National Prep Showcase - Day Three

DeAndre Liggins (Kentucky) and Lamont Jones (Louisville) lead teams to victories


Nov. 19, 2007

By Van Coleman

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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.

 

Worcester Academy, Mass. 66 - Lee Academy, Maine 64 2OT

 

It needed double overtime and Colorado signee Nate Tomlinson ended up with the ball and a chance to win it for Lee.

 

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 Worcester Academy the victory.

 

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.

 

Worcester got big baskets in the extra periods from 6-foot-9 Ben Crenca.

 

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.

 

Patterson School, N.C. 87 - Brewster Academy, N.H. 76

 

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.

 

Ohio State recruit Anthony Crater got Brewster going after a timeout. The point guard zipped a no-look pass through the zone for a lay-up that ignited Brewster's waking up.

 

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 Lyons came out of it with a drive to the basket off a high screen, then a three-pointer, and proceeded to bring Brewster within two, 25-23.

 

Some unselfishness from Brewster would tie it up for them. Crater drove and kicked to Lyons in the corner, who then took one dribble to the wing and fired a no-look inside to Negedu, who made a great catch and score. Lyons and Negedu hooked up again in the half-court set to bring it to 27-all.

 

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 Lyons scoring the 15 points to go with eight assists and Anthony Crater handing out 11 assists without a turnover. Crump hit 6-of-8 three pointers for the team-high 24 points and Negedu added 11 points with five blocks.

 

Champlain St. Lambert (Canada) 74 - Tilton School, N.H. 70

 

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.

 

American Christian School, Penn. 99 - Northfield Mount Hermon, Mass. 67

 

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.

 

Louisville 2008 recruit Lamont Jones sparked ACS with 13 first-half points to make up for Evans' absence in the scoring category.

 

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.

 

Summit Prep, Calif. 86  - South Kent, Conn. 83

 

Virginia big man recruit 6-foot-11 Assane Sene blocked a big shot down the stretch for South Kent in what looked to be his fifth of the game and a chance for his team to pull ahead.

 

However, it was called a goaltending violation and made it a two-possession game with Summit now up 82-77 and under a minute and a half remaining.

 

Sene came back with a big dunk on the offensive end to cut it to three.

 

Summit worked the clock down and got two offensive rebounds on its shot attempt, with the ball eventually coming loose and tipped in by 6-foot-7 James Haarsma.

 

South Kent's Maurice Creek would hit a floater to bring it to 84-81 and under 20 seconds remaining. A foul would come and Summit's Nigel Ajere hit both free throws to push Summit ahead for good as time wound down.

 

Ajere led Summit with 20 points in 23 minutes dealing with foul trouble. Stedman Merritt scored 17 points.  Dane Suttle Jr. and Alex Tucker added solid support with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

 

Maryland 2009 recruit Jin Soo Kim led South Kent with 19 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in 33 minutes of play. Sene finished with 16 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in 31 minutes, showing he could stay on the floor by only picking up two fouls. Creek added 13 points and Rutgers signee Christian Morris went for 12 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes. It was a rough night on both ends for 2010 Syracuse recruit Dion Waiters, who couldn't get in the flow and was limited to 15 minutes.

 

Findlay Prep, Nev. 69 - New Hampton, N.H. 63

 

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.

 

Kentucky recruit DeAndre Liggins redeemed himself and came through in the clutch and turned it up in the second half along with the Findlay team defense, closing the event with a strong finish down the stretch for a victory.

 

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.

 

Findlay didn't lose the lead from there on out.

 

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. Trent had nine points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Jorge Gutierrez scored 15 points and 6-foot-9 Brice Massamba added 10 points for Findlay.

 

New Hampton was led by Antiqwuan Beckham's 18 points and Mike Howlett's 11 points.

 

 

 

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