Friday Night Recap
Advancing to play in Saturday's championship at the Fork Union Invitational were Jamie Arsenault's New Hampton Huskies and Mike Preston's Hargrave Tigers.
In the first game, Hargrave staved off Bridgton 103-95. The big guns for Hargrave were Timmy Smith, Mario Boggan and Stanley Asumnu who combined for 72 points. In two years of watching Smith, this was the best game we've seen him play. Bridgton received a Herculean effort from swingman David Teague who hit for 35 and until he picked up his third foul was a one-man wrecking ball.
Game Two was a battle of attrition between Fork Union and New Hampton. Michael Clarke's hoop off a sweet assist from Rashad McCants looked to be enough for a 70-67 New Hampton win. But, McCants uncerebraly fouled Howard Wilkerson on a desperation 3-pointer. Wilkerson proceeded to miss the first of what would have been three attempts and New Hampton walked off with a hard fought win.
McCants chipped in a few hustle plays and bucket here and there down the stretch, but overall his 9-point performance wasn't much to celebrate. The shining moment came off a big-time dunk that seemingly sparked New Hampton and fueled them in the closing minutes.
The evening provided an opportunity to evaluate a number of guys we've seen before and some who we caught the first time around.
- Stanley Asumnu, SG, Hargrave: It wasn't the jumper that got him to 23 points, but rather his toughness off the bounce. Asumnu continues to show that he's stronger, more athletic and committed at taking the ball to the rim more than he was in high school.
- Amadou Ba, PF, Bridgton: The Michigan signee has a long way to go before he can contribute meaningful minutes. He has a great body and is fairly strong, but offensively he's raw. He does communicate well on the court and seems very coachable.
- Mario Boggan, C, Hargrave: He bulled his way in the paint against the smaller and lighter Bridgton post players. He has terrific hands that are big and soft. He stepped out and made a 3 in this game. He was good on the boards and once he established position inside the result was a hoop. He scored 21 and had 13 boards.
- Michael Clarke, PF/SF, New Hampton: He paced his team with 19 tough points. He came up with some sweet traffic rebounds and plenty of stickbacks. The kid is sort of a hustle guy who at 6-5 can be a nice low-major power forward who will give it everything he's got.
- Shawn Harris, SF, FUMA: A big first half keyed Fork Union as Harris went for 14. He finished the game with 18. The Virginia Tech signee and native of Richmond was feeling it in the first half. Typical of his game, he found ways to score. He made a 3, slashed for a few hoops and hit a few medium-range jumpers. He had a nice evening and was an energizer guy for his team.
- Jose Mikulas, SF, Bridgton: The kid from Argentina is a Division I player but it was tough in just one view to project a level. He's not the quickest kid, but he's a tough driver and can make medium-range jumpers.
- Wes Miller, PG, New Hampton: Steady but not spectacular point man can play at the low-major level. He'll make enough 3s to force you to guard him and generally does a nice job handling a team.
- Tanner Ogden, SF, FUMA: The brother of Texas forward Chris Ogden can score the basketball. Primarily, he's a shooter with a nice touch to 3-point range. He'll make a jumper on the move from medium-range and is rangy for a 6-6 rather skinny kid. He plays with savvy and can pass. Texas Tech and Florida State are showing interest in this solid mid-major prospect. He scored 18 in the loss.
- Giedrius Rinkevicius, C/PF, Bridgton: The lefthander is definitely every bit of the 7-2 and 225 pounds that he's listed in the program. He was nursing an injury and we were told that he wasn't 100%. He has some obvious skills when it comes to shooting the ball. However, right now he's way too thin and light to play on the blocks. We understand that Missouri intends on red shirting him and that year will do him wonders as he has potential. He'll need to work on his post game where now he catches and takes too long surveying the defense before getting into his move. With a weight program and a year to get himself ready, at 7-2 he has a chance to be good.
- Timmy Smith, PG, Hargrave: Smith scored 30 points in what was the best show we've seen him put on since his days with the Boo Williams AAU team. Smith went to his floater in the lane, got himself to the line and converted his free throws, especially down the stretch. He's a drive and kick guy at times and a kid who is fearless getting to the rim at others. On Friday, he earned himself a scholarship to a nice program. Live with his occasional bouts of turnovers and you'll get a kid who defends, has leadership qualities and takes winning seriously. Marquette, Auburn and Marshall are very interested but he needs a slight test score boost.
- David Teague, SG/SF, Bridgton: Wow, the Boilermakers got themselves a player. He was clearly the top offensive talent at the event and went off for big numbers. He got himself 34 points on 14-for-22 shooting and went 5-for-10 from deep. The guy just plain scored. Reverses, jumpers, tip ins; you name it he had a hand in it. When it looked as if Bridgton was on its way to getting blown out, he went crazy and found a zone that kept his team in the game. Super performance and he's deserving of a spot among the Top 100 prospects.
Not in attendance was Bridgton junior Ousmane Konate who reportedly was hurt and didn't make the trip. … Here's a great example of the life of an assistant and what recruiting is like behind the scenes. College of Charleston assistant Marty McGillan spent most of his day Friday and early Saturday morning in a car. He drove seven hours from Charleston to Fork Union, turned around after the event and headed right back for campus after games. He probably arrived around 4 a.m. as his team had a morning shoot around prior to their game against Belmont Abbey. Kevin Nunley, a former college coach who should be an assistant candidate for someone in the spring, was McGillan's wing man on the journey. … Colleges in attendance for the FUMA event: Charleston, Wofford, Furman, Marquette, Richmond, High Point, LSU, Wingate, New Mexico, Missouri, Liberty, UMBC, LaSalle, Pittsburgh, Elon, James Madison, Florida State, Coastal Carolina and Charlotte. … Timmy Smith's play could lead to Marquette getting involved. The red-hot Golden Eagles are seeking a backup to Travis Diener and Smith might fill the need. … Michael Kruse of Basketball America was in town. He's on day three of what amounts to a 20-day jaunt up and down the east coast taking him to various high school and college events. …