City of Palms: Day One Rundown

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The City of Palms Classic is loaded (heard that before, right?) and Thursday was the first chance to see the field. John Wall and Kenny Boynton were the headliners in a show that came up short of fulfilling the advance billing.

John Wall vs. Kenny Boynton – This is the matchup that everyone waited for. So what happens? They didn't guard each other until the second quarter. You've heard this before but no one can check Wall, not even Boynton. When matched up, Wall was able to beat him off the bounce. We had John with 15 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds and 7 turnovers. At times he was electric and his finishes were well worth the price of admission in a sensational first half. Wall sliced up American Heritage with his vision and passes in the first two quarters.

Boynton struggled, especially early when American Heritage trailed by 13 at the break. He was passive in the first half and more assertive in the second. Overall, Boynton shot 7-for-18 from the field and shut out behind the line (first we can remember for that). He was able to get in the paint and did finish his share of plays. However, he also had a few rejected by Wall and C.J. Leslie due to overwhelming athleticism at the rim. Despite the subpar game, the senior kept plugging away until he scored chance to get off a game-winner. The shot attempt was bobbled. Boynton finished with 19. He and Wall went a combined 0-for-10 from behind arc; Boynton was 0-for-7.

Maalik Wayns, PG, Roman – Seen him enough to know that he put too much pressure on himself to have a big one. Scored 10 points in the first quarter as he bowling balled his way to the hoop. Jumper stalled the rest of the way and he wasn't able to spring himself from the funk.

Roger Franklin, SF/PF, Duncanville – Phil McNeely's team put four players in double-figures led by Franklin's 21 and 11 rebounds. Guard Jamison Stearns came off the bench and tagged 24 of his own.


Brookins Raised His Game
Rakeem Brookins, PG, Roman – As good an offensive game he turned in, it was a steal with 28 seconds to go and the game tied that propelled Roman. Prior to the event he had 27 in his last game and replicated it on a bigger stage. Quick, confident and accurate (Three 3s, 10-11 FT) he was sensational for the Cahillites. Size-wise you're thinking mid-level and a good one with excellent grades. Big stage, big game.

Stacey Poole, SF, Jackson – Has a live body and certainly a good leaper. The next step will need to be mixing in a perimeter game that can be reliable to mid-range and attacking the glass. 20 points and two rebounds.

Jordin Mayes, G, Westchester – After watching him last summer we were convinced he was a poised point guard. For his high school team he's off the ball and cast as a shooting guard which makes the evaluation a tad perplexing. What he did do Thursday night was stroke the basketball.

Kasey Wilson, PF, North Port – Not a bad looking young prospect. Smart kid and currently he's a face-up four man with a solid dose of bounce and a definite feel for the game. He's solid as a mid-level prospect right now.

Rodney McGruder had 20 to lead ACD to go with 8 rebounds. The problem for ACD was turnovers. Wally Judge was held below his season averages with 12 and 9. … C.J. Leslie has Olympic level athleticism. He blocks shots two feet above the rim; 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks. … Dezmine Wells was the recipient of numerous Wall dimes and finished with 18 and 11 in a workmanlike effort. …

Raymond Taylor will be good at Florida Atlantic. His speed helps and he's a courageous tiny guard. … Shaun Noriega will be a specialist for South Florida. He's a deep shooter and effective when his feet are set and he's on balance. …

Dunbar soph Darius Perkins hit for 28 points. On that team he's a volume shooter. As he advances each season you'd like to see him add different elements. Turned it over seven times vs. Duncanville. Regardless, he's got a nice looking stroke and brandishes a scorer's mentality. … With Perry Jones, you have to look at the snapshots. For instance the traffic rebound he corralled above the rim lets you see his ceiling. …

Brookins lists Delaware, Texas, Georgetown, Stanford, Clemson, George Mason, Penn and Providence. … Kasey Wilson lists Syracuse, South Florida, Lafayette, Auburn and Florida State. … Stacey Poole listed an offer from Florida State, Indiana, West Virginia and Miami. He said Florida and Kentucky are checking him out. …

Wall's crowd: Miami head coach Frank Haith and assistants from Kansas and Duke. … Stacey Poole drew Miami, South Carolina, Auburn and Indiana. …

SCOREBOARD

  • Roman Catholic 56, Arlington CD 55
  • Word of God 63, American Heritage 61
  • Andrew Jackson 76, North Port 58
  • Duncanville 83, Dunbar 62
  • Westchester 62, Fort Myers 47

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