War On The Shore: Day Two

MILFORD, Del. – Saturday brought more from the same cast of characters as guys like Dorell Wright and Isaiah Swann turned in memorable efforts. Also, Laurinburg became the first big upset victim of the year.

Day Two Scoreboard
Hargrave 75, Champlain St. Lambert 58
FUMA 76, Winchendon 69
St. Thomas More 81, Laurinburg Prep 72
South Kent 100, Blair Academy 87
Notre Dame Academy 60, Life Center 46
Notre Dame Prep 111, Coastal Christian 90
Bridgton 114, IMG 106
Brewster Academy 107, National Christian 99

Post Grad & Senior Checklist

Isaiah Swann, PG, Hargrave: The box score credits him with 14 points, but it doesn't tell the story of how he got two of them. In an amazing showcase of athletic ability, Swann actually leapt over a 6-5 guy en route to a monster one-handed dunk. Four guys scored in double figures for Hargrave.

Junior Hairston, SF, FUMA: There haven't been a lot of players here who have helped their recruitment. But, Hairston is one of them. He played Saturday's game with another burst of energy. 18 points and 10 rebounds was good enough to draw the attention from numerous coaches. He's on the cusp of being a late major conference signee.

Dorell Wright, SF, South Kent: Is it possible to get better day by day? Wright did. He had 25 points and 9 rebounds but once again it was his rare athleticism that was on display. He's a multi-tooled player with all kinds of hops and he's one of the elite players in America right now.

Aleks Maric, PF, Life Center: The Cornhuskers are going to put this guy to good use. He's a high-major inside player with a variety of moves and he's got a body built for contact. He had a nice double-double this afternoon.

Rahshon Clark, SF, Bridgton: Like the day before, credit him for playing within himself and being athletic. This guy loves to get after it on the glass and he had 30 and 13. He'll play a role for the Cyclones and they'll love him for it.

Jackie Butler, C, Coastal Christian: His first game with the team produced a 20-point debut. We've also said that Butler can score with his back to the basket and he proved it. Athletically he could stand to get better but he'll score if he gets involved in the offense.

Robert Vaden, SG, Bridgton: He rebounded with a 12-for-19 effort and got himself on track offensively by doing some work inside and then taking his game to the perimeter. He's got beautiful rotation on his stroke.

Adrian Joseph, SF, Brewster: There's a lot of versatility to his game and he'll get on the floor early at UVa. Joseph has pace, poise and great body control. He'll face up, handle in traffic and generally makes smart plays.

Jack McClinton, PG, South Kent: He was the high-scorer for the day with 35 points. In a big time transition game he was a jet. But, it was his 10-for-10 effort from the line that really made this an impressive performance.

2006 Checklist

Kevin Durant, PF, National Christian: He had 23 and 10 but 19 of them were in the first half when he drained three triples to open up everyone's eyes. This kid is going to be a high-major talent just like Curtis Malone of the D.C. Assault and NCA coach Trevor Brown have been saying. The pair sang the praises of Durant and they were right.

Shomari Spears, PF, Blair: The guy just busts his tail all the time. He knows his way around and the native of North Carolina is instant offense off Blair's bench.

Scout's Seat

Lorenzo Wade rebounded from an off night with a 12-point effort. He was more aggressive and looked for his shot early. … Western Carolina landed a good one. Champlain swingman Negus McKenna went for 20 after a slow start. His mid-range touch and athletic ability will be welcomed in Catamount country. … Gonzaga bound guard Pierre-Marie Altidor-Cespedes struggled with the pace and decision making part of the game against Hargrave. His jumper wasn't there but make no mistake about it, this kid is talented. …

Akeem Hemingway of Fork Union shot his was to a game-high 23 points. His stroke was there on Saturday and he filled it up from deep, especially early. … Jamual Warren had 20 to lead Notre Dame Prep as his team posted 111. He's a driver by trade and he winds up shooting a lot of layups. … Abdullah Jalloh had 21 for NCA and he plays hard. However, at St. Joe's he'll be asked to be more careful with the basketball. …

Marcus Hammond of Brewster can still stroke it from deep. That was his calling card out of Memphis. … Brewster's Joel Smith is an underrated defender. … Michael Binns garned an offer from Wright State of his performance today. He made some face ups but also used an improved body to get work done inside. He had 18 and 13. … Josh Jackson of Notre Dame continued to impress college recruiters with his bruising style. Too late, he's headed to College of Charleston. … Ramel Bradley had 21 for IMG and did most of his work from the line. …

Richard Dorsey is an athletic talent, no doubt. However, he's always in foul trouble, mainly because he's out of position on defense. That will be an area of emphasis in his development at Memphis. … Known primarily as a shooter, Paul Cummins did work off the bounce for South Kent today. …

News & Notes

Head coaches in attendance: Tubby Smith, Ron Jirsa and David Henderson. Each had a signed player participating. … First in the gym was Eric Skeeters of Virginia Tech. He was in the parking lot an hour prior to tip time. … Norman Plummer finished playing at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday but woke up at 8 am to watch Brewster, his old team, play the day's first game. That says something about a kid. …

Josh Thornton, the No. 2 junior in Delaware, watched a few games today. … Meanwhile, up the road in Middletown, the state's top junior Eric Boateng scored 30 to go with 17 rebounds in five quarters of exhibition action. Georgia, NC State, Xavier and Michigan watched. … Winchendon's Robert McKiver dislocated his ankle. It was a fairly horrific sight but McKiver handled it with great courage. …


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