Aaron Bowen, SF, Quality Edcuation – Last weekend in Champaign he intrigued us. After seeing him twice in Florida, we are still debating him on the high major/mid-major fence. On the high side, he's got a long, wiry 6-foot-6 frame, he's capable of shooting it from deep and he's a quality athlete. The knock on him is consistency. If he brings it night in and night out he's a guy with an appealing ceiling.
Dennis Mavin, PG, The Rock – On day one at the Kreul he wasn't at his best, on Saturday he stepped up against Quality Education. Mavin, a 6-foot lead guard, attacked at every opportunity and his aggressive style of play got him to the line a number of times. He handles the ball well with both hands and looks to score when he gets in the lane. He finished with 29 points, including 13 from the free throw stripe.
Raphael Akepejiori, C, Sunrise – Going up against Patric Young isn't an easy task, but the Miami commit did his best on Saturday. Akepejiori, a 6-foot-8 center, brings some energy to the table and overall is a pretty good post defender. He blocked a number of shots and the ones he didn't get a hand on he affected. At this point his defense is ahead of his offense, but it's hard not to like his frame, strength and post defense.
Stacey Poole, SF, Providence – On Friday, Providence didn't need Poole to score and after battling foul trouble he never dialed into the game. Saturday was a different story. Although it took him a quarter to get it rolling, Poole had his jump shot working. He buried a pair of mid-range jumpers and a pair of three-pointers. The 6-foot-4 wing is at his best when he's aggressive and attacking the rim, to have the jumper working is a bonus. We were also impressed with his passing in transition. Two concerns going forward with Poole is consistency and ball handling. Poole scored 14 for the game.
Brandon Knight, PG, Pine Crest – Hampered by a bum hip, Knight struggled most of his game against Northeast. He also was faced with a scrappy, quick defender that face guarded him for four quarters. It took Knight a while to figure it out, but midway through the third quarter he came on by attacking the rim and mixed in some jumpers. Knight scored 16 in the game, but it wasn't enough as Northeast took down Pine Crest.
Quincy Miller, PF, Quality Education – There's a lot to like about Miller's game. For a guy that stand 6-foot-9 he can do a variety of things from facing guys up to making moves with his back to the basket. He particularly maneuvers very well around the rim and has a knack for scoring when he gets it close to the rim. He's pretty true from mid-range, but to take his game to the next level we'd like to see his long-range jumper become more consistent. Regardless he's a top 10 prospect with great long term potential. Miller scored 18 points in the loss.
Luis Dinolis, PG/SG, Miramar – With Miramar's top player, Xavier Martin, struggling from the field, Dinolis was forced into a primary role. The 6-foot-1 slender lead guard attacked the rim and flat out made plays for his team. Miramar needed all of his 26 points to knock off a scrappy Dillard squad.
Daniel Sapp, SG, Northeast – As the game wore on, Sapp, a 6-foot-2 guard, got better. He's got some nice speed and a good-looking jumper. Early on against Pine Crest he couldn't get jumpers to fall, but late in the game he made some big shots, including a pair of free throws that helped seal the deal. Mid-majors should take a peak, as Sapp is tracking at that level.
Zach Peters, PF/C, Prestonwood – Teammate Julius Randle sat out due to an ankle issue, so Peters was forced to man the middle by himself. At 6-foot-9, 225-pounds that wasn't much of an issue. He didn't get many opportunities to score inside, but we loved how hard he posted and his aggressive nature on the offensive end. He's got a nice set of hands, good touch around the basket and he has the ability to face up for jumpers to 15-feet. Going forward we'd like to see him more active on the glass. Peters finished with 14.
Stephon Blair, C, Dillard – Back in September we laid eyes on Blair, a 6-foot-8, possibly 6-9, center, and thought he had a bright future. Our suspicions were confirmed on Saturday. Offensively he's still developing, but he managed a handful of put backs and even a face up jumper from 12-feet. What we like most about Blair is his motor, as he's aggressive and competes on both ends. Blair already has quite a frame for a 2012 prospect. He's got long arms, wide shoulders and already checks in at 215-pounds.
Cleon Roberts, a sophomore, said Alabama, Florida and Georgia Tech have already begun the recruiting process with him.
Scottie Wilbekin went for 26 points in The Rock's big win over Quality Education. A day after hitting the game winner, Wilbekin had the mid-range jump working. Stargell Love finished with five three-pointers. Three of them came down the stretch, as he tried to rally QEA late. Cleon Roberts, a talented sophomore, scored 12 points for Norland in a win over Atlantic. The 6-foot-5 small forward has a long, lanky frame and an impressive mid-range game. Louisana-Monroe signee Xavier Martin didn't have his best game. He still finished with 12 points. He has the look of quite a scorer for a 5-foot-11 guard. Greg Louis for Dwyer has the look of a mid-level guy. He's a 6-foot-6 four man with a massive wingspan and a motor.
Frank Haith and a pair of assistants showed up after a win for Brandon Knights game. Florida, Mississippi and Delaware were also at games on Saturday.
This report concludes our coverage from the Kreul Classic. Although we are sliding over to the City of Palms, the Kreul's action continues on Monday. The schedule is below:
10:45 -- St. Anthony's (NY) vs. Deerfield
10:45 -- Coral Glades vs. Cypress Bay
3:45 (Game 40) Atlantic vs. Sunrise (KS)
9:00 (Game 41) Miami Norland vs. Providence
12:30 -- West Boca vs. Monsignor Pace
2:00 -- Coral Springs Christain vs. Prestonwood (TX)
3:00 -- Chaminade vs. KIMA (Washington DC)
3:45 -- Dillard vs. Coolidge (DC)
4:30 -- North Miami Beach vs. St. Thomas Aquinas
5:30 -- Dwyer vs. The Rock
5:30 -- Pinecrest vs Quality
7:30 -- Northeast vs. Miramar
CORAL SPRINGS CHALLENGE
12:30 -- Cardinal Gibbons vs. Wekiva (Apopka, FL)
2:00 -- Coral Springs vs. Belen Jesuit
6:00 -- Barron Collier vs. South Broward
7:30 -- Mount Airy (NC) vs. Pahokee