Brewster Academy 100, Our Savior 89 Bridgton 89, Life Center 70 Notre Dame Prep 127, IMG 122 (OT) Champlain St. Lambert 72, St. Thomas More 71 Laurinburg vs. Winchendon, unavailable Coast Christian vs. Storm King, unavailable South Kent vs. National Christian, unavailable
Post Grad & Senior Checklist
Ramel Bradley, PG, IMG: He made the free throws to send it into overtime and the defensive play of the game when he stole a pass with seconds remaining. The UK-bound guard was outstanding and the reason why his team got it into OT. He finished with a game-high 33 points.
Jerome Johnson, PF, IMG: The forward earned a high-major scholarship with his play on Sunday. At both ends his presence was known and this was the best game we've ever seen him play and it happened with college scouts in abundance. Before fouling out, he had 17 points and was active at both ends. Great effort and one that put him into the high-major category.
Tello Palacios, PF, Our Savior: Coming off a knee injury, he looked to be in pretty much the same condition as last season but his approach to the game is more perimeter oriented. He had 31 points and 11 boards and shot 11-for-23 including 4-for-8 from downtown in 36 minutes of action and played most of the first half with three fouls. He's sure to be a prime target throughout the season, but talk of going to the NBA out of high school is premature at this stage.
Aleks Maric, PF, Life Center: Clearly, he was one of the best big men in the event. The guy is what every college program seeks right now: a big man with back to the basket skills. Toss it to him inside and he's good enough to get his shot off. He went for 18 and 13 in his final game. Terrific addition for the Huskers.
Robert Vaden, SG, Bridgton: For the second day in a row he turned in a nice game. He went 10-for-15 from the field with 28 points. Needed just 27 minutes to reach 28 points.
Pierre-Marie Altidor-Cespedes, PG, St. Lambert: After a horrendous shooting night in the opener, Cespedes rebounded nicely. He went for 21 points and made 4 3s. He's still got a wild streak in him but he's gifted offensively and strong with the ball in his hands.
Joel Smith, SG, Brewster: Washington has itself a player. This kid is sound at both ends and shot it a little better from mid-range and deep than we thought he was capable of doing. Always rebounding well at his position, Smith is a high-energy guy with bounce. He had 24 and 11.
2005 & 2006 Checklist
Rob Thomas, F, St. Thomas More: The sophomore looks to be a big timer. He had 19 and 11 in his final game and did it with style. His mid-range game is terrific and he's athletic enough to make things happen. Very good prospect.
Maurice Joseph, SG, St. Lambert: The junior has high-major tagged all over him. Sure, he too can get a little out of control, but his game is strong. He's a good enough athlete to create separation in traffic and still get his shot off. Plus, he drilled the game-winning 3-pointer from the corner to seal it.
Kojo Mensah had 32 points in ND Prep's win. The fast guard is likely to find himself as a low-to-mid major target. … Notre Dame Prep and IMG combined for 47 turnovers in their overtime contest. … Senior guard Sherman Diaz went a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line for Life Center. … Ramel Bradley is a terrific free throw shooter. It's an area of the game that sometimes goes unnoticed but it's important to his game because he's such a good driver, loves contact and gets to the line a lot. Remember that when he gets to Kentucky. …
Western Carolina signee Negus McKenna from Champlain St. Lambert wears out the foul-line jump shot. He's a weapon from that spot on the floor. … Pierre-Marie Altidor-Cespedes plays with no fear and that's not something you can coach. … Palacios is a fine prospect who can score but his athleticism isn't what NBA guys are looking for out of high school at his position. His perimeter touch continues to improve each season. …
News & Notes
Winchendon's Robert McKiver did not have surgery on his ankle Saturday night. A specialist was called in and he was able to set the dislocated ankle and thankfully avoid the surgery. McKiver was at the gym on crutches by Sunday afternoon. Tough kid. … Illinois State offered point guard Khalif Ford this weekend. … Jermaine Bell, the much-traveled 6-11 forward, will enroll at Notre Dame Prep – again – this week. … Palacios drew a crowd which contained the likes of South Carolina, UCLA, USC, Texas, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh to name a few of the schools that are looking at him.