War On The Shore, Day Two
Notre Dame Prep 68, Lutheran Christian 63 New Hampton 62, Coastal Christian 51 Laurinburg 79, National Christian 59 Milford Academy 91, Brewster 83 Blair Academy 72, Notre Dame Academy 54 Worcester 83, West Nottingham 48 Bridgton 53, Life Center 51 Winchendon 61, Our Savior 47 (OT) St. Thomas More routed Hargrave
Alexander Johnson, PF, Bridgton: When the game was on the line, Johnson was present and accounted for. He's always had a strong body and now he's facing up more. However, he remains a committed and powerful rebounder. 20 points and 10 rebounds today. Johnson said Alabama is chasing him hard.
Lamont Hamilton, C, Milford: He doesn't seek attention and for the most part, nobody gives it to him. At the end of the day, all Hamilton does is produce. He scored 12 points and had seven rebounds. He hit all four of his FTs and all four of his field goals. St. John's is getting a nice big man with good size. He's a blue-collar workhorse.
Patrick Ewing, PF, National Christian: In a setting where colleges are looking for size and bigs, Ewing makes more sense than anyone. Clearly he plays with smarts and skill. He can rebound, shoot and pass and that makes him extremely valuable right now. His team got smoked and at the end of the game, he might have been the only one who cared. 24 points and 12 rebounds in a losing effort.
Konimba Diarra, C, Our Savior: He scored 8 points and had 8 rebounds and this was a fine day for him. He can really help South Florida by remaining active, getting on the boards and being the kind of physical player he's capable of being.
Quincy Douby, SG, St. Thomas More: Against Hargrave in the nightcap, he had it going. He was on from downtown and his medium-range game was looking good too. The guy just knows how to score from the perimeter and he's got a long body.
Nick Stafford, PF, Worcester: His coach says that he's coming along nicely and today was an example. Stafford scored 11 and had 11 rebounds. He played with energy and purpose. He was getting mid-major interest and this weekend could boost him even more should he deliver on Sunday.
Regis Koundjia, SF, Laurinburg: The NBA guys really like his length and athleticism. In an up-tempo game he gets baseline to baseline faster than anyone. We wonder how he'll look in a half court college game but he's a gazelle when he's running and making plays. His 16 points led Laurinburg in a route.
Femi Ibikunle, C, New Hampton: Femi fouled out with about 5 minutes to go in this one. He recorded 2 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks. He's got a strong frame, is an average athlete and his offensive game is limited. He'll be recruited for his size, strength and rebounding potential.
Mike Cook, SF, New Hampton: He just finds a way to get things done. Not the fastest or most athletic player, he knows the ways to score. Average shooter but good once he gets into the paint. He was the man for New Hampton in a win over Coastal Christian with 30 and 14.
Gary Ervin, PG, Notre Dame Prep: So fast that he can't help but get into the lane. From there, he'll finish or find teammates. He can really drive it deep. 18 points against Lutheran Christian.
Joel Smith, SF-SG, Brewster: 16 points and 8 rebounds in the game against Milford. He's a fairly explosive player who can go get his shot. The West Coast native doesn't neglect his rebounding duties either. Wired to score.
Roosevelt Lee, SF, Milford Academy: He took 19 shots and made 12 of them. Lee is an athletic wing player with nice touch to medium range. Right now, he prefers to take the ball to the basket and does a nice job of playing in attack mode. He scored 27 today.
Off The Dribble:
Gary Ervin to Will Blalock on the alley-oop was one of the better ones we've seen this season. … Maurice Maxwell for Lutheran is an interesting potential mid-major prospect. He's long, likes to score and has some potential. … Coastal's Reggie George specializes in slashing to the basket. ... Keith Blanks of Laurinburg has serious rise and is among the best athletes in the country. …
Cincinnati-bound forward Mike Pilgrim will most help the Bearcats with his athleticism and rebounding capabilities. … We liked the overall game of Brewster small forward Norm Plummer, a junior who had 20 today. … Milford junior guard Jamual Warren had 17 points and 8 rebounds vs. Brewster. … Life Center guard Raphael DaSilva had a rough night on Friday. Today, he was terrific. 6 of his 17 points came off highlight reel alley-oops.
New Hampton's Julius Lamptey did not play and won't due to a broken finger. … Zakee Boyd committed but reportedly did not sign with Hartford. … Wayne Morgan, an Iowa State assistant, was courtside for Blalock and Reggie George this morning. … Lutheran center Charles Bronson is hearing from Idaho, Duquesne, Penn State, Coppin State, Rider and Buffalo. He had 11 and 11 today…
Inside The Numbers:
Notre Dame Prep went 21-for-25 from the line today against Lutheran. .. Only two teams today had positive assist-to-turnover ratios. That's sad and made for sub par games. … Winchendon and Our Savior combined for 12 assists and 48 turnovers. ... Steve Hailey had 7 assists and just 1 turnover on Saturday…