Charlie Weber, Day Two
Game of the Day
The Montrose Christian-Vince Carter Playaz pool play game was a Division I prospect invitation only event. There was talent galore and the Vince Carter Playaz held off a game Montrose team 56-50.
Entering the game, the best storyline dealt with power forwards. VC's Terrence Roberts and Montrose's Linas Kleiza are two of the best in the country. Though they didn't begin the game guarding each other, they did trade some paint throughout the contest. Each had a nice game but in very different ways.
Roberts scored 15 points in the contest; at least five of his buckets were finishing dunks off guard penetration. He did can one wing jumper as well. Kleiza scored 18 points on 7-11 from the field. He struggled somewhat at the line going just 4-for-8. Kleiza had five offensive rebounds in the contest and put back a number of those shots. His offense was more self-generated with some very nice post moves.
Kleiza also scored a huge edge in the rebounding department. He pulled down 8 boards to Roberts' 1 rebound. We credited Roberts with 3 blocks and Kleiza with two.
The big Lithuanian has now shown well in two matchups with prime prospects. If you remember in June, he handled Major Wingate effortlessly.
Mustafa Shakur, PG, Positive Image: He'll pick his college on Tuesday and he said that he's basically made up his mind at this point. But, don't expect any leaks here; Shakur is going to remain tight lipped until he makes the announcement. In the game we watched today, he scored 11 points (4-11 FG, 1-3 3-pt). His team cruised to an easy win and he grabbed 5 boards to go along with 5 assists in his ball handling clinic.
Wayne Marshall, C, Positive Image: Supposedly, he's just 16-years old and he's a young senior. He's also a prospect who appears to be coming into his own. He's more aggressive than we saw him in the spring. Today, he was active and really tried to dunk what he could in the paint.
Isaiah Swann, SG, DC Blue Devils: The Oak Hill product scored 19 points (21 for the game) as his team romped on Saturday afternoon. The manner in which Swann did his damage was quite impressive. He was an economical 8-for-16 from the floor, including 3-5 from deep. While the lefty's jumper was on the mark, it was his aerial assault on the rims that left the lasting memory. For his size, Swann is a big time leaper and he tried at least three times to thrown down over a defender in the game we watched. The scoring machine put on the best show of the day that we were witness to.
Ben Nwachiku, PF, Penn Jersey Ruffrats: He refused to let his team down against Notre Dame Prep. Ben scored 19 points in the win and was relentless in the paint. Last week, Penn coach Fran Dunphy was in to see him and he's said to be a Quaker lean. He wants to be a doctor.
James Gist, C, DC Blue Devils: He's got such long arms that you just had to know that he'd turn into a big time rebounder. Gist's offense is coming around but for the time being we think he's one of the best rebounders in his class. He ran the floor well today and had a few serious follow dunks off teammates misses.
Richmond Metro guards Calvin Brothers and Malik Carter were raining jumpers in their team's win over Southern Maryland. Brothers must have made at least 7 3s while Carter wasn't that far behind. In fact, he hit a pair in about 10 seconds to end one period. …
One of the big time efforts we saw on Saturday was from Montrose combo guard Fred Robinson. Previously, he hadn't stood out in our viewings of Montrose, but he made some tough drives and contested jumpers to help keep his team in the game vs. the VC Playaz. … DC Blue Devils junior swingman Cheyenne Moore looked more athletic and accurate from downtown than he did this summer. Looks like Georgetown landed a good early commitment. … We liked the play of Notre Dame big man Garard Barrett. He'll visit Florida Atlantic for Midnight Madness. …
Around The Gym
Montrose Christian lost one of its best prospects when Uche Echefu appeared to dislocate his knee cap to end the third period against the Vince Carter Playaz. … Here's one to file away. Apparently, Ekene Ibekwe has dual citizenship in the USA and Nigeria. He's going to be asked to play for the Nigerian national team which qualified for next year's world championship. …
As you may have heard, Hassan Fofana committed to Maryland earlier in the day. … Cecil Kirk center Josh Boone said that he'll visit Kansas for Midnight Madness and UConn the following week. Virginia then hosts him as he's prepared to take a trio of visits in as many weekends. … Junior standout Rudy Gay has transferred to Archbishop Spalding and will play for Mike Glick. …
Ousmane Barro, another Nigerian who played with some Chicago AAU teams this summer is reportedly headed to Miami Northwest Christian for his senior year. … Richmond had a visitor this weekend as Daon Merritt made a trip to see the Spiders. Normally, we see Merritt and his New York Ravens team at the Weber, but coach Gary DeCesare is now an assistant at Richmond. …