Lawrence Hill was the story. The game was supposed to be a showdown between Hill and senior standout Ty Morrison, but the match-up of AAU teammates failed to live up to the billing as Hill dominated the game. Hill paced Deer Valley with 30 points, 17 of which came from the foul line.
Morrison struggled a bit. The talented forward did not get many touches on the offensive end, and most of his 12 points came off of offensive rebounds.
The Bruins got their offense from the perimeter. Kaleo Kina and Daren Jordan led Trevor Browne with 25 and 17 respectively, but forced a number of shots. The Deer Valley defense did a great job staying in the faces of the Trevor Browne guards.
Point guard Christian Polk, one of the best sophomores in the west, added 24 points for Deer Valley.
Things started off in very strange fashion. Trevor Browne was assessed a pair of technicals when their players walked through the Skyhawks' lay-up line during warm-ups. Hill made all four free throws before the opening tip.
The matchup was made even more interesting from the fact that most of the better players in the game are teammates over the summer. Hill, Polk, Jordan, Kina and Morrison all played on the Arizona Magic AAU squad.
Hill is the most sought after recruit at this time. Stanford and Arizona are the current leaders, but a number of Pac-10 schools are interested. Hill is an athletic forward who could develop into something special. He had a great summer where he improved by leaps and bounds from May to July. In May he played a bit tentative, deferring to guys like Jordan and Morrison. By the end of the summer the Magic were his team.
Morrison is a very talented player whose grades may force him to a prep school. Oregon was very interested, but backed off as the grade problems emerged. Morrison is a combo-forward with great athleticism and quickness.
Jordan is one player who may have been pressing to impress the college coaches. Jordan has a load of potential and with a good season and a solid summer he could move up in the eyes of recruiters. Jordan is very tough, very strong and has shown he can knock down the outside shot. He needs to prove that he's a capable enough point guard, as he probably won't be big enough to be a shooting guard in college.
Polk turned a lot of heads at the Pangos camp in Los Angeles and is one of the top players for the '06 class. A terrific scorer, you can bet the coaches in attendance were taking a look at this young player. When it is all said and done he may be the best to come out of Arizona in a long time.
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