow
Dave Ryan (Siena)-Eastchester
Jomo Belfor-Mount Vernon
Jon-Michael Grzan-Blind Brook
Chris Green-New Rochelle
Dino Dwyer-White Plains
Tyrice Scott-Leake and Watts
Steve Trifiletti-Rye Neck
Coaches:Jeff Charney-Blind Brook
Bob Delle Bove-Hastings
Jason Stein-Blind Brook
Clayton Miller-North Salem
Will Cherry-Mount Vernon
Darren Johnson-Lincoln(from Yonkers)
Anthony Cruz-Port Chester
Donnie McGrath(Providence)-JFK Catholic
Coaches:Bob Cimmino-Mount Vernon Tom Nelligan-JFK Catholic
Westchester All Count Classic at Yorktown High School
6:00 PM Game
Coaches: Jim Bostic-Leake and Watts Spencer Mayfield-White Plains
|Shonte Sasser-White Plains
Randy Brunson-Mount Vernon
Doug Byrnes-Hen Hud
Mike Goin-John Jay
Ryan Lynn-New Rochelle
Chris Greco-Blind Brook
Coaches: Henry Weltman-Lakeland
All Westchester Team and Mr. Basketball provided by Matt Grasso
Westchester County Mr.
1st team all Westchester (in order of number of votes for Mr. Basketball)
Donnie McGrath 6'3'' Guard John F. Kennedy Catholic High School
Rashard Turner 5'9''' Guard Peekskill High School
Hilton Armstrong 6'10'' Forward Peekskill High School
Jomo Belfor 6'0'' Guard Mount Vernon High School
Jason Stein 6'5'' Forward Blind Brook High School
Keith Mason- Tomorrow the Robeson Eagles will meet
the Lincoln Railsplitters for the PSAL championship at 1pm at Madison
Square Garden. This promises to be a very exciting game, and I wouldn't be
surprised if 7,000 if not 10,000 people show up to the game. The reason is the
two exciting guards, and possibly the two best guards in New York, 6'1 PG Gary
Ervin and 6'0 PG Sebastian Telfair. Ervin was here last year and he had an
excellent game despite his team 's overall poor effort. This year Ervin will be
determined to not let the same thing happen twice, I expect him to have one of
the best individual performances in a championship game in a long time. It
wouldn't surprise me if he scored 40 or even 50 points in this one. The other
talented guard, Sebastian Telfair should have a big game also, this will be a
duel between two talented players. The difference in this game will be the
supporting cast. During the regular season 6'9 C Shakeim Mitchell was the only
other player to average double figures besides Ervin and he averaged just 11,
but in the playoffs he is still averaging 11 but 6'4 SF Aaron Harvey and
talented freshman 6'2 SG Terrance Jackson have both contributed 12 points a
contest, giving Ervin the help he needs for Robeson to make the title run and be
a completely dominant teams the way they did. Now will it be enough to beat
Lincoln? The difference between Robeson and Lincoln, is Lincoln can afford the star player
to have a bad game and still beat a good team, I'm not sure Robeson can do it,
nor have they had to prove it as Gary has come up biggest in the big games.
Sebastian isn't even the team's leading scorer in the playoffs as 6'6 SF Karron
Clark has averaged 20 points a game and scored 1 more point then Telfair has in
the playoffs. Besides Clark and Telfair, they also have 6'0 PG Jamaal
"Tank" Dart who has had big games this year and is capable of doing it
again. In my PSAL preview I picked Robeson to win the championship and for them
to beat Lincoln in the championship, but I did not think Lincoln would be this
good, which is why I have to go with Lincoln in a classic game that could come
down to a buzzer beater. My guess for the final score is: Lincoln 80 Robeson 78.
Rice vs. All Hallows for
Keith Mason- Tomorrow
at 7:30 Rice and All Hallows will meet in the CHSAA championship. Rice will be
making their 4th appearance in the last 5 years while no All Hallows
player has played in the championship. Three seniors and one Junior on the Rice
roster played in the game 2 years ago when they came up short against St. Ray's.
Those players are Keydren Clark, Jason Wingate, Kenny Eusey and Shagari Alleyne.
These four players are hungry, and are looking to correct what went wrong 2
years ago. All Hallows best shot at making this a game is to play the 3-2 they
played against St. Peter's in the semis. With their 4 guard lineup of Marvin
McCullough, Bobby Santiago, Ronald Ramon and Ricky Soliver they can afford to
play a zone against Rice because their players are quick to close the gaps left
in a zone. It'll be very difficult for Rice to get too many good looks against a
3-2. I think All Hallows will have to let Alleyne get his, because if they come
and double he will find the open man and more times then not the shooters on the
Raiders will make the open 3. One way for Rice to beat the 3-2 zone is set a
pick on the outside man on Kiril Wachsman's side, because he will not be quick
enough to get out to shooters. All Hallows may be the only team in the city that
guards compare to Rice's but Rice's guards are more versatile then the Gaels
guards. All of Rice guards can penetrate and all can knock down the 3. While
Santiago and McCullough are excellent players each have weaknesses in their
offensive game. You want Santiago to put it on the floor because he would much
rather take to jumpshot then take it to the basket, while McCullough has greatly
improved his mid range jumper but he is still not a threat from behind the arc.
The most important part of the game will be the first 5 minutes, if Rice comes
out making shots and opens up a nice lead early, the game will be a repeat of
the Sectional championship where Rice won by 23. All Hallows will have to slow
down the game early on and only take the shots that are there and not force
anything. In the end I think Rice will win the game and move on to Glenn Falls
with a 73-60 win. Look for Alleyne to have a big game, similar to the game he
had against Christ the King.
Freshman rankings updated.
Junior and Sophomore
Rankings have been updated, Freshman Rankings and Overall rankings will be
Rice and All Hallows will meet on Wednesday at 7:30 to decide the CHSAA
champion after both were victorious on Sunday with easy games in the semifinals.
There will be a preview of the game tomorrow.
Mt. Vernon vs. Kingston
CHSAA quarterfinal report.
Rice and Xaverian will meet on Sunday, where Rice will try to avenge their only
league loss this year.
CHSAA quarterfinal report
added. All Hallows and St. Peter's move on.
Keith Mason- I will be in the city for the next week, so I'll be home for both
of the City's semifinals, the PSAL and CHSAA, as well as the city championships.
There will also be plenty of updates in the next week.
James Smith leads Nyack to
Senior Rankings have been updated.
No prep school players are included.
Senior night at St. Ray's but
visiting senior Elijah Ingram steals the show
Brian Laing profile
class A Mount Vernon defeated Carmel 78-45.Will Cherry led all scorers with 26,
while Troy Carr added 15 for the Knights. Spring Valley defeated Lincoln 77-54
New Rochelle beat Scarsdale 41-38 White plains won 67-53 over Ketchum Yorktown
overcame a 17 point second half deficit to defeat Gorton 71-61 Poughkeepsie
handled Mahopac 77-58. It took Arlington two overtimes to overcome John Jay
In Class B #1 seed Nyack easily vanquished Rye 67-38.James Smith led all scorers
with 17 points. The defending look to defeat Fox lane next Thursday in order to
go back to the County Center and defend their title Kennedy Catholic went on a
run in the beginning of the 4th quarter to put away Portchester 87-60. Donnie
McGrath led all scorers with 32 points while junior point guard Anthony Cruz led
his team with 30 points in a game that was much closer than what the score
shows. They host Ardsley next Thursday while looking to go the County Center for
the 4th straight year The 8-9 game was very highly contested between Fox Lane
and Walter Panas. Adrian Carvalho came up big for the foxes to a 71-69 victory
in this one putting up the 30 points including many clutch baskets down the
stretch. Jon Ortiz put forward a strong effort with 23 points for Coach
Greiner's Panthers. They will try and continue their upset streak next Thursday
against #1 seed Nyack Greeley easily got past Hen Hud by the score of 80-49.
Chris Fleisher led all scorers with 21 points and 14 rebounds. They travel to
Lakeland to play for the opportunity to go to the County Center. They're trying
to go back for the second straight year.
Lakeland was led by Tom Jennings's 26 points to beat Albertus Magnus
65-56. They will host Greeley in the highly anticipated 4-5 matchup on
Thursday. Peekskill hammered Brewster by the score 81-32. Rashard Turner scored
a game-high 23 points to go along with 8 assists for the Red Devils. They host
Tappan Zee next Thursday. They look to go to the County center and win their
first sectional crown since Elton Brand's junior season.
Tappan Zee edged out Sleepy Hollow by 1 in overtime 66-65. Tim munch
led all scorers. They play at Peekskill in the quarterfinals next Thursday.
Ardsley edged out Nanuet 68-55 for the chance to play at #3 seed Kennedy next
In Class C Hastings 75- Keio 47. George Skrelja led all scorers with 23 points.
Valhalla 67-Pleasantville 42. Mike Pullum had a game-high 27 points.
North Salem 83-Bronxville 52. Clayton Miller and Mike Depaoli had 26
and 25 points respectively for the hosts. Edgemont 67- Irvington 52. Cody
Moffett led all with 19 points. Woodlands edged out Croton Harmon 67-58. Steve
Brinson was the high score with 16 points. #11 seed Dobbs Ferry upset #6
Briarcliff 71-58 for the chance to play North Salem in the second round.
Zak Raffel scored a team-high 14 points for the Eagles, while Larken Henderson
led Briarcliff with a game-high 21 points.
Westcher Playoff brackets
added. Section B is just a list of the seeds because the 10-16 seeds have yet to
be decided so no game is set up as of yet.
Player Profiles from this past weekends, Prime
Time Shootout and National Prep Invitational.
Rankings will be updated sometime next week.
Carmel vs. Lakeland
Prime Time Shootout
There will also be player reports from both the Prime Time Shootout and the
National Prep Invitational to be put up either later today or tomorrow.
Links Page updated
National Prep Invitational
National Prep tournament report,
I finally got to see some top high school talent and I didn't even have to leave
my campus. I'll be back there today while my colleague Matt Grass will be at the
Prime Time Shootout. So check back for updates on the two biggest tournaments in
I know by now everybody has probably seen what Nate Blue wrote on his site, but
most of what he said isn't true. The statement before the rankings, isn't for
him, that was there before there was a Real Scout Basketball. That was
distinguishing myself from all of them national sites who use potential as their
#1 criteria for judging players. About the link, that was my fault, I kept
forgetting to put it on after I had changed my site. We could still be cool Nate,
but I ain't with that talking over the net stuff, so send me an email and
we could squash this.
JFK Gaels get big game from 6'3 PG/SG Donnie McGrath
against Horace Greeley
Two new profiles added, Keydren
"Kiki" Clark and Louie McCroskey
An editorial about the
scoring in the PSAL this year and what it all means.
Quincy Douby profile added
have been updated, Matt Grasso would like everyone to know that he doesn't use
potential in making his rankings, only how good the player is right now.
Two game reports added,
Panas vs. Lakeland and Peekskill vs. Horace Greeley.
Gary Ervin and Marlon
Smith profiles have been added
JFK Catholic vs. Panas game
Rice vs. Xaverian game
Shagari Alleyne and Daon
Merritt profiles added
A few game reports added click here
to read those reports
Game reports of the Panas-Scarsdale game and the White
Plains-New Rochelle games here.
Karron Clark and Curtis
Sumpter profiles added
Keith Mason- I spoke to 5'9 PG Robert White from Canarsie today, so far
he has lead his team to a 13-2 record with losses a one point loss to St. Mary's
and then a loss in league play to Robeson. He told me there a few schools
showing him interest, namely Quinnipiac, Centennial and Rutgers. White is
currently averaging 17 points and 8 assists. His team's next game is on Tuesday
against Transit Tech, and on Sunday at the High Energy Classic at LIU they have
a showdown against Park West, who is currently undefeated.
JFK Somers vs. Horace
Peekskill vs. Panas report,
courtesy of Panas head coach Dave Greiner.
I had originally planned on going down to Hunter College tomorrow but
unfortunately I sprained my ankle yesterday and won't be able to make it down
the Manhattan Winter Classic.
A double overtime thriller between St. Ray's and Christ
the King happened on Tuesday here is the report.
Two Nationally ranked teams went head to head yesterday,
it was a great game between Molloy and Rice.
Rice vs. St. Raymond triple
PSAL Brooklyn Winter Classic
Report of the White Plains
vs. Yorktown game.
Tomorrow I will be at the Rice vs. St. Raymond triple header while my colleague
Matt will be at the Brooklyn Classic at St. Francis College. So make sure you
check the site tomorrow for reports on the biggest games in the city.
With the site going into its 3rd year I have decided to do
something that I haven't done before. For the first 2 years I have done the site
basically on my own with minor contributions from outside sources. But now The
Apple's Best Ballaz will no longer be just Keith Mason it will also include Matt
Grasso. With me being in college I have not been able to bring the quality
coverage that I have grown accustomed to giving, with the addition of Matt the
site will be better then ever. Matt will have his own Westchester
rankings, and will bring you game reports from both Westchester and the
Last year I predicted Grady would beat Robeson in my PSAL
preview, see who I picked this year by clicking here.
Happy Holidays everybody, I know it's been a while but I
been off in college but I'm back now. I went to the Christ
the King vs. Rice triple header on Friday and came away impressed with a few
I won't update the rankings for about a month because I want to see as many
players play as possible before I update them. With that in mind, anybody
knowing of any games email me, letting
me know who is playing and the time and date.
Yesterday's championship games at
UDC were filled with blowouts, here are the scores, leading scorers and the MVP,
Sportsmanship and leading scorer of each division. The full report will be up
Super Biddy- Gauchos 40 vs. Dyckman 24
Biddy- Riverside 62 vs. Bronx Kings 27
Tyrone Nash 17-MVP Nefta I 13-Sportsmanship
Jamal Green 17
Kai Irick 14
Leading Scorer- Kashif Pratt 21.3 PPG
Midget- SONDAY 47 vs. Gauchos A 29
Danny Green 15- Sportsmanship Jarrel Mills 9
Ray Arnold 10- MVP
Leading Scorer- Ray Arnold 19 PPG
Junior- Riverside 89 vs. SONDAY 72
Keydren Clark 28-MVP Sean Banks 26- Sportsmanship
Brandon Wilson 16 Japhet
Leading Scorer Sundiata Gaines 26.5 PPG
Senior- SONDAY 61 vs. Convent Baptist 54
Rashad Bell 24- MVP Kyle Dongo 25
Sportsmanship- Curtis Stinson, SEBNC
Leading Scorer- Moses Gonzalez 28 PPG
College- Riverside 79 vs. Monroe Shockers 66
Nick Delfico 23-MVP Rahsann Simmons
Lashard Duren 13
Leading Scorer- Kingsley Edwards 36 PPG
Today was the semifinals at UDC.
Here are the winners of games I saw plus the standout players for each game:
Super Biddy- Gauchos 45 vs. SONDAY 27
Chris Fouch 17
Biddy- Riverside 52 vs. Lightning 36
14 Vincent Natal 16
Ian Umpierre 13
Kai Irick 12
Midget- SONDAY 66 vs. Riverside 50
11 Keith Benjamin 12
Junior- Riverside 47 vs. Gauchos A 36
Brandon Wilson 9
Chris Bernard 11
Courtney Johnson 9 Matt Saunders 11
SONDAY defeated the Riverside Future Stars
Nick Carter 15
Senior- SONDAY defeated SEBNC
Rashad Bell and Rob Barrett played well for SONDAY, Curtis Stinson was the lone
star for SEBNC
The championship games for tomorrow are:
9:00 Super Biddy Gauchos vs. Dyckman
10:15 Biddy Riverside vs. Bronx Kings
11:30 Girls Riverside vs. Bronx Queens/Exodus Winner
1:00 Midget Gauchos A vs. SONDAY
2:45 Junior Riverside vs. SONDAY
4:30 Senior SONDAY vs. Convent Baptist
6:00 College Monroe vs. Riverside
I was told today by the coaching staff of the Brooklyn Bridge, Khalil
Manigault and Khalid Green that Karron Clark, who was at Springam (DC) this
year, and Benjamin Banneker in Brooklyn the year before will be returning back
to Brooklyn this year. He will not be returning to Banneker but he is headed to
Lincoln High School, where he will join Sebastian Telfair, to make the most
dynamic duo in the PSAL in a while. Because of this I am announcing Lincoln as
my early PSAL favorite. Karron scored 29 points last night in his teams 82-73
loss to SONDAY Express.
report for last nights games.
When I got to UDC
yesterday and saw the playoff schedule, I noticed Holy Cross was plying Gauchos
A in the Junior playoffs, and not Gauchos A vs. Gauchos B. I found out Gauchos B
pulled out of the tournament. My guess is because of a confrontation between the
coach and one of the players during their 1 point loss to SONDAY Express on
Sunday. Here are today's games:
I forgot to mention what time the
UDC playoff games will beat today and tomorrow. The games will take place
at 6pm and 7:30 pm at Evander Childs HS.
weekend report and playoff matchups. Today's playoff games are in the Biddy
division and Senior division. I haven't seen any Biddy games this year so I
don't know what to expect. However both Senior games should be blowouts, with
LPAC going against Convent Baptist and SEBNC going up against Minus. LPAC and
SEBNC should both win easily. Tomorrow, is the Midget and Junior games. The
Junior games should be great, with SONDAY taking on Brooklyn Bridge. If both
teams come at full strength expect SONDAY to win by about 8 points, and look for
the game to be high scoring. In the other Junior game, the Gaucho A team faces
the B team. This should be a good game if the A team is at full strength. If
Chris Bernard plays the way he did on Sunday, the A team will win. Unless Yata
Gaines has a big game. The Midget games will likely be blowouts. With SONDAY
likely winning easily over the Gauchos B team, and Dyckman getting an easy win
over the Riverside Future Stars. But Saturday will see many great games, with
possible matchups being, SONDAY vs. Riverside in the Midget division, Gauchos A
vs. Dyckman. But the best game on Saturday could be LPAC vs. Riverside in the
Senior division. Anyway since it is the Semifinals expect all the games to be
pretty close. The playoff games today and tomorrow will be at Evander Childs HS
on Gun Hill Road and Barnes Avenue.
Yesterday Curtis Sumpter of Bishop
Loughlin announced he was going to Villanova, which brings the total of commitments
in the city to 5 and all have committed to major schools and all are in the top
10. Last year at this time nobody from the city had yet to commit. With Sumpter
going to Villanova it brings the two players who are mostly considered the best
in the CHSAA. I think both Allan Ray and Sumpter will be very good college
players and cannot see either one of them leaving school too early, so I see
Villanova being a contender in the Big East for at least a few more years. We
know now that Jason Fraser will not commit until he takes his official visits.
But I think it will come down to either Villanova and St. John's.
This weekend at UDC there will be several big games, on Saturday in the College
division Next Level will take on the Monroe Shockers. Next Level features 5'11
SG Kingsley "Bulla" Edwards who is the tournaments leading scorer at
37 ppg, 6'6 PF Bo Washington and 6'5 PF Darryl May. The Shockers have 6'3 SG
Rashaan Simmons and 6'1 SG LaShard Duren. This should be a great game. On Sunday
the Junior division takes the spotlight, with the 4 best scorers in the division
going head to head. The Gauchos B team features 6'1 SF Yata Gaines the leading
scorer in the Junior division at 32.7 per, 6'2 SG Russell Robinson who only
played 1 game and had 35 but doesn't have enough games to qualify to be on the
leading scorer list. SONDAY Express features 5'9 PG Daon Merritt who is
averaging 29 per, and 6'5 SF Sean Banks who made his debut last Sunday and
scored 23 and 17 in his two games, to give him a 20 point a game average.
If you feel like watching some basketball come out this weekend, the park
entrance is on 216th and Barnes Avenue, 2 blocks off of White Plains Road. If it
rains the games will be played at Evander Childs HS. The school is on Gun Hill
RD and Barnes Avenue but the entrance in the gym is a block down from Gun
UDC report for this weekend.
Also changes made throughout the rankings.
UDC report from Sunday's
Allan Ray, Donnie
McGrath, Chris Taft and Sebastian
Telfair profiles added.
Before people start asking me why I have somebody ranked
ahead of someone in the top 75 but behind them in the individual class rankings,
it is because I made some changes to the rankings while I was doing the top 75
but I just didn't put it on the site. For example Curtis Stinson is ranked #11
in both the top 75 and the Senior rankings. But in the senior rankings Tim
Doyle, Sammy Mejia and Roscoe Biggers are ranked over him but in the top 75 he
is over them. When I update the rankings in each class everything will be
Since I never got a chance to make a report on Sunday's games at UDC, here is
some of the things that went down. Domonic Lewis let me know that he is headed
to Bronx Regional next year, and will not be returning to Kennedy. I got the
chance to see Dwayne Johnson play for the first time since December when his
Cardozo team took on Columbus, and I realized he isn't as good as I thought. He
had about 7 points and his team lost by 33 to the Church. He isn't even the best
player on his team, Victor Morris is much better then him, and he will be ranked
when I update the rankings. Also a kid by the name of Moses Gonzalez 6'2 SG has
been dominating the senior division. Coming into the weekend he was averaging 25
points a game. And in his two games this weekend he scored 32 and 27. I believe
he will be attending LIU Brooklyn this year. He is very athletic and can knock
down the outside J with consistency, he should help the LIU team a lot.
Top 75 finally updated
Unfortunately I have been unable to complete the Top 75, I
will have it done within the next 2 days. Here are some of the things that
happened at UDC today. Russell Robinson showed up for the Gauchos B team in the
Junior division and scored 35, and it wasn't even the high on his team. Yata
Gaines decided to drop 42, while Brian Laing put in 19. The final score of their
game was 105-40 over Wake-Eden. Kingsley "Bulla" Edwards continued to
drop buckets as he put up 38, which is right at his 37.7 average before today's
game. But Next Level could not beat the Church as Kyle Cuffe scored 30 and Nick
Delfico added 24. I also found out today from the Gauchos coach Mark Jones that
Ronald Ramon will not be away for the rest of the summer and he will be this
weekend. But he will not play at UDC, but is going to Vegas for the Big Time
with the Gauchos. Full report will be published on Monday.
Senior Rankings updated
Top 75 will be added tomorrow
Yesterday I reported that Kingsley Edwards was going to
attend Butler University, that is not true. He will be attending Butler
Community College in Kansas. Sorry for the mix up. Reports from Sunday's action
at UDC here.
Report from Saturday's games at UDC,
Sunday's games will be up before the end of the day.
More player reports added
including 3 out of state players. Here are my final notes from the camp. I like
the way the camp was set up this year, as all of the elite point guards/combo
guards were in one pool, with Felton, Roberson, Ingram, Dockery, Ray and
Telfair. Another pool had the top shooting guards and small forwards with,
Cooke, Antonio Lawrence, Sumpter, John Winchester and Carmelo Anthony until he
had to leave. Another pool had the best big men with Kendrick Perkins, Jason
Fraser, DeAngelo Collins and Sani Ibrahim. Hopefully next year the camp will be
set up the same way which will allow for the great one on one matchups that occurred
this year. Also at the camp Allan Ray committed to Villanova and Raven teammate
committed to Louisville. Both players will be able to play right away and will
be able to become the best players they can be. I spoke to former Mr. Basketball
Peter Mulligan and he said he has decided to remain at UMBC, earlier he had said
that he would be transferring. I guess he didn't want to sit out a year, and at
UMBC he will have a chance to be the best player in the NEC.
I have posted Sebastian
Telfair and Lenny Cooke reports from the
camp, Other players will be coming shortly.
More player reports from ABCD,
under classmen all-star game report, and New York City player rankings from
Camp, here. I will have more from the camp tomorrow.
I have done a report of many of the players from the city
at the camp, I will finish the rest tomorrow. Click here
for the report.
Freshman Rankings updated
This week is the biggest week of the summer recruiting season with the Adidas
ABCD camp and the Nike camp going on. I will be attending ABCD, where there will
be a number of New Yorkers such as: Allan Ray, Curtis Sumpter, Jason Fraser,
Donnie McGrath, Curtis Stinson, Sebastian Telfair, Tim Doyle, Gary Ervin, Quincy
Doubie, Brandon Wilson, Francisco Garcia, Lenny Cooke, Shaun Wynn, Jomo Belfor,
Chris Taft, Charlie Villanueva. Daon Merritt will not be able be in attendance
for the entire camp because summer school classes conflict with the dates of
ABCD, but he will likely attend for one day on Sunday. Because of this his spot
may be taken by Kendell Provet. With about 15 of the top 20 players in the class
of 2002, as well as the #1 players in both the 2003 and 2004 classes (LaBron
James and Sebastian Telfair) attending ABCD camp, it is clearly the better this
year. Which is why if you don't come to any other games this summer you should
come to both the senior and underclassmen all-star games. I will have a report
done for the camp on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Then I will be going to the
Three Stripes tournament at Hofstra University on July 12th-14th. This
tournament despite having only 24 teams will have the most loaded talent pool of
any tournament with maybe the exception of the Adidas Big Time and the 17u AAU
UDC weekend report.
The 3 Stripes Classic which will be played at Hofstra University will take
place Thursday, July 12th through the 14th. This takes place right after the
ABCD Camp. The tournament is being run by Gary Decesare, some of the players
scheduled to participate in the event are: Amare Stoudemire, Sani Ibrahim, Lenny
Cooke, Jason Fraser, Curtis Sumpter, Elijah Ingram, Jamar Nutter, John
Winchester, Raymond Felton, Anthony Roberson, Olu Famitumi , Allan Ray,
Francisco Garcia, Donnie McGrath, Eric Wilkens and Zakee Boyd to name a few.
This tournament is loaded with talent, and if your a fan of high school
basketball I suggest you make it out to this one. For the list of teams and
schedule click here.
I will hopefully have all of the rankings, profiles and links up within the next
Sophomore Rankings updated
Junior Rankings updated
The new Apple's Best Ballaz site is up and running. I still have many things to
add but I just wanted to put something up. There are no profiles up yet, nor are
there any rankings besides the Class of 2002 but I will be putting those up
shortly. Give me your feedback on how you like or dislike the new look and
set-up of the site, click on the word contact me to send me and email.
Senior Rankings updated
Rumble in the Bronx Game Re-Caps
and Player Evaluations
Roscoe Biggers told me he will be attending Mt. Zion Academy in Durham North
Carolina, and John Winchester formerly of Marist High School in New Jersey will
be joining him.
Also Kenny Pretlow told me AJ Price who attended LI Lutheran this past school
year will be leaving Lutheran, and will likely end up at Amityville.
Charlie Villanueva profiles updated and Brian Laing profile created.
Russell Robinson, Sebastian
Telfair, Jason Fraser and Curtis Sumpter profiles updated, and Saiqoun Stone
has been updated. It
breaks down like this 42 seniors to be, 26 juniors to be, 6 sophomores to be and
1 freshman to be, and 9 of the top 11 are going to be seniors next year, which
shows how good the class of 2002
is. I will be trying to update every existing profile that I haven't already
updated this week, and I will add profiles for the class of 2005.
Shaun Wynn let me know that he will be attending ABCD camp this year, and I also
found out that Marcel Alston will be attending Don Bosco Prep in Jersey next
Rankings have been updated, and Sebastian Telfair is not number 1.
Class of 2003 and 2005
rankings have been updated. Once again each player has his height, position,
school, AAU team and either Nike or ABCD next to their name. If you know what
school some of the kids in the class of 2005 are attending next year, or if you
know what AAU teams any of the players in any class are playing with, in the
summer send me an email.
I will be updating the top
75 overall and potential
rankings shortly. Neither will include the class of 2001.
Class of 2002
rankings have been updated. Next to each players name is his height, position,
school, AAU team and what camp he is attending, either Nike or ABCD. If you know
what AAU team the kids are playing with that I have ranked but don't have the
AAU team there please e-mail me. Class of 2003 and 2005 rankings will be updated
Final class of 2001
rankings have been made. The rest of the rankings will be updated this week
including the class of 2005 (next year's freshman).
Correction made on the Brooklyn USA vs. Tim Thomas Playaz Challenge. The final
score of the 10th grade game was 89-59 not 89-49
IS8 championship report
and Brooklyn USA vs. Tim Thomas Playaz Challenge on the AAU
Tomorrow I will be
attending the Brooklyn USA vs. Tim Thomas Playaz Challenge. The event will
feature 5 games, 7th-11th grade. The Brooklyn USA 8th grade team is the best in
the city, with 6'3 SF Saiqoun Stone, 5'8 PG Eugene Harvey and 6'5 C Antonio
Pena. USA's 9th grade team has 6'2 SG Basil Leslie, 6'1 SG James Walker and 6'2
SF Terrance Portis who can jump out the gym, and draws comparisons to Ryan
Williams. The 11th grade team is also very talented, with 5'11 PG Sebastian
Telfair, 6'4 SG Quincy Douby, 6'3 SF George Jefferson and 6'9 PF Chris Taft. Tim
Thomas Playaz 11th grade is one of the best in America, led by 5'11 PG Elijah
Ingram who made a name for himself in the City with his performance at IS8. 6'3
SG John Winchester is one of the best athletes in his class, the team also has
6'3 SG Marquise Webb 6'10 C Darryl
Watkins, and 6'7 SF Lee Melchionni who is
headed to Duke in the fall of 2002. The match ups for the 11th grade games are
excellent ones with Elijah Ingram matching up with Sebastian Telfair, which will
prove whether Telfair is one of the elite point guards in the nation or not.
Quincy Douby and George Jefferson will be on the wing matched up against 2 of
the better known Juniors in the nation, Marquise Webb and John Winchester.
Possibly the most interesting match up is the one between two talented
sophomores, Chris Taft and Darryl Watkins. This match up could distinguish the
two when it comes to college recruiting.
report from yesterday's action, unfortunately I could not
make it out to today's games.
Taft and Jason
Wingate profiles updated