City of Palms: Day One Rundown

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The curtain went up on the 2009 City of Palms Classic. The big stars were Myck Kabongo and Aaron Brown both of whom turned in strong performances.

Fab Melo, C, Sagemont: We were excited to see him and then two things happened quickly to temper our expectations. First, his teammates somehow managed to ignore the 7-foot giant. Second, the refs hit him up for three quick fouls. Melo had 6 points (3-3 FG), 3 boards and 6 turnovers. Frustrated? Likely. He's a work in progress with protential. His body looked good. The next step and this will be the hardest, is getting comfortable being a leading man, going out and commanding the ball and learning what it feels like to be "the guy."

Dante Holmes, SG, St. Frances: He finished with 10 points (5-19 FG) and struggled to get his drives to go down. Holmes is an attacking wing who is best served in a scorer's role. He's a mid level wing who can create his own chances, especially going to the rim. He's had a big start to the season so this was probably a bump in the road. Holmes is feisty and very competitive; he guarded bigs against DeLaSalle.

Khyle Marshall, F, Flanagan: He must have looked at Verot's small lineup and knew he was in for a big day. Marshall went 11-for-17 from the field and had 26 points. He'll likely play both forward slots for Butler where his mid-range game will be used (and expanded?). Needs to be more responsible on the glass.

Mike Poole, SG, St. Benedict's: National stage, big crowd, no problem. Poole's offense keyed a big run by St. Bene's in both halves. When you go 8-for-11 from the field and get 19 points it's a big deal. Poole didn't sign early. There may be some academic questions but trust us, they're worth checking on because he's a mid-level wing of the highest order.

Myck Kabongo, PG, St. Benedict's: The Lightning McQueen of the junior class: he's all about speed. Kabongo remains super tough to guard because of his ability to turn on the jets even in the halfcourt and beat his man. The jumper was on point and he went for 27 big ones. We'd like to see him become a stronger finisher but that's nit picking. He's one of the best points in his class and possesses an attribute (speed) that makes him elite nationally. Plus, he can play at different speeds.

Aaron Brown, SF, Penn Wood: Brown said he's been working on his jumper and he went 3-for-4 from mid-range and 2-for-4 deep. His game is about effort. He's a strong kid and he's a prideful guy as a defender. Impressive night for him with 29 points.

Derrick Randall, PF, Paterson Catholic: Fuquan Edwin led the way with 22 points. Randall beasted in the second half with 15 and 11 plus 7 blocks. There's something about this guy. He gets a touch better each time we see him though tonight he played with no resistance. He's going to be a guy the high-majors keep liking more and more as the season goes on.

Mike Shaw, PF, DeLaSalle: His Meteors ran out of steam against St. Frances. Shaw finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds. His afternoon was summed up with his shot chart. Shaw had four hoops in the paint and went 0-for-5 from the perimeter. He's got perimeter in his game and when we've seen him at his best he's gone inside-out; this time he started on the perimeter and it seemed like he got more into the flow once he converted at the rim.

Trevor Lacey, SG, Butler: Lacey turned in an efficient evening as he dropped his average – 23 points – on 8-for-13 from the field. He scored five buckets at the rim, four of them coming on drives. Lacey played with more athleticism than he showed in the summer.

Alex Foster, PF, DeLaSalle: Good looking young big. He's 6-7 now and he's an aggressive natured inside guy. Liked his awareness as a passer and rebounder too. This guy should be a big time high-major prospect.

Quentin Payne, SF/SG, Verot: You could tell he's frustrated. Doesn't have a ton of help and he's only a freshman. Love his spirit and how hard he plays. Has a nice, compact stroke. Bright future.

Liking Richmond's wing class. Wayne Sparrow is a solid mid-major player and once he gets stronger he'll be a creating wing for the Spiders. … Daquan Cook didn't get much PT but when he was in there he made things happen. Soph PG is a guy we like very much. Plays behind a junior (for now). …

Aaron Brown's a tough guy. Rod Days hit him with an inadvertent elbow, he took inventory and re-engaged quickly. … Will Sheehey did not shoot it well. He took a lot of shots from mid-range. To his credit, he played extremely hard and rebounded and made 8-of-11 free throws. … Gil Biruta gave St. Bene's 12 points. He's a guy who plays his area and should give Rutgers a backup big who can eventually work his way into the rotation. …

Greg Lewis said he's got offers from Maryland, Georgetown, Xavier, Florida State and Clemson. … Dante Holmes has offers from Loyola and George Mason. Baylor, Massachusetts, South Florida and Temple are looking. … Aaron Brown has offers from Richmond, St. Joseph"s and Temple. LaSalle, Providence and Penn State are on the list. …

Mike Poole indicated interest from Rhode Island, Iona, Marquette and Connecticut. …

Assistant Coaches: Maryland, Syracuse, Providence, Auburn, Navy, Delaware, St. Joseph's, Georgia Tech, South Florida, Richmond.

Head Coaches: Chris Mooney, Richmond.


  • St. Frances 48, DeLaSalle 45
  • Flanagan 61, Bishop Verot 46
  • Penn Wood 65, Butler 54
  • Paterson Catholic 75, Fort Myers 47
  • St. Benedict's 80, Sagemont 66

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