Slam Dunk: Day Two Around The Gym

<b>LEWES, Del. –</b> Chris Roquemore, the sophomore big man at Heritage Christian opened his recruitment. News on the de-commitment and much more from Saturday's action at the Slam Dunk To The Beach.

News & Notes

Heritage Christian Academy sophomore power forward Chris Roquemore committed to Baylor in the fall. However, he's no longer a Baylor commitment. "I de-committed to Baylor," Roquemore said. "I'm thinking UConn, Texas and Arizona. Texas leads." He said that's he's still considering the Bears among his top five schools. …

Gassaud Dahi of Life Center is the brother of ODU guard Arnaud Dahi; both are from the Ivory Coast. … Russell Springman of Texas and Jerome Tang of Baylor were here to watch Roquemore. … Dr. Phillips was playing a man down Saturday morning. Starting PG Mario Sisinni, the director of their offense, turned his ankle in warm-ups. …

The first coach in the gym on Saturday was Old Dominion assistant Jim Corrigan who arrived before 8 a.m. for an 8:30 tip. … Sources said that Rutgers is making a heavy push for St. Augustine junior guard Anthony Farmer. George Washington and St. Joseph's have also offered. … Missing in action from the Mount Zion lineup was shooting guard Albert Weber

Junior David Huertas of Arlington Country Day is hearing from Arizona, Rhode Island, Providence, Miami, Northeastern, Florida and Florida State. The Huskies and Seminoles had coaches in attendance on Saturday. …

Mount Vernon's Dexter Gray has standing offers from Iona, Siena, Manhattan, Niagara and St. John's. Gray said he's not married to staying close to home. He's awaiting his test score. …

Scout's View

Steve Harley of Marriott Charter had a game-high 26 points. The 5-10 Harley does it with speed and even dunked one today. … Jerome Habel and Anthony Ivory combined for 29 points and 12 rebounds as Marriott scored 52 points in the paint to Heritage's 26. …

Roy Bright led Mount Zion in scoring with 14 points. He had 10 and 5 in the first half and finished with 14 and 6. In scouting Bright it's clear he's one of the best starters in the country as he typically plays the first half with unbelievable energy and effort on the glass. Traditionally, his second halves have been less productive. He expends a ton of energy in the first half of ballgames. …

Undersized PF Richard Hurd of Heritage Christian had 16 and 11 Saturday morning. … St. Augustine asked junior Anthony Farmer to handle the ball more this season and he helps them initiate their offense and looks confident in doing it. … D.J. White does a nice job of "sitting" in the post and presenting himself but his teammates aren't very adept at delivering it to him in a scoring position. …

Though ACD's David Huertas was playing hurt, St. Patrick's didn't care. They really tightened the screws on him early and made it hard to get good looks in the first half. …

Ben Nwachukwu of St. Augustine will forever be remembered as the first recruit of the Joe Jones Administration at Columbia. He had 17 rebounds against a small Parkland squad. … Pierre-Marie Altidor-Cespedes of St. Lambert understands one speed: fast. You can tell that he just doesn't want to slow down. He's a refresher course on shot selection away from turning the corner as a prospect. …

Mount Vernon sophomore PF Jonathan Mitchell is an efficient player. He's got a short and mid-range game. However, when he shoots on the move the rotation on his shot changes but when he has time to get it off, it's a different story and his percentages go up exponentially. …

Talented Bloomfield Tech sophomore Casiem Drummond showed amazing balance for a 6-8 pivot man. In the first half against Westchester he made a pair of short jumpers off balance and made it look easy. … Rainier Beach swingman Terrence Williams struggled in the same fashion his team did. Williams shot it 17 times and made just 4. His selection could have been much better. …

Mount Zion's last possession against St. Lambert was a clear out for Tasheed Carr. The ISU-bound PG drove the lane, made a runner and won the game for the Warriors. But, the Warriors were taken to the wire. With 5 seconds remaining, St. Lambert coach John DeAngelas pulled a page from the playbooks of Cincinnati and Valparaiso and ran the old hook and ladder play for a wide open corner 3 that didn't go down. Great execution and a nice call late. …

The Bloomfield starting backcourt of Courtney Nelson and Da'Shawn Dwight combined for 13 turnovers against the patented Westchester pressure. … Demond Carter of Reserve Christian will have won a ton of basketball games by the time he suits up in college. Carter was the MVP of the small schools state championship as an 8th grader in Louisiana. …


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