"Peedy" Nelson 6'3 SG Riverside 2002- This was his first tournament
coming off of his injury he suffered a couple of months ago, he showed no signs
of rust. He played great defense, hit the boards and played great defense on the
wing, and on the press.
Jason Wingate 6'0 PG Riverside 2002- Continued his stellar play, he showed a
nice touch from the outside, and as usual ran the team brilliantly. If he
continues to play like this, he will have a great Nike Camp and Rice will be
tough to beat next year.
Keydren "Kiki" Clark 5'8 PG Riverside 2002- His jump shot had been off
the last few times I saw him but it certainly wasn't off this weekend. He
consistently knocked down the outside shot, and was able to break his man down
and get to the rack. Once again showed he was clutch after making the game
winning shot in the Nike Memorial Challenge championship and hit the 3 to put
his team into overtime in this championship. He continues to show, just because
he is undersized doesn't mean he won't dominate a game.
Ryan Williams 6'4 PF Riverside 2002- Everyone knows about the hops, he jumps
better then anybody in New York, by far. But at times this week he showed a good
15 foot jumper. He just dominated the boards in the games I saw him.
Rashad Anderson 6'5 SG Tallahassee Wildcats 2002- He has the total package, he
can shoot, jump and handle. In the game I saw against the Panthers he was the
best player on the court. He can hit the fade away from 3, I expect he will end
up at a big time school.
Darius Washington 6'1 SG Tallahassee Wildcats 2004- One of the few players in
the 2004 class who come close to Sebastian Telfair. He has a good jump shot, and
can take it to the rack, he is also very strong. Scored 13 points on the
Panthers in his teams victory.
Curtis Sumpter 6'6 SF Long Island Panthers 2002- He wasn't aggressive for the
first two games he played but stepped it up against the Ravens. He hit the
outside shot enough, to make you respect it. He is a good shooter and will be a
very good wing player in college. He grabbed boards, and showed something that a
lot of people questioned about him, he showed he has heart.
Lenny Cooke 6'5 SF Long Island Panthers 2002- What can you say about Lenny that
hasn't already been said. He can knock down the 17 footer all day, and can hit
the 3 enough that you won't leave him open. He can jump out the gym, and can hit
boards with anybody. He showed the handle and made a couple of nice passes. His
weak point is his defensive game, if he gets that better he will be a superstar
on the highest level. The one thing I hear about him that concerns me is that he
is not the easiest person to play with.
Jason Fraser 6'9 C Long Island Panthers 2002- He is the best rebounder I have in
high school basketball. He didn't block as many shots as I am used to seeing him
block but he is always a presence down there. As usual he scored off the break,
and on put backs, and broken plays. If he develops a polished offensive game the
whole nation better watch out.
Josh Wright 5'10 PG Brooklyn Beasts16u/Long Island Panthers 2004- I see no
weaknesses in his game. He can shoot the rock, whether he is spotting up or off
the dribble. He can get to the basket against anyone, with his speed, and he has
good athleticism. Maybe the best part of his game is ability to hit the open
man, he can also "D" it up. And to think he was sick this weekend. He
isn't as good as Sebastian but he isn't far, but hey who knows how good he is
when he is 100%, well we will see at ABCD.
Rashard Turner 5'9 PG Westchester Hawks 2002- He is a flat out scorer, he scores
in a variety of ways, shooting the 3, hitting the pull up, taking it to the
basket. He is very strong and very quick and that is a tough combination to
stop, his set back is he really has no point guard skills, he is a shooting
guard in a point guards body.
John Winchester 6'4 SG Tim Thomas Playaz 2002- The first thing you notice about
John is that he is built. Then when you see him play you realize he can jump out
the gym. When he is on the break he has one thing on his mind, and that is
dunking no matter who is under the rim. He is also a very good jump shooter, and
his hops allow him to get the shot off no matter who is on him.
Lee Melchionni 6'7 SF Tim Thomas Playaz 2002- He is a very good shooter and can
rebound. But besides that he isn't really a threat. He scores when he is open,
because his jump shot is very good. He can hit the "J" over the
Sebastian Telfair 5'11 PG Brooklyn Bridge 2004- When he looks to pass first he
is one of the 5 best players in New York, but when he is just looking to score
he drops quite a bit. He showed a great jump shot, and a sick handle as he made
one kid hit floor when he was being pressed. He got the biggest response from
the crowd with his dazzling passes, that made it through 3 people then hit his
man in the chest for 2. When his team is trailing in a game he tends to want to
take the game over, and doesn't look for his teammates. He will learn that he
has to let the game come to him no matter the score, and when he learns that he
will be a great pro.
Karron Clarke 6'6 SF Brooklyn Bridge 2003- Played excellent this weekend for the
Bridge, as he hit the boards, got a few stick backs, and showed the ability to
create off the dribble. He will be a player that surprises a lot of people in
Ramel Bradley 6'2 SG Brooklyn Bridge 2003- At times he scored whenever he wanted
to. He has a great mid range game, and is quick off the dribble. He get out in
transition and will score a lot of points every game like that. When he gets a
better 3-point shot he will be unstoppable.
Chris Taft 6'9 PF Brooklyn Bridge 2003- He is a very good scorer around the
basket. He can score off of a baby hook, spin move or off the rebound for a
dunk. The one thing he didn't show in the games I saw him was the medium range
jump shot, but I have seen it before. He rebounded well, but that part of his
game needs to be worked on. He loves to get into his opponents head, and talked
a lot this weekend.
Daon Merritt 5'9 PG New York Ravens 2003- Was late for a couple of games but in
the games he was on time for he played great. He gets to the basket whenever he
wants to, but he didn't finish as much as he could've he would use a jump stop.
He didn't show great playmaking skills but he did make smart decisions in the
half court and open court.
Allan Ray 6'0 SG New York Ravens 2002- He is a scorer, he continued to show a
great stroke, hitting fade aways, pull ups and the open 3's. He can get to the
basket with nearly anyone on him, and when he got on the break he finished with
big dunks. He is very strong which allows him to post smaller players up.
Curtis Stinson 6'0 PG/SG New York Ravens 2002- He mostly played on the wing but
he did run the show from time to time. He is much more comfortable scoring. He
isn't a great shooter but he gets to the basket, and since he is so strong he
finished strong. He showed the ability to rebound from the guard spot, and
looked like he may be one of the best rebounding guards in the nation.
Donnie McGrath 6''2 PG/SG New York Ravens 2002- He was another player who played
both guard spots for the Ravens but he is much more comfortable at the 1. When
he was handling the ball he showed good playmaking decisions. He hit a lot of
tough shots off the dribble which is his bread and butter. The one thing
he can do but doesn't do is take it to the rack.
Francisco Garcia 6'7 SF New York Ravens 2002- Francisco played great in the
tournament, hitting the mid range jumper, getting to the basket, rebounding and
coming up with thunderous dunks, and in my opinion had the best dunk of the
tournament for the second straight year. He showed something that he never
showed before, great shot blocking ability. If he continues to block shots like
that he will be up there with Amare Stoudemire and Jason Fraser as 1 of the 3
best shot blockers in the nation.
Roscoe Biggers 5'9 PG Gauchos 2002- Didn't score nearly as much as he usually
does, but he ran the show for his team brilliantly. He never really got his shot
going but he was able to find his teammates and allow the to make up for it.
Matt Walsh 6'6 SG Philly Elite 2002- He is a scorer but can make the nice pass
from time to time.. He will knock down the 3 open or not. He runs the floor very
well, and likes to break as soon as the shot hits the rim. Because of that he
isn't a real strong rebounder. He probably shoots too much but it worked
for his as he lit up the Newark Rams for 38 in the Silver Bracket championship.