National Prep Showcase: Day 1

WORCESTER, Mass. – It was a bad day to be a Southern prep powerhouse. Hargrave and Patterson both went down on the first day of the National Prep Showcase. Malcolm Grant was one of the day's top performers.

Justin Burrell, PF & Greg Hill, SG, Bridgton – The pair teamed up to sink Patterson's ship in the nightcap. It began with Hill who shot his way from downtown to the tune of 23 first half points; a number he was stuck on the remainder of the game. While Hill went cold in the second half, Burrell went to work. The future Red Storm power forward exploded and finished with 22 points and 7 rebounds. His explosiveness and tenacity inside could not be matched.

Burrell Lifts Bridgton
Jeremy Hazell, SG, Patterson – This is the 2007 post-grad version of Ronald Blackshear. Having witnessed his act the past few seasons we surmise that he's one of the elite shooters in the country not on a college roster. Seton Hall will welcome his deft touch – and range – next season. Hazell led his team with 22 points.

Michael Beasley, PF, Notre Dame – He didn't start the game as he's been nursing a nagging groin injury sustained this summer. The result was a rather pedestrian effort from one of the nations finest; 11 points, 7 rebounds, 7-10 FT.

Malcolm Grant, PG, Winchendon – This one was in doubt until Mike Byrnes put the ball in his hands for good. Grant scored 23 and was credited with 4 assists but his role as creator and caretaker of the basketball was the reason his team won. With a ton of guards on the court, Grant was by far the most impressive.

Jamine Peterson, SF, Notre Dame Prep – The consummate energy player. Fast tempo is his friend and it was cooking against Stoneridge. Peterson got in the paint and proved his point that he's one of the top finishers in the country. Without making a single jumpshot, "Greedy" hit for 33 points and 9 rebounds.

He's an all-league weapon on the mid-major level and an intriguing prospect at a higher level. The challenge will be what happens when the game slows down? How does he polish up his skill set? The bottom line is the kid is a baller any way you slice it. Somebody will have a plan to make it work for him. "He just knows how to work the angles and get his body inside for baskets," one high-major assistant said. "He can play at our level for sure."

Damian Saunders, PF, Notre Dame – What did Marquette get in him? Well, he's Tom Crean's kind of guy. He's a bit undersized but is a lunch pail forward that excels around the bucket and has a nose of the basketball; 10 points, 11 rebounds.

Donovan Monroe, SG, FUMA – Mid-major alert! Every time we've seen this guy he's getting buckets. We've heard some schools try and typecast him as a point but he's a bucket maker. The N.C. native shot 9-for-17 and finished with 23 points. He can consistently put up numbers at the mid-major level.

Chris Baez, Wing, Lee Academy – 16 points on 6-for-8 from the field isn't too shabby as his early athletic antics set the tone for the whipping Lee laid on Our Savior.

Angelo Johnson Impressive
Devin Ebanks, SF, St. Thomas More – Wasn't vintage Ebanks but it was an efficient 20-point effort. He played a role of distributor from the high post and looked comfortable doing it. More importantly, he says he's doing extremely well in the classroom.

Angelo Johnson, PG, Stoneridge – His game is getting into the lane and making plays. He's got a lot of tricks off the dribble and shoots it on the move with precision. Not a pure point guard, more of a scorer. He dropped 25 (10-15 FG) to go with 4 assists and 8 turnovers. Regardless of the miscues he was one of the more impressive guard performers on the day.

Troy Gillenwater, PF, Stoneridge – Think Brandon Bass. He hit up Notre Dame for 27 and 11 and if Beasley didn't play the numbers would have been even higher. He played all but 3 minutes in the game and he's in great shape now and his play is proving it.

Chris Turner, SG, Winchendon – Talented offensive player is transplant and reclassed junior from Durham, N.C. He gets a lot of looks in Winchendon's offense and had 10 points but shot just 4-for-15. …

Nate Tomlinson, PG, Lee Academy – Here's a name to remember. The Aussie import has a presence at the point and handed out 7 assists. We're anxious to see him again because he wasn't matched against anyone his equal but we're thinking this guy could be a player.

The crowd for Devin Ebanks – Tennessee, Florida, UConn, Rutgers, Kansas, Florida, Providence, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Rutgers. After the game, Ebanks indicated Miami, Rutgers, New Mexico and Georgetown were on him the hardest. …

Tomasz Kwiatowski of Lee was on a visit to Virginia when the Cavaliers opened their building with a win over Arizona. Baylor is involved and Rhode Island would love to have him. …

Papa Lo of Winchendon is going to be a nice center at UMass. He sticks to his area, controls his position inside and is opportunistic as a scorer. … Darius Gabriel is a fast point for Winchendon who has talent but needs to improve his decisions to play at a high level (6 turnovers). …

Gillenwater Boxes Out
Dorenzo Hudson scored 22 points and was as aggressive as we've seen him all fall long. To really get on the court early at Virginia Tech he's got to translate that over on the defensive end as well. … Holding the No. 1 post grad slot is Jeff Allen. However, he's been a little up and down this fall. Hargrave needs more out of its horse and that's not asking him to do produce anything he's not capable of doing. …

When Dominique Sutton shoots the ball the way he did Friday night he can dominate. Plus, he's got that added dimension of being able to work guys over on the blocks. The future K-State wing had 18 and 8. … UW-Milwaukee has a unique guard in Deonte Roberts who had 6 assists. He's big-bodied and gets in the paint to make plays. …

Donovan Monroe has offers from East Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, St. Louis, Winthrop and College of Charleston. …

"30-second timeout. I' can't watch this anymore."

  • St. Thomas More coach Jere Quin's reaction to his team's level of play.

    The lone ranger of head coaches – Bruce Pearl. The Tennessee head skipper made the lone appearance by a head coach on the day. ….


  • St. Thomas More 67, FUMA 63
  • Winchendon 80, Hargrave 72
  • Lee Academy 100, Our Savior 56
  • Bridgton Academy 96, Patterson School 85
  • Notre Dame Prep 98, Stoneridge Prep 95

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