6'8" 2012 power forward Matt Costello and Dorian's Pride-McCormick 17u were amongst the first teams to start the Super Showcase with an 8am tip off on Saturday. With a full cast of high major coaches including Michigan head coach John Beilien in attendance, Pride-McCormick pulled through with a win over the NYC Jaguars and while Costello didn't have a great output offensively he reached double digit rebounds and provided the team with an inside scoring option. The incoming high school junior missed bunnies around the rim that he usually makes but his trademark energy and hard-play provided stability on the defensive end. Costello has offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Central Michigan, Oakland, and most recently Notre Dame.
6'3" 2012 guard Ray Lee, jr. was less of a scoring option in two games today and more of a distributor as his assists were key in Dorian Pride-McCormick's second win of the day vs. Broward County Elite. Lee's ability to penetrate is a staple in his game and he set up teammates for easy buckets throughout the game and ended up with seven assists. While his scoring was down he found openings in the defense and on one occasion his lay-up and defenders foul turned into a three-point play.
6'7" 2011 forward Anton Grady of Friends 4 Life 17u had head coach Beilien in attendance for the first time and Grady was disappointing as he wasn't the production specialist he was a year ago or at least not today. Grady showed that he could hit the perimeter shot but had a hard time beating defenders off the dribble which led into a few turnovers. The "Cleveland Kid" had a hard time going left and while the physical and natural tools were evident a polished offensive game was clearly missing Saturday morning.
6'4" 2012 shooting guard Gary Harris, jr. and D3Heat teammate RJ Hunter were once again great compliments as they both knocked down perimeter and mid-major jumpers. Harris does a nice job of creating his own shot and the subsequent baskets in the paint are what keeps Harris amongst the best in 2012. D3Heat is without a true post player so it's often in rebounding situations where Harris shows -off his quick bounce.
6'6" 2011 small forward Mychael Henry was once a Michigan recruit before he decided to stay in-state and accept the University of Illinois' offer. While Henry can put up big numbers it was nice to see him in a different roll as defender, rebounder, and teammate. Beilein presence at the game most likely wasn't for Henry, but instead for 2012 SF prospect Glenn Robinson III. Robinson was a reserve for the 17U SYF Player squad and received limited minutes. He will rotate back over to SYF 16U squad for the 16U Nationals today.
6'5" 2011 wing Marcus Crider and King James 17u lost in their second game of pool play to Gold Coast who outsized the Ohio based team, who in their own right were without 6'9" center Zac Price and 6'10" Jordan Hare. Crider had some offensive moments in the mid-range and in the post that contributed to double digit point totals. He's another do all player that can provide toughness at multiple positions.
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