Hoop Mountain Prep Classic: Thursday Recap
December 3rd, 2010
New England Recruiting Report
Khem Birch was among the top performers on day one of the Hoop Mountain Prep Classic.
The Hoop Mountain Prep Classic tipped off on Thursday night with an appetizer of three games. Here is a game by game look at the top performers.
TAAG (FL) 57 Boston Trinity (MA) 54
Lyle Harris (TAAG)- The 6’0”, ultra-quick lead guard was a constant presence in transition, consistently pushing the pace off missed or made baskets to finish at the rim and find teammates for open looks.
Juan Ferrales (TAAG)- Ferrales played big down the stretch in TAAG’s hard-fought win over Boston Trinity, showcasing a polished perimeter skill-set that included an ability to knock down shots from beyond the arc and put the ball on the floor for one or two-dribble pull-ups.
Johadd Easterling (TAAG)- The 5’7” guard showed impressive range from the perimeter, coming off the bench to hit five threes and provide crucial offense for TAAG in the second half.
Kayon Mayers (Boston Trinity)- A 6’2”, athletic wing, Mayers displayed tremendous offensive versatility on Thursday, combining a series of three-point pull-ups in transition with excellent bounce to slash to the rim in the half-court.
Next Level (ON) 66 Brimmer & May (MA) 50
Jamal Pryce (Next Level)- The under-sized, athletic lefty showed great poise and feel on the offensive end, scoring consistently against bigger, more physical defenders with a smooth stroke from the perimeter and a series of crafty, change-of-pace moves off the bounce.
Tavon Prince (Next Level)- Prince was a load on the interior on both ends of the floor, combining natural physicality with a high-motor to rebound the ball offensively in-and-out of his area and finish over bigger defenders through contact.
Jake Fay (Brimmer & May)- Fay displayed impressive confidence against a more experienced Next Level team on Thursday, utilizing a series of screen-actions and spacing himself well of penetration to connect on multiple shots from well beyond the arc.
Marco Banegas (Brimmer & May)- The aggressive lead guard turned in a well-balanced performance on Thursday, scoring 15 points while still managing to effectively create open shots for his teammates by getting into the paint and drawing help.
Notre Dame Prep 77 (MA) Marianapolis Prep (CT) 53
Khem Birch (Notre Dame)- Fresh off reclassification and commitment to Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon in the class of 2011, Birch was his usual physical force on Thursday, converting several athletic finishes above the rim and showcasing tremendous bounce in pinning multiple shots against the backboard on defense.
Myles Davis (Notre Dame)- While knocking down a series of catch-and-shoot jumpers from behind the arc, Davis continued to display an improved feel for facilitating his team’s offense with the ball in his hands. The 6’3”, physical guard passed the ball ahead to teammates running out in transition and consistently drew help in the lane to set up easy scores off high-percentage passes.
Grandy Glaze (Notre Dame)- The UNLV-bound big-man was active all game long on Thursday, imposing his trademark physicality and unselfishness in setting solid screens for shooters and passing the ball effectively from the block and off high-post penetration.
Ousmane Drame (Marianapolis)- Quinnipiac head coach Tom Moore was in the building on Thursday to see his recent Bobcat commit, as the 6’8”, athletic forward showcased his versatility in knocking down shots from the perimeter and scoring consistently through contact at the rim. Darme was dominant on the block early in the second half against Notre Dame’s impressive front-line, scoring at will over a five-minute stretch before going down with an injury.
Zach Chionuma (Marianapolis)- Joining Moore in the stands on Thursday was Boston University head coach Pat Chambers, who saw recent his Terrier-commit run the show impressively for Marianapolis, posting 14 points and seven assists while more-than-holding his own Notre Dame’s heralded group of backcourt players.