HoopHall: Day Two

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Monday is going to be big time at the HoopHall. Sandwiched in between an eventful Saturday and showdown Monday was a strong game from Simeon freshman sensation Jabari Parker.

Tony Chennault & Tyreek Duren, Neumann-Goretti: These two guys play off each other well. Duren is the passer and Chennault the scorer. Chennault shot 7-for-18 to finish with 18 points, 7 boards, 5 turnovers and 2 assists. Duren had 9 and 5 dimes. Duren will need to beef up his perimeter game but picked a great level at LaSalle. Chennault is shooting it better but his calling card is his competitiveness.

Greg Kelley, C, Newton North: Yale is going to be very happy with this kid. He's all of 6-9 and he's got a nice looking stroke and body that is going to be strong in time. He'll block what comes his way. In truth, he might be a touch higher than the Ivy League but projects as a nice player for Yale. He had 19 versus St. Frances.

Ryan Romich, SF, Groton-Dunstable: He looks like an Ivy League player at least. What he lacks in strength he makes up with as a competitor. Seems to have the ability to play facing the bucket.

Greg Lewis, PF/C, St. Frances: We've seen him quite a bit the last two months and his aggressive play on Sunday was noticeable. He ended with 21 points and 7 boards. What we liked was that his he's gaining confidence with his offense. We'd expect his rebounding numbers to increase as the season progresses and he becomes more comfortable playing his role on a guard heavy team.

Kamali Bey, SG, Sabis: Young, powerful guard. He's that guy whose body is going to allow him to play through contact and he'll mix it up among the trees. If he develops his perimeter shot he could be a mid-level wing. Bey had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Jabari Parker, SF/PF, Simeon: When you have the mind and positive habits as a freshman, that's a great start. Now, mix in the genes and natural ability and you have Parker, one of the next wave of big time players. His game is very smooth. Already an astute passer, he closes out and boxes out. He'll be a perimeter player with game in the lane. Depending on what direction his body goes, he could play either forward slot. Parker has quick feet and length, two distinct advantages long term. Parker had 16 and 8.

Sophomore Daquan Cook of St. Frances quit the team earlier this week. …

Sabis Charter freshman point guard Xavier Garcia is small (5-9) but has a presence. Reminds me of Hoyas Chris Wright. Fearless, plays smarter than his age. Mid-level should build their file on him. … Dante Holmes led St. Frances with 23 points. He's a scorer, that's what he does best. …

Brandon Spearman is a sneaky athlete. Our theory is that on a good team, and he's going to that at Dayton, his ability to pass, rebound and play without the ball will allow him to become invaluable to Brian Gregory. … Simeon JR Steve Taylor strikes me as a guy who is going to grow into a prospect. He's 6-7, has elementary stuff in the post but keeps at it and sticks with plays. His confidence during the game kept improving. …

Romich has an offer from Iona. … Parker has early offers from DePaul, Illinois, Kansas, Northwestern and Oregon State. Frankly, everybody's going to pursue this kid, he's that talented. …

Assistants: Washington, Niagara, Pittsburgh, St. Bonaventure.

Head Coaches: Derek Kellogg, UMass.

Scoreboard

  • Neumann-Goretti 54, Simeon 50
  • Groton-Dunstable 52, Sabis 48
  • St. Frances 72, Newton North 57

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