Hawk Kreul Classic: Day Two Rundown

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- St. Benedict's continues to roll at the Hawk Kreul Classic, while Brandon Knight and Pine Crest dropped a tough one to Dillard.

Tamir Jackson, SG/PF, St. Benedict's – From the get go Jackson was feeling it. The future Rice guard played about as well as you can in one quarter, going 7-for-7 from the field, including four three-pointers. His game has progressed a lot over the past year. He makes better decision, has tightened his handled and his jumper is more consistent from long range. Jackson scored 25 in the win.

Dan Munoz, PG, St. Thomas Aquinas – Boston University locked up a steady lead guard in this 6-foot-1, 170-pounder. Through the first two days of the Kreul Classic, he's made good decisions, handled the ball well and shot it relatively well from long range. He buried a pair of three-pointers in STA's lopsided loss to St. Benedict's.

Jason Calliste, SG/PF, Quality Education Academy – As one of the guys that helped his stock the most in July, Calliste has a number of college coaches following his every move. In Coral Springs, he spent majority of his time playing on the ball, and at times he looked uncomfortable running the spot and was forced into turnovers. He is, however, a valuable long-range shooter. He scored 20 points in QEA's double-digit win.

Ramon Galloway, PG, Dwyer – After stepping up yesterday, the bar was set high for day two, maybe a little too high. In the first few minutes of the first quarter, Galloway hit a 10-foot jumper, a floater and recorded a put back. Then it went downhill as he was forced into a few turnovers and early in the second half landed awkwardly on his ankle and was forced to the sidelines. He made an attempt to come back, but the pain was too much.

Jevonte Redick, PF, Quality Education Academy – On the first day of the Kreul Classic, Redick wasn't real active inside and rarely looked to score. The second day was different, at least in the first half, as Redick utilized his size inside to snag rebounds and score over defenders. The 6-foot-9 junior big man still needs to develop some post moves, but because of his size, length and ability to run the floor he'll get plenty of college looks. Redick went for 15 points against St. Anthony's.

Markel Starks, PG, Georgetown Prep – Strapped with foul trouble, Starks had a problem getting it going against Miramar. The 6-foot-2 Georgetown commit missed a number of lay-ups and is getting into a habit of double clutching every time he attempts to finish at the rim. Despite a rough night, Starks still showed what he'll bring to the Hoyas in two years. He's quick, has a strong handle and a nice teardrop floater that hits the bottom of the net more often than not. In the loss he finished with 13 points.

Tristan Thompson, PF, St. Benedict's – It was the Tamir Jackson show early on, but as the game continued Thompson began flexing his muscles in the paint. When the clock struck zero, the top rated junior finished 9-for-13 from the field for 25 points. He finished a number of moves inside that led to And 1 opportunities and made a nice jump stop across the lane that led to a right handed finish.

Brandon Knight, PG, Pine Crest -- The best lead guard in the 2010 class poured in 30 points, but it wasn't enough to top a talented Dillard team. Knight began the game by hitting a trio of threes and finished the first quarter with 13 points. As the game wore on and Dillard began to build a slight lead, Knight turned it up on the defensive end and seemed to grab every rebound and loose ball. But down the stretch Dillard was just too much as they pulled off a nine point win.

With the way Knight has played over the last year he could make an argument for the best guard in high school basketball. With his size (6-foot-3) and athleticism he's a guy that can take over a game with out scoring. He has tremendous leadership skills and takes the game seriously on both ends. He's doing more of the little things and we've seen an improvement on the consistency in his shooting.

Xavier Martin, PG, Miramar – Going head-to-head with Markell Starks, Martin stepped up to the challenge. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder buried a trio of three-pointers and handled the ball with care in a double-digit win over Georgetown Prep.

Quincy Miller, PF/SF, Quality Education Academy – It might take Miller some time to put it all together, but there's no question that this 6-foot-8 combo forward has the potential to be one of the better players in the 2011 class. Against St. Anthony's on Saturday, Miller dished out the rock to his teammates and showed some touch from mid-range. Going forward he needs to continue to tighten up his handle if he's going to spend time on the wing, as well as get stronger.

According to Ro Russell, who is Jason Calliste's AAU coach, Rhode Island, Providence, South Florida, Oregon State, Washington State, Marshall, UT-Chattanooga, Arkansas, Charlotte, ECU and Florida have all showed interest in the 6-foot-3 guard.

Marques Gentry, of Washington (D.C.) Ballou, is a guy to monitor. The sophomore already stands 6-foot-8 and moves relatively well. He doesn't get many touches inside but has a chance to be a solid player down the road.

For the second day in a row 2009 prospect Marvin Dominique impressed with his ability to step away from the paint and knock down jumpers. But he'll mix it up inside as well. Mid-majors should take a peak, as he has an intriguing game.

Lonnie Robinson, a senior at Deerfield, and junior teammate James Williams are both long, versatile wings. Both were aggressive and attacked the rim in their close win over Dwyer. They combined for 34 points.

Pine Crest senior Ed Waite is an intimidating undersized power forward. The 6-foot-5 big man grabbed a bunch of rebounds and hit for 20 points in the loss.

Dillard is a tough squad. Their senior leader Robert Burger led the way with 26 points, but they also have a pair sophomore big men (Fred Landers and Jerimiah Eason) that are likely Division-I prospect.

Former Duke standout Bobby Hurley took in his brother's game and the Pine Crest/Dillard Game. Florida Atlantic had a pair of assistants in the gym as well.

Word out of Louisville (Ky.) at the King of the Bluegrass, which we'll have coverage from on December 23rd, is Drew Kelly put up 67 points (26-for-33) and hit a three-pointer to force overtime. Despite his monstrous night Centennial (Tenn.) High lost to Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey. That's a heck of an effort!

Deerfield Beach coach Kenny Brown certainly gets the most out of his players. In a game against Dwyer, Brown worked the sidelines as hard as any coach in recent memory.

Speaking of Deerfield and Dwyer. The game between the two is one of the hardest played contests we've witnessed in a long time. Both sides played hard, dove on the deck for balls and gave it their all for 32 minutes. It's fun to see such a tough brand of ball being played.

Sophomore standout Jacoby Brissett was sent to the bench early in the Deerfield/Dwyer game. He picked up his fifth foul early in the fourth quarter and wasn't much of a factor in the game.

SCOREBOARD

  • South Broward 67, Ballou 50
  • Quality Education Academy 73, St. Anthony's 62
  • Cardinal Gibbons 56, North Miami beach 49
  • Miramar 71, Georgetown Prep 49,
  • Deerfield 61, Dwyer 55
  • St. Benedict 86, St. Thomas Aquinas 62
  • Dillard 75, Pine Crest 66

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