NPSI: Day One

RouSean Cromwell was one of the top performers on the first day of action at the National Prep School Invitational. Take a look at the scores and others who stepped up on Friday.

The first day of action at the National Prep School Invitational had some competitive games – and of course, a few blowouts.

FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD

Tilton 80, IMG White

Laurinburg 95, Redemption Christian 69

Notre Dame Prep 92, Philadelphia Lutheran Christian 70

Winchendon 83, IMG Blue 64

St. Thomas More 72, Redemption Christian 55

Bridgton 87, Northfield Mount Hermon 79

Mount Zion 67, Toronto Academy Prep 59

2005 CHECKLIST

Jon Han, PG, Tilton: He may not look like a player, but he is. He can stroke the three, gets into the lane with his quickness and also has good court vision. Those low- and mid-majors looking for an available point guard (with grades) need to take a look. Put up 13 assists, including several of the no-look variety.

Alfred Aboya, BF, Tilton: The UCLA-bound Cameroon native is getting better each time we see him. He's catching the ball better – and his effort is always impressive. Goes hard all the time and will be a perfect fit for Ben Howland and his staff in Westwood. Had 25 points in a nice win against IMG's top team.

RouSean Cromwell, BF, IMG White: Injuries have plagued the Tennessee native for much of the past year or so, but he looked healthy in his matchup with Aboya. Definitely one of the better frontcourt players still on the board. Athletic, scores in the paint and runs the court well. Cromwell finished with 21 points and 8 boards.

Kareem Cooper, BF/C, Laurinburg: There's been plenty of speculation that the big man, who has a nice skill set for a player his size (or any size, for that matter) may try to jump straight to the league. He's not ready for that leap, but he'll be a nice addition for Memphis next season. Needs to play harder on both ends, but still managed to finish with 25 points and 9 boards in a rout against Redemption.

Vernon Goodridge, BF/C, Lutheran: The Mississippi State-bound defensive force played a grand total of about five minutes – and it wasn't due to foul trouble. He sat on the bench for what he deemed a "lack of rebounding" and finished with no points. The NBA will have to wait a couple of years for the New York native.

Phillip Bofia, WF, Redemption: The physical and strong Cameroon native was clearly Redemption's best player. He had 20 points and 9 boards in the loss to Laurinburg and then put up another quality effort (19 points) a few hours later in a setback to St. Thomas More.

O.J. Harrison, WG, Winchendon: The 6-4, 185-pound athletic and unsigned Illinois native, who missed much of last season with a knee injury, showed penetrating isn't the only way he can score. He knocked down four trifectas within a two-minute span. He's been averaging about 17 points per game in the last 10 contests. Loyola (Ill.), Kent State, Indiana State and a few other mid-majors are expected to take a look.

Joe Wolfinger, C, Northfield Mount Hermon: After a slow start to his prep career, the Oregon native has started to come on lately. His outside shot wasn't on the mark, but he was more aggressive and finished with 19 points in the loss to Bridgton. It'll be interesting to see how he fares in college for Lorenzo Romar at Washington.

Cheick Diakate, BF, Bridgton: Native of Mali who was thought to be an unskilled rebounder who runs the floor and blocks shots. Well, his offensive game has improved and he scored 17 points – including a couple of mid-range jumpers.

2006 CHECKLIST

Mohamed Hadidane, C, Winchendon: The native of Tunisia isn't overly athletic, but he's extremely skilled and is one of the best passing big men around. He's only been at Winchendon for about two months and uses his intelligence and passing ability to get things done and make his teammates better.

2009 CHECKLIST

J.R. Cadougan, PG, Toronto Academy Prep: Just 13 years old, he could have passed for 16. Played with composure, got to the basket and is definitely a name to watch down the road. Scored 14 points to lead TAPS in a loss to Mount Zion.

HOT NEWS

Villanova's Fred Hill and Ed Pinckney tag-teamed watching Cromwell before heading off to prepare for Saturday's noon tilt against Syracuse. … Laurinburg's Quantez Robinson, a tough, 6-3, 180-pound guard from Cincinnati, Ohio, has watched his recruitment pick up. Now he's got schools like Bowling Green, Butler, Miami (Ohio), UAB, Purdue and even LSU in the mix. … Laurinburg point guard David Marek has interest from the likes of VMI, Davidson and Marist. He has a 1,000 on the SAT. … Winchendon was without Tyree Evans (Cincinnati), Ben Brown (Charleston) and junior Tim Brown. The two Brown's (no relation) were dismissed while Evans won't return from dental surgery. … St. Thomas More won despite playing without junior Antonio Pena (Knee) and senior Edwin Lashley (shoulder). Villanova-bound Dwayne Anderson carried the load with 14.


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