Mount Vernon 76, Myrtle Beach 51 St. Mary's 65, Dayton Dunbar 46 Frederick Douglas 61, J.L. Mann 50
Danny Green, SG, St. Mary's: This was the perfect post-Christmas performance. Green put in work early, was successful and turned into spectator for over 9 minutes in the second half as his team salted away the win. An efficient 8-for-14 from the field for 18 points, Green also had 13 boards and 5 blocks. He brings so much stability and confidence to his teammates and has some intangibles that are tough to quantify. He worked on filling the stat sheet against Dunbar and got it done.
Chris Lowe, PG, Mount Vernon: We've sat and watched him with a ton of mid-major coaches over the years and they all love him because he runs a team, plays under control and sticks mid-range jumpers. He had 14 points and 5 dimes.
Daequan Cook, SG, Dunbar: The Top 10 prospect didn't get a whole lot of help from his backcourt mates who were overly aggressive with their shot selection early. It wasn't like he had a bad game with 18 points and 13 rebounds but it wasn't vintage Daequan until he got aggressive late in the contest and went on a 3-point barrage. Cook has one of the smoothest mid-range strokes in the country.
Jonathan Mitchell, PF, Mount Vernon: His evening began slowly and built in momentum simultaneously as Mount Vernon began pulling away from the hometown boys. At 6-foot-7, he's really in good shape and brings versatility to his position. He wears it out from mid-range, especially near the free throw line and would a man in a system with high-low action because of that area of the floor and his ability to pass. The junior did come up with 18 points and got to the line 13 times.
Grayson Glur, PF/C, Mann: Definitely a Division I prospect as he's grown to about 6-foot-8. Probably a Big South player at this juncture. Scored primarily inside and since he's not very athletic, has to rely on positioning and hustle. He had 12 points.
News & Notes
North Carolina assistant coach Joe Holladay was in the building watching Danny Green and keeping tabs on underclassman Daequan Cook. … Seton Hall assistant Brian Nash made the trip to see Jonathan Mitchell and Mike Coburn Sunday night. …
St. Patrick's is going to be without a few key players this week. Derrick Caracter is ineligible due to transfer rules until early January and both Corey Fisher and Jeffrey Robinson are on academic suspension. … Florida's Donnie Jones was spying Cook, Coburn and Mitchell. …
Danny Green is an extremely reliable player. He's always in good position, hawks the ball and rarely forces opportunities. He gives his teammates confidence when he's out there and he's a great fit as a disciplined player for a well-schooled high school team. … One has to wonder if the knee brace on the left knee of Daequan Cook had just a little to do with him not attacking the rim. However, when he shot it you thought it was going down so he was feeling good with his stroke. …
Aaron Pogue, a normally reliable finisher inside, struggled with his conversions and went just 4-for-15 with 10 points and 8 rebounds. He's a sophomore for Dayton Dunbar. … Monmouth signee Tyson Johnson had a strong 13 and 10 for St. Mary's. …
Both starting guards at Mount Vernon – Chris Lowe and Mike Coburn – are comfortable shooting the ball on the move. At their respective sizes, that can only help them long term and each has improved in that area since last season. …
Coverage Update – We'll be at the Beach Ball Classic through Dec. 28 before moving onto the Red Cross Roundball Classic (Dec. 29-30). We'll finish up at the Dell Curry Shootout (Dec. 31 – Jan. 1).