Prime Time Shootout, Day Four
St. Patrick 62, Rice 60 Lincoln 65, St. Anthony's 61 Blair 67, Mount Zion 64 Christ The King 76, Christian Brothers 51 Oak Hill 64, Paterson Catholic 55 St. Augustine's 58, Hatboro-Horsham 46
Darryl Watkins, C, Paterson Catholic: The big fella played with some fire and determination on Sunday. After watching him play twice here, at this point in the year every major college in the country searching for big man should offer him. He makes sense with his size, wingspan, shot blocking ability and potential. Does he always meet expectations? No, but today he met and passed them playing the way we know he's capable of playing. He had 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Great effort.
Terrence Roberts, PF, St. Anthony's: The Friars were playing for Coach Hurley whose mother died on Saturday night. Roberts was very active and scored 17 points to go with 14 rebounds. He's best when he's out running in transition and that really seems to get him going.
Luol Deng, SF, Blair Academy: He went off for 28 points and wasn't about to let Blair lose down the stretch. How about him going 13-for-13 from the line? Not bad, huh? His bucket and free throw with just about a minute left gave Blair the 62-61 working margin it needed. This guy starts at Duke next year.
Japhet McNeil, PG, Christ The King: We don't know his academic status but we know he's a mid-major point guard with great speed and quickness. He's best beating his man off the dribble, penetrating and finding teammates. His perimeter game needs consistency but he does work in the assist category.
Michael Nardi, PG, St. Patrick: He went for 22 points – 17 in the first half – to lead St. Pat's. He hit four 3s and was the team MVP for the second time this weekend.
JR Reynolds, SG, Oak Hill: He made at least four 3s against Paterson Catholic. When he squares up and gets a good look like he did today, he can be a sniper from the perimeter.
Sebastian Telfair, PG, Lincoln: He helped break up St. Anthony's win streak. After a subpar first half he got it rolling with a sweet drive to the rim in the 3rd quarter. Once he broke the ice, the jumper started going down and he was on his way to 26. He throws a lot at you in the head fake and handle departments and his team really needs him to score.
Isaiah Swann, SG, Oak Hill: Par for the course, he excited more than once with thundering dunks. Toss in the occasional 3-pointer to go along with 4 rebounds and they named him the player of the game.
Albert Webber, SG, Mount Zion: The dude can flat out stroke it from deep and that's what he did against Blair. His stroke was on target and he provided the Warriors with the offensive spark they needed.
Mohamed Tangara, PF, Mount Zion: He's starting to string together consistent efforts with many more flashes of offense. He made three scoring moves today that gave you a taste of his capabilities not to mention a few serious traffic rebounds. Tangara, in our estimation, is starting to come along on offense.
Greg Paulus, PG, Christian Brothers: This is one of the toughest kids on the circuit. His jumper wasn't going down on Sunday, but he made some serious passes. He's starting to hear a lot from the high-majors. He had 22 points on 6-for-22 from the field (3-for-10 3s) but trust us, he can flat out stroke it. He had 6 assists and when you see him play you quickly realize he's got the poise and presence to run the show.
Off The Dribble
Charlie Villanueva had 19 points including a serious bucket down the stretch to help Blair. … St. Anthony's sophomore Sean McCurdy drained 4 3s by our count. … Mount Zion's Tasheed Carr had 19 points, most of them in the first half, in a good effort against Blair. … Delaware signee Herb Courtney had 11 in a loss to St. Augustine's. …
The first coach in the gym was the head man at Yale. … Fran Dunphy of Penn was in the building watching Ben Nwachakwu. … North Carolina head coach Matt Doherty was in the stands watching Watkins, Paulus and Tangara. … Jaaron Greene, a center at Mount Zion, reportedly committed to George Washington. … Xavier associate head coach Sean Miller was in the gym watching Paulus. … Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and assistant Mick Cronin made the pilgrimage to see Telfair. … Scouts from the Pacers, Grizzlies and Wizards watched Sunday's games. … Syracuse, UNC, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Villanova are the five we hear the most with Watkins. ...