Reynolds Performance Highlights Slamfest

RICHMOND – The inaugural Super Slamfest in Richmond was dealt a blow when JJ Redick injured the arch in his foot. However, there were some good performances in Saturday's event.

Top Performers

JR Reynolds, SG, Roanoke Catholic, 2003: Turned in the best performance of the event. Hit for 30 against Patrick Henry and he looked terrific. He is going to be a fine ACC scorer and has already committed to play at Virginia Pete Gillen and his staff was wise to lock him. He shoots it very well, gets in the paint and scores and is one of the best rebounding guards we've seen all year. He's smooth, tough and is a big-time body control guy.

John Gilchrist, PG, Salem, 2002: Played better after a few rough outings in late December. He attacked the basket and finished with 17 points in a lopsided win over a depleted Cave Spring squad.

Marquie Cooke, PG, Nanesmond River, 2004: He's an old sophomore who reportedly is already 17. Sidelined with fouls early in the game, he waited until the fourth quarter to take over. When he did, he caught fire. Terrific clutch free throw shooting late in the game and aggressively took it to the rack and got himself to the line. Does a nice job of creating separation to get his jumper off. Big, strong guard prospect.

Keith Artis, PG, Nanesmond River, 2002: He's NR's best scorer right now. Stands 5-11 but is strong with the ball and can shoot it. He's a scorer with range. The word is he's probably juco bound but we can see him getting better and receiving all kinds of looks down the road. Tough and fearless.

Andre Ingram, SG, Highland Springs, 2003: Absolutely the reason for Highland's upset over previously unbeaten Nanesmond River. He was on fire from downtown. He's not a creator per se, but will drive and uses his body to take hits and get to the line where he's a good free throw shooter. Mid-majors will love this kid with grades and he'll receive looks from Atlantic 10 programs as well. He's having a terrific junior year and is putting up big numbers.

Aliou Kane, PF, Blue Ridge, 2002: The Minnesota signee is "All-Airport" as Dick Vitale would say since he's got an incredible frame. He made a couple of nice looking perimeter jumpers to 18 feet but also air mailed one of his attempts. He's a willing passer and his post moves are still a little raw. He will rebound and make good outlet passes. As it stands now, he has all the physical tools and could be a player after a year of tutelage under the Minnesota staff.

Matt Nowlin, SG, Roanoke Catholic, 2003: Excellent looking shooting guard prospect is at least at mid-major type. He has deep range and a sweet stroke. Plays with extreme confidence as he missed his first few shots before really getting it rolling. He's very savvy from a basketball perspective and we'd love to see him play again. He made catch and shoot 3s.

Donnie Stith, PF, Salem, 2004: This was the most consistent he looked in times we've seen him this year. He was active and even made a trail three. Looks like he's growing and remains a player to watch down the road in the state of Virginia.

Tadas Mankevicius, PF/C, Roanoke Catholic, 2002: Absolute steal for VMI. He committed to the Keydets recently. Great size at 6-9 and 230. Not fleet of foot but smart. He has soft hands and is a terrific post pass that finishes well around the basket. He finds cutters and throws great passes out of the post.

Markus Sailes, SG/SF, Varina, 2002: Virginia Tech bound. He has tremendous body control once he gets into the paint. Needs to develop physically so that he can absorb contact. Perimeter shot, according to those who see a lot of him, is still streaky.

Jermone Day, SG, Blue Ridge, 2003: The 6-4 Day is a decent athlete who plays on the perimeter. Right now, he's probably a mid-major guy who needs to work on his perimeter game and tighten up his handle. He passed on some open 3s which begs the question: is he a maker from deep?


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