Nov. 19, 2007
By Van Coleman
CSTV.com & Hoopmasters.com
Van is one of the nation's premier recruiting experts.
LOWELL, Mass. - DeAndre Liggins (Kentucky), Assane Sene (Virginia) and Lamont Jones (Louisville - 2009) showed flashes while some uncommitted prospects put on big performances in the National Prep Showcase's Sunday absence of Tyreke Evans (No. 3 ranked senior) and Isaiah Thomas (Washington - No. 90 ranked senior).
Tuesday, we'll have our look at the top prospects from the National Prep Showcase, right here at Generation Next.
It needed double overtime and
On a wing hand-off, the defense didn't switch and Tomlinson was forced to create a jumper with a man in his face. He ended up trying to draw a foul and was unsuccessful, giving
Austin Carroll, a 2009 guard prospect, scored 27 points and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line in 39 minutes. He's the son of former Duquesne and NBA head coach John Carroll.
Lee's Chris Bakersville erupted for 36 points and 12 rebounds in playing all 46 minutes. Tomlinson had a rough night going 0-for-13 from the field and 0-for-8 from three-point range. He had six assists to four turnovers, and four steals in 45 minutes.
Darius Johnson-Odom came out firing for Patterson, scoring the first eight points on a pair of three-pointers and a transition layup. They jumped out to a 15-5 lead off turnovers created by their full-court press and a big dunk from Varez Ward.
New Mexico commit Will Brown would leak out after a Brewster basket and get an easy dunk ahead of the pack, keeping Patterson in control of the margin it built, 25-16.
The switch to zone came for Brewster's defense and they started to chip away and gain some momentum.
Xavier pledge Mark Lyons wowed the crowd with his ball-handling and ability to get in the lane, but couldn't finish on two acrobatic layups.
Arizona signee Emmanuel Negedu then started to make his presence felt as he as for two years in the prep school league with Brewster.
Florida International recruit 6-foot-10 Freddy Asprilla was a horse inside, getting deep position all day. He grabbed an offensive rebound, but Negedu punched it out into the backcourt to a teammate for a clear-path to the hoop.
Patterson would call timeout to quell any run, but
Some unselfishness from Brewster would tie it up for them. Crater drove and kicked to
Darius Johnson-Odom came back into the picture with a dunk and a three-pointer to follow. Varez Ward came up with a steal for Patterson and proceeded to control the final five minutes of the hot first half, going up 49-37 into intermission.
Patterson continued to pour it on out the gates and the two traded baskets, getting to 64-53 and 74-59 leads.
Negedu came up with two big blocks but Brewster couldn't get a string of stops on Patterson, who had its swingman Muo Mathaing come alive in the second half.
They got big three pointers from Givon Crump and Lyons, keeping them with some hope when it seemed to be fading.
Crump would go on to hit three more from beyond the arc in the final seven minutes, but as was the case throughout, Patterson answered with some offensive rebounding by Asprilla and plenty of defensive rebounding (30-to-20).
Mathaing led Patterson with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Johnson-Odom had 16 points, Ward had eight points and 10 rebounds and Asprilla had 14 points and eight rebounds.
The undersized Brewster squad shared the ball admirably, with
UConn's 2009 recruits Alex Oriakhi and Jamal Coombs combined for 42 points and 16 rebounds but couldn't come away with a win.
Rhode Island recruit Randy Dezouvre led Champlain with 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in 39 minutes of play.
This was back-and-forth throughout and went into the half a one-point game.
Coombs (23 points and eight rebounds) and Dezouvre were matched up most times and took turns on each other with Coombs winning the post-up wars and Dezouvre getting to the rim off the dribble.
Tilton had possession down two, 72-70, and ran a play in the half-court with time to operate. Oriakhi (19 points and eight rebounds) took it on the blocks and pulled a face-up jumper from 15-feet, but it didn't fall and Tilton was forced to foul.
No. 3 rated Tyreke Evans was dressed and ready to go in the shoot-around but that changed come game time. He sat out with what was thought to be a bruised pinky finger on his shooting hand.
American Christian responded without him and ran all over NMH, pulling away with 72-48 with eight minutes into the second half. They went to intermission up 42-32.
It was DePaul's recruit Jeremiah Kelly who sparked the 30-point run out of the half, hitting three from beyond the arc en route his 22 point finish (five at the half).
The end-to-end and physical game was right up ACS' alley. Twenty steals made (Jones with six) and 27 forced turnovers created easy opportunities for the winners.
NMH was led by Andrew Yanulis' 17 points while Harvard recruit Andrew Van Nest scored 10 points. Simon McCormack grabbed 10 rebounds.
However, it was called a goaltending violation and made it a two-possession game with
Sene came back with a big dunk on the offensive end to cut it to three.
Maryland 2009 recruit Jin Soo Kim led
Both teams worked hard and played with big-time energy on both ends of the floor for the entire 40 minutes in a great way to end the tournament.
With the game swinging the way of both teams throughout the later part of the second half, Liggins ran the shot clock down too far, decided not to go inside to an isolated posting up 6-foot-8 Clarence Trent, and couldn't create his own shot successfully.
The next possession, he went inside to Trent - who ignited his team's second half fire with a jam down the middle of the lane just minutes earlier - and scored.
After a New Hampton basket to tie the game, Liggins was able to get in the lane and score with his strong hand at the rim with a defender draped over him.
Liggins ended with 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting and 5-of-7 from the free throw line. His distributing was spotty with nine assists and nine turnovers.