Primetime Tour: Jersey II

TRENTON, N.J. – Game-winning shots were the order of the day as Lamont Jones and Johnny Higgins delivered the goods on the final day of the PrimeTime Tour.

Dominique Sutton, SF, Patterson – Chris Chaney's group has been all over the place this weekend but the travel didn't affect Sutton. Lawrenceville threatened to make a game of it through a half but Sutton provided the resistance; he had 18.

Jeremy Hazell, SG, Patterson – After an off night Saturday in New England, Hazell re-sighted the cannon and made 3 triples to finish as the high-scorer with 30.

Alphonso Dawson, SF, Harrisburg – Exactly what the Delaware Blue Hens need: a tough forward with versatility. 18 points, 7 rebounds and demonstrated the ability to play without the ball. Fast-twitch muscles help and the Hens are onto something with this one.

Porter Braswell, PG, Lawrenceville – The boys up at Yale have themselves a good Ivy League player. If we project him running a team of D-I players he'll be just fine. Can pass the basketball. Though he wasn't an efficient scorer, we liked his overall floor game. Dropped 8 legit assists.

Johnny Higgins, PG, Notre Dame – Michael Beasley was awarded the game's MVP trophy but Beasley had his own idea for the trophy. The Kansas State signee handed the hardware to Higgins after the game. Higgins connected on the game-winning 3-pointer against St. Benedict's Varsity team. Beasley finished with 16 and 10.

Johnny Flynn, PG, Niagara Falls – His 35 points were big and laced with athletic plays. However, Linden's tiny duo of guards kept NFHS at bay as the local team won the game by 10.

Strong Sunday Game
Kevin Jones, PF, Mount Vernon – He's predictable and in a good way. Every time we're in the gym Jones musters up the same effort and stuffs the stat sheet. This time around he added a twist: 4-for-6 from downtown. The 6-foot-7 power forward scored 26 and had 14 rebounds for Mount Vernon, which lost by 12 to St. Ray's after being knotted at the half. Jones' energy at both ends inside never goes without notice and his junior season resume has been impressive.

Erving Walker, PG, CTK – They were unable to rally for the win but had he not come out of the locker room and scored 8 straight points, CTK may have gotten ripped pretty good. Finished with 20 points (4-12 3s), 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 turnovers.

Lamont Jones, SG, Rice – A hot first quarter then he went silent as Rice did its best to remain within striking distance. With a few seconds left, Jones was the trigger man on the in-bounds play then ran off two screens and buried the game-winning 3-pointer. As a sophomore he looks like a shrunken Chris Lofton in terms of style and game. Finished with 18 points.

Rutgers head coach Fred Hill was here early to see Earl Pettis. Actually, the Scarlet Knights brought the entire staff to spend the day here. Seton Hall did the same as their day began with a Jeremy Hazell viewing. …

Head Coaches In The Gym – Fred Hill, Rutgers; Mick Cronin, Cincinnati; Bobby Gonzalez, Seton Hall; John Giannini, LaSalle; Phil Martelli, St. Joe's.

Assistant Coaches In The Gym – Seton Hall, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Fordham, Delaware, DePaul, Villanova., Louisville, Hampton, UNLV, St. Joe's.

Benbow's Big Day
Darion Benbow was the player of the game in his contest. Here's something you don't see this late in the game: a big fella with grades. If the Ivy's extend their deadline he could wind up in that league or the Patriot. He's an active, thin, lower level forward. …

Durand Scott of Rice defended and played with tremendous intensity. He turned an ankle and wouldn't relinquish his spot on the floor. We loved him at the Hoop Jamboree last year when he was a wing. … St. Ray's trio of wings – Omari Lawrence, Gerald Colds, Darryl Bryant – combined for 40 points. …

On the must-have list for Erving Walker before he arrives at Florida: a floater. In the SEC he'll rarely be able to get to the bucket but his quickness will get him by people. A soft floater to bail him out of tough spots would be a good club to have in the bag. …

Harrisburg's win may look like an upset but the reality this is one of the best teams in PA. They took care of the basketball with just 10 turnovers and turned over the two best CTK guards 8 times. …

Ryan Pearson's recruitment is likely to take flight at the A-10 level and go from there. The lefty small forward is becoming a reliable mid-range player and excellent rebounder/tipper at the rim. …


  • Patterson 90, Lawrenceville 68
  • Rice 57, Plainfield 56
  • Harrisburg 73, Christ The King 64
  • Linden 67, Niagara Falls 57
  • Notre Dame Prep 67, St. Benedict's Varsity 64
  • St. Raymond's 73, Mount Vernon 61

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