Rumble in the Bronx: Day One

The Rumble in the Bronx, which features most of the top northeast teams in the country and other big-time teams scattered from across the nation each year, got underway on Friday night and there were some memorable performances - including a 36-point outburst from Keon Lawrence.

NEW YORK – The action got going at the Rumble in the Bronx on Friday night. Keon Lawrence didn't meet a shot he didn't like, Team Final was upset by a team from New Hampshire and Samardo Samuel made an appearance before having to leave for Oregon.

Jeff Robinson, SF, Team Final – The St. Patrick's athletic wing was erratic from the perimeter, but put up 22 points – the majority coming on the offensive glass and in transition.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning, F, Team Final – Fresh off his commitment to Lorenzo Romar and the University of Washington, the England native didn't get much of a chance to showcase his abilities. Jeff Robinson and Nasir Robinson dominated the ball and Bryan-Amaning was invisible for much of the game – a loss to the New Hampshire Playerz.

Anthony McClain, C, National Christian – He's long and much stronger than he looks. Granted, he went up against guys four and five inches shorter, but McClain, who seems to get better each time out, used a power game to dominate on the glass and also with a few monster dunks.

Keon Lawrence, G, NJ Roadrunners – It's not official and Lawrence wouldn't even divulge it, but we're betting on the fact that the high-scoring New Jersey guard – who inked with Missouri – will land at a prep school in the fall. He went for 36 points, but it was one of the ugliest 36-point performances we've seen in a while. As one observer said, "he must be allergic to leather". While his teammates stood around watching, Lawrence was World B. Free-esque.

Nasir Robinson, SG, Team Final – The American Christian (Pa.) wing was without his sidekick, Tyreke Evans, and he also showed up late for the Friday night game. It took him a while to get into the flow. Has a similar game to Team Final mate Jeff Robinson. Athletic, gets to the basket, but needs to become more consistent from the perimeter.

Andrew McCarthy, F, Junior Celtics – Hails from the same school (BB&N) that produced Michigan freshman forward Kendric Price. McCarthy isn't quite as athletic as Price, but has a similar skill set. Flashed well to the basket, had a big follow-dunk and battled on the boards. Will need to put on weight to be effective in college.

Samardo Samuels, C, Metro Hawks – Seems to give a strong effort each time out. Does all of his work in the paint and finished well. His tournament will be cut short because of a trip to Oregon for the Nike Skills Academy.

Melquan Bolding, SG, Panthers 16's – He's strong, athletic and is assertive and aggressive in taking the ball to the basket. He's got a quick first step and finished virtually everything – especially in transition. Bolding finished with 28 points – but one area of concern is his outside shot, which was virtually non-existent.

Jamal Coombs, Boston Saintz – The Lawrence Academy (Mass.) wing usually plays with BABC, but he decided to play with the Saintz this weekend. He's smooth, does a little bit – make that a lot – of everything. Terrific feel and has plenty of versatility to his game.

Brewster Academy coach Jason Smith, who walked in tardy for the second consecutive year, was in attendance to watch prospective recruits Terrell McKenzie and Darrington Hobson. … Joe Fremeau, a 6-foot-6 post-grad from Manchester Central (the same school that BC-bound forward Tyler Roche attended), scored 23 points in the New Hampshire Playerz' upset against Team Final. … Melquan Bolding, who put up 27.5 points per game last season at Stepinac High, said that St. John's is his leader. He also mentioned Louisville, Seton Hall, N.C. State, Virginia and Georgetown. … Hobson, who normally plays with the Southern Cal All-Stars, is moonlighting with H-Squad and spent plenty of time playing the point on Friday night. … South Kent (Conn.) 6-foot-9, 260-pound sophomore big man Christian Morris attended the Texas Elite Camp last week and was close to pulling the trigger. "It was really nice," Morris said. "They have amazing facilities. I like Texas a lot and am really considering them, but I'm going to keep my options open and think about it some more." Morris also mentioned Miami, Florida and Rutgers.

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